26 July 2014

Vlog: Derby Caribbean Carnival Procession 2014

It was Derby Caribbean Carnival last weekend. I walked the procession route with my kids and friends. This is a video of some the highlights. We had typical British weather, rain sun thunder lightning all in one day. The troupes still put on a good show despite the mixed weather.

21 July 2014

Makeup Revolution Scandalous Lips

Makeup Revolution Scandalous Lipstick Collection

Here is a video I did showing  the Iconic 3 eyeshadow palette plus lip swatches of the Scandalous lipstick collection by Makeup Revolution. Some of the shades are quite pastel in colour whereas the others work just fine. Take a look at the video below and tell me what you think.

10 July 2014

Throwback Thursday | Althea and Donna Uptown Top Ranking

Althea and Donna's song Uptown Top Ranking was a big hit in 1978. It is almost timeless. Unfortunately this was their only major hit.

06 July 2014

Feed a Child South Africa | Problematic Advert

In the name of charity is it ever alright to depict a black child as a dog belonging to a white owner who is fed scraps off food to throughout the course of the day? Even if the message is to state that many children eat worst than dogs. This is what This is Africa is asking.  Take a look at the advert by Feed a Child South Africa. It just screams wrong, wrong, wrong. If this is how white South Africans see the indigenous Black populations poor children, what do they think of the rest? The advert is in one of the most poor tastes I have seen in a long while. I just wonder if poor white children are depicted in this way in South Africa. It is just bad really. The could have done this ad by showing a well fed dog and a child with an empty bowl at a dinner table to sat on a porch. If this is the box they are in, this charity needs to think outside of it.

Read the article on This is Africa here.

04 July 2014

Big Hair Don't Care | Crochet Weave

I am so happy I got my hair done using a technique called Crochet weave or crochet braid. This technique is basically done by creating a canerow or cornrow base and then the hair is looped through the canerows using a crochet technique. Some use a latch hook or a hair beader. 

For this look I used 4 bags of Model Model Water Wave hair. I also used a new hairdresser as my usual one does not do crochet. Check out my video. 

01 July 2014

Lupita Nyong'o Braids Hair

Check out this video that was made for Vogue where Lupita shows off her hair braiding skills. She explains that she had a bad experience in America with her hair so when she was back in Kenya her Aunt showed her how to braid hair. This became a talent that she would use to style the hair of her friends.

It is definitely nice to see an African celebrity who is one of Hollywood's current darlings showing off Black culture to the masses. Hair braiding is a very old tradition that is passed down the generations. As the years go by more creative ways are developed. Mothers daughters aunts teach the younger ones to do this. Nowadays if you are not able to braid hair there is a plethora of tutorials online to show you how. Some traditions are just meant to be for eternity.

Yes to Lupita showing off African cultural tradition! 

30 June 2014

I Love My Africa | Africa Rise Up

MultiChoice's Africa Rising, is a campaign focussed on creating shared value, designed to inspire Africans to become involved in community-based social investment projects. 
I really do love the theme of this song and the campaign it is for. Africa as a continent is rich. It is about time that Africa and her many countries stand up and be great.  To be great every African at home and abroad must do their part to help propel their communities forward. Have a listen to the song and tell me what you think.

The artist featured in this song are Tiwa Savage, Davido, Sarkodie, Micasa, Diamond and Lola Rae.