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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

15May/17
Black man Chance

Because You Need Black Men on Your Timeline

If our #MustLoveBeards series taught the internet anything, it’s that we love Black men. Blue collar Black men, creative Black men, Black men climbing the corporate ladder, Black men taking care of their families, activist Black men, and poetic Black men all have a place in our hearts.

This week, for #MCM we decided to bless your timeline with 3 Black men doing great things.

RASHID CAMPBELL – OAKLBlack menAND, CA

This 25 year old Oakland activist and father leads a youth program dedicated to supporting youth of color in the Bay area. He teaches students about how to incorporate history from the African Diaspora into their everyday lives. Rashid completed his studies at Oklahoma State University on a debate scholarship and he won top speaker at the National College Debate Tournament. His peers admire the way he talks about the importance of Black love in our community. His students are grateful to have a coach who is so dedicated to helping them be successful. Long hours and frequent trips across the country take up a lot of his time, but it seems to be worth it when you look at his track record and the passion he has for young Black students and their success.

CHANCE THE RAPPER – CHICAGO, IL

Who doesn’t know Chance the Rapper at this point? This Black man is gifted, philanthropically inBlack man Chanceclined, and charming. The Chicago native often speaks of his commitment to family and Christianity in a way most rappers don’t.  His powerful verse on Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’ shows just how talented he really is. Chance the Rapper has an uncanny ability to walk the line being humble and confident. We love the way he navigates his fame.

Chance is also beautifully flawed. On multiple occasions, he discusses mental health, addiction, and self love. While most people, no matter their level of fame, tend to shy away from personal flaws or mistakes they’ve made, he puts his history on display for the world to see. He made hip hop history at the last Grammy Awards show and will surely continue to impress. Beyond his professional accolades, he continues to offer his music to fans for free and has devoted over $1 million of his own money to youth development programs that benefit children in Chicago. All we want to know now is who he is referring to when he says that his “ex looking back like a pillar of salt”.

JUDGE OLU STEVENS – LOUISVILLE, KY

Becoming a judge is no easy task. First, you have to earn a college degree. Next, you need to get a decent LSAT score. Next, you have to actually get into law school and become a good attorney. Only then can a person attain a spot on the bench. Judge Olu Stevens graduated from the prestigious Morehouse College, then went on the complete his juris doctoraBlack man judgete at George Washington University Law School. He was a circuit court judge for the 30th Judicial Circuit in Jefferson County (Louisville, Kentucky).

Judge Olu Stevens did something that most professionals wouldn’t dare do–he put his career on the line to stand up against white supremacy. Specifically, Judge Olu Stevens denied all-white juries from taking over his courtroom. It was a bold move and we appreciate him for the stance he took against racism. Of course, no one is perfect. Though mainstream media outlets have accused him of being a reverse-racist, his act was meaningful. Judge Olu Stevens, we applaud your efforts!

Much love to all the Black men out there walking in their purpose. We appreciate you all and we are happy to see you shine!

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.

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 [email protected] 

“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.”

06Apr/17
Black Land Matters

Duende Naturál & Black Land Matters Finds Egypt in Washington, DC

Black Land MattersDuende Naturál & Black Land Matters Finds Egypt in Washington, DC

 Sharpen your eyes and tune your ear so you’ll know what you see, understand what you hear.” — Listervelt Middleton

As part of Duende Naturál and Black Land Matters 2017 tours we will be returning to Washington, DC May 20 for our 2nd annual Egypt On the Potomac Field Trip with Historian, Anthony Browder.

One of the most stunning symbols we learned on our inaugural trip last year was the presence of two *Tekhenw (pronounced ‘Tek-en-nu’) which symbolizes a timeline: the Tekhen on the left stands for the past, on the right the Tekhen stands for the future, and the space in between the present.

