Tuesday, July 31, 2007
MIMI Style Links: Spring Fling: Harriet's Alter Ego www.mimimagazine.com/2007/april/03-04-harrietsalterego01.html 'Tis The Season To Get Gorgeous www.mimimagazine.com/december2006/02-09-harrietsalterego01.html
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
CNN Entertainment Reporter Lola Ogunnaike at the Night Gala event.
L-R: Julius Agwu, Sammy Okposo and Mike Aremu at the Night Gala event. Julius Agwu won Funniest Comedian of the Year Award and Sammy won the Gospel Artist of the Year. All performed at the event with Julius hosting.
Julius Agwu on the Red Carpet with Sammy next to him.
Sammy on the Red Carpet.
L-R: Steve Sugunro, Tosin Ola and Alfred Ali of Atlanta based We3 Entertainment, which was nominated for U.S. Based Entertainment Promoter of the Year.
L-R: Super Model Oluchi & Former Miss World Agbani Darego.
Super Model Oluchi.
L-R: Iceberg Slim, Alache, Blak Jesus presenting at the Award.
R&B Recording Artist Tolumide Presenting at the 2007 NEA Awards.
Looks like fun times were had by all! On the fashion front, Bola of Ariya Entertainment was the best dressed male (taking a risk with that pink bowtie and all those pinstripes really paid off). As for the females, although Agbani Darego's dress was fabulous (that color was h-o-t), Oluchi takes the cake for head to toe fabulousness. Lola Ogunnaike's hair was on point—that's definitely the look to rock for the summer (long weaves are overdone). Too bad there weren't as many artists representing Nigerian inspired designs.
Find out more about the show at www.nigeriaentawards.com where you can find a larger photo gallery, video footage from the event, as well as a complete list of nominees, categories and winners.
(Photo Credits: NEA Press)
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Maja was five years old when her black Cuban family emigrated from the Caribbean to London. Now, almost twenty years later, Maja is a singer, in love with Aaron, pregnant, and haunted by what she calls “her Cuba.” Growing up in London, she has struggled to negotiate her history and the sense that speaking Spanish or English made her less of a black girl. But she is unable to find herself in the Ewe, Igbo, or Akum of her roots. It seems all that’s left is silence. Meanwhile distance from Cuba has only deepened Maja’s mother faith in Santeria —the fusion of Catholicism and Western African Yoruba religion—but it also divides the family as her father rails against his wife’s superstitions and the lost dreams of the Castro revolution.
On the other side of the reality wall, Yemaya Saramagua, a Santeria emissary, lives in a somewherehouse with two doors: one opening to London, the other to Lagos. Yemaya is troubled by the ease with which her fellow emissaries have disguised themselves behind the personas of saints and by her inability to recognize them. Lyrical and intensely moving, The Opposite House is about the disquiet that follows us across places and languages, a feeling passed down from mother and father to son and daughter.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
MIMI Features Link: More Than A Woman: Teiko Dornor www.mimimagazine.com/september2006/02-06-teikodornor01.html
(Photo Credits: Izabela Harbur)
Monday, July 16, 2007
"I have been chosen out of 10,000 applicants nationwide to be in the final 100 and support the notion that the media should create a balance that allows more women regardless of size to look and feel beautiful because majority of women in this country cannot relate to what is seen television. This only promotes insecurities and lowers self esteem. I have nothing against smaller framed women even size zero models especially if you were created that way naturally, what I'm against is going through unnecessary means to become something you're not and even worse making others feel they aren't good enough if they don't look a certain way.
To be honest winning this competition will be a bonus, I'm in this for myself because I've always wanted to model but have been discouraged one way or another because I'm a curvy size 12 and I'm not smaller and want to put more girls like out there so I'm glad I've come this far."
Starting today (July 16), you can show your support for Amara and her mission to change the face of modeling by voting for her to be the next face of Divinity Models. If you are in the UK, text SOUTH68 to 60777 to vote for Amara. Otherwise, visit www.divinitymodels.co.uk for more information.
(Photo Credits: Nuno Veloso (Spot Studio))
MIMI Mambo Link: Balancing The Melody Of The Diaspora: Sara Tavares www.mimimagazine.com/september2006/02-06-saratavares01.html
Those in the UK can enjoy the vocal stylings of Zimbabwean singer Netsayi , who is on tour for the summer. She is scheduled to continue her tour of the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium until October. Get all the details at: www.netsayi.com
MIMI Mambo Link: Shona Soul: Netsayi www.mimimagazine.com/december2006/02-09-netsayi01.html
(Photo Credits: Joke Schot)
Sunday, July 15, 2007
RUNWAY AFRICA still has more exciting upcoming events, designer showcase, fundraisers, including their Indulge Pamper Party (on Saturday August 18, 2007) hosted by Warm Spirit . For $50, you gain attendance to the Indulge Pamper Party where you may chose an hour with a consultant, experience and sample all natural botanical beauty products, learn a new beauty regimen, relax, and unwind. Your hour with a personal consultant promises to provide feet, facials and hands that will relax you, while helping you understand the right products to use to unwind without a full day to the spa. Make your reservations online at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full day of pampering with all natural products.
RUNWAY AFRICA will debut September 15, 2007 at The French Embassy in Washington, DC @ 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.runwayafrica.com, a portion of the fashion show's Yellow Collection silent auction will be donated to Keep a Child Alive www.keepachildalive.org, a non profit organization that provides anti-retroviral drug treatments to children and families living with HIV and AIDS.
The spirit of Africa is alive in Washington, DC, don't miss out on it all!
MIMI Features Link: Runway Beauty: Angela Asare www.mimimagazine.com/2007/may/03-05-angelaasare01.html
Saturday, July 14, 2007
"So I finally did in New York what I came here to do. I have a full album complete with Grammy winning producers. It sounds like a simple thing to do since it can be summed up in one sentence. But trust me, doing just that entailed so much. I had to go through numerous experiences good and bad to even get to this level. I'm moving out of New York for a while as of August. To move to California, London, or just be a nomad. I'm doing one last show here in New York before I leave. I have a full 7 piece band, and will be doing all my new songs. This show will be filmed as part of my DVD for the labels. So I will need all the support I can get of you all coming down."
We're sure New York will miss her, but it looks like she is moving on to bigger and better things. She is so talented and we can't wait to see what success awaits her. Don't forget to go out and support Mayaeni on the 22nd when she will be performing at the Annex (152 Orchard Street)!
MIMI Mambo Link: Unplugged Soul: Mayaeni www.mimimagazine.com/november2006/02-08-mayaeni01.html
Here are some highlights from the Rock Show; click on the thumbnails below for the larger versions of the images: