With all the unnecessary fuss over the tweet from @AyeshaCurry regarding game six of the 2016 NBA Finals and the general capitalistic nature of entertainment, I feel like we need to show this Black woman some love! In this June tweet, the famous Mrs. Curry defended her husband on social media.
She has nothing to apologize for. Ayehsa’s name is legendary. And since there are already a dozen stories out there about the tweet, we’re taking this in a totally different direction. Here at @TajiMagazine, we ADORE Ayesha and we want to celebrate her with the rest of the powerful Black women out there. Here is a list of 10 of the greatest songs featuring powerful Black women from the year Ayesha Curry was born: 1989. (They also happen to describe how we feel about her royal Curry-ness).
10. Aretha Franklin: Think
9. Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation
8. Salt-N-Pepa: Expression
7. Anita Baker: Giving You The Best That I Got
6. Patti Labelle: If You Don’t Know Me By Now
5. Roberta Flack: Oasis
4. Jody Watley: Real Love
3. Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin’
2. Karyn White: Superwoman
1. Janet Jackson: Miss You Much
Of course, we couldn’t close out this list and neglect this classic honorable mention. That’s rigght, you guessed it. Another Bad Creation: “Iesha”
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!
ARWAY (Ah-way) means beautiful/old lady in KRU a local language in Liberia. The KRUS are not unique to Liberia, as they can be found in different communities around West Africa, with slight variation in the language. ARWAY bags are made by Liberian artisans, living and working in Liberia. Their staff travel around West Africa to handpick cloths, skins, and wood that makes their bags unique. They believe it is important that they ensure Liberia continues to maintain a low carbon emission record, thus all items are made out of materials that were produced locally, or were recycled.
ARWAY bags are made from the finest West African Ankara and leather, to ensure durability. Fabrics are handpicked, and designed to fit all. They work with local Liberian artisans in various sectors to create “One Of A Kind” couture bags. ARWAY stands for authentic African style, enduring craftsmanship, and innovation. ARWAY bags are made for customers seeking unique items not for their closet ONLY. We are proud to design bags that are functional, stylish, and embellish to ensure all eyes are on you. ARWAY collections are inspired by various tribal groups in Liberia – Mel, Kru, and Mande – and the authenticity of their traditions.
The Bassas are located on the coast, and were one of the first ethnic group to interact with foreigners. Thus, they are known for being great Cleaners and Cooks. Most Liberians will tell you if you want a good housekeeper get a Bassa person. The collection is depicted out of the Bassas’ ability to remain salient, but important. The rich and vibrant African prints are interwoven with snakeskin and leather material.
The oldest of the Liberian tribes and they are known to be reserved. Which many interpret as being mean spirited. “When you enter a Gola town no one lives there”. This collection is made out of snakeskin, vibrant colors, and seals which depict the Golas’ self-reliance ethos.
“Peace was in Heaven until the Krus arrive”. The Krus are known to be the fighters. Always assertive willing to exert themselves and will do anything to protect their own. This collection is made out of alligator/crocodile skins for the bold and funky that are embedded within Kru couture.
The Lorma are seen as loyalist. The Lormas are viewed to be honest and will always have your back. The Lorma collection is made out of sheep leather. This collection is versatile in simple hues and style.
Love these wonderful products? Contact ARWAY with the product name or order directly through PayPal. Quantities are limited! ArwayBags.blogspot.com
A career in food came naturally to Chef Delliz Hazell…
As a child she spent a lot of time between the family owned bakery and their orchard compound which housed an inn. Many weekends were spent at seaside and the farmers markets with her grandmother, culling through fresh produce and picking through the daily catch brought in by local fisherman. Unbeknownst to her, these experiences would be the impetus for her love of local, farm-to-table and seasonal cuisine.
During her high school years, Hazell began to formally develop her culinary skills by joining her High school Culinary club. There she excelled, joining C-CAP program and participating in culinary competitions in and around New York City. In college, while working on her Hospitality & Culinary degree, Hazell immersed herself in food, culture and community outreach. Her love for local farm-to-table continued. She helped launch and presided over the cooks in the market club, working with the NYC green market doing live cooking demonstrations for the community using farm fresh produce. Eventually she combined her love of outreach and food by spearheading an alliance with the club and a local shelter to cater events for mothers in need.
She joined, and still volunteers with, Spoons Across America on the dinner party project working with Chef Fili and the Gracie mansion culinary team to educate inner-city kids about the joys of cooking fresh as well as dinner party planning. She’s also worked with the A.I.W.F’s Days of taste as a visiting classroom chef. In addition, Hazell has participated in the IHMRS competition at Jacob Javits and received awards from the Societé Culinaiere de Philantripique and a scholarship award for community outreach from Debragga Spitler.