(*Tekhenw is plural for Tekhen, also erroneously called an Obelisk and Cleopatra’s Needle)

It is very clear Browder’s keen knowledge on the design and makeup of the Nations’ Capitol bear clairvoyance to the fact the trans-generational leaders of the world aim to maintain their position as vanguards of Afrikan cryptic knowledge and history having to only acknowledge its truth to another Afrikan if he is “on the level” — which in most cases means you’re male and a 32nd degree Mason — alarminlgy a reason as to why of the many original stolen Tekhenw placed around sacred places in the world, few — if any — are in pairs.

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Anthony Browner

Browder quoted Listervelt throughout the field trip as we were introduced, better put, re-initiated into the mysteries of our Ancestors as creators of geometrics, math and symbolism using the constellations to bring the heavens to earth as masterfully done by Washington, DC planner, Benjamin Banneker — a free Afrikan by the way.

 

Through Browder’s easy to digest teaching style, in a few short hours we were equipped to exercise the significant power of recalling our past through observation of the alignment of building structures and numbered streets, and connecting it to the present to chart a promising future.

Thanks to Baba Browder, our eyes have been sharpened and ears tuned as we look to counter the next wave of Transition 13.

TRANSITION 13

Whenever dealing with the topic of history — particularly the role of its effect on the Afrikan Diaspora pre- and post colonialism, Browder’s poem, our plight is best described in poem, ’Transition 13’:

We knew not
We studied
We learned all there was to know
We taught others
Then we forgot what we had learned
And then we forgot that we had forgotten
Now we are taught
(By those who where once taught by us)
Knowledge
(That we already had)
So…
We study
We learn all there is to know
We teach others
Will we forget…AGAIN?

Taking the Egypt On the Potomac Field Trip reveals this hidden truth; our forgetting we forgot and then having been taught by the very ones responsible for this collective cultural amnesia.

It got me to thinking, Browder’s poem shows at the root of it all this memory loss is the driving point behind the loss of ourselves, our communities and our land.

Although at the core of issues we face as a community defensively are at the hands of racism, socio-economic displacement, and police brutality, there are offensive methods we’ve forgotten was in use before the days of integration when we were all that we had and realized through cooperative means we took care of ourselves. We did this through community, where we invested in each other.

Recognize, we are in the Information Age… a cultural reclamation is at hand.

Our intent through Duende Naturál and Black Land Matters is to serve as the metaphoric space between the Tekhenw (the present) to bridge a self-determining future for ourselves.

We’ve implemented a tangible resolution for those in search. At a bare-bones level we’re enrolling folks interested in committing to saving up to a minimum of $5,000 each to acquire Costa Rican and domestic land projects we’ve scouted to build intentional diasporic communities through membership in our Black Land Matters Real Estate Investment Trust (BLM-REIT) through what’s called an ASCA or Accumualting Savings & Credit Association.

This will enable us to participate in the (re)building and sustainability of our communities together instead of facing the virtually tedious task of doing it alone.

In alignment with the tenants of Sankofa (to go back and fetch our history), we of Duende Naturál and Black Land Matters understand the importance of “going back” to the historical makeup of this Nations’ Capitol to see the very real Afrikan presence that sits as the cornerstone of America — hidden in plain sight! This is what makes Anthony Browder’s work indispensably   invaluable! And the reason we are returning for his Field Trip this year.

From this reclamation we are able to shift from in between the Tekhenw (the present) to the Tekhen on the right which depicts our future — for we are rebuilding that future starting on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

So. With our eyes sharpened and ears tuned, we can now affirm to Ances-Star Listervelt Middleton we know what we see and understand what we hear: Wherever Blackfolk Are, Black Land Matters!

