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YOUNG BLACK BUSINESS AWARDS YBBA 2019 LAUNCH!

25 Mars 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #business, #awards, #carosika, #afroculture, #2019, #ENG, #uk

Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin

Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin

What an inspiring launch night listening to renowned international speakers sharing their passion and endorsing the YBBA's initiative to celebrate, reward and financially invest in our upcoming generation of young black innovative, creative and fierceless entrepreneurs, both men and women alike.

Donna Wilson in charge of YBBA project management and Viv Ahmun in charge of the Strategic vision shared in turn how crucial it was to push a different narrative about young black people and young black people in business.

This project was created to ensure that our next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, city builders, leaders and creatives are firmly located in the driver's seat of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It intends to spark one million black led 21st century startups and they are on a mission to get as many organisations, givers and policy makers as possible involved with the project.

Donna Wilson, YBBA Project Manager and Viv Ahmun, in charge of Strategic Vision

Donna Wilson, YBBA Project Manager and Viv Ahmun, in charge of Strategic Vision

The nominations for 2019 are now open. For more info, please click on their website below!

YOUNG BLACK BUSINESS AWARDS YBBA 2019 LAUNCH!
Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin
Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin
Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin
Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin

Photo Credit: Emerzy Corbin

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REFLECT COUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION 2018-2019

13 Janvier 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #kids, #business, #brand, #fashion, #ujamaa, #reflectcouture, #afroculture, #2019, #ENG, #uk

REFLECT COUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION 2018-2019
REFLECT Couture Children's Collection 2018/2019 was founded in November of 2018. 

This family-run business was set-up to provide a broader range of culturally specific children's apparel and initiate the foundation to build upon the original designs and concepts to embed a children's brand synonymous with quality and cultural character. 


 
REFLECT COUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION 2018-2019

Our family consists of (3) children (18, 14), with the youngest 4 years old and the face and ambassador of the brand.

The collection currently consists of Premium Long-Sleeve T-Shirts (Black & White), ranging from ages 6months to 7 years (larger sizes on request), Children sized Cups / Mugs; and the boys and girls Back-to-School Bags /Rucksacks. All available with the original Zummi and Mosiah designs.

For more info contact us at:
(E) reflectcouture@gmail.com

Follow us on:

(INSTA) @reflectcouture
(TWITTER) @reflectcouture
(FACEBOOK) @reflectcouture

Alternatively, visit us at: www.reflectcouture.com and send us any queries 24/7 on the chat portal. We'll endeavour to answer any questions and assist with navigating around the site. 

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Kwanzaa is approaching, learn to Ujamaa!!

12 Décembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #carosika, #kwanzaa, #business, #event, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

For more info, check out https://blackhistorystudies.com/

For more info, check out https://blackhistorystudies.com/

As Kwanzaa approaches, there is no better time of the year to discover or re-discover the crafts of Black artisans for gift ideas. On Saturday 1st December, Black History Studies put on a Black Market which we had the pleasure to check out!!

In line with the Ujamaa principle of Kwanzaa (economic cooperation) which aims at building and growing our businesses together and using our collective economic force for the benefit of the entire community, we are delighted to present a number of them and would encourage you to check their products for your festive seasons shopping.

For more info, continue to read on:

To order your copy, click link belowTo order your copy, click link below

To order your copy, click link below

To order your jumper, click on site below

To order your jumper, click on site below

To order, visit their website

To order, visit their website

We also had the opportunity to interview Nate The Lyricist, a spoken word artist who just released a track called BUY BLXCK (click on link below to listen to the track) and Paul Muhammad, the founder of the Money Mob movement on the importance of collective economics for the Afro-Caribbean communities which would be featured in 2019 in a short documentary on the importance of collective economics for Afro-Caribbean communities.

Nate the Lyricist on the left performing and Caro Sika interviewing Paul Muhammad on the rightNate the Lyricist on the left performing and Caro Sika interviewing Paul Muhammad on the right

Nate the Lyricist on the left performing and Caro Sika interviewing Paul Muhammad on the right

We would also like to bring to your attention the online directory of our partner Lobby Noir which lists Afro-Caribbean businesses and entrepreneurs for free and help your business grow outside organised and cultural markets. Peace and love to all!!!!

