Friday, May 28, 2010
Thandie Newton is half Zimbawean(mother) and half British.Her full name "Thandiwe" means "Beloved" in Shona and she and her family lived in ZAMBIA but then moved to the UK as a result of political instabilty...she has 2 children with her husband .
This next person is probably someone you wouldnt guess is half african... former Guitarist of the band Guns and Roses Slash ,born Saul Hudson has a british father Anthony Hudson and a Nigerian mother Ola hudson who was a costume designer for artists like David Bowie.
Estelle has some new music in the works for her new album.She released the single "Freak" which i absolutely hated..and now she has some new material..to be honest,i think im over the whole estelle thing..when she was a "rapper" singing 1984,i didnt like her music ..then she did "American Boy" and Come over" and I loved those..but idk..im just not liking any of the new stuff..check it out and see what u think..
MIDNIGHT HOUR -Reflection Eternal ft Estelle
FALL IN LOVE-Estelle
Apparently US rapper Common,who is also dating tennis pro Serena Williams has a Nigerian baby mama..i dont knw how true this is seeing as its still unconfirmed ..but apparently his ex gf is from Edo state and his kids name is Omoye which "happens to be a name from the ancient Benin Kingdom OR Ishan Kingdom (in Nigeria)"..okay..
And Nigerian Nollywood actor Jim Ike cheated on his long term gf Kenturah Hamilton,then released a statement saying ,
"It has been a very difficult time for both of us. I have apologized to Keturah profusely and told her that we are all human-prone to all the frailties and foibles. I fell off the wagon and betrayed her faith and trust in me, and for that I have told her how deeply sorry I am. This has been a teachable time for me. It is also a time for redemption and I dare say it has made me a better person. I am more perceptive, more in tune with the concerns and feelings of other people. I am happy that I have such a sweet and beautiful soul in Keturah and she has found it in her heart to forgive me. She actually flew to Nigeria to be with me in the heat of the whole situation, and that was very helpful. I have assured her that I will never betray her trust again”
damn..idk if i would be THAT forgiving..
This story was on every other blog out there..apparently Nigerian rapper Wale was supposed to perform at an event in DC that was a gay pride event ...and he cancelled...the story is that his people were not informed of the nature of the event..or some ish like that..according to Honey Magazine,
"Rapper Wale is facing much criticism after canceling an appearance at a gay pride event in Washington D.C. One of the organizers of the event spoke to the D.C. Metro Weekly about the rapper’s last minute cancellation. “Basically, we had an agreement, and we were very clear to the different parties and agents involved that this was an LGBT event,” said D.C. Black Pride board member Earl Fowlkes. “What happened is that when the first blast went out that Wale was going to be at Black Pride he got cold feet, and his agent first said Wale wasn’t available because he had to do family stuff. Then we got another e-mail saying he didn’t know what kind of event this was when he agreed to it.” A rep for Wale released a statement explaining that Wale was not informed of the nature of the event. "hmmm,...
Senegalese signer Akon was at the Wango Tango event in La with Kelly Rowland and Dj Guetta who he did "Sexy Chick "with.
Djimon Hounsou and Kimora's son just turned one and he is already on the cover of a magazine...wow..baby Kenzo and his mama were in Baby Couture magazine.Cuteness!
Alek Wek and Gabby Sidibe hit up the party for the Lazarous effect,which is a movie showing how Product Red is giving back to the causes it advocated like HIV/AIDS..the video was shot in Zambia btw..
Thandie Newton was at the Keep a Child Alive benefit and another event where she looked stunning in both outfits... and everyones fave stripper turned rappers gf Amber Rose was hanging out with her bff and rumuored ex Dezshe was also spotted at a Maxim party..all in a days work..
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
For some reason,ive been reading more african books this summer than ever before.Maybe because I feel guilty for still not reading "Things Fall Apart"..i knw we have the movie somewhere..i think..But I think the reason why i started reading the books ive read so far is because I can actually RELATE to some of the books.Chinua Achebe and Ngugi Wathiongo are talented writers ,but I feel as though they are set in times when I wasnt even born..hence being able to imagine what life was like at the time the books are set in was challenging.Now ,there are a whole new list of writers who share my story:brain drain,feeling stuck between two cultures etc...
The story I relate to the most is Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua.i read it in like a day...I liked Purple Hibiscus by Chimanda Adiche .Some funny moments in that book..and im currently reading "A long way gone" by Ishmael Beah.I should be done soon though im SCARED it will give me nightmares.They are all different yet touching stories and I would advise you to read them...
