When I hear women speak on the state of good black men, I first ask them what makes them a good BLACK WOMAN? And my follow up question is: “what are you looking for in a man“? After I hear the answer, I’m like Sis… you’re not looking for a man you’re looking for a “Realtor“, you want someone to just place you in a nice home, but you don’t know anything about turning that home into heaven. You’re not looking for a man, you’re looking for a banker, you want a man to take care of you financially, but you let Miss Betty Crocker do all the cooking in your home.You say you want to have his baby, not because you want to give him an extension of himself, but because in your mind, your child is your financial security blanket in the form of child support checks. We are out here looking for INVESTORS and don’t have anything of value to give in RETURN.
the shine in a little girl’s eyes
the icon of a son in the mirror
a husband to his woman
a provider & a leader
the endearing traits of a real man
personified in how He lives
the strength of the family unit
the shelter in a raging storm
a patriarch to the ancestral tree
his seed produces legacies
to carry on
stability in the midst of adversity
He rules with a gentle hand
teaches his daughter how to be loved
to accept nothing less than a true man
He instills pride in his son
to be the best Man that He can be
Once a year is not enough
to give credit where it is due
a monumental influence
to the innocence of youth
a consonant pillar of masculinity
without a heavy hand as proof
if you had to measure A Man
in all He say or do
it is in the path He chooses to follow
it is the fruits of his wealthy spirit
that makes him so unique
it is He…
Skin Bleaching Models Were Banned From Dakar Fashion Week 2013: Adama Ndiaye started Dakar Fashion Week in 2002, and this year she put her foot down when it comes to certain beauty practices of the models. Many women and professional models in Senegal have turned to skin bleaching creams to make their body lighter.
Ndiaye is against skin bleaching and has banned anyone participating in what she refers to as “depigmentation”.
“It’s not even pretty,” she said. “For me, it’s just a turn off.”
“I’m trying to teach them to like themselves,” said Ndiaye of the natural-toned models selected for this year’s show.
From Fashion Ghana:
Sophie Nzinga Sy, a couturier educated at the Parsons School of Design in New York, was infuriated when she saw billboards promoting skin lightening products around Dakar. “It was ridiculous,” she said. “Our skin is something that we should value.”
Sidling nervously between hair and make-up stations, models also expressed their support for Ndiaye’s initiative.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said model Dorinex Mboumba. “It will discourage others from the practice. We don’t need to change the colour of our skin to be beautiful.”
Upon realising he doesn’t know Dominica’s National Dish, ‘iD’ Director/Writer Richard Etienne visits the Lambeth Country Show to discover more about the National Dishes of other nationalities.
This is a short for a documentary in the making which documents one mans journey of discovery to the island of Dominica the birthplace of his father, the plan is to celebrate the small but unknown Island and put it firmly on the map. This inspirational film is still in the making and needs funding to make it happen.
There are, forever, swamps to be drained, cities to be created, mines to be exploited, children to be fed … But the conquest of the physical world is not man’s only duty. He is also enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of himself. The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.