Caro Sika sporting out Gitas Portal Headwraps at Black Market Extravaganza - Photo Credit: GraphikVision

Caro Sika sporting out Gitas Portal Headwraps at Black Market Extravaganza - Photo Credit: GraphikVision

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Meet Elsa interviewing kidpreneurs Kemi and Kiisha, CEOs of KishemWorld

30 Octobre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #afroculturekidz, #business, #interview, #kids, #kishem, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

Elsa, AfrocultureKidz and Kemi and Kiisha, Kishem

Check out Elsa's interview with girlskidpreneurs Kemi and Kiisha, owner of Kishem brand. Suscribe to our tube channel AfroCultureKidz to see our next videos.

For more info on Kishem and Afroculturekidz, see links below:

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VOTRE PROJET IMMOBILIER AU SENEGAL

29 Octobre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #IMMOBILIER, #business, #afroculture, #2018, #FR, #senegal

VOTRE PROJET IMMOBILIER AU SENEGAL

DEME Agency & Les Maçons du Fouta, deux sociétés basées en France avec des interlocuteurs au Sénégal, organisent l’événement "REALISEZ VOTRE PROJET IMMOBILIER AU SENEGAL", à la rencontre de la diaspora et des amoureux de l’Afrique.
 

Cette rencontre est ouverte à tout public.

RDV le Samedi 10 Novembre 2018 de 14h30 à 19H
Adresse :  13 rue des Fontenelles - ZAI du Petit Parc 78920 Ecquevilly  

 
GRATUIT sur inscription, voir lien ci-dessous:

Pourquoi y assister ?


• Trouver des solutions concernant votre projet immobilier à court, moyen et long terme 

• Recevez les conseils des experts dans leurs domaines

• Rencontrez des personnes aux compétences très diverses que vous n’auriez pas nécessairement eu l’occasion de rencontrer dans votre vie quotidienne

• Tentez de gagner des prix, des accompagnements personnalisés

★ ★ ★ NOS SOLUTIONS :

★ [ETUDE, CONSTRUCTION] ☛Entreprise Générale du Bâtiment - Les Maçons du Fouta est une société de 20 ans d’expériences dans l’immobilier : Etude, conception architecturale, construction et suivi jusqu’à la livraison des travaux finis. ☛Achat, vente de biens immobiliers

★ [FINANCEMENT] ☛Nous vous facilitons l’accès à un prêt immobilier à 0%, adapté à vos besoins et votre budget, avec notre partenaire bancaire La Banque Islamique du Sénégal. 

★ [CONDUITE DE PROJETS] ☛DEME Agency et son réseau d’experts vous aide et vous accompagne dans vos projets : Etude de faisabilité, Business Plan, création d’entreprise, etc.
 
PROGRAMME I CONFERENCES I RENCONTRES I CONSEILS


14H30 – 15H : Accueil et inscription au tirage au sort (réservé uniquement aux 30 premiers participants)

☛ Lot1 pour 1 personne : Gagnez une Etude 3D et Plan d’architecte de votre maison 

☛ Lot2 pour 1 personne : Gagnez 4H de conseils & d’accompagnement personnalisés à la création d’entreprise


15H – 16H : Conférences, Présentations
16H – 16H30 : Questions/Réponses
16H30 – 18H : Stands, Rencontres
18H00 – 18H10 : Tirage au sort Tombola
18H10 – 19H00: Networking & Cocktail offert
 
LES INTERVENANTS:

Yahya BA, Directeur Les Maçons du Fouta  
Mohamadou DEME, Fondateur & CEO DEME Agency
 
EXPOSANTS/PARTENAIRES :

  • DEME AGENCY
  • ICH FORMATION
  • Les Maçons du Fouta
  • NAWALI
  • LSI
  • AFSI International

Contact presse : 

Mohamadou DEME

Email : contact@deme-agency.com

Tel : 06.64.54.71.52

www.deme-agency.com
 

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Meet Omari McQueen, 10 year old CEO of Dipalicious

