This year at Dance Africa, I found so many great things I want to share with you. As you know, Dance Africa is an annual event that happens every memorial weekend at BAM where Brooklyn locals celebrate Africa in all its glory through performances, amazing food and vendors. This year I bought so much cool stuff that I’m so excited about:
Tribal Print Dress
Besides the beautiful tribal print, what I love about this dress is the pockets and the racerback. It’s such a well-made dress and I never want to take it off. Price: $20
I’ve wanted Fulani earrings since 2011. Finally, I found these rare finds from Mali and put them on as soon as I bought them. They’re a dream come true. Price: $20
Shea Butter & Black Soap
These two necessities speak for themselves. I haven’t used Shea Butter in my hair since 2014, so this is a real treat and my hair loves it. As for the black soap, I am hoping it performs miracles on my dark spots. ($3-$5)
My sneakers finally came! I ordered these bad boys before going to South Africa in hopes that they would arrive in time for my trip. Of course, they didn’t, but I can’t wait to wear them this summer. They are authentic Nike Roshe Sneakers with Dogon Mudcloth customized by Tawia Designs. I noticed Nike came out with some customized black history sneakers for Black History Month and while debating if I should get those, I came across these beautiful things. What I love is that the print comes from Ghana. A percentage of every sneaker purchased is given back to Growing Power Inc. which helps feed neighbors, nurture youth, and support sustainable communities.
If you like what you see click the link below and visit the site: http://www.tawiadesigns.com/
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I am absolutely IN LOVE with Nicholle Kobi’s artwork. Kobi’s art encompasses representations of beautiful black women being fabulous. She has illustrations of black women with beautiful natural hair, unapologetic brown skin, hanging out with friends, drinking coffee at cafes, dating, shopping, and just exhibiting #blackgirlmagic at it’s finest.
I’ve gained much inspiration from her illustrations. You can purchase a bunch of great items from her online shop including coffee mugs, shirts, sweaters, posters, and cell phone cases just to name a few.
Nicholle Kobi’s shop can be accessed by clicking the below link:
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You ever come across an amazing idea and wonder why the heck you’ve never thought of it? Well, that how I felt when I discovered Black Card Revoked by Cardsforallpeople. The premise of the game is to answer a bunch of trivia questions about African American pop culture, correctly, without getting your black card revoked!
The questions are fun and lighthearted. A lot of them deal with 90’s sitcoms ranging from Martin to the Fresh Prince. One of my favorite questions is How many fights did the Fresh Prince have before his mama sent him to Bel Air? For that, you have to sing the theme song to get the answer :).
The questions are multiple-choice or open-ended. You make your own rules to the game so if you want to play as individuals or teams it’s totally up to you. How people win, is also up to you. You can play as a drinking game or just as an activity to kill time. It was a great purchase and I encourage you to see what it’s all about.
Click the link below to head over to Cards for All People shop where you can purchase these cards and so much more:
A lot of people may not know this about me, but I collect postcards. I know it sounds weird, but I do. It all started when I went to a Jean Michel Basquiat exhibit and wanted to take a keepsake of his artwork with me to cherish forever, so I bought his art in the form of a postcard. My collection has grown tremendously since then and includes people like Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, and Langston Hughes.
Most recently I purchased this beautiful representation of Black Girl Magic entitled Cornrows, Afro Puffs & Joy by Delphine Fawundu. It’s the perfect image of love, light, and sisterhood.
Click the link below to head over to Delphine’s Etsy shop where you can purchase this card and so much more: