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AU Arts Festival Planning Committee Celebrates African Leaders

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Today marks Africa Day – a day set aside by the African Union to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union.

Africa Day also celebrates African Unity and what true African renaissance stands for.

The Planning Committee of the AU Arts Festival would like to salute all Africans and African Leaders on the occasion of AU Day. This year’s Africa Day is being celebrated under the theme: *”Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”*.

As we celebrate African Unity today, we have to remember the sacrifices of our forebears and work together to find solutions to the myriad of problems confronting our continent. The vision of our forefathers was ensuring that the continent will grow to have one strong voice, politically, economically and socially but these have eluded us because of bad governance and corruption. As we are all aware, the bane of Africa’s development is corruption. As we commemorate the sacrifices of our forebears, let us be mindful of the threat of corruption to our development. We can only achieve economic freedom and improve the livelihood of our people if resources earmarked for projects are put to its use without any diversion.

We want to also commend bodies such as the ECOWAS, and the United Nations for the roles they have played in working to stall conflicts which have improved the stability rate in Africa. We say ayekoo!!.

We also want to remind us all the need to be united as one people. True African unity and sovereignty can only be gained through a united front where we allow economies of scale and free movement of people, goods and services to empower us economically and politically. These would help us to stand up to the dictates of the West and other economic powers that always wish to pursue their own interests in their interventions on the continent.

Beginning from this year, the AU Arts Foundation will use creative arts to empower our youth for accelerated development. We believe that arts and culture are appropriate mechanisms to integrate our youth in all facets of our national development.

Finally, we will like to invite all and sundry to the First AU Arts Festival which comes off from Friday June 1, to Sunday June 3, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel under the theme, Leadership; Africa through arts, celebrating President John Agyekum Kufour, 2nd President of the 4th Republic. Organized by Malaika Media Network, OK Communications and the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, the event would be used to raise funds in support of Kufour Center for Leadership and Governance.

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Vogue Unofficial Focuses On Blackness In September

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Vogue Magazine

Blackness has evolved into a symbol of power, boldness, and sophistication, from when being black meant playing second fiddle, being inadequate and being captured in one’s self. Voices of all kinds through every channel of arts have particularly been loud on the seriousness of Black issues across the world. From A-List musicians to movies stars, from big-budget movies to music videos, from magazine covers to social media campaigns, etc…, blackness has taken the forefront in arts and entertainments as a subject to ensure equal opportunities and rights for black people across the world.

As September issues are the most prestigious in the magazine world, @Vogue took Black matters to a more serious level by handing over control to the biggest female artists in the world. With @Beyonce covering US @vogue and being shot by a black photographer and Rihanna @badgalriri fronting the cover of @BritishVogue, Black Excellence just reached another peak.

“Vogue Unofficial” is our recreation of the iconic and historic September 2018 issues of US Vogue and British Vogue. Our take on the covers is our way of paying homage and tribute to two Ghanaian born creative geniuses, @KwasiFordjour, the creative director for @Beyonce ’s September issue for US @Vogue and @Edward_Enninful, the Editor-in-Chief of @BritishVogue, as they take charge of the world of arts and are breaking color barriers.

Through our themes “UNAPOLOGETIC. BLACK.” “INGENUITY. BLACK.”, we re-echo all the messages and values carried by these powerful black women on the cover of these magazines and what it means to all young black women in Ghana and Africa.

Our shoot further explores Blackness as a symbol of INTELLECT, INGENUITY, and SELF-LOVE.

Evogue Magazine Cover

Evogue Magazine Cover

Photography @phloshop @iamjunie07
Art director @coffee_session.art
Stylist @sey_culture Designer @lakopue
Mua @jaedollhouse
Model @_keylah @penny_yeboaa
Videography @itscharkie

UNAPOLOGETIC.
BLACK.

The issue of black exclusion may seem like a western problem, however within Africa, there is a more vicious issue of blackness. Lead movie roles are given to light skin people as its assumed they are more commercial. This has resulted in skin bleaching amongst celebrities and stars to push up their market value.

Can we see beauty in the darkest shade of black, can we embrace strength in our melanin, as there is a place for every shade of black.

As depicted, our cover embodies the dark shades of blackness an African can be and the glory that runs through her blackness. She is Graceful, she’s Intelligent and she portrays Self-Love.

The beauty of being African is in the layers and tones of the black complexion. This is for us as Africans to embrace and appreciate our darkest tones and see beauty, power, grace and sophistication in the way we look.

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

INGENUITY.
BLACK.

There’s been millions of messages, writings, movies, speeches, music and various works of art pushing women’s agenda. Have all these efforts been enough??? Well… Not enough to fully curb the marginalization of women, especially women of Color and portraying them as weaklings.