27 Octobre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #business, #afroculturekidz, #interview, #kids, #afroculture, #2018, #omarimcqueen, #ENG, #uk

Omari McQueen, 10 year old CEO of Dipalicious

Omari McQueen, 10 year old CEO of Dipalicious

Budding business mogul Omari McQueen is set to impress foodies with his new vegan dip business, Dipalicious. At just ten years old, Omari is already the proud owner not only of his own food company, but a YouTube channel, 'The Mari Maker Show', where he enthuses about homemade vegan dishes and shows fans at home how to recreate them in style.

As one of six children, he learned how to cook very quickly from watching his mum and dad prepare large meals daily, and it wasn't long before he was rustling up his own culinary creations for family and friends, inspired by his Jamaican background and his love of great flavours! While making a vegan pizza, Omari decided to create a dip to accompany it – and the idea for Dipalicious was born.

Overcoming his natural shyness whena he's in the kitchen, Omari has always loved to cook, and creates all the dips he sells himself, before sharing them with the world via the Dipalicious website. As well as being tasty and nutritious, each dip is also 100% vegan approved, ensuring a healthy and ethical way to eat, all while supporting a new business venture from one of the UK's brightest young entrepreneurial talents.

The brand officially launched in 2017 when Omari was only eight, and the delicious flavours on offer currently include Caribbean Kick, Sweet Tooth and Coco Curry– each winning glowing reviews. Dipalicious is going from strength to strength as Omari experiments with new flavours to create vegan dips sure to suit even the most discerning palette.

"I want to create food which everyone can enjoy," says Omari. "That's what great food is all about, to me – it's a way to bring people closer together, and that's what I hope to do with Dipalicious."

When he's not building his brand, Omari enjoys spending time at home with his family and loves to dance along to his musical hero Michael Jackson.

Find out more about the brand and try the dips for yourself at the official website www.dipalicious.co.uk - Instagram @dipaliciousdips - twitter@omarimcqueen - Facebook @dipalicious

Omari McQueen, 10 year old CEO of Dipalicious

Omari McQueen, 10 year old CEO of Dipalicious

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Deyon King, a Caribbean lady with a creative knack!

6 Août 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #business, #brand, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

FRUITSOFLOVE selection of handmade lipsticks at the top; at the bottom Deyon King wearing her own makeup
FRUITSOFLOVE selection of handmade lipsticks at the top; at the bottom Deyon King wearing her own makeup

FRUITSOFLOVE selection of handmade lipsticks at the top; at the bottom Deyon King wearing her own makeup

I've had the pleasure to meet Deyon King, an amazing and talented creative wearing so many different hats. From taking on the role of a cosmetic chemist, creating her own line of handmade natural makeup "Fruitsoflove" to styling and designing clothes using Ankara fabric, as well as accessories such as earring, bows and handbags, the list is endless. [She can also sing]......

Deyon would say of herself: "I've always been quite a creative type of person. People would come to me with broken bits of watches and earringS that are falling apart and ask what I could you do with it. I've always had a creative nack, gifted by God I would call it".

See pics below and Etsy site link to purchase fruitsoflove items:

A selection of bows on the left, top and earrings in the middle with green lipstick worn by myself, circle ankara skirt on the rightA selection of bows on the left, top and earrings in the middle with green lipstick worn by myself, circle ankara skirt on the right
A selection of bows on the left, top and earrings in the middle with green lipstick worn by myself, circle ankara skirt on the right

A selection of bows on the left, top and earrings in the middle with green lipstick worn by myself, circle ankara skirt on the right

But that's not all. Deyon has a beautiful way of passing on knowledge. For instance, she is amazing at styling hair. I needed a hairstyle and within seconds by looking at my face, traits and outfit, she could picture exactly what would suit and the lipstick I would sport out. However, the ones appointed to do my haire were her daughters.

