Category Archives: Beauty

02Feb/17
ii-Kaya

Black Beauty II-Kaya as Mami Wata

II-Kaya Embracing the essence of Mami Wata

One brief glimpse is all it takes
to become enchanted by her mystery.
created exquisitely, she moves fluidly
within and throughout the living waters.
She may only appear for a moment,
but a single moment is enough
to influence one toward becoming
fully immersed in her aqueous realm.
Searching for nautical miles;
following her song of sweet serenity.
Many would be unable to see it through.
Though there are few who would never
set foot on dry land again;
who would forever
hold their breath and swim
along side her for eternity…

As she investigates the surface,
she does not succumb to the shallows.
She remains free to come and go as she pleases.
It is in her nature to manifest
that which her heart desires.
However simple or extraordinary it may be.
From time to time she ventures to the shore
and makes a splash
before returning to the sea.
Like the waves that crash on the sandy beach,
she brings with her many treasures
but takes a part of it when she leaves.
Tidal movements guided by lunar Inergies.
Those who are fortunate enough to feel her presence
would be unable to forget;
While others sail around the world to find her
but never catch her in their net…

Her depths, they are uncharted,
there is another world in her eyes.
She travels across oceans,
navigates the estuaries;
journeys up streams and rivers.
She is known around the globe by many names:
La Sirene, Mama Glow, Madre de agua,
Yemoja, Oshun, MamiWata…
For millennia her legend has been told.
A deity in the mortal world;
many see her as a fantasy.
She piques the imagination.
However, this mystical being
is no mere mythical creature.
She is divine, yet misunderstood
so she changes form
and remains hidden from the unworthy man.
Those who betray and hurt her;
they who cannot honor her with fidelity
will never sight her again once she has submerged.
Yet there need only be one to recognize her
and create a sacred space; a safe haven
for the Goddess to re-emerge!

Royal | II-Kaya – @ii-kaya_ises, @model_ii_kaya_ises
Photo | @Jahrevealdesigns

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Vol10

Taji Vol10: Revolutionize

Release Mar 7 2017 | Vol10 of Taji is packed full of Black Beauty & Culture fulfilling it’s theme of “Revolutionize”! This volume features Pan-Africanist and Entreprenuer EmpressAK on the cover. Gracing the pages are the Editor’s Pick: Fruiggie is Making Painting Fun & Safe; the community feature on the powerful Ezekial’s Divine Oil; Hair Feature by Mz Lady Lox; “Multiple Streams of Revenue = Wealth” by Nay Marie; “The Root of Travel” by M’Bwebe Ishangi; the delicious seafood catering and pop ups of KnicknacksBK; unique eyewear from 9oclockteeparty; the sensual scrubs, butters, and jewels of TheCelestineCollection; #CareFreeBlackKids2k17 & Beyond” by Tajh Danielle Sutton; “#BlackLoveConvo” with Africa Jackson & Dapper Dr. Feel; our Health & Fitness Advice Columns with Trainer Clint & Delliz the Chef; Featured artist Will Focus; Must Have Comic Book: Is’Nana the Were-Spider by Greg Anderson Elysée; the Taji Model Winners; and more!!

Purchase your copy now at ‘Purchase Taji’!

Vol10

Purchase Taji Mag | Vol 10

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

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07Nov/16
Melonie

Black Royal: Melonie Torres in LES

Melonie Torres having fun being sexy in LES, NY.

Melonie

Model: Melonie Torres
Photographer: Gerald Deus
Stylist: Unconventional Labels Boutique
Set direction/Concept: LJE Model Agency
Agency: LJE Model Agency
IG/Twitter
Model: @Melonieeeeeee
Photographer: @GeraldDeus
Stylist: @UnconventionalLabels
Agency: @LJEModelAgency
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Melonie Melonie
IG/Twitter
Photographer: @fly_imagez
Make-up artist: @GlamMakeupDiva
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05Nov/16

Black Royal: Temitayo Agoro

Temitayo Agoro – “I just love teaching kids the positive notion of shooting with a camera, not with a gun.”

Temitayo Agoro

Temitayo A. Agoro
Morehouse College
CTEMS
African American Studies
NIH Published Researcher
CEO of AUCCAM LLC
Shoot with a Camera, Not a Gun! ™
The Running Punter
@agoronomics
@auccam
@therunningpunter
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30Aug/16
Pretoria High School

Pretoria High School for Girls Faces Fury After Black Pupils Told to ‘Straighten Hair”

2African pupils from Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa are finally holding their school to account for racism. #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh was trending on social media on Monday (29/08/2016). Videos and photographs of pupils protesting at the school‚ one of the pupils sporting an afro‚ went viral.