Equally there’s been millions of women who are changing the world with their ingenuity in their own small or massive ways. INGENUITY. BLACK. is a recreation of Beyonce’s US Vogue cover as an embodiment of such finesse, creativity, originality, inclusiveness and inspiration.

We portray black women with our model holding a golden egg to symbolize the birth of unique and innovative ideas. Before great things are birth, we believe a touch of the industriousness, creativity and brilliance makes the difference.

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

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#FashionTrends – 5 Amazing Fulani Braids For Women Of All Ages

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If you’re not old enough to have heard of actress Bo Derek, you’re probably at least old enough to know who singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is. Aside from being stately, beautiful, and successful women, these gorgeous celebrities have something else in common: they’re both known for their classic Fulani braids.

Fulani braids are usually styled with unique patterns of thin-to-medium tightly plaited braids that are close to the head and taper into hair extensions of all lengths. It’s associated with an African ethnic group known as the Fula.

1. Youthful Fulani Crown with Horizontal Braids
You’re probably looking for a complete change of routine, after trying the same old braids. The beautiful plaiting in the top section of the head gives it a beautiful and elegant touch. It’s a break from the norm and a unique twist that will have you feeling like a new woman!

Youthful Fulani Crown with Horizontal

Youthful Fulani Crown with Horizontal

2. Top-Knot Bun with Cascade of Thin Braids
A signature hairstyle that shows off your graceful neck line, the top-knot bun with a cascade of braids offers you the best of both worlds. A classic half updo with jet-black extensions that fall to the waist are all that’s needed for a romantic dinner and drinks with that special friend.

Top Knot Bun with Cascade of Thin Braids

Top Knot Bun with Cascade of Thin Braids

3. Classic Fulani Braids with Massive Ivory Beads
One of the most traditional ways to wear Fulani braids is choosing a splash of subtle color. The copper red extensions are weaved throughout the entire length of the super-long braids. As if that weren’t enough, bright ivory-colored “tusk” beads bring the sepia tone down to a level that matches with every item of clothing in your closet.

Classic Fulani Braids with Massive Ivory Beads

Classic Fulani Braids with Massive Ivory Beads

4. Wrapped Ponytail with In-Front-Of-the-Ear Braids
Strategically-placed bronze hair cuffs near the cheekbones are the way to go. Combine them with symmetrical curved head braids and extra-long golden blonde extensions that pop out of the wrapped ponytail. It’s like your hair is saying: “Check me out! Here I am!”

Wrapped Ponytail with In-Front-Of-the-Ear Braids

Wrapped Ponytail with In-Front-Of-the-Ear Braids

5. Shoulder-Length Loose Curls with Beaded Mini-Fulani Braids
Can’t you just picture Oprah Winfrey wearing such a sumptuous Fulani hairstyle? It’s an elegant showstopper that works like a charm for the woman who has the facial features to pull it off. It’s exotic and feminine, while at the same time showing off your bold and courageous side.

Shoulder-Length Loose Curls with Beaded Mini-Fulani Braids

Shoulder-Length Loose Curls with Beaded Mini-Fulani Braids

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Art X Ink

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Join us at #artxink this weekend at the Berj Gallery in Labone and enjoy our art, music, endless grill, free drinks, free henna/temp tattoos and more! Check out www.artxink.website for more information. Tickets available at the Airport Shell pharmacy and Vida E, East Legon (contact the manager, Kennedy-0247078830). You can also buy at the gate or send us a whatsapp message to get yours. Free delivery for two or more tickets.

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Actor Toosweet Annan Goes Vintage In New Promo Photoshoot

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Ghanaian movie star TooSweet Annan takes his fashion style to the next level in a vintage themed photoshoot. The actor is popularly known as a fashion icon(supremo & swag Lord) due to his elegant photos he posts on social media, these new photos present him as a bespoke gentleman in the acting arena of the country.

Styled as 1950’s British gentleman TooSweet Annan was costumed in a grey flannel jacket, dressed down in classic dress shoes, topped with a bowler hat. He takes us on a journey through time, reminding us of the elegance of English fashion.

Too Sweet Annan is an actor signed to Zylofon Media. He has starred in great movies such as Black Mens Rock, Victims, brown sugar(the wedding), Royal diadem, living with trisha, somewhere in yesterday, grey dust Supremo, etc.

The Eurostar – Ghana Movie Awards 2016 Best Dressed was also nominated for City People Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year (Ghana)2016, among many other nominations.

Photography by @Perry_Edwards inside @Friendz_Studios
Outfit by @WardrobeYakmen

Check out the photos below…

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