Deyon herself would say that her earliest memories of doing hair was between the ages of 8 to 12 where she would take on the task of doing her cousins' hairs, hairstyles, her mum's friends children and even my mum's friends themselves. She learnt herself from her mum and aunties who would be standing in the family living room with a girlfriend seating on a chair in the middle and they'll get busy styling their friend's hair. "In Caribbean culture, it is quite traditional and natural for the eldest to take care of the youngest hair and a way of making some money by doing hair braiding. I would have a doll that I would practise my braiding skills and cornrows on and be corrected by my auntie. I learnt by watching"

It is therefore not in the least surprising that her daughters, Syrenity and Sakura, have taken it on too.

"Now my kids have got this love for doing hair. They do the same thing with their dollies, try to braid the hair and single plats. They are amazing at single plating and I teach them different techniques as time allows".

You can see them below and the result of course of hair and make up.

We trust that Deyon King, her daughters and her brand will keep on unlocking their creativity. Long life to fruitsoflovve!!!

Sakura, on the left, Syrenity in the middle and my daughter Elsa on the right trying out too
Sakura, on the left, Syrenity in the middle and my daughter Elsa on the right trying out too

Sakura, on the left, Syrenity in the middle and my daughter Elsa on the right trying out too

Deyon King and Caro Sika

Deyon King and Caro Sika

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Design workshop with 4th Culture Ltd on Saturday 11th August 2018

31 Juillet 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #fashion, #carosika, #ujamaa, #business, #2018, #ENG, #uk

Funke Alabi, lifestyle fashion designer and workshop facilitator
Funke Alabi, lifestyle fashion designer and workshop facilitator

Funke Alabi, lifestyle fashion designer and workshop facilitator

Example of a simple top you can make on the day

Example of a simple top you can make on the day

4th Culture Ltd will be holding its Summer workshop on Saturday 11th August 2018 from 2.30 to 5.30pm, where you will be able to make your own simple outfit.

You will have a choice from making:

- a pullover top

- Harem pants

- a circle skirt

You will also receive practical teaching on :

- cutting to size; hand stitching (different methods); machine stitching (how to use a sewing machine and produce high quality clothing); knowledge on how fabrics are made and the best fabric for different items of clothing.

All fabric and equipment will be supplied and are inclusive of the ticket cost of only £30 for a 3 hour session.

We strongly recommend you try out their workshop.

To book your place now, click on the link below:

To find out more about the brand, continue reading:

 

About the brand 4th Culture Ltd

The clothing brand capitalises on the creativity of two beautiful ladies: Funke Alabi and Deyon King, who are on a mission to revamp the concept of luxurywear. Both stylists, tailors and designers,  they are determined to build a business  relying on a model which is not based on the pursuit of profit at all cost. Using textile of prime quality, paying an honest wage to those woking for them, training, raising and recruiting  grassroot people to broaden their expertise and develop the brand are all key elements of their business concept. They have therefore opted out of mass producing to ensure the highest quality and finish.

Their passion is to respect and bring out the individuality of the wearer: their culture, their heritage and their style without her being objectified.  In essence, 4th Culture Ltd is a counter-culture to High Street Fashion retail, objectifying women with offering less and less to wear.

Here is what the founders had to say:  "We wanted clothes to relax in and feel original and sophisticated. We also felt that every culture has got something to say about society that is worth listening to. We looked at the heritage we wanted to draw upon: African, Asian, Arab and restyled the garments. Through a conversation with another woman, we also came to realise that these heritages also represent the majority of the people on planet Earth, hence our slogan "we are the ethnic majority".

To visit their website, discover their garments and access their online shopping platforms, click links below:

 

Funke Alabi on the left with Caro Sika on the right wearing a 4th Culture Corduroy Tunic

Funke Alabi on the left with Caro Sika on the right wearing a 4th Culture Corduroy Tunic

Funke Alabi on the left, Caro Sika in the middle, Deyon King on the right

Funke Alabi on the left, Caro Sika in the middle, Deyon King on the right

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La Kaz Kreol et le SACE au Cours Julien, quand l'art et la cuisine fusionne

13 Juillet 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #restaurant, #carosika, #business, #afroculture, #2018, #Kazkreol, #FR

Kaz Kreol au cours Julien à Marseille
Kaz Kreol au cours Julien à Marseille

Kaz Kreol au cours Julien à Marseille

La Kaz Kreol est un nouveau restaurant rapide tropical situé au 10 cours Julien dans le 6ème arrondissement de Marseille sur deux niveaux.

