Meet 45-year-old Edward Kobina Enninful, a Ghanaian-born British-based fashion stylist who has recently made history by becoming the first male, first black, and first Ghanaian editor for British Vogue.
He took over from Alexandra Shulman who is the longest serving editor of British Vogue, having run the publication since 1992.
The chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, announced Enninful’s appointment on April 10th, calling him “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”, adding that “by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”
At a very young age, the brilliant stylist moved to the UK where he got his big break at 16 when he was spotted on a train by fashion stylist, Simon Foxton. As a kid, he lived in Ladbroke Grove, London, where his mother worked as a seamstress. It was her use of bright patterned fabric in the clothing she made that helped inspire his style.
He earned a degree at Goldsmiths, University of London while simultaneously handling a career in fashion. This move paid off at the young age of 18 when he was appointed fashion director at i-D Magazine. The appointment made him the youngest ever fashion director for an international magazine. He has consulted for many fashion brands over the years, some of which include Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry, and Giorgio Armani.
Many within the industry see his appointment as a step in the right direction and are confident in his ability to bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine. His predecessor had this to say about him, “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry.” She then went on to pledge her cooperation in helping him smoothly transition into his new role.
On certain days you just need some bright colors in your life, and at times like that, Prince Eric Nichols has got you.
His vibrant illustrations of black public figures are uplifting and engaging; flashy enough to catch your eye, but full of detail to hold your attention. He may not actually be a prince, but he’s certainly familiar with the features of royalty.
While he creates images whenever he sees fit, some even get the blessings of his subjects once they’re done, like Janelle Monae, who reposted her portrait last year. If you want to buy a print, just DM him on the Gram and he’ll hook you up.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg Spring/Summer wrapped up Saturday night after four days of runway action at Nelson Mandela Square. We teamed up with Botswana-based photographer Uyapo Ketogetswe to bring us behind the scenes. Here, he takes us backstage at MBFWJ SS16.
By now you should know that Cape Town was the only city in Africa – out of 21 worldwide – where Kanye West brought his Pablo pop-up shop this weekend. The queue to the shop, which was on Bree Street, snaked all the way to Loop Street. On Friday, the first day of the store, hypebeasts, fashionistas and cool kids were there as early as 6am.
Only ten people were allowed in the shop at a time, which meant a longer queuing period. So, after every 30 minutes, people emerged with shopping bags full of Pablo merchandise.
Inside, there were a few rules: no fitting before purchase, no removing of clothes from display racks. And the security guards’ favorite – if you were only there to take pictures and not buy, then you must leave.
Items available included t-shirts, crew neck sweaters, caps and jackets, which all featured printed phrases from The Life Of Pablo album in gothic letters. The cheapest item was the Cape Town cap (R485). The most expensive, the military jacket, set you back R3654. The t-shirts, sweaters and caps were all inscribed Cape Town, just like they would be inscribed “New York” if the store was there.
Shoppers – who came in all ages, but were mostly young adults and teenagers – browsed around to tracks from TLOP. There wasn’t much variety in product, and some shoppers felt a bit letdown. “This is stuff from Season 1,” I heard someone scream as he left the shop.
Sabelo Mkhabela is a writer from Swaziland, currently based in Cape Town. He also drops award-winning tweets as @SabzaMK.
Jidenna follows up the video for his afrobeats-influenced single “Little Bit More” with the somber visuals for “Chief Don’t Run.”
The new Alan Ferguson-directed video follows Jidenna from his humble beginnings, sleeping next to oven doors for heat, through his quick rise to fame.
The “emotion picture,” as Jidenna puts it, sees the singer/rapper showing off some acting chops as he cycles through roles as the ‘chief,’ police officer, construction worker and a victim of police harassment.
Still no formal word on when we can expect the drop of Jidenna’s debut album Long Live the Chief—but this should hold you over.
Caesar Couture is known for its exquisite tailoring services and refined design silhouettes of tuxedos, patterned suits, single breasted and double-breasted suits as well as traditional clothing. It was established in the year 2000 by owner and designer, Esosa Ogedegbe. The label currently makes clothing for men, but has plans to diversify into female clothing in the near future.
