By Emily Joof
Everywhere around me I see parents gearing up.
Loading up with fumes of energy.
Getting ready to make yet another Christmas magical.
In the mist of a pandemic.
And the shadows of Black Lives Matters.
I see weary bodies straighten up.
Turn their cheek and stumble in the general direction of well, forward.
I look back on 2021,
I see incredible highs and spectacular lows.
I saw the world taking a pause,
we listened to the wind.
We felt the earth.
We had moments, long moments just for conversation.
I heard the silences,
and the tears.
I saw the solidarity,
and the applause.
The marches pounded in my soul,
and unleashed our voices.
We watched our words echo across the globe,
us Black People,
holding on to our humanity,
holding on to each other.
Some things changed forever,
Some things forever changed.
I look around now and hear the tiny voices of fatigue.
The backs bent.
The short breaths.
I know it well.
This year has left us tired.
A deep, latent, quiet tired that perseveres.
It doesn’t leave when we sleep, walk or play.
It hangs out when we cook, read and work.
This tired is clearly, decidedly here to stay.
I look at my tired in the eyes and continue to smile.
I continue to mother.
I continue to try.
Like my sisters out there,
we still create
we still engage
we take deep breaths to calm the emotions that rage.
We must look at this year,
look it in the eye and let it know,
we are still here.
Maybe a little shaken,
maybe a little worn down
It the glimmers of our daughter’s smile,
in the warmth of our son’s embrace,
we find hope.
In our sisterhood,
in our motherhood,
we find hope.
In those belly laughs
and silent prayers,
we find strength.
And tomorrow, you will find us here,
where we have always been,
as we will always be;
An interpretation of couture by Beckman’s fashion students appears in a choreographed show in the middle of the exhibition Couture’s secrets at the Sven-Harry Art Museum.
The craft tradition of Couture is clarified in black shapes
Under the leadership of Pär Engsheden, fashion designer and responsible for the Fashion Program, eleven fellow students have worked to express contemporary ideas through advanced forms and craftsmen. The students have explored how black materials can clarify the shape.
“BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF MONOCHROME IN BLACK FABRIC, THE STUDENTS HAVE FOCUSED ON EXPLORATION OF SHAPE AND SILHOUETTE – TO FIND THEIR OWN EXPRESSIONS IN SHAPE.”
– PÄR ENGSHEDEN
The Couture course is conducted for the third consecutive year and provides an increased understanding of a more advanced and creative fashion design while providing insight into how the traditional craft can be combined with future demands for sustainability and material renewal.
Contributing fashion students
Adam Swärd, Benedicte Eggesbø, Emma Wåhlin, Erik Olsson, Felicia Åström, Fo Phan, Jannica Hagfors, Jon Allensten, Sandra Saedi, Sergio Castiglioni och Sofia Isdahl.
Black Design by @jonallensten
Design by @_adamsvaerd
For more information go to Beckmans website.
All photos in this article is taken by Katriina Mäkinen, for usage contact her.
By Javeria Ikhtiar
Minimizing pores is not possible unless you get them botoxed, which will have side effects.
I started using @byko products a few months ago when I was struggling a lot with clogged pores. They sent me four products with different qualities but that are used for the same purposes: detoxing, pore-minimizing and anti-aging.
• Prebiotic Hydrating Cream:
– Helps maintain moisture.
– Protects against blue light.
– Brightens complexion.
– Prebiotic to promote skin health.
• Barrier Recovery Serum:
– Plant based formula.
– Anti-aging and pore-minimizing.
– Protects against pollution.
• Multi Protective Antioxidant Mist:
– Plant based formula
– Protection against blue light and pollution.
– Brightens complexion.
Bioferment renewal mask:
– Exfoliates and brightens.
– Naturally fermented.
– Activated charcoal purifies and smoothes skin.
When I first started using the products, my skin got super red, which can happen while your skin is getting used to the contents of your new routine. So instead of using all of the products at once, I started to incorporate them into my own skincare routine.
I use the mask as an exfoliator once a week. Sometimes when my skin looks extra tired, I use the mask for 5 mins, then apply serum. And to calm my skin down I use @thebodyshop aloe Vera gel as a leave-in mask.
The cream and mist are my favorites!!! The cream is light and a little goes a long way. It does take time for the cream to absorb into my skin so I make sure to massage it really well. The mist is my go to skincare staple. I use it whenever I feel like my skin looks dull and tired and it instantly refreshes it.
I’m still using the product which is the thing with skincare, you really have to be patient and consistent.
By Wondemange Ejigu
What is the first picture that comes to your mind when thinking of Africa?
Is it a conflict? Famine? Civil war? Dictators? For some, these are probably the first images that pop to head. And even more scary, these are the images you’re actually exposed to when going back in history and connecting Africa with colonization and slavery at large.
Mainstream media is busy propagating these images on a daily basis through their reports and the rhetoric image of Africa boasted by media is backed up by follow up stories of colonization and slavery. The NGOs (non governmental organizations) exacerbate these images furthermore either through their fundraising galas where they show impoverished children on big screens or pamphlets that carries depressing images of Africa to be dispatched in the streets of metropolitan cities.
