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About Taji Mag

Taji Mag is the physical embodiment of the positive Black experience. Our brand embodies the traditional and modern royalty of Pan-African people via our quarterly print and digital publication and live events. While reclaiming OUR narratives and imagery, Taji offers our readers quality advice to assist them economically, healthy options to maintain a happy lifestyle, think pieces to test the societal norms that are not meant for us, #BlackLoveConvo to increase the self and communal love in all aspects, and beauty and fashion inspiration to sustain the legacy of our Black artistry.

24May/15

The Alhambra Ballroom Proclaims Bridal Royalty

Each year, Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom celebrates the start of the wedding season with a showcase of culinary delights in the opulence of their Grand Ballroom. Beneath the draped chandeliers, local wedding vendors joined in to display their specialties in bridal services for budding couples. For this years event the Alhambra welcomed a refreshing, new approach to their presentation lineup, Bridal Royalty, by showcasing ethnic bridal gowns created by TeKay Designs “Queen of the Brides” gown collection. The Queen of the Brides is a prestigious and award winning luxury brand with design and production in Houston Texas and Ghana, Africa. The Fashion Designer, Ms. Kimma Wreh is internationally recognized for her ethnic inspired, and Afrique-Chic fashion creations.

“Queen of the Brides introduces a re-imagination of the conventional wedding. When we saw photos of these dresses on the Internet we knew the Queen of the Brides gowns would be a great fit for our bridal showcase.” explains Alhambra’s CEO Tracey Dechabert. Harlem is a place of history, ethnic diversity and there exist a cultural pride about African aesthetic. Harlem’s brides need to see that there is a cultural alternative to contemporary bridal fashions. The gown, just like cuisine can set a tone to your wedding day that intuitively shares your families heritage. The fusion between cultural fashions and cultural foods can be an experience that resonates throughout generations.” Says Dechabert.

Queen of the Brides offers formal gown creations that includes quality pieces of jewelry that reference a historical time period. The collection exemplifies diverse cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity. The collection includes gowns named after Queen Nefertiti, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, Queen Manta Tisi of South Africa, Queen Padmini of India, Queen Amina of Zaria Nigeria, Queen Nzingha Amazon of Matamba West Africa, Empress Candace of Ethiopia, Queen Consort Margherita of Italy, etc. The menswear line is culturally inspired  with aesthetic themes that ranges from historic to contemporary design.

“We are really honored to have been asked to present Queen of the Brides to the Harlem community. New York is a melting pot of ethnic cultures and that’s what makes this city an ideal place to present gowns that represent queens from varied cultures. Now, anyone can express their heritage and be a royal bride.” Explains Fashion Designer, Kimma Wreh.

The bridal showcase was interactive, entertaining and offered a variety of food dishes for sampling. The fusion between fashion, food and music stimulated every sense to create an experience that offers couples unique cultural ideas for creating their special wedding day. Dechabert states, “Harlem is also growing more culturally diverse and we wish for this bridal showcase to be all-inclusive with vibrant cultures.  At the Alhambra, we take pride in delivering on request for many types of international cuisine from our ethnically diverse clients.”

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07May/15
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Taji Vol3: Nerissa Irving, Model

Release Jun 7 2015 | Vol3 of Taji is full of Black Beauty & Culture from around the globe! This issue’s feature is Nerissa Irving – model, feminine health advocate, and sexologist. Our Special Spotlights are the elegant Saphya Shoe Straps; powerful Naturals4Change movement; too cool The English Schoolhouse; exquisite designs of John Ashford Shoes; and beautiful images of Africa by Ndumiso Sibanda.

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Taji Mag is a Black Beauty & Culture specialty publication highlighting the artistry of our essence.

07May/15

Taji Vol. 3 Release Party!

Save the date! Taji Vol 3. releases on June 7th and the release party is also on June 7th, 2015 at The OMhh store from 2-5p! Join us at 503 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 as we celebrate with good vibes, champagne, and giveaways ;)

Editor & Resident Photographer NayMarie: Photographer & Retoucher hosts alongside Debra Hare-Bey of The OMhh Store! No cover. Be your beautiful self.

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07Feb/15

Taji Vol2: KinVel, Model & Musician

Release Mar 7 2015 | Vol2 of Taji is a well-rounded abundance of Black Culture! This issue’s feature is KinVel – model, musician, and artist. Our Special Spotlights are the regal Your Queens; exquisite wearable art of Tafari Tribe, fashionable ceramic accessories by Viclay; artistic works of Giovanni “Lyrical Thought” Marie; chic marries crochet at ZenBaby; and bi-lingual hip hop duo Negros Americanos.

Purchase your copy now at ‘Purchase Taji’!

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Purchase Taji Mag | Vol. 2

Taji Mag is a Black Beauty & Culture specialty publication highlighting the artistry of our essence.

07Feb/15

Taji Vol. 2 Release Party!

Save the date! Taji Vol 2. releases on March 7th and the release party is on March 8th, 2015 at The OMhh store from 2-5p! Join us at 503 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 as we celebrate with good vibes, champagne, sparkling apple cider, and giveaways ;)

Editor & Resident Photographer NayMarie: Photographer & Retoucher hosts alongside Debra Hare-Bey of The OMhh Store! No cover. Be your beautiful self.

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09Dec/14

Black-Owned Business Collective (BOBC)

The Black-Owned Business Collective (BOBC) is currently a facebook group that focuses on informing the community of, you guessed it, Black owned businesses. The group is full of both business owners and consumers looking to connect with one another. The BOBC spawned from the global community announcement to Blackout on Monday, September 8th and then every Friday, if not everyday. To Blackout is to only shop at or with Black owned businesses to start funneling our money back into our communities. Black people have a large amount of spending power, but we do not collectively use it to uplift us as a whole. We get paid and typically shop at big name brandt stores instead of with each other. A major complaint from those who wanted to Blackout was that they didn’t know of any Black owned businesses in their area or online, thus the BOBC was born. There is a growing list, located under the group’s Files, of businesses not only in the states but abroad as well as online only. They have discovered Black owned grocers, toiletry distributors, spring water, gas station, motor oil, sneaker and shoe brands, and a slew of restaurants, clothing and apparel, and skin, hair, and healthcare products just to list a few. The BOBC survives on community participation and guidance from the admins. The group is strict about only posting Black-owned businesses and information related to it. Unrelated posts are deleted and repeat offenders are removed from the group. The admins feel that if you are looking to purchase a mattress, but when you arrive at the mattress store, you see nothing but basketballs, you will walk out. The group works similarly. The name of the group boasts what people expect to see when they go to the group’s page. If there are Multi Level Marketing schemes, businesses not owned by Blacks or a bunch of motivational memes, those looking to join as well as those actively participating will lose interest. This is not a movement where we can afford to lose steam. We commend the group’s active participants as they continuously post new businesses and the list is updated weekly. We also commend those who silently browse the group and shop the businesses posted as that is equally as important as discovering businesses to share with the collective. If you know of a Black owned business, join the group at www.facebook.com/groups/blackbusinesscollective and post it in the group. The admins will add it to the list and be on the lookout for the group’s website launch in 2015!

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