If you’re in the NYC/DC area we invite you to come with us May 20th to Browder’s Egypt On the Potomac Field Trip. For details and registration:

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 NEXT STEPS

  • Come with us to Costa Rica August 12-20, 2017: Join our annual August Family Caribbean Excursion on the Caribbean Coast and get a taste of ‘Pura Vida’ or ‘the Pure Life’! For details, goto: http://www.duendenatural.com/tour/

 ADDITIONAL SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES:

Books

  • Egypt On the Potomac, by Anthony Browder
  • Finding Karakhamun – The Collaborative Rediscovery of a Lost Tomb, by Anthony Browder
  • Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization (Exploding the Myths), by Anthony Browder
  • Afrikan Burial Ground – Urban Unrest – Remnants of Slavery in New York, by M’Bwebe Ishangi (eBook and Digital Print)

Articles

  • Sankofa Kemetamorphosis: Ancestral Calling…

http://daghettotymz.com/current/kemetamorphosis/kemetamorphosis.html

  • The Significance of Historical Consciousness

http://daghettotymz.com/current/significance/significance.html

  • The Unapologetic Quest to G.E.N.T.R.I.F.Y.: Ethnic Cleansing Through Economics

http://daghettotymz.com/current/gentrify/gentrify.html

  • KMT vs NYC & DC

http://daghettotymz.com/current/kmtny/kmtny.html

  • Her Em Akhet vs Sphinx

http://daghettotymz.com/current/heremakhetsphinx/heremakhetsphinx.html

Video

  • The Classified Origin of D.C.

When speaking of the origin of Washington, D.C., the founding “fathers” of this country showed their enormous affinity toward ancient Kemet. Master Historian, Anthony Browder reveals this Afrikan influence with his field trips of D.C. This Video Article both honorz and serves as a complimentary visual of his works.
> Watch here: http://duendenatural.com/may2017.html#classifieddcvid

  • ‘The Future of Our Past – Using Cooperatives to Survive and Compete in the Next Twenty Years’. Take a look at the core issues stemming from Emancipation as well as Integration that’s led to the rise and fall of our collective loss of landeconomics and opportunity and how resuscitating the use of the Cooperatives can be a key factor in the next two decades.
    > Watch here: http://duendenatural.com/media.html#mediavideo-1
  • Black Land Matters featured on the Laura Flanders show

Black Land Matters’ co-founder, Mark Scott joined Weeksville Heritage Center’s Tia Powell Harris on the Laura Flanders show on the historic relevance of using cooperatives as a tangible solution to addressing the disparities of POADUS’ (People of African Descent in the Untied States) socio-economic opportunities.
> Watch here: http://duendenatural.com/media.html#mediavideo-2

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M’Bwebe Ishangi

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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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18Feb/17

Lindi Roaming the Streets with Artrepreneurs of Mzansi

ARTREPRENEURS ON THE LOOSE!!!

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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!!!

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18Feb/17
vulva

“Vulva what… Vulva who?” A Lesson on the Yoni

The vulva… Is this actually the name of a human body part, or a European car???

vulvaMany people, both women and men, are clueless to what a vulva actually is and how nature has especially packaged a woman’s sexual organ/region in its entirety. For the sake of the evolution of humanity, I, Zahabu King, your Womb Sistar, will loving lift the darkened cloak that veils the light of our Goddess goodies! To get started, and for technical reasons the following list ensues…

The vulva consists of:
outer labia
inner labia
clitoris
clitoral hood
urethra opening
vagina opening

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Before I give definition to these medical/traditional friendly terms used for our lovely lady parts below, allow me to indulge you with some enchanting poetic allegory (also found in the “What’s in a name” chapter in my first book: EROTICA for Dummies!) once commonly known in the East to gracefully glorify and describe the vulva/vagina.

Descriptive words like:
yoni
peach
honey pot
open melon
pleasure palace
valley of joy
suga walls
secret garden
lotus flower
jungle of love

And just for the fun of it, and startling contrast of it, I’ll throw in the commonly sexy, yet often times derogatory Western terms, used to describe the female genitalia.

Descriptive words like: pussy, cunt, coochie, punany, pumpum, venus fly trap, poontang, fuck hole, snatch, and hair pie, etc… you get the point… LOL!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way… giggles 🙂 Let’s get back to the vulva at hand… Oops… I mean… matter at hand!

