24Apr/17

Lindi Roaming the Streets with Ntomb’enhle Dolls and Lulasclan

Lindi Roaming the Streets with Ntomb’enhle Dolls and Lulasclan!

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In Zulu, “Ntomb’entle” means beautiful girl. The Ntomb’enhle range represents just a few of our South African and neighbouring countries traditions.

Finally, South African cultural black dolls that children can identify with! Ntom’benhle Dolls is the concept and creation of Molemo Kgomo (46). This mother of two beautiful daughters brought the range into the market in 2005, after identifying the lack of pretty black dolls in the market which her daughters could relate to. Little did she know that in addressing this issue, that she would be answering the call of millions of other moms around the world, who wanted their children to have dolls that represents them. The dolls are beautiful girls as their name states. They have beautiful brown skin, brown eyes, short hair and curves. This is typical of a South African little black girl. In addition they celebrate the heritage of each of the South African cultures.

“BOTH MY DAUGHTERS ARE MY INSPIRATION, THEY ARE MY LIFE !!!!!!!!”

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They are dressed in apparel representing the following 8 South African cultures:
Zulu
Sotho
Pedi
Swazi
Ndebele
Venda
Tsonga
Xhosa

“The goal with Ntomb’enhle Dolls is to provide little girls with a doll which they can see themselves in, and therefore start the process of redefining the definition of beauty in South African girls. The dolls can be played with by all races, as we see with white dolls. We believe that they will help to foster tolerance, understanding and friendship between children of different cultural backgrounds. We live in a diverse country and have much to celebrate!”

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“It has been along journey and has not ended, I will keep going at it as I still have so much I would like to do with the brand, the journey continues.”

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Graphic Designer and Illustrator Bonolo Chepape, also the founder of LulasClan, manufactures and produces all products in Rustenburg, North West of South Africa. These designs are authentically created in-house. Material Scatter cushion designs are printed on 100% cotton twill using the latest digital sublimination printing technology. Designs are made according to individual specifications to create unique products with a personalised taste.

  Ntomb'enhle Dolls   “We specialise in textile design, illustration, interior decor & design.”

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So she called this Journey Meet the other side of Africa, another side of Africa that is free from the negative perceptions of society but a place where colour plays in-between all the black and white lines that seem to define and divide us. “Let’s put colour into play this time in a positive light, in a merge of two styles and a new breed that form when Africa meets West and women come together to rise up together to reach the stars.”

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When ‘I’ becomes ‘We’  that’s when we will succeed in building one another and supporting one another’s dreams and stories are passed on through generation and generations, stories that tell of amazing and inspirational women who helped to build an African mindset, that is all inclusive and creativity forms the unifying language.

Meet the other side of Africa is not just a collection of beautiful scatter cushions, it is Art, it is story telling, it is a movement and a collection with the aspiration of one day collaborating and sharing stories of women across all walks of life and celebrate all that society deems as imperfect, because in true reality imperfections are what makes us all beautiful, and unique. 

It starts with ‘I’ with an aspiration of becoming “we”, so if you would like to collaborate, and are a creative looking for a platform to showcase your talent, join the Clan, we all about creativity and bringing different parts together to form a whole. email your submissions to talent_colab@lulasclan.com 

“Our limited collection of well-crafted bespoke scatter cushions, are designed to celebrate woman and to tell their stories. Each scatter is inspired by a graphic illustration piece and is specially printed for a high quality finish. Let your home tell a story, celebrate it with this collection.”

MEET THANDO Meet Thando, she is made of love, she is the love that unites shapes and patterns whilst bringing all sweet pastel colours together.

MEET THULI A little attitude, pink lipstick, bold prints, and a huge ‘Fro’ sounds like nothing good oh! Thuli can’t live without.

MEET MBALI She blossoms like a wild flower, planted among the weeds, and just like spring comes with joy so does she.

MEET NALEDI Just like shooting stars, Naledi is one that’s hard to find. She lives a lucid dream and is determined to be much better, much brighter then she was yesterday.

MEET MAMA-AFRICA Mama Africa the mother of nature, and the salt of the earth, she is soft, nurturing and a strong rooted women.

“It’s not easy leaving your job in the pursuit of happiness and a life out of comfort and security, but this journey is only truly beginning and I am still yet to scrape and fall on my way to reaching a place where I can feel I am at home and free from the many fears of the unknown.”