Au rez de chaussée se tient l'espace de restauration. On y trouve des mets tropicaux tels que:

- les Bokit "sandwich guadeloupéen

- des fricassés de chatrou "poulpe avec de la banane plantain 

et bien évidemment le planteur.

Le restaurant est ouvert du lundi au samedi le midi et le soir et un lieu unique à Marseille.

Au premier étage se trouve un espace artistique nommé S.A.C.E (Spirituel-Africain-Caraïbéen-Expression). Celui-ci est dédié à l'art Africain et Caraïbéen, tel que son nom l'indique et est aussi un espace d'expo vente pour des artistes locaux tels que Rhalis Cangou et Ozas 99 Prod.

Le S.A.C.E nous invite à concevoir l'art différemment au quotidien et le à partager avec un large public large.

Pour plus d'infos sur Kaz Kreol, cliquez sur le lien FB ci-dessous:

 

Toile de Rhalis Cangou à la Kaz Kreol, Cours Julien à Marseille

Toile de Rhalis Cangou à la Kaz Kreol, Cours Julien à Marseille

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Kishem, entrepreneurship at its best!!

5 Juin 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #business, #brand, #carosika, #kids, #ujamaa, #afroculturekidz, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

Kiisha and Kemi at Camden Market

Kiisha and Kemi at Camden Market

Kemi and Kiisha, aged 8 and 6 years olds, are just so cool! It's Saturday 2nd June and the girls' brand Kishem (a blend of both of their names) holds a stall at Camden market. On the table, there are numerous gorgeous items so very girly: badges, keyrings, lucky dip sachets, cookies, colouring books.... Kemi is pointing at the illustration of their lead character dressed Wakanda style. I ask her if she watched Black Panther and naturally this 8 year old Tycoon has. Moreover, she has her  own tag line for it "Wakanda rock". I proceed looking at all the items and I am totally in love with them and Kishem's concept.

There is no doubt in my mind that being a little girl again, I would simply love rocking "Kishem style". In fact, all of us ladies present, secretly love all of the characters of Kishem's world and would happily get colouring the pages of the story book there and then. Kishem's oldest sister's favorite is Afia because this character loves science. Unsurprisingly, Kishem's sister loves science herself. And that is the point, that's what we call Positive Representation. These characters in Kishem's storybooks are neither princesses, nor ballerinas. They are powerful, talented, creative, entrepreneurial girls.

- Zhen is a photographer and you get to see her editing in her studio

- Mya is good at cooking

- Kishem loves karate and sports

- Eve is a great swimmer

- Ruby makes jewellery

- Amor loves technology

..... and so on and so forth!!!

These two little girls totally achieved what they set out to do one day of Summer 2016.

"We got the idea to create the Kishem colouring book after asking our mum and dad why there weren't colouring books with all types of children who look like us or our friends in school. Our Dad said "girls problems are meant for solving" (he says that all the time), so we decided to make our own" .... "We wanted the book to have different types of children who are all talented and unique. It was also important to make it more than just a colouring book so after creating and naming each character, we added short stories about them and what they enjoy doing. We think all children have something special about them and we hope this book helps them to realise that they are really cool and that they can do anything".

Two years down the line, Kishem has been able to show their books in UK schools, shipped their books to America, had requests from Africa. I have no doubt Kishem will continue to go from strength to strength. Their multicultural characters offer representation for every girl and ethnic group they represent in our schools nowadays, especially in the UK.

For more info about Kishem or to invite them for a talk at your local school, check their website below....

I wish all the very best to these two precious stars on their Kishem's Journey and have been delighted to meet them. They are greatly inspiring!

 

 

Kishem with their mother Blessing

Kishem with their mother Blessing

Kishem with Caro Sika

Kishem with Caro Sika

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