This came about because my friend was saying that it seems like all my links on facebook are about Africa in some way...which is true.Maybe I'm OBSESSED with Africa?No...the thing is,I mix business with pleasure..most of the stuff I read about concerning Africa is useful information for me on the various sites I write for.and I have a genuine interest in my continent..maybe its because of my upbringing,maybe its because Im the PR of African Student Association at SUNY ALBANY..maybe thats why I started the blog,maybe thats why I started Club Africa Alive in my old school..maybe thats why I write for african magazines...idk...I just love AFRICA..I love african food,i like to discuss African politics,fashion ,music,entertainment.I love attending African events...Im a LOA(Lover of Africa) i guess...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Happy Independence to the beautiful nation of Cameroon!5o years !wow...
A little History Lesson..(*from wiki i must add...)
The Republic of Cameroon (French: République du Cameroun) is a unitary republic of central and western Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is called "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. The highest point is Mount Cameroon in the southwest, and the largest cities are Douala, Yaoundé, and Garoua. Cameroon is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team. English and French are the official languages.
Cameroonian you might know...SAMUEL ETO..(soccer player)
Cameroonians you should know:Kibonen Nfi and Anrette Ngafor of Kirette Couture..(and my very dear friends..)
Wax(singer/songwriter)..another dear friend..
Miss Sophy Aida-actress/host(a great and beautiful friend as well as mentor to me..)
Ngum Ngafor-PR of Kirette Couture and dear friend.
Camericans-upcoming rap group..
Amabel Niba-EIC of African Vibes Magazine..
Diane Audrey -Blogger/Fashionista.(this paris based blogger is awesome..love her!)
Tina and Jane Menga and their lovely family for all the great food they feed me with on xmas and thaksgiving..(u too Gabby!)
Martins "Tini/Papi" and Kenneth..for all the support,jokes,advice and years of friendship,,these guys seriously need their own show..MTV /VHI where are u?lol..
Will be rooting for Cameroon at the wcup!!!
Wanna knw what has me smiling?No..not love..lol
Ive always worked hard to achieve the many GOALS that I set for myself because I know my calling and I know where I want to be in life at a certain time and how Im gonna get there..its all planned..Ne way,Im happy to announce that I am now part of the MIMI magazine family...i discovered the mag in 2007 when I started this blog and have read every issue since as well as past issues..and now Im gonna be writing for it!!Im guest blogging for the magazines blog mimimagazine.blogspot.com first,then hopefully stepping into the mag.Stay tuned!!im so excited!!
Im also writing for AFRICA STYLE DAILY as well which is awesome!Im posting my first article asap and will let u knw when its done..and I was already invited to meet a writer Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond who just had her first book "The Powder Necklace" published.And its so crazy that I just ordered this book from amazon.com 2 weeks ago(still waiting for it to arrive though).I just feel like so many great things are happening to me..
Im still waiting to see if I will be writing for Orijin Mag so keep your fingers crossed.(*and toes..lol).
Lastly,my sister Muso and our cameroonian friend Tina are going to be shooting a documentary type reality thingy called "Back to Africa:the homecoming".We are all going to Africa (me and my sis are going to Zambia and South Africa and shes going to cameroon) and we are gonna take our cameras with us for the ride!so expect pics/videos etc...cant wait!
so there u have it..these are upcoming projects lined up and ofcourse being the workaholic that I am,I will definitely have some more stuff to share soon...
I can never thank u guys for all the support,praise ,advice and love you constantly give.U have no idea how much I appreciate u guys .U really warm my heart and I LOVE U GUYS FOR THAT!
Love Mazzy Maz...
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Its always interesting to stumble upon popular actresses/singers or entertainers in Hollywood and find out that they have African roots...
Katerina Graham plays the witch Bonnie on Vampire Diaries CW show (which I love..ive read the books too..lol).Shes 20 years old and is of Liberian and Russian descent(her father is Liberian -AMerican).
According to yayemarieba.blogspot.com, As a teenager she danced for Bow Wow, Missy Elliot,Pharell ect...She also appeared in several commercials for K Mart,Barbie, Pop Tart etc
Some of her upcoming projects include a movie w/Gossip Girl starlet Leighton Meester called "The Roommate" and the first directorial effort by Cedric the Entertainer "Chaka Bell"..Shes absolutely gorgeous!!I lover her Skin and most of her fashion choices are on POINT...
