QVC here she comes! Dorothy Harris launched into the fashion world at 70-years-old with her line of reversible clutch purses, and the bags are already taking off! It all started when Harris was searching for a clutch bag that she had a particular vision for, but couldn’t find anywhere. That’s when she decided to make one herself. She didn’t have a background in fashion or design and outside of little projects, here and there, she didn’t have expert sewing skills either. But she was determined. And with a little research and a sewing machine she had buried in her basement, Harris was able to create the bag she wanted. A reversible clutch purse that was both fashionable and functional. Prior t

Adut Akech named 'Model of the Year' at British Fashion Awards 2019 Sudanese

The 2019 British Fashion Awards is one of the glitziest nights of the year, (often referred to as the 'Oscars' of British fashion), where the top players in the industry are recognised for their incredible talent. One of the most highly anticipated awards of the night is undoubtedly Model of the Year and this year's line up was one of the most diverse to date. Adesuwa Aighewi joined previous nominees Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow for the coveted title.It's no mean feat to be honoured with the prestigious accolade, with a load of notable names previously winning the Model of the Year title.Kate Moss won the first award back in 2001 and again 2006, while the most recen

2019 Throwback: In Honor of Songwriter of calypso hit Day-O

US composer Irving Burgie, who helped to popularise Caribbean music with hit songs like Day-O, has died aged 95. His death was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who called for a moment of silence for the man who wrote its national anthem. Mr Burgie is best known for helping singer Harry Belafonte bring calypso music to the mainstream. The 1950s song Day-O went on to be used in films, adverts and even as a wake-up call for astronauts in space. The calypso hit, also known as The Banana Boat Song, featured in the popular film Beetlejuice and has been sampled by rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jason Derulo. US media reports say Mr Burgie died on Friday as a result of complicatio

2019 Throwback: 3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival at the Rockaways

August 17, 2019, the Caribbean Rockaway community came together to celebrate its third year of celebration. The brainchild of Senator James Sanders Jr., it was a day of music, dance, and family fun.Just added to the lineup are HeidiBe, Idika Rocks, Dre Q and Foundation Band. We also have Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist, Kemar Bailey, the cool beats of Fasol Band, reggae sensation Bigga Haitian and Anslem Douglas, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, best known for the hit - "Who Let the Dogs Out?" The Carnival is presented in partnership with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), New York City Parks Dep

This Mother Created a Clothing Line That Celebrates the Principles of Kwanzaa

Kinara Park Kids is a clothing line that promotes representation while celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), “KG” Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba(Creativity) and Imani (Faith). We spoke to founder Noni Ervin to find out more about the brand and the inspiration behind it. What inspired you to create Kinara Park Kids? I was back-to-school shopping. And there it was…”the perfect shirt”. It had these really cool silhouettes of kids–lots of kids. I was on my way to pick out one for my son, but as I moved closer, I saw that the silhouettes of kids (even though there were a lot

Halima Aden Is First Black Woman In Hijab To Grace Cover Of Essence Magazine

By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman The model, who is Muslim, has broken multiple barriers in the fashion industry. Model Halima Aden shattered yet another barrier in the fashion industry this week, becoming the first Black woman in a hijab to grace the cover of Essence magazine. Halima, who is Muslim, is featured on the front of Essence’s January 2020 issue. The 22-year-old, signed to IMG modeling agency, has been making historical strides over the past several years: In 2016, the Somali-American made headlines as the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini. As her modeling career took off, she’s since been the first hijab-wearing woman to be on the cover of Allure and Vogue ma

Single Mom of Three Launches New Orleans' Newest Black-Owned Wine Company

Kim Lewis, a self-made, independent entrepreneur from New Orleans, has launched her very own wine company called Ole' Orleans Wines. She now belongs to the 1% of Black women owners in the industry. As an avid traveler, Lewis has tasted various local wines from the places she visited. It eventually gave her the idea of starting out her own wine company. She knew it would not be easy but she was confident that she can do it, especially with the experience she got from successfully running three healthcare businesses. "I'm not an expert. But, I know what I like and what a good wine tastes like," she told Travel Noire. She then started researching about the wine industry and finding resource

Juno Award Winning Artist Humble Releases “Fiya Girl” & “Must Legalize”

Toronto, ON. – Juno Award Winning Reggae Artist Humble is back and releases two new tracks “Fiya Girl” & “Must Legalize “available now on all platforms. Humble now based in Edmonton Alberta, no stranger to the Music scene, with two studio albums behind him that garnered him a Juno Nomination & win and performing at major music festivals in Toronto, New York, Ottawa Calgary & Japan. Humble’s style has evolved adding elements of many other genres to is already reggae influenced style that fuse to form a sound like no other artist. He can command the stage with or without a band and audience members often claim having goosebumps after listening to a performance. His lyrics are positive and upl

Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe and now Miss World are all black women

(CNN)For the first time, top beauty pageants -- Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and now, Miss World -- have crowned black women as their winners at the same time. And that's a big deal if you know pageant history. Beauty pageants early in their histories, some dating back to the 1920s, barred women of color from participating. Even after organizations began changing their rules to accept women of all races, there was still a lingering frustration and opposition to join. Only in the last 50 years have black women become more prevalent in these competitions. Janelle Commissiong was the first black Miss Universe in 1977, Vanessa Williams was the first black Miss America in

