Meet The New Wave Of Diverse Talent Shaking Up Milan Fashion Week

Fabiola Manirakiza, designer and founder of Frida Kiza Fabiola Manirakiza’s brand, Frida Kiza, seeks to celebrate her homeland of Burundi and her home of Marche in central Italy, “unit[ing] these two worlds that are very different but the same”. Founded in 2016, Frida Kiza (an homage to Frida Kahlo and a shortening of her surname) represents all women, says Fabiola, with her current collection manifesting a loungewear lockdown experience into her signature vibrant palette. Passionate about supporting Italy, its manufacturing and its long-term legacy, “promoting Made in Italy and supporting young artists” is Manirakiza’s raison d’être. Already a favourite with the Italian A-list, her long-ter

Creator of Kinky Curly Cookie Company bakes Black girl magic: 'There was such a need to affirm each

By Megan Sims Nadia Williams created a brand new piping technique to mimic Black women's natural hair textures. (Photo: Nadia Williams) Nadia Williams is here to shake up the baking industry — with her unique cookies representing Black women, and an innovative piping technique that gets those natural curls “popping.” “When I started doing it, I didn’t know how rare it was,” Williams, owner of the Kinky Curly Cookie Company in Rockland County, NY, as well as a bilingual Spanish teaching assistant, tells Yahoo Life. “When I started to look for other tutorials and examples, I realized that no one was going to teach me how to do this. I had to figure it out on my own.” In addition to Williams’ c

London Fashion Week under pressure from Covid-19 restrictions

BY KATI CHITRAKORN London’s first online fashion week back in June was a mixed bag, and the British Fashion Council’s hopes to strike the right balance by blending physical and digital have been scuppered by new Covid-19 restrictions. © Edward Crutchley London Fashion Week is under pressure after new rules jeopardised plans to return to physical events. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced restrictions for gatherings larger than six people this week. While the regulations don’t apply to the performing arts, and physical fashion events in London are still set to go ahead, there is an atmosphere of national unease over rising Covid-19 infection rates, so finding the right balance between

Black Entrepreneur Used His Grandmother's Secret Recipe to Launch His Own Chocolate Brand

Meet Patrick Glanville, founder of 3 Some Chocolates, one of the only such Black-owned and operated companies in the country. As a chocolatier and culinary artist, his company fulfills their clients' chocolate fantasies by combining three flavors into one, offering it in a pack of three and calling it a "3 Some" that can be shared with everyone. Based in Mount Vernon, NY and launched in 2017 by both Patrick and his wife, Kristin, their company has been raising the bar in the chocolate industry by introducing new and enticing flavors never seen before by chocolate lovers. To date, they’ve sold and shipped their products all over the United Stated and the world. An early start Patrick says tha

Toots Hibbert's pure, powerful voice carried reggae to the world

By blending gospel and R&B into nascent reggae music, the late singer became a cornerstone of Jamaican culture alongside his peer Bob Marley ‘Cut a swathe through Jamaican music’ … Toots Hibbert performing in Hyde Park, London, in 1974. Photograph: Michael Putland/Hulton Archive Bob Marley and the Wailers were the band who transformed reggae from a cult phenomenon outside of its homeland. But it was the Wailers’ rivals, Toots and the Maytals – another vocal trio that expanded to a full band – who were, at least initially, thought most likely to cross over. And why not? The Maytals had cut a swathe through Jamaican music in the 1960s and early 70s, releasing a succession of fantastic singles

Black Woman-Owned Company Creates the First Pajamas Line Featuring Children of Color

Atlanta, GA — Building self-esteem through positive representation is an important part of raising healthy children. Simone Edmonson established Dreams and Jammies LLC, an Atlanta-based company, to play a key role in transforming how children of color see themselves uniquely portrayed in their sleepwear as they drift off into their heavenly dreams. Company founder Simone Edmonson states, “I wanted children of color to know that they’re valued and their faces matter. On average, children are in their PJ’s nine-plus hours per day. So, I thought it would be inspirational for them to show their individuality by selecting designs, which aligns with the child’s inner spirit. Parents could use Drea

Int'l Jamaican-Born Fashion Designer D’Marsh Couture Returns to Ghana for Three-Month Fashion

New York based international fashion designer Glenroy March and his fashion brand D’Marsh Couture is set to make a return to Ghana for a three-month long project D’Marsh Ghana 2020. This is the designer’s third time to the Ghana, following previous visits to participate in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Accra and Bryte Africa Fashion Week. While in Ghana, the Jamaican-born designer will be based in Accra for the duration of the project which comprise a masterclass, model development workshops and culminate with the Face of D’Marsh Model Competition. For the masterclass, the independent designer will draw on his more than 17 years of experience in the industry to assist other young and upcomi

MEET THE TWIN SISTERS WHO CAME TOGETHER TO CREATE THEIR OWN WINE

by Dana Givens Image via Joshua Galloway The wine industry has been known for being notoriously white but there are many examples of Black entrepreneurs who have not only been able to enter the market but also find ways to thrive. These twin sisters have found a way to integrate culture with their love of rosé wine to create a new brand. Nichelle and Nicole Nichols are the founders of Guilty Grape, a newly launched wine brand of rosé packaged in the micro-vineyards in Napa Valley at an affordable price. “As Black women and wine lovers, we became increasingly frustrated with the lack of Black representation and inclusion within the wine industry,” said the sisters in an email interview with

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