Saturday, 26 September 2009

Ever wanted to feel like cinderella is your chance

From Maison Martin Margiela Limited Edition Glass Heels- HK$9,899(each) & HK$19,999(1 pair)
Its an expensive cinderella dream. But one that can come true..

... cynical as hell... i love it

also check out how to talk about africa website.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

these tracks just make me smile..

Redefinition- Poetry Baby

So Redefinition is back in full effect. If you love poetry with an afrocentric feel, this is the place to be. Young poets in and around Amsterdam doing their thing. Its a very warm and cozy setting. So feel free to stop by and show your support.
Check the flyer above.

Track of The Day - its a classic

.. to stay in the theme of the day

Cuz they're Cool Like That


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Masai family rules Amsterdam Marathon

The 25th celebration of the Dam to Dam Marathon last Sunday was a Masai family affair. The siblings Linet and Moses Masai, both from Kenya, came in first. Linet in the ladies run and Moses in the men's. How awesome is that. Even though it was not an official record time, the organization says that Linet put down the fastest time ever with 50 min and 39 seconds on the 19 mile race.
Only thing i can say, is Big UP KENYA.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Pom? Creools Surinaams of Joods

I was having a conversation with my boyfriend today about Suriname food and especially about Suriname most famous dish, POM. He wanted to know to which etnic group the recipe belonged and i remembered something about it being an original Jewish recipe. So i went and googled it.
And the answer is... that is more complicated than it sounds. But i can tell you that there was a Jewish recipe called Sjalot that was originally made with potatoes, that was made similarly like pom. But there was a period in time that potatoes couldn't be imported to Suriname and they went looking for an alternative that came close to the original as possible. So they started using Taya (pomtayer). A local potatoe like vegetable already used by locals and slaves.
Wanna read more, follow this link.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Miss Lira - Feel Good

this sistah is doing her thing. I dig her style, her voice, everything..

Digital Masai

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Wie deze Afrikaan? Vieira

einde vind ik alleen een beetje minder, dat ze die chicks duwen...

Naomi Campbell's Shoot in Harpers Bazaar FIRE

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Just to inspire

~~~~~~Man cannot discover new oceans
unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore ~~~~~~~
- Andre Gide

De herder verjaagt de wolf van de kudde en daarvoor dankt het schaap de herder als zijn redder, terwijl de wolf deze vervloekt voor dezelfde actie vanwege het ontnemen van vrijheid.
(Abraham Lincoln)

Als je erop staat om vriendelijk, respectvol e.d. bejegend te worden, dan sta je erop om als persoonlijkheid behandeld te worden, want alleen in de ogen van je persoonlijkheid betekenen deze zaken iets.
(Judith Hamerlinck)

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Dancing with nappy hair forbidden?

The Commission for equal rights in Amsterdam, decided that a student from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, is permitted to dance with natural hair. Apparently she was banned from classes because the rule of the school was that you can only dance if you're hair is straight and in a knot.
Because she didnt want to straighten her hair she made braids and than put it in a knot. The school found that not enough and banned her anyways. That the hairtexture had to be straight.
I am surprised that in this day in age, we still have to deal with issues like this.
Apparently having your hair like in the following picture is still not good enough in some circles.

For the whole story please follow this link

ZAM Magazine

This is so exciting i had to share.
Finally a magazine that writes about Africa in a way that is intelligent and balanced. Zam Magazine is an Amsterdam Based Magazine that focuses on African politics, arts & culture, Fashion. Very interesting, check it out. They also regurlarly have events so check that out also.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Foto Safari Amsterdam Competiton

So i enrolled in this competition. Just for fun. Its a photo competition where you go on this tour in your neighbourhood and take pictures. Check it out Foto Safari
If you wanna enter please note that closing date is monday 14th of September.

TODD: Dennis Brown HERE I COME

"my head is annointed and my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow I all the days of my life". Dennis Brown

Friday, 4 September 2009

SkIN the movie

A year ago i read this book called skin about a black girl born to white parents in Apartheid South Africa. The story is crazy.. It was made in to a movie, here is a clip of it.

It will be featured at the Africa in the Picture Festival here in Amsterdam.

I am definitely gonna be there.

NO to donations of clothing & shoes

This is crazy. I have been cleaning my house for winter and as always i donate the stuff to secondhand stores.
To my surprise i called several stores (Kringloopwinkels) to ask if they want my stuff and i was told that they DO NOT WANT my stuff because they get to much and have to throw it away anyways. Which cost them money.
What struck me most is that we are such consumers and have so much stuff that even giving it away is not an option anymore.

So what do i do now?
If anyone has an idea please let me know.
I still feel its a shame to throw it away..

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Malik Sibide Photography

If you ever have a chance google Malik Sibide Photography. He is a famous Malian Photographer. I love how he captures fashion and people in his pictures. its like you can feel the energy of the people.
Recently there has been a article about him in the New York times.

You can even see how artist nowadays are being influenced by his work. As done by Tina Tyrell underneath.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

T-Shirt LOVE

Vintage Album Covers

I could not help being delighted by these retro album covers. So much design is based on recreating these styles and themes. Nothing new under the sun, but inspirational nevertheless.

Amazing Designer

Stoned Cherrie
She is an amazing South African designer.

Foodie Moment

Today i was to lazy to cook, so i convinced Dahlak to chek out this restaurant. Chinese. Asian Kitchen, across from the flower market near Muntplein in Amsterdam.
We tried the Beef Sheshuan and Beef with Black Bean sauce. Man, it was so good. Spicy, the beef was so soft, it was like it melted in your mouth. The service was fast and good.
And they are open till late. So try it and happy eating.

I found a kind of Marktplaats but a version where you can purchase only handmade stuff. Chek it out for yourself
One of my favourite:

Dutty Geisha