Lusaka July, Zambia's Version of the Met Gala, Is a Royalty Explosion!

Cleo Clementine & Natasha Van Der Moss
By Mwabi Kaira

Every socialite and fashionista looks forward to that one event each year where they can don their finest fashions and be seen. In America, fashion enthusiasts wait for the annual Met Gala, where the most famous faces from the realms of fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition. We wait to see pictures of arrivals and become fashion analysts, picking out our favorite looks. In Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, the event of the year where we do the same is Lusaka July.

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Tell It Tuesday: Naomi Campbell & the Secret to Staying Lit

Naomi Campbell
By Ta-ning Connai

All Hail the Queen...the queen of beauty and fashion that is. Naomi Campbell got crowned Fashion Icon at the CFDA Awards recently and no model deserves it more. Over 30 years in a youth-obsessed biz, now that's the real definition of longevity! And though she makes it look effortless, her journey was not easy. 

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From Bullied to Youngest Fashion Week Designer. 11-Year-Old Kheris Rogers is Flexin' in Her Complexion


Kheris Rogers
By Winnie Gaturu

At age 11, Kheris Rogers has already achieved a lot in her life. She is a model, a motivator and a fashion designer. These are many roles for a girl her age but she has handled them with a lot of grace and positivity. You see, Kheris hit a rough patch when she joined first grade. She was one of the few black kids in the school and was constantly bullied by teachers and other students simply because of her dark skin. They would call her mean names and the kids would refuse to play with her. They made her feel different and above all, less human. This made her cry constantly and even prompted her to begin hating her skin tone. On seeing the suffering her sister was going through, Taylor Pollard, Kheris' older sister, decided to do something to brighten up her mood. She dolled up her little sister for a fashion show and posted the photos on twitter with the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion. What happened next was more than the two sisters expected. The pictures quickly went viral and received thousands of positive comments. That was the turning point and things started looking all the way up for Kheris.

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Dominique Silver. Trans. Model. Jet-Setter.

Dominique Silver
By Erickka Sy Savané

Safe to say, the modeling industry has changed. Gone are the days where one standard of beauty represented the whole, and we can't get enough of diverse beauties like Winnie Harlow, Philomena Kwao, and Adut Akech. So it makes sense that transgender beauties are also having their day. Gone are the days where trans models have to hide out of fear or because no one will book them. One trans model who is carving out a name for herself is Dominican Republic-born, San Diego-bred Dominique Silver who has been in the modeling game long enough to chat about how the industry has evolved and what it's like to be a trans model today.

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20 Black Beauty Bloggers to Know!

@brihallofficial
By Ashley Renee

As a woman who has been addicted to YouTube for the past several years, I must give credit to the amazing youtube gurus for teaching me how to do my own box braids, faux locs, search and destroy trim method, a wide array of makeup looks and giving me a ton of vegan and vegetarian meal ideas. Not to mention teaching me how to make some bomb vegan nacho cheese!

While I've always looked to YouTube for hair and makeup styling tips, I must say there are hundreds and thousands of YouTubers out there that have amazing content, we just probably haven't heard of them. With YouTube often offering suggestions to watch beauty bloggers with well over 50K views per video, it's no wonder why so many talented, quirky, and informal beauty bloggers go unnoticed.

After realizing that I was literally watching the same people day in and out, I decided to start searching for less known YouTube beauty gurus and I'm glad I did because I came across some gems (and some ladies who aren't quite so green, but deserve a shoutout too.) If you too have never heard of these ladies, it's time you did! Click through the gallery below to check out 20 of my new favorite black beauty gurus.

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This is 50! Model Tomiko Fraser Hines is Killing the Game

Tomiko Fraser Hines photo by Guy Viau
By Brenda Alexander

While most fashion models are slowing their careers down by age 25, Bronx-born Tomiko Fraser Hines was just starting out. After being told constantly that she could have a successful career as a model, the brown-skinned beauty eventually quit her job as a secretary in favor of a more flexible gig as a hostess, and began pursuing supermodeldom. Eventually, she signed with renowned FORD agency and began booking commercial and runway work here and abroad, in addition to features in a plethora of magazines and catalogs, as well as campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Old Navy. Most people know her for being the first African-American model to land a contract with Maybelline Cosmetics- at age 31, no less!