Get open minded and ready yourself to absorb this knowledge and eclectic defining of our vulvas. Now, words can only explain but so much, so here’s where I have to insist that you take a deep breath, and in the comforting privacy of your own home, grab a hand held mirror, lay on your back propping your pretty lil’ head atop your soft, plush pillows and spread those lovely legs of yours eagle style… meaning, spread em’ wide! It’s time to free yourself from fear and shame and take a good long look at what you’ve been blessed with. C’mon & shine that over-due light of reverence on your sexual anatomy with self-love, respect, and admiration!

There you will find:

1) Outer labia – Two sensitive (even sexually sensitive) folds of skin and fatty tissue that are bare for adolescent girls, and once puberty is reached, covered with pubic hair for young to older women. These are sometimes referred to as “love shields”, protect and conceal the rest of the vulva that resides inside of the outer labia. It is common for the outer labia to be described as “lips”. It is also normal that these “lips” vary in size. From large or small, short or long, thick or thin, they differ as well in variations based on the amount of melanin a woman has. Women with melanin tend to have labia that range in many unique shades of brown or black. The outer labia are often sexually sensitive, and will swell during times of arousal via oral sex as well as sexual intercourse, yet some women are not turned on from their outer labia. Remember, this is all humanly normal, and is a part of what makes each woman gloriously unique.

2) Inner labia – Also known as “love wings”! These two folds of skin, go from the clitoral hood to below the vaginal opening. Again, the inner labia can range in color from pink, brown or black, which is all contingent on a woman’s ethnicity. Usually very sensitive, and prone to swelling when sexually excited, some women reach a point where their inner labia will stick out past the outer labia, revealing how beautifully wrinkled or smooth her love wings are. As mentioned above, the inner labia extends down past the vaginal opening, so having your inner labia aroused all the way down past the vaginal opening thru oral stimulation or sexual penetration can be immensely pleasurable and, in some women, even orgasmic.

3) Clitoris – Enough can’t be said about this miraculous and delectable part of the female anatomy! So much so, I will later dedicate a mini chapter based solely on the clitoris! But for now ladies, here is a succinct yet teasing synopsis. Nestled beneath the point where the inner labia meet, forms a cushy, insanely sensitive hood over the clitoris. Glans, also known as the head of the clitoris, may appear to be the size of a tiny pea. Or, in some women, the clitoris can be as juicy and plump as finger tips. All perfectly normal and all sexually healthy. Variety, is truly the spice of life! The larger than life sexual sensations and breath taking pleasures derived from clitoral stimulation, whether it’s by way of masturbation (self-pleasuring), or from the tongue teasing/oral exhilaration a.k.a cunnilingus. Direct contact to the clit feels so good it’s almost in-explainable or indirect contact by teasing around the clitoris when a woman may be too sensitive, can bring about the desired thrill seeking results. Many women experience their clitoris growing stiff and swollen when flames of passion burn hot and her journey to reaching orgasmic gratification is just a burst away.

4) The hood – Ever hear the terminology: Pop that hood? If not, then let me explain. But first, or shall I say again, the hood is a spongy protective covering of the clitoris. With infinite gorgeous variations of shape, size, and color in each and every woman, some hoods, are sizably huge and physically resemble a small penis! Wow! Once you delicately pull back the soft and fleshy hood tho’, (popping the hood…get it? LOL) visually revealed is the wee little clitoris! For women with less spongy hoods, the clit still proudly sits beneath the point where the inner labia meet, within easy reach for elation and excitation.