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27Mar/17
Shangani

Shangani Fashion’s, Where African Fashion Meets the Stylish Traveler

ShanganiShangani Fashion’s debut presentation during New York Fashion Week conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories. Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style. Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name “Shoshangani” means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures. Creations by Shangani’s Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is the passion behind Shangani Fashions.

The design duo collaborating on the aesthetics is Fashion Designers Mary Moore and Elesia Peterman. Moore is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and a world traveler.  “My inspirations are fusions of my cultural, travel experiences and my Zimbabwean heritage and styles. Shoppers will find diverse influences from the Caribbean, European and Middle-Eastern expressions in my fashions. I enjoy mixing various African influences with a contemporary cut and shape for a modernized look. And the result is a ready-to-wear brand that is suitable for all occasions” explains Mary Moore.

 ShanganiMy creative inspiration comes from a fusion of time, epoch periods and cultures, while remaining Afrocentric. States Elesia Peterman. “I want our line to show that African print transcends. The looks can be worn strictly as traditional wear, but the looks can also be incorporated in business and everyday casual use. What makes our line unique is that it isn’t just an African meets Western cohesion. Our goal is to reach and inspire a much bigger market. Our line is an international fusion. Also, being a millennial, I feel I can relate with the style trends my peers are excited about. I want to use clothing design as my voice and demonstration of creativity.”

Shangani offers looks for both men and women, and intends to expand the menswear line for upcoming seasons. The garments are wearable for business casual or as formal wear. Depending on the type of garment design, the brand uses one-hundred percent cotton, applied with Dutch Wax print, Denim and other uniquely blended materials of the finest quality. Completing the Afro-inspired look, the Shangani brand also features handcrafted travel handbags and clutch bags. Accessories such as earrings, bracelets, and shoes add a hint of sophistication to an individual’s look.

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17Mar/17
Diane Linston

Diane Linston is All that is Glitz and Glamour for the Girls

Diane LinstonAccording to Fashion Designer Diane Linston, fashion should always be high-key, up-beat, and fashionably fun. Sequins fashion is still a hot trend for the 2017 fall season and Linston has her finger on the pulse of glitz and glamour with style creations that transcend from business casual to red carpet glamour. If you still think that sequins are only good for a night out, then Diane Linston, creative director of Style of Imagination Inc. has a wardrobe solution that is lifestyle changing.

The Styles of Imagination collection is carried by fifteen retail boutiques throughout the United States; and the brand offers two collections for the style conscious shopper. The NGU Collection offers finer fabrics, detailing and embellishments; while the DYL Collection is moderately priced. The NGU collection means (Never Give Up), and is all about being positive, high spirited with perseverance. “I have faced very traumatic and discouraging times in my life and I praise glory to God for keeping me positive in order to persevere. By never giving up on my dream to launch my fashion line, I now create fashion designs that are uplifting and sophisticated for the everyday woman. For me being creative is healing. I believe being positive and never giving up on our dreams is how every woman should live her life …Positive and glamorous!” explains Linston.

It’s time for girls to try something new; namely sequins as daywear! Rock a sequins or rhinestone top that is moderately price, and easily match it with a basic or classic bottom piece without over spending. The NGU collection also includes denim suits and separates that are stylish and sophisticated for women ages twenty-five through sixty years of age. A sophisticated woman who wears NGU never gives up. And neither will those flirtatious guys.

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06Mar/17
Minda Honey is NOT Your Negro

#WomensHistoryMonth: @MindaHoney

Minda Honey is our Women’s History Month feature

Black women are brilliant; Taji Magazine knows and celebrates that every month. For #WomensHistoryMonth this year, we will profile four women who embody the talent that makes us smile.

First up is the fashionable and witty Minda Honey, creator of WrMindaa + Issaite Louisville and all-around amazing woman.

Minda Honey is a writer, editor, and Louisville native. She writes about love, relationships, and food. The common denominator for her work is consistently critical analysis that lends visibility to marginalized intersections that would otherwise be ghosted. She has introduced us to other stellar Black women like Issa Rae and Cynthia Bond. From earning an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside to founding Write Louisville, she is a southern woman with a global heart. Minda Honey was recently featured in Teen Vogue. The article explored the hair discrimination Black women face in the workplace.

