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Stunning! Model/Tv personality Zainab Balogun for CLAN Classics Lookbook. Photography: Lakin Ogunbanwo

Get to know CLAN’s creative director Teni Sagoe in this short clip 



Easy Shea Butter Mix

This is my recipe for a really simple, no whipping needed, shea butter mix. I don’t think it really matters what oils are used, these are just what I am using at the moment.

Depending on how thick you want it, you can change up the proportions, using more shea butter for a thicker mixture. 

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Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973)

FKA twigs Collaborates with Google Glass for Concept Video “#throughglass.”

Created for Google Glass, FKA twigs’ #throughglass project sees the singer channel her inner fembot and unleash some killer dance moves, with the help of similar looking dancers, and calls upon “references and inspirations as well as incorporating the device into the actual filming.”

All while her songs ‘Video Girl’ and ‘Glass & Patron’ provide the soundtrack.

"I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup," she told me. "I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen."

- Nicki Minaj for GQ Magazine November 2014.

Chantelle Brown-Young

DRESS-UP COSTUME IDEAS: AFRICAN EDITION (or ‘if I were to dress up for Halloween, here’s what I’d consider):

This year, we’ve already seen all sorts of offensive Halloween costumes advertised, most notably Ebola hazmat suits. It seems this annual occasion cannot occur without people selling or creating distasteful and offensive costumes.

If you therefore want to avoid engaging in horribly racist and dehumanizing stereotypes and rather channel more contemporary and personalized facets of African cultures, well, without further ado, I present to you a list of (some of) my top ten costume ideas for any dress-up occasion.

Here they are listed in order:

  1. Blackberry Babes
  2. Touki Bouki
  3. Les Sapeurs Congolais
  4. Fela and the Kalakuta Queens
  5. Leleti Khumal and the students of Sarafina
  6. Mafikizolo channeling Sophiatown fashions
  7. Cameroon’s infamously stylish first lady Chantal Biya
  8. The patriotic green-haired Nigerian footballer Taribo West
  9. Samuel Fosso, La Femme Américaine Libérée des Années 70”
  10. Afronauts

Honorary mentions: Inspector Tahar and his assistant, Koffi Olomide.

N.B. NO BLACK/BROWN-FACE IS REQUIRED FOR ANY OF THESE ‘COSTUMES’. If people don’t ‘get it’, well, educate them - it’d make for a great conversation starter too, right?


Suzana Massena + Suzane Massena + Samira Carvalho by Talles Bourges, for Bloginvoga Oct 2014

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UNESCO is launching a photo competition for 18-30 year olds, with a USD$500 prize for the winner. The winner will also have the chance of seeing their photo printed in the next Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and promoted globally to media and at our numerous launch events.

The next edition of the EFA Report is due out in April 2015 and will review how well the EFA movement has contributed to ensuring all children, young people and adults enjoy their right to a quality education. Find out more about the next report.

What we are looking for:

As the next Report will look at progress in education from 2000 to today, your photo should illustrate ideas linked to youth, education, literacy, skills and/or the world of work among members of your community over the past fifteen years.

How to enter:

The deadline for submitting a photo is 23.59 Paris time on 9 November 2014 and you must be aged between 18-30.

> Download the competition guidelines to find out more including how to enter.


Eulogy for those who died from Ebola.

Poem by Amira Ali | Illustration by Solomon W. Jagwe.

It’s October 16, 2014

sitting between the sunset

November is slowing coming as it keeps asking:

how will you say, not for tomorrow but today

when the future remembers you

how will you say

you made the world a better place, today?


November is slow coming,

it seeks beyond sensationalized headlines

the fear mongering that seems to enlarge pride,

it seeks beyond the old-age theatrical style

a legacy of colonial times

that keeps peddling schisms,


it seeks beyond perjury and a monotone styled

of binary structured narratives

that erect lines of exclusion

of villain vs. victim

of clichés that tramp muscular allegories,


it seeks beyond medical racism

beyond denial of what matters most

beyond sense that fails to imagine

fixed on political prostitution

immorally selling stories of “smuggled bush meat”

criminally hurting man of his dignity and truth.



this will not survive

we hear the angels saying

November will be coming,


for we know the brainwashing ploy

we are awake, fist up

rising from the depth of our afflictions

we refuse to be abstracted; we will not cave in

to the invasively stigmatizing

“black body porn” of reductive representation,


we will not cave in

to the dominant language of othering

of the objectification,

this will not survive

we hear the angels saying,


we are not enthused

with bounds of prudence

vibrations from past prayers

we African bodies know our value

our dignified self in self,


guided by the sun and moon

we come armed

a lineage of ancient resilient souls

radiant hearts, love worshippers, light bearers

freedom fighters who for centuries

fought the resistance wars,


grew twice as many lost

prevailed even with their aching love at sea

seeing the strength in wisdom and healing

emanating light beyond seas,


we come from nature worshipping spirits

from the beautiful ones

that make the inconsequential beautiful

knowing what matters most,


we are nations of equilibrium

nature feeding our breath

as we seek, sprout, spread

love, with each breath.



Erzulie Dantor by Katja Mayer for Never Underdressed June 2014

Model: Genesis Vallejo