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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.

27May/17
Devon Anthony

Devon Anthony is Bringing the Music You Want to Hear

Devon AnthonyJames Brathwaite aka Devon Anthony is about to release his music to  his already sizeable army of fans. With his mixtape expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting, newfangled sound that he has made his own is certain to gain interest from across New York.

His first foray into learning story writing  came when he was 13 years old. Later he began to write poetry, which he continued with for three years before finally entering in the NAACP ActSo Program, a decision which he never looked back from.

As his confidence grew and his style developed, he soon saw a loyal following begin to grow and he became a popular local hit in the Brooklyn music and poetry scene. His talent with a variety of musical instruments only added to his appeal, and his unique baritone sound with a twist started to find an appreciative audience.

He is keen to point out that everything he listens to directs his musical development in some way. However, he would certainly include Sam Cook, Bob Marley, The Police, Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder as amongst his biggest influences.

Finally, after honing his unique sound over recent years, he is now preparing to release his mixtape, ‘Devon Portrait’, which underlies the changes that James has gone through over recent years. The biggest of these was the ‘switch’ from poetry to rap , which has allowed him to develop as a person, and has in turn profoundly aided his musical development.

Devon AnthonyOther changes that have affected and influenced his song-writing over recent years have been his development of political writing, an area that he pays a lot of attention to and incorporates to a certain degree in his music, employing sound bites of news reports to add an extra dimension to some of his songs.

And as if that wasn’t enough, James has taken it upon himself to take up an entirely different, though wholly satisfying, hobby of weight training. The satisfaction he gets from indulging in his many passions has led to create a better person, although he is not at his full potential due to the amount of time that he spends performing.

Check him out below!

https://devonent.simdif.com
https://www.instagram.com/devon_entertainment
https://m.facebook.com/DevonAnthonyEnt

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26May/17
Camp Lyfe

Introducing South Carolina Hip Hop Trio Camp Lyfe

Introducing Ludazh, Savage aka Bandit, and Kada From Darlington. They are known among their fans and supporters as: Camp Lyfe. They currently reside in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Their current album is titled “Meet Da Camp.” They are working on a new project right now, but they haven’t given it a name just yet. Ludaz was inspired to do it by the fact that he feels the music industry needs some good music right now. Life inspired them to write it and show people the world through their eyes.
Ludaz doesn’t consider himself an MC or lyricist. He just considers himself a real man giving you his street stories. Either he has seen it or he has done it. But, on the other hand Kada considers himself a lyricist and Bandit certainly knows that he is an entertainer!

They write and create their own music. They have collaborated with as many Artists that they could who were serious about their craft including Lil Ru, Nine Million, and Mo Beatz on their “Meet Da Camp” project.

Kada always loved music. He remembers his grandmother having literally hundreds of records in her living room wall unit. His father played almost every instrument. He started writing in middle school as a competition to see who could write the best verse with his friends at the time. Yet, for Ludazh writing songs is like therapy to him. In general life inspires him. As long as he’s living he always has something to rap about. Bandits’ mother is a passionate music lover, which she passed down to him. So she inspired him to create music.

In Kadas’ world his most memorable performance was their first show in their hometown, as the headliner for a comedy show. They were so young and excited. He loved every minute of it because they got to share something with the world. They worked hard and practiced for hours to prepare for. Ludazh he doesn’t really have a memorable stage performance moment because they all are LIT! But if he had to pick one it would be when they opened a show for Master P. Bandit says that his most memorable moment was when he did a song with “Soul 4 Real.”

Ludazh shares that if he could perform with any popular artist in the industry today, he’d choose Stevie Wonder! He thinks the fella is incredible and that it would be a good move for the CamP, mixing in two genres and all. Kada let’s us know that if he could perform with a popular artist today it would have to be Jay-Z. He’s a music mogul and has branched out into things other than music.

Ludazh tells us that what makes them stand out from other Artists is that they’re not afraid to be themselves. They don’t always have to be the coolest. They don’t mind laughing, and having a good time. Life is about living and enjoying it so they show that through their music, their personalities and all.

