Empress AK

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Some of you may not be familiar with this Jamaican queen. But this gorgeous woman is Empress AK.  She is not only beautiful but also an intelligent,Afrocentric and outspoken black  woman. As well as being a successful businesswoman.  Here is her bio from her website:

EmpressAK is an amalgamation of righteousness, sagacity, recklessness, wit and a dash of spice; the perfect dichotomy. In fact, everyone has a bit of EmpressAK (balance) in them, some not cognizant of it, others afraid to truly express it. The aim of this site is to provide a platform where anyone can weigh in on a plethora of topics from cultural, social, personal. These topics are packaged in different forms; thought provoking to humorous. Let’s build, laugh, learn!

Weh di scene? (what’s up?) I’m Alli “Ak” Slater. I was wondering if I should enumerate all of my accomplishments, credentials, birthplace, and talk in the third person but let’s be real, this isn’t a eulogy or cover letter, I’m alive with a job (praise God). Actually, all of those things doesn’t and shouldn’t matter here. Just know I am unapologetically Afro-Caribbean, I love controversial dialogue, a good laugh, and will always say what is on my mind, and of course if you are dying to know more, ask me. I am constantly learning about myself, culture and those around me. Join thee on this journey! 

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Hamamat Montia

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This beautiful sista is Hamamat Montia.  She is a beautiful African model.  This is an interview she did with  Debonair magazine.

To begin with, Hamamat is fully Ghanaian. Her dad is Sisala from Kandia Upper West Region and her mum is from Bongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Now this is what you probably did not know. Hamamat was born in Bolgatanga but moved to Accra in her tot stages. Her early days were characterized by happy memories shared with her extended family with lots of kids while in the northern part of Ghana before moving to Accra. Her mum Aisha Taimoko is everything to her. She is a naturalist, a cook, owned restaurants, sold Shea butter and an organic freak who has continuously influenced her existence to this very day.
The Hamamat we know and have come to love is not a recent development.  Before Malaika she did have a life; she was your typical teenager who would do everything every teenager her age would do. Growing up, visions changed and dreams changed. Miss Malaika came at the stage where she was on the heights of the need to discover herself. It was a life changing experience which greatly impacted her life. The Hamamat brand was bound to succeed and Malaika was just the perfect springboard for this leap which has pushed her into the limelight.

Just like the misconceptions people have of her that have to be cleared, she seeks to clear the misconceptions that exist about her people in the northern part of Ghana. Most dominant of which is that people in the north are afraid of getting rich because they think it will change their life. “Yes my people are mostly poor but it doesn’t translate they are deprived of the zeal for success. Just like everybody they have dreams and aspirations and yearn to be heard. Although contentment is settling they are a happy people in spite of their circumstances. So this is why I do what do I what I do to tell their story with fashion.

Lately, you’ll see a lot of Hamamat on social media in something African. The direction of that is to showcase Africa in every sense; be it in terms of fashion or its places particularly the northern part of Ghana.
Hamamat is a proud African brand because Hamamat is an African woman showcasing Africa everywhere. On the other hand, Hamamat is not associated with any particular brand house. She wears what she feels reflects her identity. “You would mostly see me wear Kakaa though and that is because she understands my style preference and knows very well I like to represent myself in what I wear. But aside her, if I feel any other particular designer suits what I represent, I will wear their work. For instance Suzzy in Osu. I feel happy wearing her designs because my business supports her livelihood and that puts a smile on my face. It doesn’t matter the size of the designer I will wear their works so far it suits my brand.”

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Hamamat is a creative person and she likes to express that by contributing to the designing of what she wears. She actually has a say in what she wears. Also, Hamamat does everything African. That is the trademark. Some may think it’s limiting but Africa is the origination of many styles we see around us. The influence of African fashion is ever reaching into almost every other culture you may think about and this is not surprising because Africa is the hub of civilization and fashion is one the few remnants of this influence we have on the world. So in a few words, she does a variety of African-influenced styles from ranging from vintage, modern, contemporary, and simplistic to hip. She doesn’t put herself into one box of style because that to her is limiting.

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She has two beautiful girls; Zuri and Safari who are both 4 years and 15 months respectively. But at heart, she insists she is a mother to any child who loves to teach others just as she would teach her own. “It wasn’t hard. It was more like an innate part of my being so I just embraced what was truly within and it took my kids to bring in that changed in my life. “
According to her, she doesn’t need a specific day such as mother’s day because she treasures each day and shows her love accordingly. Parenting to her is about making long-lasting indelible memories with your kids so she tries to create as many memories each day with them just as her mum shared with her because life is too short to lose even a second of it, she believes.