The students say that they have raised complaints about the institutional culture and racism at the school in the past, but they have been told that their focus on race and politics is the reason why there is no black student among the top 10 achievers.

After protesting over the weekend against the school’s code of conduct, which instructs them to chemically straighten their hair, the girls held their posters high on Monday while many of them defiantly kept their hair natural. When the bell rang, some of the protesters made their way back to class, but a few of the students walked behind the MEC of Pretoria.

As they walked behind the MEC, they raised their fists in the air saying the “time has come” and “it’s been long enough” in reference to how long they had been fighting against racism at the school.

A student detailed how a teacher had told her to tie her dreadlocks in a way that would fit into the school’s view of tidiness. She tried to explain that her dreadlocks were too heavy and cut into different lengths so a hairband would not work. Her teacher put her in front of a mirror after class and told her to fix it.

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“She instructed me to fix myself as if I was broken,”

“My hair is natural and connected to my roots. They are not braids, they are roots.”

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A powerful image of a young girl in school uniform standing up to a man with her arms crossed above her head has gone viral. Her name is Zulaikha Patel. And the image of her defying the policing of Black bodies has become iconic. Zulaikha’s actions might have been directed at Pretoria High School for Girls, but her story resonates with many others.

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“SCALP FOR YOU”

I burn my scalp for you
To assimilate these strands into your world
I burn my scalp for you
To temper the African that flows through each follicle
I burn my scalp for you
To feed each root with the toxicity of your prejudice
I burn my scalp for you
For my afro may not block your worldview of me

I burn my scalp for you
To straighten the kinks out of my Nubian character
I burn my scalp for you
So that my Blackness may be obedient before you
I burn my scalp for you
So that these now timid strands lay in the grip of your elastic band
I burn my scalp for you
Lest these nappy curls stand up too much in defiance

You see, I have already burned everything else about me in your racist space
My melanin skin
My mother tongue
My culture
My crops on land you stole

It matters not that you have never burned your scalp for me
But you have policed my Blackness for too long

So now I refuse to burn my scalp for you
No longer will I burn within an ember of my authentic me
As I raise my fist past this mane of matted glory
You WILL accept me with my “kaffir hare”!

by Sean Burke

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26Aug/16
Shanice Thompson

Black Beauty: New Face Shanice Thompson

Shanice Thompson is a very strong fashion, swimsuit, afro-art and artistic model.  She literally took over the beach and drew a crowd.  She is a fresh face mainly featured on the runway and video projects.  This is her first official swimsuit photo shoot with this agency and we love it.

Shanice Thompson

Model: Shanice Thompson
Photographer: Fly Imagez
Set Direction/Concept: LJE Model Agency
Make-Up artist: Mariah Summerling
Location: Coney Island, NY
Agency: LJE Model Agency
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IG/Twitter
Photographer: @fly_imagez
Make-up artist: @GlamMakeupDiva
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09Jun/16
Tematik

Beautiful Head & Body Wraps from Tematik

Tematik is a beautiful line of Head & Body Wraps. Created by stylist, Emmanuelle Sundiata, originally from Martinique, Emmanuelle uses vivid fabrics for the most elegant wrap styles!

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Emmanuelle Sundiata

Creative Mare Tet
Concept Store Multi Ethnik TEMATIK
113 Blenac Street 3rd floor, Fort de France
Facebook
www.ateliermaretet.com

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05Jun/16
karma

Young Queen by the name of Karma is Loving Her Locs

Karma is 5 years old and she loves to model. She has locs that she adores and loves how many versatile styles she can do despite her not being a loose natural. There is too much negative imagery associated with locs, thus Karma and her mom are reversing the stereotypes!

Follow her journey on instagram @iamjanae.nichole
Houston, TX
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karma
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03Jun/16
Embrace

Black Beauty: “Embrace”

Accepting the strong softness of her own being, this model searches for the depth that describes her being in the softest of ways.  Located on a hillside overlooking the ocean she leans and ponders. Embrace.

Embrace

Embrace Embrace

Model: Natalie Jasmine
Photographer: Fly Imagez
Make-up Artist:  Mariah Summerling
Location: West Haven, CT
Agency/Stylist/Concept/Set Direction: LJE Model Agency
Booking Email: LJEModeling@gmail.com

Instagram/Twitter
Model: @NatalieJazmine
Photographer: @Fly_Imagez
Make-up Artist: @GlamMakeupDiva
Agency: @LJEModelAgency
Booking Email: LJEModeling@gmail.com

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