The future for Camplyfe is Lit with a lot of opportunities. They have a lot of surprises up their sleeves. The Jody video is on the way. Their CD is coming out this summer. In general the future holds more of everything for camp lyfe from music to fashion. They are also expecting to gain international recognition for their music company.

Their Conact Info and Work Can Be Found at the Following: 
Camp Lyfe
— Kada @mrfreshoncampus on all social media

— Bandit @scbanditcrc on IG
— Ludazh @Camplyfe on FB, IG, & Twitter

Check them out on their website www.camplyfe.com

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08May/17
roc-a-natural

Roc-A-Natural Expo Reemerges to Empower NYC Naturalists With Confidence Mental Health Wealth & Pride

4th Annual Roc-A-Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Transform Your Life Expo returns to celebrate living in a Natural State of Mind. Some sponsors include Taji Mag, The Event Strategist, Nature’s Bounty, Raw Revolution, Miss Jessie’s, Pure Onyx Movement, Body Sculpt of New York, Natural Roots NYC, Michi Designs, Curls and Walk Through Gallery. Roc-A-Natural is held in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, May 13th at The Watson Hotel, 440 West 57th Street, NYC.

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With the recent rise in obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cancer health issues around the country, Yvette Onofre, Body Sculpt of New York will address the nurturing of a healthy body through the “Nutrition Workshop and the “Smoothie Operator” demonstration that will radiate confidence and beauty from within. This highly anticipated event will inspire and encourage an entire community to be proud of their inner beauty while seeking a more natural way of life. The expo will be held at The Watson Hotel, 440 West 57th Street, NYC 10019 on Saturday, May 13th from 10a.m. to 8p.m.

“True wealth comes when you first invest in your natural health at the Roc-A-Natural Expo” says Vincent Ferguson, President, Body Sculpt of New York.

roc-a-natural“Our mind is responsible for navigating our bodies through the world and having a healthy mentality is essential for building our self-identity. Roc-A-Natural stepped to the forefront to fill the need for an event that address the whole person” says SynChana Elkerson, who will be teaching the “What Goes Into A Healthy Mind?” Workshop.

Roc-A-Natural’s inaugural show in 2014 was a huge success with approximately 400 attendees and has continued to grow throughout the years. Now in 2017, with the move to Midtown Manhattan, they’re gearing up for an even larger audience. At this festival of all things natural, attendees will experience an insightful, informational and influential event that celebrates building self-esteem, natural beauty and empowers small business owners.

“This year’s R.A.N Expo is beyond living in a natural state of mind…it’s providing the blue print for building selfesteem through empowerment and Youth-Prenuers!” said Founder of Roc-A-Natural LLC, Dorcas Meyers.

“It’s been an honor to assist with cultivating and nurturing this flourishing Roc-A-Natural movement since its inception. Lack of self-esteem in our communities has contributed to sabotaging our quest for success in all aspects of life from our business aspirations to our personal relationships. The Roc-A-Natural Expo hopes to bridge the gap with thought provoking panel discussions, brainstorming healthy solutions and promoting positive reinforcement of self-identity for all” stated Vanessa Edwards-El, The Event Strategist.

“As the CEO and Hair Specialist of Essence of Beauty, EOB2 and Design Essentials products, I have been a part of the Roc-A-Natural movement in 2014 and 2015 and am looking forward to returning this year as the Pop-Up Salon. We will continue to assist with improving self-confidence through proper hair care and the workshop, “What You Need To Know To Roc-A-Natural and Protective Style.” stated Claudette Gyles.

roc-a-naturalNaturalist’s of all ages will gather to experience the talent and expertise of holistic healthcare practitioners, independent stylists, barbers, salons, bloggers, artists, performers and more. This interactive 1-day expo, is expected to attract approximately 500 participants. The Roc-A-Natural Expo offers a dynamic program designed to provide women, men and children with a vehicle to facilitate their natural journey and tackle the unprecedented challenges faced when embracing the natural lifestyle. The Expo serves as a unique forum where attendees can network, share experiences, and learn strategies from many of the nation’s leading experts on everything natural and most importantly have fun while doing it.