After taking a hiatus to focus on family, wellness and her advocacy work in women’s empowerment, Tomiko is baaaaaack, and candidly talks with us about why at 50 years old (Happy Birthday Mama!) her career is on fiyah!!!

And the Winners of The Wrap Life Giveaway Are...

Photo via TheWrapLife
Yes, Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than by winning yourself a head wrap from The Wrap Life?! We asked you to leave comments on all articles for the week and you showed up! So it's with great pleasure that we announce our 5 winners...
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5 Head Wrap Tutorials That Will Turn You Into a Pro in No Time!


Jessica Pettway 
By Erickka Sy Savané
Let's face it, head wraps are the ultimate fashion accessory whether disguising a bad hair day, protective styling or just adding a lil' pizzaz to an otherwise boring day! For those of us who'd like to wrap it up, but don't really know how, here's a roundup of some of the best head wrapping tutorials online! Be sure to like these videos and leave a comment to let us and the vloggers know whatchatink!

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Comment on ALL Articles for a Chance to Win a Head Wrap from The Wrap Life!

Photo: TheWrap.Life
 If you don't know about The Wrap Life let me catch you up. Nnenna, a waitress with no business experience, started The Wrap Life with just $300 when she couldn't find a place online that sold dope head wraps. That was about 3 years ago and since then business has been booming! Do yourself a favor and win one of these head wraps! Just comment on all articles this week and 5 lucky winners will be blessed with one of these crowns!

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Photography Duo Strike 6-Figure Book Deal to Capture the Beauty of Children of Color

Photo via CreativeSoul Photography
By Erickka Sy Savané

There's something about seeing the fresh face of innocence and joy in little kids that brings out the best in us. For some time, children of color were excluded from images that celebrate our innocence and beauty in media. It's been changing. We've been changing. The hashtag #blackgirlmagic helped. Black Panther helped by showing that no one can capture us like we can.

Enter husband and wife duo, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt of CreativeSoul Photography, who just signed a 6-figure book deal with St. Martin’s Press to capture the beauty of children of color. The book will be titled 'Halo' and is expected to be available online in 2019.  Recently, Kahran told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that they want to change the discussion around our history. "People think our history starts with slavery. What about when we were kings and queens?” 

Peep some of the powerful and syrupy sweet photos that will make you understand exactly why these two are getting the BIG BUCKS!

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The Face of Now: Winnie Harlow Covers Elle UK!

Winnie Harlow

By Brande Victorian

Remember last week when Winnie Harlow asked, “Do you see me suffering?” after The Evening Standard labeled her a “vitiligo sufferer“? I think it’s fair to ask that question again after seeing the model on the cover of Elle UK’s May issue. The beauty is the definition of living life in color as she stuns in Gucci and complementary pastel-colored makeup as the mag’s cover model.

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There's No Space for Vanity in Motherhood

Annette Brown Bravo 
By Dawn Washington

One day I overheard my brother remarking about a family member. "She let herself go," he said.

This particular family member was a mother of multiple children. Prior to her children's births she was the "hot girl." I know because I witnessed the attention she received. Nevertheless, something rose up in me when my brother made that particular comment, mostly because it was incredibly unfair and shortsighted.

Model, Marketer Myori is Naturally Glam!

Myori Granger 
A few years ago, Myori Granger came to the City That Never Sleeps to complete her Master's degree in Marketing. Natural for 10 years, this beauty with brains to match, is boldly being herself and blazing her own path in the modeling industry! Peep why she's this week's Naturally Glam pick!

