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Dashiki Trend

Dashikis are a west African traditional outfit that seems to have taken over the world by storm. You can find many styles and designs of this beautiful African print.

I remember when I was growing up as a little girl in South Africa, legendary groups like Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Soul Brothers wore dashikis.

Like all fashion trends this one has found its way back again and now on a world stage.

You can rock the dashiki in just about any design, let your imagination guide you.

Here is some inspiration to get you started.
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African Print

African print and fashion trend has taken my fancy ever since I joined the #naturalhairmovement. Its curious how you never see what’s in front of you until someone else points it out to you then viola like the wave of a magic wand you start seeing it all around you.

I’m going to share with you some pieces that took my interest either by style, print or just plain appeal.

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Why Are Black Skinned African #Woman Labeled As #TrueAfricanBeauty And Not Simply Beautiful?

What is beauty? This seems like a simple question with an obvious answer , I feel silly even asking it. In reality though we know fact and truth are not necessarily the same thing. So, let us not even define the word beauty, instead let’s just focus on the perception or idea of beauty within society.

If you have read my blog much you will have come to the realisation that the topic of woman and beauty fascinates me. The idea or perception of +beauty has been the centre of many heated conversation and argument even on social media. A few days ago I uploaded a picture of a random model on my facebook page, it was of a beautiful dark-skinned African model. She wore a lovely gold and cream designer dress – she had THE MOST AMAZING SKIN (that’s the first thing I noticed before focusing on her face) and bone structure. When I saw her picture I was excited, I thought I had to share it. She was a simple beauty with short hair.

The reaction I got from my facebook friends was of mixed reaction but nothing I did not anticipate. There are those who would like without commenting and a few who simply said true African beauty (I hate that term, beauty is beauty it is not African or western) and then came the expected comments from those who are ‘anti-black skin’, they went straight for the jagular and pointed out the fact that the model is too ‘black’ (too black for who? Or what?). Of the three types of people on +facebook I prefer the critics over the likes because with them at least I know what I’m getting.

The anti-black skin community believes if you are too dark (black) you are not beautiful, while the pro-black skin community embraces everything +African sometimes to a fault. Because in most cases they will pick a dark skin person over a light(er) shade or afro over a weave and African print over more contemporay attire. My only concern with people, friends and family that are pro African is they can get the lines between African beauty and African pride blurred.

Beauty is a universal term, there is no African beauty there is simply beauty and then there is African style or African inspired style. If a +model or woman from Africa is beautiful that should be because she looks appealing to the eye – she is a beautiful woman.
In many cases African beauty has been potrayed as that of a – woman, I do not agree with this ideology. In Africa we have many +shades of skin from the darkest to very light skin and kinky coily hair to straighter wavy hair. Yet, of all these differences the one the western and the world community embraces as ‘true African beauty’ is the darkest tone with the most coiled hair and in almost all cases the hair is short (African women love their hair, I have no idea why these iconic black woman have short hair-it might be a coincidence). The world perception of isolating African beauty into a category of its’ own is a great source of division.

I will not point fingers at where and how all this came about, we all know enough about the history of Africa to know that this is the effects of years of oppression of the body and now of the mind. African people need to know that colour does not define a person. We need to steer away from cosmetic +skin lightener (that’s a topic for another day). The world should let Africa decide what is African and what is beauty. I just hope in time African people can see beauty before .

 

 

What is your experience on peoples perception of African beauty or the beauty of an African woman?

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The Township Tale

The Township the view from the House Of Glass

Crime, hi-jacking, rape, robberies, poverty, lack of education and skills are just a few stigmas attached to the township. Many people have different perspectives of what township life is, what it looks like, how it must feel like living there, right down to the type of people you would expect to find living there. All these perceptions coupled with our history of apartheid and the media shape this projected image of the township. The truth is, very few people know what township life is like.

Growing up in the township in the 90’s, I remember how the streets were always alive and jovial (especially on a weekend). People walking up and down the road, the whistles exchanged back and forth that I could never quite understand, the sound of children playing and laughing; and the singing from the local township shebeen and that small group of working man that always gathered under the same tree every weekend for a round of beer. Music was a big part of township life, and it still is. This might stem from the fact that Africans love to sing and dance as much as they love their traditional food.