Scholar, Agitator, Lover

When others shied away from addressing the Nate Parker rape accusations, she took the issue head on:

Yes, Black women on Twitter held Nate Parker accountable…Black women were also the majority of filmgoers who saw and supported Birth of a Nation—but of course we don’t get credit for that part. (Well, I don’t deserve credit for that part because I refused to go see it).”

But did anyone really expect less from a woman who shares a birthplace with Muhammad Ali, CJ Fletcher, and bell hooks?

In a 2016 piece, Minda Honey explores the audacity of whiteness and encourages us all to do us. She urges us to have “the confidence of a mediocre white man”.

Minda HoneyMinda Honey is a columnist and regular contributor for The San Diego CityBeat, The LEO (Ask Minda Honey), The Establishment, Thrillist Louisville, and The Voice-Tribune. Her company, Write Louisville, has recently taken off. Minda Honey is not just a another writer; she is the Zora Neale Hurston of our time.

You can follow her all over social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She also writes website copy, blog posts, infographics, and more. We are exciting to be first in line for a copy of her memoir-in-progress, Anthology of Assholes.

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20Feb/17
Knockout

The Knockout ™ Clothing is made for HBCU Students

KnockoutStarted 6 years ago on September 13, 2010 by Anisette Davis, The Knockout ™ was created using her freshman refund check from college. Instead of spending it like the normal freshmen did on trips to Cancun and putting deposits on new cars, Anisette decided to invest in herself. “The Knockout stands for a person who has confidence in their own style whatever it maybe. Why FIT in when you’re born to STAND out!”

It started as a hobby at Texas Southern University and then Anisette started doing shows all around Houston and at other universities. They recently launched theirKnockout new Fall semester collection. “My clothing is for the college student who wants to get up and throw something on that is casual but not too much effort, or you can style it up and go to the movies with friends or date night with your significant other. I thought to myself what can I wear that’s not too much fuss and can still remain true to my fashion style while still being a student and getting to class on time?”

Bringing awareness to The Knockout can help do that and let other college students such as Anisette shop for an affordable price. Most college students are tight for cash between buying books and food, so she wanted the incoming freshmen to know that college is a great experience!
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18Feb/17

Lindi Roaming the Streets with Artrepreneurs of Mzansi

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Sibusile Xaba, born in Newcastle KZN and having to find music as a passion at an early age,  became engrossed in the art form regardless of circumstances. After completing matric (Grade 12), he decided to peruse music as a career and enrolled in a music college. With the knowledge acquired from college, he recognized a need to study further and expand his musical capacity. It was at this point when he enrolled into university to study jazz and major in jazz guitar.Artrepreneurs

This decision turned out to be a turning point in his career. It led to tours around the world with him playing his love for all sorts of people; young, old, political and apolitical. Furthermore, it honored and privileged him with opportunities to share a message with the countless people that he has met in his journey.

Artrepreneurs With constant practice, performing and connecting with different people, Sibusile has witnessed a continual growth in him as an individual and as a musician. It is a kind of growth that he values as important and worth sharing.

In addition to touring, Sibusile has worked with many different artists through session work, contributing as a composer and guitarist – both live and in studio. These endeavors have led to the creation of a lot of beautiful music with value that has not gone unnoticed.

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Through his work Sibusile illustrates that Music is a collective effort; the more layers of sound put together in unison the greater the final piece. Furthermore, collaboration through music is a fundamental way of building unity within society and the community at large. The more artists that can come together and work together, the higher the standard of art will be. The more music is accessible to different communities, the better artists are sustained through their art.

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Resources, space and equipment will be easily shared…
Special information or comments: The Unlearning is the stripping of self from all indoctrination that the world has thought us and becoming one complete piece with thy self. The music we create is a harmonious massage of love, peace, happiness and equality for all.

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Brothers from the hood creating food for the soul.

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He goes by the name ‘Kabelo Khunou’, from The City of Sedibeng. He graduated from Wits University in 1999. This father of twins has traveled the world to pursue his career in the food industry. Creating food from the likes of chocolate art, fruit carvings, you name it!!!

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Artrepreneurs Life in the hood is not what it’s made out to be when you’re born with a creative mind and the passion for life. The aim is to utilize it to the best of your abilities and capture the hearts of many, while having fun. Who wants to wake up day after day to make someone else’s dreams come true when you can assemble your craft to make wonders. I salute people like Kabelo, BIG UP’S HUSTLER!!!

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

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