The collections are perfect for the sophisticated gentleman that wants a classic look for black-tie events, weddings and business meetings. The suits are timeless, yet incorporate some bold colours like shades of red, yellow, orange and green and can even be dressed down (when worn as a jacket) to a more casual look with sneakers and/or jeans.
Même Bête is a St. Lucian design company by Taribba do Nascimento who began designing bags 5 years ago while working in Ethiopia.
The company specializes in leather handbags. Its signature look is African Print mixed with leather, however many other materials are used to create unique designs such as burlap, madras and Indian saris.
A lover of life and an avid traveller, do Nascimento marries eclectic style with her ethnocentric eye to create unique pieces. The concept behind her bags is to make simple styles that are offset by vibrant colour. Her bags infuse style and fashion into practicality, introducing every woman to the vibrant chic life.
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Despite heat levels reaching 25 degrees in London, The black lives matter protests are still going strong.
Although there was a shaky start, hundreds of young people marched from Southwark Park to parliament. Twitter played a significant part in directing lost protestors to the bigger group which not only rose awareness to the #black lives matter protest but proved there’s strength in numbers when it comes to issues regarding black communities.
Today’s protest was pleasantly positive and powerful as drivers, and foreigners throughout the city showed support by beeping there cars or chanting along to show that #blacklivematter is open to all races from all walks of life.
Currently #blacklivesmatter is still dominating social media and communities not only in the US but also the UK. The issues regarding equality and racial discrimination is still well and truly active but the question is, will change be on the horizon ?
Last year, Air Zimbabwe and Ethiopian Airlines made major strides towards the inclusion of women in the aviation world with the launch of their all-women flight crews. Women continue to be at the forefront of African-based air travel with the establishment of South Africa’s Fly Blue Crane, the first airline to be founded by a black woman.
Fly Blue Crane, which has been operating domestically within South Africa since its inception last September, will be conducting its very first international flight when it launches its service from Cape Town to Windhoek on May 13. The airline is under the leadership of CEO, Sizakele Mzimela, who’s also the first black executive vice president of South African Airways and the first woman to be selected to the Board of the International Air Transport Association, AFKInsider reports.
Mzimela has previously been vocal about her desire to expand the airline outside of South African borders, with specific mention of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the DRC.
The airline exec, who has over 20 years of experience in the industry, shared some words of wisdom for female aviators in an interview with Runway Girl Network:
“You have to accept up front that your road will be more difficult than the pale white male sitting next to you,” she mentions. “It’s your job to say ‘nothing will stop me. I’m going to make it.’”
The winners of the 2nd Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards sponsored by The May Fair Hotel (@TheMayFairHotel) and supported by Scene TV (@Scene_TV), AfricaX5 (@AfricaX5) and Modern Communications (@ModernCommsUK) were announced at The May Fair Hotel on Sunday 20th December. The awards celebrated the very best in online content produced by black British digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, performance and more. Gifting partners included ORS Europe, Blk, Vita Coco, Nu People Magazine, Iroko and Pop Chips Presented by the vivacious award winning Liverpudlian actress/presenter Adi Alfa (@MIss_Alfa86) and the hilarious comic online star Reuben Christian (@ReubenChristian)the fun filled ceremony saw a host of recognisable faces from the online space grace the stage, while guest presenters included funny man Eddie Kadi, ex MTV head honcho Jasmine Dotiwala, stars of hit C4 hit show Chewing Gum, Michaela Coel and Susan Wokoma rising Hollywood actor David Ajala, luxury designer Alexander Amosu, the comic stars behind Youtube sensations Man Dem on the Wall and Ruth Amarquaye, Executive Assistant to Baroness Lawrence and founder & CEO of Wekumei. Surprise musical performers on the night included former Screen Nation award winning soul star Keisha White and Ashley Abigo, the young singer songwriter tipped for the very top. So who came away with a gong? See below for the full list of winners:
Favourite Web Series Actor:
DANIEL RUSTEAU – WEDDING DATES
EMMANUEL OGUNJINMI – LIFE OF HERS
MICHAEL SALAMI – JUST A COUPLE – Winner
STEPHEN BOYCE – HOW DID WE GET HERE?