This image of Africa as a continent of “All the bad things that could happen” reminds me of a “TED talk” by the famous Nigerian writer named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie is an amazing author who won prestigious international prizes as MacArthur fellowship and International Nonino prize in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Adichie is well known as a brilliant opinion builder and invited to many events to share her thoughtful insights. Adichie in one of her “TED Talk” presentation where she talks about “ the danger of a single story” she shares her personal story about how people are fixated on stereotypes to the extent it blinds them not to see all the possible good things. Adiche says- “…All of the stories make me who I am, but to insist only on these negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook many other stories that formed me and single stories create stereotypes”. The single story of Africa that we see in the media has created a formidable stereotype about Africa. It has been going for centuries and it seems many out of a good faith take these stereotypes as an absolute truth about Africa.
But that is not the whole truth, single stories are dangerous as Adichie explained it. There are so many amazing and inspiring stories about Africa. You will never hear these good stories from the media or they will never teach you even in history classes. However there are countless untold amazing stories of which I am going to share one with you. Have you heard of The Battle of Adwa? I guess not. This story comes from one of the countries in Africa called Ethiopia. Ethiopia has never been colonized and Ethiopians fought for their independence against the whaite colonizers and kept their independence and freedom untouched. The battle of Adwa (1896) was a battle between Ethiopia and Italy. In this battle Ethiopians fought hard with the Italian army and won the war. The odds were like any colonizer: Italians assumed they had all the modern armaments and could easily defeat the “unmodern” army of Ethiopia. But Ethiopians by then taught the whole world that war is not about having modern armaments, rather it is about moral, discipline and techniques. What was mesmerizing about the Battle of Adwa was that Emperor Taitu,the wife to the king Minilike played a significant role in the battle as being the logistic commander of the Ethiopian army. I encourage you to go ahead and read more about the Battle of Adwa. Please keep in mind that the Battle of Adwa is not a single story towards African resistance from colonization as every country in Africa defended and resisted colonizers in the most brave way. I will try to explore these amazing stories in our next article. But for now , get empowered by the battle of Adwa! Take the undefeatable spirit of our African ancestors. You have a beautiful story about victory, resistance and freedom.
Winter is here. Days are getting shorter and less bright and there are days when we hardly see the sun and then people make mistake of NOT wearing a #sunscreen. At a beauty event I learned that the sun damages your skin more when it snows because the rays reflect. True or not one thing is decided that you should never skip sunscreen based on weather.
Here are my two favourite picks:
@supergoop : Everyday sunscreen that I love love love .. it gives such a nice finish without clogging pores and not thick or have a white cast like others.
My other favourite is a CC cream with SPF in it. For days when I want to hide pigmentation or tired skin.
@erborian : CC cream
And the perfect Burgundy lips to work perfectly with Winter fits : @lipstickqueen.
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Known for its rich textures, delectable moorish flavours, and healthy fruit and vegetable bases, West African food is on an uprising. Here are three of many tasty dishes you must try.
Waakye from Ghana
The breakfast of champions. This is a supremely popular meal in Ghana in the morning, but can be eaten throughout the day. It is filling and flavourful and it combines beans, rice, moist gari (ground cassava), stew and spaghetti. It is served with a choice of protein, so you can choose from fish, meat or boiled eggs. Kelewele, a spiced plantain, and a vegetable salad are other extras that take Waakye to a whole different level.
Kedjenou from the Ivory Coast
This popular dish consists of a spicy stew that is slow-cooked in a terracotta pot over fire or coals. Usually made with chicken or guinea fowl, it can adapt to many variations. Although it is traditionally served with attieke – wich is flaked cassava, most other starches go well with it such as potato, plantain and others.
Superkanja from Gambia
This is a Gambian okra stew that gives a nutritional and flavourful punch. With its combination of leafy greens, such as spinach, collards, okra and sweet potato leaves it makes a winning combination. The dish are found all over West Africa and is usually combined with onions, chilli peppers and fish or meat.
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Let’s be honest, Jollof Rice is one of those dishes that has as many interpretations as it has fans. This amazingly flavorful dish is popular for a reason and if you want the Gambian version straight from our Gambian queen Aysha Jones, you’ve come to the right place.
- 1kg meat or chicken (we recommend chicken legs if you choose chicken)
- 400g crushed tomatoes
- 500g strained tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 green pepper
- 2 onions
Optional to add
- Vegetables of your choice
- Rangha (a mixture of spinach and okra)
- Wash and soak the rice.
- Peel and chop all the vegetables. The onion is chopped into small pieces and the vegetables can be whole or divided into two. If you like your food spicy you could grind your peppers with an entire habanero.
- Wash and cut the meat into small pieces and fry it until almost cooked through. Add the onion, the vegetables and spices. Let it fry a little more on low heat.
- Add the crushed and strained tomatoes and the tomato puree along with some water. Let it boil until the vegetables are cooked.
- Take the vegetables out of the pot and add the rice instead. Leave the meat in the pot unless you’re cooking with chicken, which should also be taken out of the pot before you add the rice. Pour more water into the pot to help the rice cook properly. Season a little more until you’re happy with the flavor. Put a lid on and let it cook on low heat while stirring the pot from time to time.
- When the rice is ready, serve it with vegetables and rangha. If you want to add a little extra flava, add some sliced boiled eggs and some shrimp.
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Garments: Tommy Hilfiger (Ibeyo studio)
Creative directing, styling: Aysha Jones
Photographer: Lanna Olsson
Post production/retouch: Studio Elinkha
Models: Awa Touray & Irene Ekelund (models did their own makeup & hair)
Dog: Ginny @astridgaszynski
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