Growing up crime was not an everyday topic nor was it considered rife. I do not remember witnessing it or hearing of a break-in in the neighbourhood as a child growing up.

Tsotsi’s/criminals roamed the township, mostly doing pick pocketing and petty crime. Then there was the gitsi’s (car jackers) who operated outside of the township, driving nice cars and wearing fancy clothes and spending thousands at the drop of a hat – they made the criminal life look fancy to youngsters.

At any given time there would be a handful of criminals that were the reason why no one wanted to be outside after dark. These criminals were usually known by name and dealt with in time. The township had its’ own way of dealing with criminals back then, it was called D.C short for disciplinary committee. Criminals would be stripped naked beaten to the point of hospitalisation (sometimes death) and paraded throughout the township for all to witness.

The township or iKasi as it is best known is the pulse of the nation – the epitomy of urbanisation in the modern era. iKasi dictates the latest trends in brands, music, fashion, drink, cars, hangouts, hairstyle and trendiest suburb to purchase your first home to the best hotel and restaurants. Africans are a people who are traditionalists but embrace change. Just like in any other culture the media plays a pivotal role in influencing the fashion trends and Africans are brand and price conscious buyers who love wearing the best and latest fashion trends on the market. No-wonder it makes business sense for big business to move to the township – it is where the majority of their customers are.

The typical weekend in the 21st century is canvassed by the local mall/shopping centre, carwash, shisa nyama/ traditional food outlet, a visit to the local salon and an evening at the best lifestyle establishment in iKasi. With the change in income we have seen start-up businesses like B n’ B’s, spa’s and Lifestyle establishments pop-up around the township. The entrepreneurial spirit is sweeping over iKasi but not all businesses survive, I believe this is due to lack of business acumen. Through education and proper distribution channels the gap between skills and education can be bridged, sustaining and developing business in the township.

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Nearly 17 years later, the township vibe and entertainment scene has grown and is the main tourist attraction. The thread that defines and links township culture is ‘spirit’. iKasi spirit reminds me of Timone and Pumba’s phrase ‘hakuna matata’ a Swahili phrase meaning ‘no worries’ – be happy.

DStv partners with Jameson Vic Falls Carnival to offer once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience!

Jameson Vic Falls Carnival is proud to welcome DStv as its official media partner for Africa’s most unique and exhilarating music and adventure festival in 2013.

To celebrate this partnership DStv is offering an amazing opportunity for 10 of its premium subscribers to experience the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival in VIP style.

The 5 lucky couples from around Southern Africa will experience the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival like no one else. They will be flown to Victoria Falls and hosted at the elegant Elephant Hills Resort overlooking the majestic Zambezi River. The adventure will continue with a complimentary sunset cruise and a trip on the exclusive Steam Train Party Express, which has become an iconic feature on the carnival calendar. Of course, winners will be given full 3 day access to the Carnival to experience the phenomenal line-up of 20 acts and endless activities. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an unforgettable New Year’s extravaganza!

All festival goers are encouraged to visit the Green Village to see what DStv Africa has to offer, where there will be special screening of some of their premium content.

Colleen Goodman, DStv’s Senior Marketing Manager said, “DStv exists and operates in regions within and beyond Southern Africa and is excited to be giving our subscribers this unique experience to engage with the brand across borders.”

To be part of the experience, make sure you enter on www.dstv.com to stand in line for this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime prize.

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Tickets

Tickets sales are open for the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival and range from single-day entry to VIP two-day passes. All tickets for the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival are available through www.webtickets.co.za and are priced as follows:

Single-day entry: US$45 (R400)

Two-day pass: US$55 (R550)

Three-day pass: (29-31 Dec): US$80 (R800) SOLD OUT

VIP single day pass: US$70 (R700)

VIP two-day pass (30-31 Dec, limited to 500 in VIP area): US$100 (R1000)

Ticket link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=405171520