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Explore African Culture Right in Metro Detroit

Explore African Culture Right in Metro Detroit

Ann Mumbi

April 23, 2021

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At African Fashions by Classic Expressions in Oak Park, Nigeria native and designer Yemisi Bamisaye designs ready-to-wear garments and custom pieces with fabrics from Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. Stereos International Boutique in Detroit is internationally known for its geles, a traditional Nigerian head wrap.  For more products with African roots, check out Diop, a “diaspora-inspired streetwear” brand founded by first-generation American Mapate Diop. The brand’s vibrant apparel and accessories are made of Ankara fabric, a material ...

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Jendaya, a New Luxury e-Commerce Platform Focused on Africa

Jendaya, a New Luxury e-Commerce Platform Focused on Africa

The Next Generation Luxury Fashion Experience for Africa and Beyond, From AAKS to Zegna, JENDAYA delivers luxury fashion to Africa and beyond. We are building the next generation experience where you can discover exciting brands, digest the latest, and shop the best. Currently, we are preparing for our pre-selected community of stylish and savvy shoppers to test our platform. We’re coming soon. Be the first to know.

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Amanda Gorman Face Of Vogue Magazine Cover May 2021, The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman Face Of Vogue Magazine Cover May 2021, The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman

“It’s like they made her poetry,” said the poet Danez Smith of the ravenous media response to Gorman. Smith has seen Gorman perform and admired the “political heart and mind and attention to history and community” evident in all her work. The first true piece of poetry criticism Gorman ever published, for the Los Angeles Review of Books, was an exacting close reading of Smith’s “Homie,” in which Gorman identified the “fetishization of suffering and violence” rampant in ...

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African-American Youth Runway Model Inspires as a Natural Hair Advocate

African-American Youth Runway Model Inspires as a Natural Hair Advocate

Ann Mumbi

March 17, 2021

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At 10 years old, Celai perfected that walk on the runway. She'd been invited to hit the catwalk in New York for designer David Tupaz after being "discovered" as a model as a child. It's not only that mature-beyond-her-years strut that makes her a stand-out it's her signature hair. The African-American model is an advocate for natural black hairstyles. Celai has worked with major brands like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Gap, Disney and Allstate and was the leading lady in Willy Williams’ ...

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The Black In Time Fashion Show: A Time Of Celebration

The Black In Time Fashion Show: A Time Of Celebration

Ann Mumbi

March 12, 2021

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The categories included the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, African Streetwear, and future Black designers in the DFW area. A fan favorite was African Streetwear which was led by the ASA president, Abena Marfo. Marfo not only was the lead for planning and finalizing outfits but also walked in the show. “I definitely do a lot of the background work and I thought it’d be fun to step out of my comfort zone and be in the front and center ...

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