TAPIWA MADOVI – A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DADDY
TYSON DOUGLAS – LIFE OF HERS
Favourite Web Series Actress:
CHINWE A. NWOKOLO – WEDDING DATES
FRIEDA THIEL – JUST A COUPLE
HELEN ALUKO – LIFE OF HERS
KAMARA BACCHUS – LIFE OF HERS/HOW DID WE GET HERE? – Winner
LINDA ADEY – DEAR JESUS
MARIA PAZOUROS – LIFE OF HERS
ROCHELLE ROSE – A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DADDY
SAMANTHA EARLE – ALEXIS SHOW/DEAR JESUS
Favourite Web Series Ensemble:
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DADDY – BWNG
ADAM & EVE – VISIONS INCORPORATED
DEAR JESUS – WONDER LONDON FILMS
LIFE OF HERS – CARDY FILMS – Winner
THE ALEXIS SHOW – WONDER LONDON FILMS
WEDDING DATES – DANIEL RUSTEAU/BWNG
Favourite Web Series:
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DADDY, S1 – BWNG
DEAR JESUS, S3 – DANIELLE A SCOTT-HAUGHTON/WONDER LONDON FILMS – Winner
HOW DID WE GET HERE?, S1 – CARDY FILMS/BWNG
JUST A COUPLE, S1 – SEBASTIAN THIEL/UPSHOT ENTERTAINMENT
LIFE OF HERS, S1 – OLA MASHA/OLAN COLLARDY/SAMANTHA CHIOMA/CARDY FILMS
WEDDING DATES, S1 – DANIEL RUSTEAU
Favourite Short Film
BLIGHTY: BFF – DANIEL RUSTEAU
FHPC (FAIR HONEST POSITIVE CREATIVE) – MARK ONE/GEORGE THE POET
HIDDEN – QUASON MATTHEWS – Winner
OYA: RISE OF THE ORISHAS – NOSA IGBINEDION
PREY – SUNNY KING
SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL – OLAN COLLARDY/OLA MASHA
Favourite Online Presenter
AARON ROACH BRIDGEMAN – MUSICALIZE, SBTV, VARIOUS
CLAIRE CLOTTEY – MEDIA SPOTLIGHT UK, BANG FM, VARIOUS – Winner
JACQUELINE SHEPHERD – VARIOUS
REMEL LONDON – THE SHOW ROOM, LINK UP TV, VARIOUS
RIA HEBDEN – VARIOUS
VANESSA SANYAUKE – GIRLS TALK LONDON
Favourite Music Promo produced by Luti Media
DAPPY – BEAUTIFUL ME
FUSE ODG FT. ANGEL – TINA (Directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini- Winner
LIAM BAILEY FT. ASAP FERG – VILLAIN
MELISSA STEELE FT WRETCH 32 – YOU LOVE ME?
RITA ORA – POISON
SAM FELDT FT. KIMBERLY ANNE – SHOW ME LOVE
Favourite Youth Entertainment/Lifestyle Site/Mag
CUT THE CHAT
THE LINK UP – Winner
Favourite Arts & Entertainment/Lifestyle Site/Mag
THE BRITISH BLACKLIST – Winner
THE TV COLLECTIVE
Honorary Digital Vanguard Awards were presented to Cecile Emeke one of the UK’s most exciting young online creatives and director of the Strolling series, Tolulope ‘T-Boy’ Ogunmefun aka Don’t Jealous Me, online comic genius and a final special Digital Achievement Award to stunning Beauty/lifestyle vlogger Shirley B. Eniang. These awards celebrate young digital titans who have blazed a trail and proven that there are great opportunities in the digital domain. Their outstanding successes summed up the evening and act as a beacon to those many creatives that are
making their way in the digital space. Screen Nation CEO Charles Thompson MBE said:
“The Digital is Media Awards are here to stay as they showcase the amazing talent working in the digital arena. With more parts of the world coming fully online over the next decade It’s now more important than ever that online content and platforms are celebrated in the same way as traditional media as digital is without doubt the future. Bring on 2016 we can’t wait.”Highlights of the awards will be shown on Screen Nation Youtube at a later date.
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