I am so excited for the new season of Orange is The New Black, for both the season and recognition it’s giving to new talent and women of colour! #winning
Don’t we just love Samira Wiley’s photoshoot for Refinery29?!Shot by Olivia Malone, styled by Tara Williams and make-up by Tankia McConnel.Samira Wiley for @Refinery29 “Hollywood’s New Power Players” #OiTNB I am so excited for the new season of Orange is The New Black, for both the season and recognition it’s giving to new talent and women of colour!
BAR POLSKI. A vodka shot straight to my heart
Bar Polski is a cosy hideaway in High Holborn, nicely tucked between Fitness First and a Thai Restaurant, and despite its location constantly reminding me that I’m not at the gym, it’s grown to be one of my favourite, and yet, relatively unknown places in London.
Modest in its interiors, it doesn’t have the pizzazz of All Bar One, but unlike its trendy and mediocre competitors, Bar Polski…
Beverley Knight, is a musical sensation with God given vocals that raise the roof and touch your heart. I had the pleasure of catching up with Beverley and Killian Donnelly at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club to talk about their upcoming role in the hit musical MEMPHIS, set to hit the stage at London’s Shaftsbury Theatre London, this October.
(You can take a sneak peek at more photos and video’s on my instagram page @afroblush)
Labelled as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers, the sound of Beverley Knight brings back memories of my early teens, where I made countless attempts to make my voice shake to her hit single ‘Made in Back’ in the way that only 90′s RnB artists can. So it also didn’t take me by surprise earlier this year when she brought Baroness Doreen Lawrence to tears as she performed on the Women’s Hour Takeover on the in May.
Beverley took over the role of Rachel Marron (originally performed by Whitney Houston) from performer Heather Headley in The Bodyguard the musical in September 2013; and unsurprisingly, she was nominated for Best Takeover in a Role.
So yesterday, in the cool ambiance of the famous Jazz Club Ronnie Scott, I had hearty one-on-one with Beverly about the transition from her role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, and her journey transitioning from Rachel, to Felicia Farrell in the Musical MEMPHIS; inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950′s Memphis, Tennessee.
MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Killian Donnelly will be starring alongside Beverley as the radio DJ ‘Huey Calhoun’, and you can feel a genuine appreciation and report between the two starring roles.
They talked about topics in the film such as love and the percieved challenges of interracial relations, in addition to the journey as an aspiring artists trying to break out from the underground music scene into mainstream radio and widespread recognition.
This is a musical set for success, with an energetic cast and songlist written by the legend keyboard player and founding member of BON JOVI.
I’ll be covering more on the music this summer at it prepares for it’s debut in October, but until then it’s one to definitely keep your eye on; with tickets already selling out fast. I’ve got mine, so I suggest you get yours!
Enjoy the trailer below
MEMPHIS, the musical, produced in London by Junkyard Dog Productions, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Barbara Freitag, Joseph Smith and John Brant
Directed by Christopher Ashley and with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo, MEMPHIS has Scenic Design by David Gallo, Costume Design by Paul Tazewell, Lighting Design by Howell Binkley and Sound Design by the Olivier Award-winning Gareth Owen.
Where : Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
Dates Performances: from 9 October 2014
Press Night: 23 October 2014
Performances :Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm
Ticket Prices: £20 to £67.50
Box Office: 0207 379 5399
How to make a daisy chain. Suitable for children over the age of 25 years
How to make a daisy chain for adults who are young at heart
Evidently, making a daisy chain can keep children over the age of 25 occupied for quite some time. It’s a good idea to start with them, then leave them to continue without you for a while. This project is best for late spring or early summer, and for adult children with not much else to do.
What you will need
- Lots of daisies
- A fairly…
Last Sunday (May, 25th) was Africa Day, also known as African Liberation Day; a celebration and Pan African movement that aims to raise political awareness about Africa and its communities around the world. This year I was delighted to commemorate Africa Day with Cambridge University at their ‘Africa Together’ event, organised by the Cambridge African Society.
The event ‘Africa Together’ wasn’t only an event about show-casing the best of Africa, but also gave speakers a platform to share their achievements, inspiring stories, and journeys, in addition to raising and discussing topical local and global issues impacting the continent.
I was honoured to be invited to speak alongside one of Africa’s leading fashion designers and icons Adama Paris on “Modern African Culture and Fashion: Reshaping an Industry”, and receive an award at the event for vision and insight into Africa’s role in global trends and popular culture.