Upon Graduation Chef Hazell spent a few years in Atlanta, Georgia and started a small baking company that specialized in custom cakes. Upon receiving a few job offers in New York, she decided to move back home and began working in the corporate food sector. Although she gained a lot of experience, Chef Hazell decided to ultimately venture out on her own and become self-employed as a full-time private chef specializing in local farm-to table cuisine and cooking with the seasons.
Chef Hazell is a longtime member of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF), as well as the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the James Beard foundation. She still has a heart for outreach and continues to volunteer her time and skills to both adults and kids alike, at schools, clinics, community centers, or anywhere she is needed. Most of Hazell’s clients are based in NYC and the Hamptons.
Most recently, Chef Delliz Hazell has partnered with Taji Mag to highlight the fine art yet ease of vegan cooking. It is popular, especially in America, to cook with meat and dairy, but this recent migration to healthier eating has created a demand for vegan cuisine. Most people who are transitioning have the most trouble because they are unfamiliar with how easy and fun vegan cuisine can be.
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!
In this edition of Lindi Roaming the Streets, Lindi explores South Africa’s Soweto Street Culture Arts Festival.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ‘
The Soweto Street Culture Arts Festival #SSCAFest2016 is proudly South African with authentic local street culture, live Contemporary Jazz & Hip Hop music, Literature, Art & Independent Film screenings.
Here, visitors can experience authentic street culture, fashion, music, stalls, gourmet, colour festival and so much more! The perfect way to experience Soweto and socialize with all of the artists.
VILAKAZI STREET in Soweto, South Africa is well-known for its rich history, particularly for its place in the struggle against apartheid. Given this, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Joburg, and the country.
‘TOES’ is a hip hop based duo consisting of musicians Thabiso Thabethe and Prodigenius. The band blends alternative folk music with rap to create a unique hip hop sound and style. Their music is influenced by artists such as HHP, Freshly Ground, and The Parlotones.
The band originated in Winterveld (Sgandi), South Africa in 2014, when this dynamic team started off by performing concerts in Prodigenius’ father’s backyard. This developed into door to door music sessions, music mobs on the streets, performing on trains in Winterveld, and around Pretoria. TOES is currently performing music from Thabiso Thabethe’s 9 track EP tiled “SHEBAH” and The Genius Touch’s 10 track EP titled “Kastom Kult,” both released in 2016 independently through hard copies and Soundcloud.
This multi-talented young man born in Gweru Zimbabwe was named after legend Lionel Richie. He is an Afro Contemporary artist with a mixture of Pop and Afrisoul.
“Copying denies collaboration as it is a trade amongst artist. It also affects musicians and lead to them forgetting they are the product.” When he arrived in SA, he realised that he’s going to represent his identity and culture. His main aim was to send a clear, outspoken message understood by all.
“Copying kills the potency in the art.”
Ringo Madlingozi and Oliver Mtukuzi better watch out for the tremor approaching!!!
“You’ll never go anywhere nor be recognised if you do not want to learn. Team effort is success, and with our different skills the world is just an oyster. Learn to stand your ground and take yourself seriously in order for people to. Believe in your craft and be unapologetic about it, and most importantly give and receive.” His advice to people is to wait for your time, stick to what you do best and let it manifest as our fruits have different seasons.
“Happiness is what keeps me going.”
“The more difficult the process to become whole again;
The pain may fade but scars serve as a reminder of our suffering, and make the bearer all the more resolved and never to be wounded again.
So as time moves along, we get lost in distractions, act out in frustration, and react with aggression giving into anger and all the while we plot and plan as we wait to grow stronger, and before we know it, the time passes. We are healed, ready to begin a new…”
BY MANTALA NKOATSE
A seed like myself only needs to develop into roots
Feel the breath of Mother Earth in my Habitat; give a Shelter to Bugs or Sparrows.
I need to feel Mother Earths tears in my habitat, Let her Sunshine nurture my lungs.
I need to grow, I need to be an example of strength, I need to be a firm stem.
I need to be like Green Leaves Clothed in Mamas Favourite Green dress, I need to be Chlorophyll.
I need to gain beauty from my petals, I the seed; want to become a Flower!
I want to make butterflies smile as I take my duties of Brightening the World.
For the World needs to be mothered before it turns an orphan.
Dear mama Africa; I need my Great Gran Children to Enjoy the Pleasures of your beauty like my ancestors did before they died.
I don’t want to fear War that will leave my habitat in draught, I don’t want to see my Petals wither, chasing butterflies away.
I don’t want to fear the Sparrows that will be left homeless. I don’t want to fear anything.
I want to be in nature, I want your picture to inspire me to emancipate my mind. I want to relish on your ground after I’ve turned an ancestor.
Mama Africa, I want your beauty to remain timeless
Now, Dear Mother! Hear my cry when I call upon your name. Forgive my sins for I have polluted your breath with smoke and I let the World disturb your music, created by birds and the Ocean.