Life is unpredictable and so is Hamamat so expecting one thing in particular from Hamamat will get you disappointed. But one thing that is definite is that whatever that is going to come from her in the future will be impactful and amazing. As she travels all over Africa and her own country she will continually draw inspiration which will spiral her into doing and achieving more. So all I can say is that the future is bright with a daring mama bear who draws inspiration to change the world from her baby cubs.

Tina J. Malou

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Sudanese Model, Tina J. Malou, was born in Sudan but moved to Kenya at a young age due to the war. In 2000, her family relocated to New Zealand, which was where her modelling journey began. In 2006, Tina won New Zealand’s ‘Miss Africa 2006’ and was then signed with 62 Models.  Tina has since graced the cover of Pulp magazine and has been the co-face for New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker’s eyewear campaign.

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African Girl by Chris Magadza

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African girl
Drenched in African heat
Gyrating
Not in disco ecstasy
But burdened
By the weight of life;
Firewood
For the family crucible
African woman
In far-off times
On those sun-beaten savannahs
Haunted by beast and serpent
You fashioned intelligence
And called your newborn
Homo sapiens
A living star
Whose light would outshine
All celestial stars.
Now he fashions star wars
And says you
Are underdeveloped.
Your ancient bones
Exposed by the eroding
African hunger
Lie sacrileged
Among museum trivialities,
And jesting
They dub you
Lucy the fossil.Yet you still bear
The fire of life;
Barefoot
Like a lioness hunting
For her cubs
Kneaded by the African sun,
Buffeted by tropical storm
You roam the wasteland
Searching
For the ingredients of life;
Water and fire.African woman
Mother of mankind
And its destiny yet.
. . .
African girl
You are a good . . .
Black . . .
Woman.
Poem by Chris Magadza

Ebony Obsidian

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Here’s her biography from her website:

Obsidian was born in New Paltz, New York, a small town halfway between Albany and Manhattan. Raised by her Mother and Grandmother, who migrated to the states in the late 80’s after having been displaced refugees in Sudan for several years as a result of the Ethiopian civil war, Obsidian was taught to be resilient in the pursuit of reaching her goals. After graduating High School early, she dove into journalism at Ulster Community College in a nearby town called Stone Ridge.

However, it only took one semester to reveal she was not in fact following her true career goal. Not long after her withdrawal from Ulster she was accepted into The William Esper Studio, a New York based acting conservatory, where she was trained by Bruce McCarty and Suzanne Esper.

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A string of indie projects followed including “Twelve Dollar Words,” which screened at the 2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival “Punkin Pie,” which won the Best Ensemble Cast Award at the Reel Heart Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, and “Where Hearts Lie,” which sold out two theaters at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square for its premiere in June of 2016. The series “Tough Love,” in which Obsidian stars as Alicia Davis, made a huge splash online in Fall of 2015 averaging over 500,000 views in total from all over the world and a highly anticipated second season which will be released Fall of 2016. black footnotes, by award-winning Director rajendra ramoon maharaj, marked her introduction to the stage. she was cast as eliza one, after eliza ann grier, an emancipated slave who history often forgets as the first african american woman to become a doctor in the state of Georgia.She has always been driven by passion. the passion to cover a story as a journalist morphed into the passion to embody the story itself. with each role she grows, because, well, its personal.

 

Alexandria Collins

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Alexandria Collins is an actress and director.  This is her bio from her website:

Hi! I’m Alexandria, a creator in Brooklyn, NY.

I write, direct, act and take photos. Basically capturing emotion in every medium. I’ve written and directed several short films, and am writing two feature screenplays. I’ve acted in national commercials for brands such as Apple, Hilton Hotels, Northface, Marshalls, Verizon, Billboard and more.

My work’s been in film festivals (NYCIFF, San Antonio Film Fest, NewYork New Filmmakers, LifeTree Fest – Milk Run, 2015) and won awards with the Florida Associated Press (Love Plus Doc, 2013) and the Her Story Film Competition (Secrets, 2013).

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I’ve acted in several award winning independent films and am searching for more invigorating projects to pull me from behind the lens.

It’s been an amazing journey full of unexpected and profoundly empowering turns. I feel more connected to my true self then ever before and I put that into all the work I do.