Tell It Tuesday: Will Smith's Got a New Song. But an Old One Changed My Life


Will Smith via IG
By Ta-ning Connai

Will Smith is an O.G. when it comes to success, but his stratospheric rise on Instagram is brand spankin’ new. His mix of life lessons and family fun have us all loving the newly revealed side of a man we only get to know via interviews and the silver screen. And the video he posted on St. Patrick’s Day ought to remind us that he can still serve up a catchy tune no matter how many decades have gone by. His new song Freak Accident will probably be the anthem for all the “ooops, I had one too many drinks” for many years to come, but my favorite will always be the one about the haven of beachy sands.

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5 Mins. of Fashion Fodder: Cardi B, Young Thug, Ashanti & More!

Taneica of Tea with Taneica 
It's Friday so you already know that Taneica of Tea With Taneica has got your 5 minutes of Fashion Fodder!  Tune in as she gives us the best & worst looks from the red carpet this week. And if you like, please comment, share and subscribe to her channel!

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This Family-Owned Ghanaian Label Wants You to Take a Piece of Ghana Wherever You Go

Photo of Essie & Nana Brew-Hammond via Exit 14
By Brook Bobb

A love of clothing runs in Nana Brew-Hammond’s family. Before her grandmother started one of Ghana’s first and only female-run advertising agencies, she was a seamstress, and Nana’s mother, Delphine, grew up helping with measurements, sewing, and cutting fabrics. Nana’s sister, Essie Hammond, was also born in Ghana, but the entire family moved to LeFrak City in Queens, New York, when Nana was young. Delphine traveled back to her home country with the girls many times over the years, always stopping to buy custom-tailored garments made with the finest, most vibrant and colorful Ghanian textiles. “Getting bespoke clothing made is common there,” Nana says. “I was always interested in fashion as a kid, but when I went to Ghana at 12-years-old and had some outfits made for me, it changed the way I looked at clothing.” And so this week, on Ghana’s Independence Day, the self-taught Hammond clan—including Nana, her mother, and her sister—launched their very own line of made-in-Ghana coats and jackets called
Exit 14.

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Tiffany Haddish Keeps Her Word & Honors Her Father & Eritrea at the Oscars

Photo Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 Oscars
By Mwabi Kaira

It took years for Tiffany Haddish to find her Eritrean father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, after a turbulent childhood that includes foster care. She didn’t give up her search and was happy to be reunited with him and connect as a young woman. Although everything between them wasn’t always smooth sailing, they established a relationship until his untimely death last year just as her Hollywood star was rising.

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She So Vain: Meet the Young Sudanese Model Giving Us Old School Glamour!


Adut Akech


















By Erickka Sy Savané

There's a saying that goes, 'don't miss your entrance.' Well, S. Sudanese model Adut Akech, who grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before making her way to Australia as a kid, and just graduated high school last year, did not miss hers. When Vogue.com released a series of videos from New York Fashion Week starring Paris Jackson, model Ashley Graham and Cardi B., lip sinking to the song 'You're So Vain,' it was Adut's rendition that stuck out like a white person in Black Panther. Why? Because we haven't been worked by a model like this since George Michael flipped the script with his classic 'Freedom' video or Michael Jackson and Naomi fired up the screen in 'Keep It in the Closet.' So exactly who is Adut Akech? Let's find out!

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Aevin Dugas Holds the Guiness World Record For Largest Afro & She's Naturally Glam!


Aevin Dugas
Some women know how to make a statement and Aevin Dugas is one such woman! Hailing from a small town outside of Louisiana called Napoleonville- "Eve's Bayou" was filmed there as was parts of Beyonce's "Lemonade"- you know she knows how to spice things up! Natural for 20 years, and currently holding the Guiness World Record for the Largest Fro, we had to chat with Aevin about what she uses on her hair, how she stays fit, and her hair crush... If you're feeling this beauty, please subscribe to her IG page and leave us a comment below!

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5 Mins of Fashion Fodder: A Wrinkle in Time Premiere, Chris Paul & More!

Taneica & Chris Paul
It's Friday so you already know that means that Taneica of Tea With Taneica has your 5 Mins of Fashion Fodder! This week we've got the Wrinkle in Time premiere, sexy Chris Paul, and more! If you like, don't forget to subscribe, like and share the love! Oh, and drop us a comment too!

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