“Cultured Expressions is thrilled to return to Roc-A-Natural this year, where natural is more than just a hairstyle, it’s a Lifestyle — Come and share valuable information and inspiration!” said Lisa Shepard Stewart

The R.A.N Expo will feature an innovative and exciting Natural Hair Fashion Show. Industry professionals and fashion designers from the tri-state area will have the opportunity to showcase their fabulous work through the wonder of artful expression. During the show, the Roc-A-Natural Awards Ceremony will honor outstanding leaders who inspire excellence, ingenuity, effect change, a positive mindset and offer resources to live a successful and natural lifestyle.

Tickets to the R.A.N Expo are available for $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors/students and $100 group of 10 passes will receive an 11th complimentary pass. A few Vendor opportunities are still available at a discounted rate of $285.00. Vendors may confirm their participation by visiting the Roc-A-Natural website and completing the vendor application online.

For more information, journal ads or to register as a sponsor, vendor, community partner, affiliate, volunteer, ROC’Star model or health pavilion participant for the R.A.N Expo, visit www.rocanatural.com.

About Roc-A-Natural, LLC.

It’s All About Being In A Natural State Of Mind!

Roc-A-Natural is an organization and movement that is dedicated to building self-esteem through emphasizing the beauty of natural hair and the benefit of a natural lifestyle. This is accomplished by inspiring natural and protective hair styles at the Roc-A-Natural Hair Fashion Show, educating diverse generations on the importance of proper nutrition and exercise resulting in healthy hair, healthy body and healthy skin from head to toe. R.A.N offers access to a large variety of natural products and services that empower and encourage people to live in a natural state of mind. In addition, R.A.N provides a platform to promote entrepreneurship and tools for wealth building.

“Being Natural” is a choice… “Living Healthy” is a state of mind…” You can choose to be a natural and live a healthy lifestyle!” To follow Roc-A-Natural, engage and learn more, visit www.rocanatural.com, join the conversation at www.facebook.com/groups/rocanatural, follow on Twitter at twitter.com/rocanatural and Instagram @rocanatural.

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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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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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03Feb/17
Bella's Adventures in Africa

Young African Sisters write Pan-African Children’s Book, Bella’s Adventures in Africa

Bella’s adventures in Africa is a self-published Pan African children’s book by British Zimbabwean sisters Rutendo Muzambi and Rebecca Darko, which is beautifully illustrated by Guy Stratton. It follows a girl who leaves England to embark on journey across Africa with her parents. It is a collection of nine short stories based in eight different African countries – Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

Bella's Adventures in AfricaRutendo’s inspiration for writing the book was derived from a number of experiences. One of the key reasons, was her passion for African culture and the need to promote more positive views of Africa. She has always been passionate about celebrating and embracing her African heritage. During her years in secondary school, she was awarded the Jack Petchey Award for her 5 year contribution and commitment to the annual black history competitions. However, she encountered negative stereotypical views from friends and colleagues, who would innocently ask whether Africans lived amongst wild animals and in tiny huts. These views were a far cry from the fun and happy childhood she and her sister had experienced and the modern Africa that we know and love. It appeared to them that some people did not realize that Africa is a continent of many nations, languages, cultures and values. Thus they wanted to write a book that moved away from the stereotypes and showed African children having fun adventures.

Like many other African young people, Rutendo and Rebecca followed the traditional route of going to university and gaining their educational qualifications. Rutendo gained her Masters degree in pharmacy whilst Rebecca also completed her Masters. However, they both still had a passion for writing and wanted to share their love of the African continent with other people. Thus during Rebecca’s maternity leave they began to write short adventure stories set in Africa and completed the book in December 2016.

With over 100 illustrations and adventurous short stories, this book shows African children having adventures. It is important for children to develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and to also foster a positive attitude towards people who are of a different background to them. When children of African heritage see themselves reflected in books, it enhances their self-esteem and builds their confidence. It also enables children of African heritage to see their continent in a more positive light, learn more about different African countries and to be proud of their African heritage.