One of my most treasured books is ‘The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey: Africa for the Africans’, which I first read in my late teens, and at a specific point in my life where I began to reflect and formulate my opinions about myself, my country and the future of my continent.
Garvey relates that though ‘the pen is mightier than the sword, the tongue is mightier than them both put together’; and with that, the recognition from Cambridge for my written work gives me great pride, whilst the position to speak on a panel alongside the heroes of our generation was a great honour, and responsibility I don’t take lightly.
In the words of the recently passed and forever cherished Maya Angelou:
“For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place”
A little history for you…
African Freedom Day was founded during the first Conference of Independent African States, which attracted African leaders and political activists from various African countries, in Ghana on April 15, 1958. Government representatives from eight independent African states attended the conference, which was the first Pan-African conference in the continent.
The purpose of the day was to annually mark the liberation movement’s progress and to symbolise the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
Between 1958 and 1963 the nation/class struggle grew bigger in Africa and around the world. During this period, 17 countries in Africa won their independence and 1960 was proclaimed the Year of Africa. On May 25, 1963, 31 African leaders convened a summit meeting to found the Organization of African Unity (OAU). They renamed Africa Freedom Day as “African Liberation Day” and changed its date to May 25.Celebrating #AfricaDay with the heroes of our generation @CamAfricaDay Last Sunday (May, 25th) was Africa Day, also known as African Liberation Day; a celebration and Pan African movement that aims to raise political awareness about Africa and its communities around the world.
The Exclusive Emmy Collins Style Weekend took place at the Miliki Private Members Club VI, Lagos on the 27th of April 2014.
This was an opportunity for the label to showcase its latest collection tagged “timeless” to a discerning audience. In the words of the creative director of the label, Emmy:
“Whenever I venture into designing any garment, what stays paramount in my mind besides quality, and innovation of the design, is that purchasing a fashion item is and should be an investment that should stand the test of time”.
‘Never in Vogue, Never out of Vogue’
is Emmy Collin’s slogan. He explained that he constantly corrects people whenever they label his pieces as trendy as they aren`t trendy 95% of the time, but rather timelessly stylish.
Only pieces from the “original line” were displayed at the event to the enjoyment of selected guests which included Chris Ubosi,Francis Mbadiwe, Greg Mbadiwe, Waje,Ezinne Chinkata,Uru Eke,Korede Roberts,Bola Balogun,Jenika Mukore, Kehinde Dacosta-Lawrence,Noble Igwe,Audu Moukori Maikori of Chocolate City, Banke Meshida,Azu of Phenomenom boutique ,Saeed Sulaiman and many more style aficionados.
The new collection will go live on www.emmycollinsshop.comNigerian designer, Emmy Collins ‘‘Never in Vogue, Never out of Vogue” The Exclusive Emmy Collins Style Weekend took place at the Miliki Private Members Club VI, Lagos on the 27th of April 2014.
Njideka Akunyili | The Beautiful Ones #1b [alternative take] & Nwantinti [along two details], both 2012.
“It was a layering of multiple interests. Obviously my love for Nigeria where I was born, my love for my life here, my love for my husband.. and just try to figure out a way the two kinda exist in a harmonious way.”
“I think of my work as capturing the very ordinary. Just normal.. everyday stuff. I think there is something beautiful and powerful in the things that happen daily. Intimate situations.. sensual situations.. these [situations] people don’t get to see. I think there is a beauty in that I’m very attracted to.. that I try to get out.”
@ Studio Museum’s Artists-in-Residence talk on youtube.
Don’t forget to visit her website for more.Njideka Akunyili | The Beautiful Ones [the alternative take] #culture #AfricanArt Njideka Akunyili | The Beautiful Ones #1b [alternative take] & Nwantinti , both 2012.
Joan Smalls is featured in an editorial “Shining,” for the May 2014 issue of Vogue Italia. Lensed by Sølve Sundsbø, with hair by Duffy and make-up by Karim Rahman.Joan Smalls For Vogue Italia May 2014 By Sølve Sundsbø Joan Smalls is featured in an editorial “Shining,” for the May 2014 issue of Vogue Italia. Lensed by Sølve Sundsbø, with hair by Duffy and make-up by Karim Rahman.