Black-Owned Skintone Footwear Line Officially Launches After Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

fter successfully raising over $23K on Kickstarter, entrepreneur Jeneba Barrie has officially launched her line of diverse and inclusive luxury skin-tone (nude) shoes. The Jeneba Barrie Nude Footwear collection is dedicated to redefining the meaning of “nude” shoes from one or two shades of beige to colors that actually matches the wearers skin-tone. The traditional definition of nude has been restrictive. By redefining the meaning of nude, the company is including segments of the population that have been overwhelmingly excluded - women of color. The debut style is the classic pointed toe stiletto and it is available in both nappa leather and suede finishes. There are 3 heel lengths avai

Grange elected VP of UNESCO General Conference

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has been elected a vice-president of the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, which is underway in Paris, France. The General Conference, which happens every two years, brings together the 193 members of UNESCO to decide on the policies and work of the organisation. Grange was elected vice-president in her absence. She will leave Jamaica tomorrow to participate in the conference as well as the meeting of the powerful UNESCO Executive Board. The 58-member board is responsible for the overall management of UNESCO. Jamaica is serving the Board on a four-year term, which will end in 2021. Grange s


President Obama signed the Jobs Act into law in 2012 and it’s the most underutilized tool we have to create Black wealth. Vanessa Braxton is hoping to change that. Braxton is the CEO of Black Momma Vodka and owner of the only Black owned tea and beverage manufacturing facility in the country. Vanessa’s vodka brand is distributed nationally and in Hong Kong, as well as the United Kingdom. Vanessa is using the Jobs Act to take her newest venture, Black Momma Teas and Cafe, public. The company is opening 500 stores and best of all, every Black family has a chance to own a piece of it. Vanessa’s story is about ownership. The liquor business is tough and to compete, Vanessa knew early on that she

Lizzo Nabs Most 2020 Grammy Nominations Of Any Artist

Turns out the singer is 100% the recipient of eight nominations including Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year. We’re cryin’ ’cuz ... the 2020 Grammy Awards love Lizzo as much as we do. Lizzo is the most-nominated artist for the upcoming Grammy Awards, racking up nods in a total of eight categories. Lizzo’s song “Truth Hurts” took home nods for Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of The Year, and Record of the Year. “Exactly How I Feel” featuring Gucci Mane was nominated Best R&B Performance, and “Jerome” was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance. The 31-year-old was also nominated for Best New Artist alongside fellow multi-nominee Billie Eilish.

Ghana granted citizenship to over 100 African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans as part of Year of Retur

Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo poses with his new fellow citizens As Osibisa’s “Welcome Home” played in the background, 126 African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, dressed in colorful traditional costumes, became Ghana’s newest citizens. The oath of allegiance was administered by a judge in a ceremony at Jubilee House, the seat of government. The ceremony is the biggest highlight as Ghana marks 2019 as the Year of Return. One after the other, the new citizens took turns to shake hands with their president and went on to collect their citizenship certificates. “On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, I congratulate you once again on resuming your identity as Ghanaians,” President Nan

Contemporary Caribbean and Diaspora Art at the Breakwater Hotel – Miami Beach

PRESS RELEASE: December 5th - 8th, 2019, the Caribbean Fine Arts Fair Barbados (CaFA) will present it's second edition of “Contemporary Art & Collectibles At The Breakwater,” Miami Beach, Florida. This exhibit will run concurrent with Art Basel Miami that will highlight artists from Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean in a variety of mediums. J. Garcia CaFA founder/curator Anderson M. Pilgrim indicates that "One generation ago, such artists would have been considered outside the mainstream. Today, we see works by fresh and exciting Diaspora artists entering major museum collections, and are being presented by top galleries at events such as Miami Art Week". Pilgrim feels that

Irving Burgie: Songwriter of calypso hit Day-O dies aged 95

US composer Irving Burgie, who helped to popularise Caribbean music with hit songs like Day-O, has died aged 95. His death was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who called for a moment of silence for the man who wrote its national anthem. Mr Burgie is best known for helping singer Harry Belafonte bring calypso music to the mainstream. The 1950s song Day-O went on to be used in films, adverts and even as a wake-up call for astronauts in space. The calypso hit, also known as The Banana Boat Song, featured in the popular film Beetlejuice and has been sampled by rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jason Derulo. Why Paddington has calypso songs Belafonte handed honorary Oscar How to

BBC urged to reconsider Naga Munchetty complaint decision

Dozens of black actors and broadcasters have called on the BBC to overturn its decision to uphold a complaint against Breakfast host Naga Munchetty. The BBC said she broke rules while discussing remarks by Donald Trump that she said were "embedded in racism". Sir Lenny Henry and Gina Yashere are among 44 stars who asked the BBC to revisit the ruling in an open letter . The BBC said the letter was "based on a misunderstanding of the editorial guidelines and how they apply". Munchetty was found to have breached guidelines by criticising the US president's motives after he had said four female politicians should "go back" to "places from which they came". David Jordan, the BBC's head of editori

Jamaican Rose Hudson-Wilkin First Black Woman Bishop in the Church of England

Jamaican priest Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who was consecrated on Tuesday as the first black woman bishop in the Church of England, says she will cherish this “special” moment and be true to her island heritage while defending her religious mandate. Dozens of bishops, including Jamaican Reverend Howard Gregory, Archbishop of the West Indies, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, converged on a packed St Paul’s Cathedral in London to witness history unfold as Hudson-Wilkin was sworn in as the new Bishop of Dover. As the cathedral emptied after the service, Hudson-Wilkin, who was accompanied by her husband and family, stepped outside to a rock-star welcome as hundreds of well-wishers sought to t

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