Forgive me for I have demolished some of the habitats to gain the pleasures of my material self, I have realized that the World is not as Important as you are because you gave birth to the World.
Mother, without you there’s no more me, or birds or butterflies or trees or the ocean
Dear Mother Africa. Stay Strong and quench my strength with your mountains, inspire my beauty with all that you are, provoke my emotions with your ocean. Mama Africa, please keep clean for the sake of your legacy.
Alive with possibilities is what we are!
DanceAfrica 2016: The photos say it best. DanceAfrica always brings out the most beautiful melanated beings of all ages and eccentricities. The festival has tons of Black Owned vendors and the actual DanceAfrica show held at BAM is cultural significant, magnificent, and necessary!!
In this edition of Lindi Roaming the Streets, Lindi explores South Africa’s The Social Market Pretoria.
“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Being black is not a matter of pigmentation – being black is a reflection of a mental attitude. Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time” ~ Steve Bantu Biko’.
This young lady spews Consciousness.
She labels herself as a socio-artist for the reason that she does her social work through art. This 23 year old was born in the dusty streets of Alexandra (Johannesburg, South Africa), a one square mile township filled with music, art, and the reality of nature’s life. She discovered a poet in herself at the age of fifteen, when she was introduced to Hip-Hop. In 2011 she became a part of a global girl activism movement; The V-girls and has been an art-activist since. She was inspired to host intellectual dialogues in her community as she saw the need for discussions in her community. Her highlight of 2012 was when she performed for an opening speech of the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma during the Alexandra Centenary Celebration. Her first book, published by Diaspora Publishers (2014), was titled “Psychological Cripple,” with the help from a beautiful soul named Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende.
Born of South African/Zambian decent and the influence of fine arts within the family, he started photography straight after high school. “Oh haha, did I mention that this was done with an iPhone?”
Ron Ndlovu’s passion for photography gradually became hunger, which led him to refrigeration and other odd jobs to save up for his dream. His first baby was a SONY NEX F3, a small entry level camera which did the job.
Through his regular posts on social media he was spotted, and did small gigs at kid’s parties and lifestyle shoots which later developed into a series of NOIR shots. This became his niche and led to the birth of GreyScale.
At an amateur stage, he did charity to large scale events, learning the ins and outs of the industry.
This multi-talented young man takes time to consult with up and coming musicians helping with song writing and production. “Secretly, I too can hold a note” he reckons…
“The world is black and white, but every story has a shade of grey”
Is that even possible in the conformed world we live in? Is it???
Well, these young geniuses from Venda (Limpopo Province) South Africa have flipped the stereotypes to what we call “CULTURE”. The Social Market Pretoria started in September 2014, whereby a platform for young entrepreneurs was created, to uplift and showcase their work in an inviting atmosphere of color, fashion, music, artistry and, most importantly, freedom of self-expression.
“We like everything about this movement, to us it’s like a beautiful African sunrise. One of the many signs of a very much alive African youth – the future not only looks beautiful, but also business minded and fierce in its expression.”
“We saw a demand for a space in Pretoria where people with the same artistic, creative mind set could meet up and enjoy good music and company while being themselves,” says co-founder Maitele Wawe. Creating a social economy in the capital city, the market provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs to sell their products in a fresh environment.
From thrift stores to the latest hair products and the tastiest gourmet food, it’s all there to be explored.
“The difference is the nonconformity of the fashionistas that gather every first Sunday of the month, rocking crazy beautiful outfits that left us feeling as though we were flipping pages from a 3D fashion catalogue.”
Before the Social Market, Pretoria had very limited spaces for creatives to come together and share ideas. Since its birth, word has been traveling across social media networks that the Social Market is the place to be.
Pretoria has always had an inscrutable nature about it, particularly where art and creativity is concerned. The social market is a brilliant concept thought of by a vibrant collective of creatives who want to not only build and preserve culture and fashion in Pretoria, but also want to empower other young people, creative or not.
Champions aren’t made in gyms. They are made from something they have deep down inside them – a desire, a dream, and a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
This trio is what we refer to as the FASHION REBELS!
“The challenge about success is keeping quiet about it”
Release June 7 2016 | Vol7 of Taji is the “Afrofuturism” issue, packed full of Black Beauty & Culture! This volume features musicians and siblings Loumingou Night & Young Paris on the cover.Gracing the pages are sneaker violence opponents Fuggit; musician and actor Olutayo; rising star Sonyae Elise; web content producers The Village TV, written by Africa Jackson; “3 Tips for Lowering Your Grocery Bill” by Ñaomi Bradley; “The Immersion Excursion: Costa Rica” by Inez A Nelson; “Rape Culture 101: What Erykah Got Wrong & How We all Lose When Men Get a Pass to be Predators” by Tajh Sutton; our Health & Fitness Advice Columns with Trainer Clinton Walker & Delliz the Chef; the Taji Model Winners; and more!!