5) Urethra opening – One of the most elusive parts of the female genitalia is the urethra. It’s wrongly believed that it is only responsible to be a canal for releasing urine flow from a woman’s body. But… oh au contraire mon frere!!! This buried treasure, that has alluded many, is a sweet spot quite sensitive to touch. Once teased, can lead some women to coming. But hold up… wait a minute, I’ve got a very special insight for you… ready? Nestled right beneath the urethra, are two even tinier glands known as Skenes. These skenes aren’t connected to the bladder like the urethra. Rather, a woman’s skenes are connected to the female prostate as well as the “g” spot orgasm. The fluid emitted from the skenes during orgasm is a clear or sometimes milky translucent fluid. Sometimes sweet or salty in taste, depending on a woman’s diet, chemistry, hormonal levels, and time of month. Female ejaculate during a “G” spot orgasm usually, either seeps out or squirts out with a mild or powerful force. Be it that the orgasm is incited via clitoral stimulation, “G” spot stimulation, or penis… here is where the erroneous myth of female ejaculate and urine are “one in the same” comes crashing back down from the land of crazy… as it should… into the light of reality! Two different fluids, two different bodily reactions. The urethra releases human waste known as urine, while the Skene glands release ejaculation during orgasmic bliss! Let me drop another jewel of wisdom for you. Female ejaculation, is very similar to male ejaculation, minus the semen (for reproductive purposes). It’s been called many names, but respectfully known by the ancients as “nectar of life” or “fountain of youth”. For the sake of common sense, when it’s all said and done… it is good ole’ juicy CUM! It is as amazingly simple as that people! PERIOD!

6) Vaginal opening – The omnipotent sacred vagina! The direct link/passage way, connecting a woman’s vulva with the inner cervix and uterus. Truly to be seen as a divine space of the feminine, the vagina is the passage and birth canal for birthing ALL human life onto this Earthly plane! The vagina is also the unlimited pleasure haven, complete with exotic wetness and the breath taking “G” spot, it is home sweet home for the insertion and erotic sexual thrusts of a man’s penis. And magically, the vagina is the releasing center of a woman’s menstrual flow, which in and of its self, “when a woman is healthy that is” …is a perfectly organic cleaning mechanism to shed and release un-impregnated eggs and bodily toxins via blood, on a month to month basis. Starting from the onset menstrual flow of a girl who’s reached puberty, to the last menstrual flow drops of the mature woman, who is entering into the enlightening right of passage known as menopause. Never mistaken a woman’s divinity! Our bodily vessels deserve the ultimate respect and admiration, from ourselves first and then from the mates we choose as our lovers! Now… on a lighter note… well okay… maybe not! It has been written throughout time, that most wars are fought over religion, money, and VAGINA! HA! But who needs war… when we can be “Making Sweet Love” right?

7) The Anus – This part of a woman’s anatomy is beautiful and sensitive in its own right. The outer rim of the anus is very tender and rich in nerve endings. Right beyond the outer rim of the anus is the sphincter muscle, which un-like the muscles within the vaginal canal that have the dual capabilities of expanding and contracting, the sphincter muscle is designed by nature to contract. Anal play should be done in moderation, for the sphincter muscles tends to stretch and weaken. The anus is an organ of excretion, and the rectal passage way “always” has traces of bacterial waste/feces. Often women are in danger of infection when the bacteria known as ecoli that is found in the anus gets transferred inside of the vaginal canal via fingers, penis, and sex toys. The small hole at the tip of your man’s penis is known as the meatus. During penetration whether vaginal or anal, all of your bodily fluids enter into the man’s meatus, blood stream, and semen. Affection and re-affection occurs when your mate’s penal canal contains your bacterial waste/ecoli and ejaculates within your vaginal canal during sexual intercourse. The most common infection is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can cause severe abdominal pain, an itchy smelly discharge, a burning sensation while urinating e.t.c. Anal love-play does provide many women with sexual delight. It is therefore of the utmost importance that cleanliness is top priority to keep womb health in tip top shape. Excessive amounts of anal penetration will eventually induce medical complications like: digestive problems, irregularity of bowel movement, and eventually cancer of the rectum. Similar to the prostate gland found in men, women have a smaller but similar gland known as the cervix which gets stimulated from the push and pull of the penis during penetration. A very thin membrane separates the cervix from the anal passage-way, which causes arousal for some women during anal penetration. For women who indulge in this sexual experience, please approach it with a conscious awareness, use generous amounts of natural lubrication like extra virgin coconut oil, and a complete avoidance of allowing ecoli and feces from entering into your womb.