And most of u may already knw that Gabby Sidibe of "Precious" is half Senegalese from her fathers side
Tila Tequila thinks she has the solution to making Amber Rose a household name..she is quoted as saying ,"I mean kiss a girl in public, slap Yeezy, proclaim your love for Oprah! Anything, if this is the game you want to play, play it like a Kardashian (well, you don’t have to be that desperate!)
"Amber, you still my girl, but milk it as much as you can while you’re still here, cuz in the Hollywood world, one minute you’re hot shit, and the next, they don’t even remember your name. So my advice to you? Start up a business, start a perfume line, pitch a tv show, or DO SOMETHING aside from just being Kanye’s girl. Word is your ass needs more media training … get some! Date Reggie Bush, he’s single now and more man than Kanyeezy will evah be!"...um okay..and what exactly is Tila up to herself apart from calling herself a "CEO" of a Music Label..
Speaking of Amber ,her boo Kanye posted some high fashion pics of her on his site..
and Lola Love teamed up with her friends Diamond ,Kandy and others to do a bed-rock remix..check it..
Half African ,half French model Noemi Lenoir (one of her parents is from the Reunion islands) attempted suicide early this week .
According to concreteloop..com ,"She was found unconscious in a forest on the outskirts of Paris by a man walking his dog at the weekend. Noémie reportedly called the emergency services from the home of her former boyfriend and father to her five-year-old son, soccer star, Claude Makelele in La Celle-Saint-Cloud. However, she telephoned again to cancel her request for an ambulance, before leaving the property. She was found having taken a deadly combination of drugs and alcohol."She is now well though...thats crazy though..suicide?
Heidi Klum covers this months issue of Redbook Magazine and gushes about how sexy her Nigerian hubby is..."Not only do I love my husband for the obvious reasons (ahem, his sex appeal), but also he is one of the kindest, most loving men I have ever met. He is sexy to me because he is fearless and not afraid to show his emotions. He is a super sexy, hot kisser and…he is sexy to me because he can be singing in front of 25,000 people one minute and, the next, be changing our daughter’s diaper…When is he the most sexy and handsome? Hmmmm… in our bedroom. .."
So The Dream made some interesting references to Africa as stated on Honey Magazine's website where he talks about his wife Christina Millian going naked for one of her music vidoes..
I’d be like ‘Go ahead,’” Dream explained to Vibe Magazine. “It’s all artistic expression. If we lived in Africa, our a**es would be out all the time. We’re conditioned people, so our minds are in such a crazy position"...Okay FAIL ..i cant even comment on his bs...
Amber Rose hit up Nylons Young Hollywood event with Tila Tequila.Iman and her husband david Bowie took a stroll in Soho.Alek Wek went to a party with Estelle and modelled for Express 30 year anniversary event.
Estelle also attended the Boxing kitten Resort Party.Liya Kebede was in Cannes ,France for the film festival and also hit up a party later.Wale was at redskin in DC and Noisettes lead singer Shingai was out and about at the Radio Awards event .Lola Monroe aka Angel Melaku partied with Vivica in ATL.
Akon seems to be in the news at least once a month .This time for saying that Christina Aguilera is swaggerjacking his signee Lady Gaga.He is quoted by a bunch of sites including theybf as saying,
"Honestly, Gaga and Christina could probably get together and do something that's amazing. But that's impossible if they are both trying to do the same exact thing musically.
(Aguilera is) not even any competition. You are actually giving Christina too much credit. She always had her cool little look and way about how she went about things. But soon as Gaga came out, everything switched up. Christina stepped out of her own shell to become something different."..wait,hasnt Christina been around longer than Gaga?just saying...
So finally Akon is doing the suing..hes suing his former business partners ,"alleging they used his name for a new perfume without permission.the Smack That star was stunned when perfume executives formed Konvict Cosmetics International and started selling a scent called Konvict without his approval. "..
And my friend sent me this video of Akon getting a heroes welcome when he journeyed to Liberia (I think).Craziness!
Akon mobbed ...
This other one is hilarious too and shows Akons brother and CEO of Konvict music ,Bu calling up a dude that stole his identity.Apparently the dude was getting into clubs free saying hes Akons brother ..lmao at anyone who would want to be BU..
BU goes in on Imposter..
Kimora has been jet-setting btwn NY and LA with her and her hubby Djimon's cute bundle Kenzo(hes sooo cute).
Seal went to a lakers game with the boys..
Iman picked up her daughter with her hubby David Bowie at school in Soho.She still has time for that with her schedule?wow...all in a days work..