Bella’s Adventures in Africa published on the 17th of January 2017. It is available on Amazon and on their website www.riverfrog.co.uk

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03Feb/17
Kenneth McDuffie

Chef Kenneth McDuffie is Young & Hungry

Kenneth McDuffieKenneth McDuffie makes his brand known in the city where it all began… His Philadelphia. McDuffie, Philadelphia native, is an independent, motivated, and strong believer in God. With a big personality and an even larger heart, he has given his time, energy, love, and his passion for food to becoming an educator of the art of cooking. Being raised by his Great Grandmother, the late Esther A. Smith, who taught him everything that he needed to know about food, McDuffie began catering baby showers, church banquets, weddings, and later landed himself a job with a popular cruise line. He moved to Hawaii where Kenneth could share his passion for food on a greater bicoastal scale.

Kenneth McDuffiePrior to moving to Hawaii, Kenneth had already started his own catering business in 2009. He recently revamped his brand and changed the name to “Young and Hungry.” Young and Hungry has already cooked for celebrity clients such as hip hop artist Juelz Santana and Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. McDuffie is a weekly guest with his own segment WCW (WE’RE COOKING WEDNESDAY) on the Big Nate & Da Big Bang Morning Show on URU Radio, he’s a guest on Moment with Purple Queen on PQ1Radio, and has also became a sponsor for the Philadelphia Democratic

National Convention BLK out Social Mixer. He cooked his well known Fish Tacos for Philly’s legendary radio DJ and philanthropist Ms. Patty Jackson. This past summer, McDuffie also became the 2016 Bell Award recipient at The Philadelphia Black Expo.

‘Don’t take criticism too personal. You are a wonderful person!’ – Kenneth McDuffie

Currently working towards opening his own restaurant, McDuffie is ready to make his big dream into a larger reality. His goals are to give back to his community, educate up and coming chefs, and advise the young chefs on thriving in their positions whether it is cooking or not. With a mission to encourage the

youth to stay humble and faithful, He also embeds in their minds to grab a bite of great opportunities offered in this world until they’re full and make sure to pay their blessings forward onto others. Check his hashtags #WIKJM #YoungandHungry #ChefKenny

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02Feb/17
Fashion On Belmont

3 Black Cats Café Announces Fashion On Belmont Event Feb 18th in Brooklyn

Fashion On BelmontOn February 18th, 2017 an exciting fashion event is coming to Belmont ave., Brooklyn. Fashion On Belmont, sponsored by progressive Brooklyn businesses 3 Black Cats Café, BGUConcepts and Georgia Stitch, is a night of fun, high fashion and community building.

Fashion and Brooklyn can come hand in hand. Three Brooklyn women owned and operated businesses are celebrating this idea on February 18th, 2017 at 3 Black Cats Café on Belmont ave, Brooklyn. The special event is titled Fashion on Belmont and is proudly being sponsored by 3 Black Cats Café and fashion trendsetters BGUConcepts and Georgia Stitch. Excitement surrounding the event is high.

“Helping empower community businesses and individuals is a big part of our vision,” commented a spokesperson from 3 Black Cats Café. “BGUConcepts and Georgia Stitch aren’t just making amazing fashion, but they are also inspirational example of what can be done when our community puts our mind to it. Fashion on Belmont shouldn’t be missed, it’s going to be a great experience.”

According to 3 Black Cats Café, the combination cafe/bakery and community space is the dream of three Brownsville sisters come to life. Proud to be a “cafe with a purpose”, the eatery has quickly become a Brooklyn “third space” that’s showing love to Brooklyn every day they are open. Fashion On Belmont is the latest expression of this drive.

Fashion On Belmont co-sponsor BGUConcepts is another proud Brooklyn women owned business. Since 2002 the fashion company has been a trendsetter and ground breaker in the plus sized community, respected for their fun, sexy and innovative designs and attitude. Well known for often being a choice for some very well known celebrity curves, their participation in the February event certainly adds to the excitement.

Third sponsor of the event, Georgia Stitch, has taken the art of custom designed clothing to the next level. Exceeding the expectations of everyone from high school girls wanting the perfect prom dress, community organizers and empowerment speakers, all the way to first ladies of the church, the Brooklyn-based fashion business never disappoints. Fashion On Belmont is certainly a great venue to see what Georgia Stitch is offering, both as a business and as a proud part of the community.

Fashion On Belmont takes place on February 18th, 2017 at 3 Black Cats Café. The cafe is located at 3 Belmont ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212. The event starts at 7 PM.

For more information be sure to email fashonbel@gmail.com.

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