Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
MIMI: How much do you think that good genes play a part in how well you age? And do you think that there are things that any woman can do to look good in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, and beyond?
Sehin Belew: I think good genes play a lot in how well we age. No matter what age we are, we need to do the following to look good. However, the older we get, the more we need to do it.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially berries because of their anti-oxidant content. They give you anti-aging protection by slowing down the aging process of your skin and cells.
- Eat walnuts, flax seeds and Alaskan wild salmon. This helps you maintain beautiful skin and hair.
- Try to drink a sufficient amount of purified water everyday.
- Use a filter in your shower so the water you shower in is free of harsh chemicals that can harm your skin and health.
- Try to get a sufficient amount of sleep.
- Try to minimize stress in your life.
- Use holistic whole body care and makeup as opposed to conventional products.
MIMI: Does your beauty advice differ depending on the age of the woman? If so, what's your beauty advice for women in their 20s? Women in their 30s? Women in their 40s? And women 50 and over?
Sehin Belew: The basis of the beauty advice I give to women is the same regardless of the age. In order to look fabulous, we have to workout faithfully; we have to take care of our skin by using holistic products including periodic facials; we have to take care of our hair by deep conditioning and getting it trimmed every two months; we have to take care of our toe nails and finger nails by keeping them nicely manicured without the use of products filled with harsh chemical. In a nutshell, we need to be intentional about our body from head to toe. To be fabulous, it does take dedication and discipline and especially as we get older.
For more tips, be sure to visit Sehin Belew's website: www.befabulousforless.com
(Photo Credits: Gabe Palmer, © Dreamstime) (Model Used Solely For Illustrative Purposes)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In what appears a perfect life, the three beautiful young women in The Perfect Picture make bold attempts to change their lives even when destiny plays its joke on them. With a marriage that seems almost doomed from the beginning, to an affair with an unlikely person and the endless pursuit of love, the three friends will learn the harsh lessons of life, the challenges of marriage, the fatality of falling in love and the rewards of having a good laugh in the midst of sorrow.
The Perfect Picture stars Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Adjetey Annang, Nana Kwame Osei Sarpong with Chris Attoh and introducing Kweku Sintim-Misa. MIMI will have more about The Perfect Picture in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, get all the details at: www.theperfectpicturemovie.com.
MIMI Mambo Link: Modern Naija Chick-Lit: The Mrs. Club
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
MIMI Link: Volume 5, Issue 4: www.mimimagazine.com/2009/april
Thursday, April 9, 2009
My skin is all shades of black and brown ... dark brown, chocolate brown, sandy brown, black-brown, light brown, tan, mocha, cappuccino, bronze, amber, taupe, sienna, sepia, mahogany, rust, copper, ecru, auburn, camel, russet, wenge, coffee, earth ... and yes, ebony.
MIMI Africana Links: Are You African Enough?, Stuck In The Middle
(Photo Credits: ©iStockphoto.com, Phototrolley) (Model Used For Illustrative Purposes Only)
MMB: You are correct. It's totally deliberate. Our culture gives us so much with the different hair techniques we developed along the years. But I prefer to make a chignon with cornrows because it represents my culture and that it can fit the "modern" world and be gorgeous! I don't say that a weave or wig is bad but to me; it still feels like I'm trying to be someone that is not totally me just to fill a certain "world". I don't mind having my hair straight but let it be with an iron and not a relaxer! I'm black and proud so what I believe in I represent. It's by putting forward what we have mixed with the modern society that we can shine. That's what it is for me to have a double culture!
MIMI Style Links: Menaye Donkor On Beauty, Dina Fekadu's Beauty Tips, Dakore Egbosun On Beauty, Teiko Dornor's Style Secrets
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Lira set a soul scorching benchmark with her 2006 album Feel Good but Lira's latest release Soul in Mind is her best work to date. Honest, soulful, feminine, joyful, and beautifully African, it's the perfect music to listen to when relaxing. (Recognize the Stoned Cherrie dress that she's wearing on the cover of the album? Check out: Stoned Cherrie Spring Summer or 2008's Best Runway Moments.)
Black Rose, the title song from Hil St. Soul's album is MIMI's theme song, it's all about picking yourself up and being the best you! Zambian-born Hilary Mwelwa's rich voice adds depth and dimension to the thoughtful lyrics and takes you back to the days when we could appreciate music in its purest form, without distracting sound effects. In six words: the album is sweet like honey.
MIMI has always loved Cesaria Evora's music, and that love is well-founded. No other voice in the world has such pared-down beauty. Radio Mindelo consists of some rough recordings done in the early stage of Evora's career, and the result is a rare listen to what she sounded like when she was in her 20s ... sometimes upbeat, occasionally mournful, devastatingly nostalgic, and always haunting. What's not to love about Evora's hallmark swooning sound?
MIMI Mambo Links: Feel Good Music: Lira, SOULidified: Hilary Mwelwa, My All Time Favorite Albums: Hilary Mwelwa
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
- Les Nubians
- Goapele (she released a great single Don't Be Shy last year)
One thing MIMI knows is that when these artists release new music, it will be well worth the wait! It's all about quality over quantity with them. Tell us in your comments, which artists would you like to hear new material from?
(Photo Credits: © iStockPhoto/Jason Verschoor)
Wayna recently released a statement clarifying what happened: the club had been inadvertently packed in her carry on bag. Despite explaining to security that she was a performer and that she had traveled throughout the country without incident with the prop (which she uses when she performs Billie Club, a song about police brutality), and had no intentions of using it as a weapon. Wayna was nonetheless arrested and charged on a 3rd degree felony weapons charge. Wayna thanked her friends, fans, family and everyone who have supported her throughout her career. Spending over 12 hours in jail has been exhausting and challenging for her especially given the irony of the situation. She has never been arrested nor has any criminal history. She relays that the experience has given her new and personal perspective to some of themes and messages she relays and portrays in her music.
MIMI Mambo Link: Soul Child—Wayna Wondwossen