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Monday, April 14th, 2014

The #BullshitFiles: This rich New York designer couple have never been to Africa, but can smell it

The stuff rich white people say sometimes. The New York Times’ Style section is more often than not full of arse-kissing puff pieces that do little besides illustrating the genealogies of privilege stretching between New York, Hollywood, Paris, London, and Caribbean island tax havens. Lots of these people also claim to love everything “Africa” (read: going

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Louis Vuitton’s ‘Out of Africa’ fantasy

Using locations in Africa as backdrops to sell clothes and bags is nothing new – especially bags and clothes that certain class of travellers and outdoorsy people like to call “gear”. As in “stuff necessary to show...

Monday, February 17th, 2014

‘The Post-Imperial’

I recently shot the short interview, below, with Niyi Okuboyejo, creative director of New York City men’s accessories brand, Post-Imperial (for a short documentary graduate class at The New School). Okuboyejo, the son of Nigerian immigrants, describes what he does...

Monday, October 7th, 2013

A Hot Mess

In the latest episode of “Black Fascination”, fashion designer Rick Owens brought a thick-boned crew of black (mostly) steppers from the US to Paris Fashion Week to stomp down the runway wearing his latest collection. Fashion critics raved, calling...

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Presidents for Life

African print fabrics are a hot commodity in mainstream fashion these days. This is polarizing since their use by Western designers eclipses the use by African brands which are rarely in the mainstream spotlight because of such forceful cultural...

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

My Favorite Photographs N°17: Thina Zibi

The “My favorite photographs” series is back with South African photographer/art director Thina Zibi. Born in Cape Town and now residing in Johannesburg, Thina Zibi is at the vanguard of visual artists documenting creative youth culture in...

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