“Hear No Evil”  Laura Rael-Brook Art Exhibition

Hey Chamillionaire’s

I was kind enough to be invited to Hampstead artist Laura Rael-Brook, the daughter of the legendary shirts manufacturer Harry Rael-Brook, Press viewing on Thursday 5th September but honestly could not attend on the day due to childcare (parents/guardians would understand) but I was honest enough and informed the pr team my reasons why and asked if I could go the following day to meet the artist instead and thankfully they agreed, so on Friday 6th September I was able to meet the lovely Laura Rael-Brook and spoke to her about her “Hear No Evil”  art exhibition what inspired her to  showcase the artworks of an intense career, expressing the trauma and beauties of life, her Jewish heritage, and causes she cares for.

The Lucky Golfer is definitely a piece which is very interesting the materials used really put the art together

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Mask of different faces

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This piece was one of my favourites paintings as it was very captivating and the story behind is, her showing the three stages the prisoners felt at the concentration camp, from at first been free, then going to the concentration camp to then been burnt and finally their souls been free, the eyes represents a person who is in a cage at the concentration camp scared, nervous and sad.

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Artworks include sculpture Holocaust Bride she worked on for 6 years. As you walk around it, it reflects so many of her feelings about the Holocaust and her personal trauma of losing her beloved sister to breast cancer.

The three musicians art piece is her favourite painting, she used acrylic paint to do this, painting several layers unto the canvas and then chipping bits away once the painting was dried

The Three Musicians

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The title piece, Tobacco Marijuana is an installation made of gabions to reflect on the destructive demons of addictives.

Toast is an impressive piece of gabions, stones, varnished bread, and a toaster.

The artist’s feelings about animal cruelty are reflected in the unique artwork Karma.

Love, Hope, Passion was inspired by nature and shows three pieces of wood symbolising three of the most powerful feelings.

Laura was involved in art already at the age of 16. After her studies, she worked as a window dresser of the major stores in Savile Rowe, her works were covered in several newspapers.

She has an intense career working on a wide range of artworks. “Creating an artwork is a journey for me. I think of an idea and then constantly look at things for inspiration. I put so much of myself into it.” – she says.

Here are more detailed images from the exhibition

Karma- the blue gorilla cut into half and a blown up soldier the insides of the gorilla

The devils and his mistress is a painting that took Laura many years to complete

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The Irish Jigger painting

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Available now – Sept 29 2019 

OmniDe Showroom, 96, Belsize Lane  NW3 5BE

Omnide++ Showroom is a beautifully arranged creative hub giving space to events, creative projects and presenting sophisticated fine arts and high end finishes for suppliers wishing to showcase their products. “The closer and wider communities are very important for us,” – says Ivan Lazzaroni, Director of OmniDe. – “We believe in collaborations and offer a creative hub to share ideas among designers, artists, suppliers, and architects. It’s a pleasure to have such a talented artist like Laura for the second time at our venue.” 

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The talented artists laura Rael-Brook sculpting away

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Here you can find photos of some of her earlier exhibitions, to give you a taste of these: http://contentbonum.com/lauraraelbrook/

 

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Fendi Cafe- Harrods Review

Hey guys sorry I have gone for a while just took a break to enjoy the summer with loved ones and start planning on some business ventures

so yesterday (Wednesday 28th August) my cousin thought it would be a good idea for us to go and try out the Fendi Cafe in Harrods for lunch, as I had not really been out this summer after giving birth to my beautiful daughter I agreed.

We arrived at Harrods for 3.15pm, as it is a 15minute walk from the main entrance

On the 5th floor by the technology department we got to the restaurant at 3.30pm and was told we would have to wait 30minutes as they are very busy. Quite understandable as it’s “Fendi”plus they do not take reservations so it’s first come first served basis

We finally were given a table at 4pm

I would have to say the decor was aesthetically pleasing, loved the black and white theme, had the Fendi logo nicely decorated

The customer service was lovely, our waiter was extremely kind to interpret the menu to us as it was in Italian, the food was well cooked, I enjoyed my fruit platter apart from the sour apples which was not too my liking but apart from it all

We all enjoyed our meals and would definitely go back.

Part of Fendi’s exclusive summer takeover at Harrods, the FENDI CAFFE is open until Friday 1st November.

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New Beginnings: Motherhood

Happy Fathers day to my amazing readers.

I know it has been nearly a year since my last post, and I sincerely apologise for not been consistent and just disappearing into hiding, but I have a great excuse for going into hiding.

I decided to take time out of social media ( instagram, twitter and snapchat) and also anything to do with blogging, even writing articles for other PR  companies and attending events as I found out I was pregnant and I really just wanted to enjoy my pregnancy with family and friends and not compare myself to expecting mothers  on social media.

It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make as it meant I would have to give up writing and focus on myself and the things around me but it was the best decision I ever made.

I would like to start this new journey in my life of being mum and a parent, as I would like to share so far what I have learnt from being pregnant to having a new born and also learn from you my readers.

Thank you to those who did not stop following me on all social media platforms as I am very happy to start this new chapter with you all

Love

CAM xx

 

Almond-Infused Hair Products That Will Help Your Hair Grow – Tried and Tested

THE BENEFITS OF ALMOND OIL FOR HAIR

Almond oil provides a multitude of advantages for natural hair. The benefits of this great oil are not limited to natural hair, and all hair types will be improved by using this oil.

African-American hair types, which tend to have less natural luster and shine due to its textured nature will see an increase in luster when sweet almond oil is applied. Here are some of the benefits your hair could experience if you were to use almond oil on your hair.

ALMOND OIL SEALS IN MOISTURE

An essential step in keeping natural hair moisturized is to use an oil or butter after a water-based moisturizer or leave in conditioner has been applied to hair. In so doing, a layer of oil locks the moisturizer within the hair, so that hair dries out more slowly over time than it would.

This is particularly beneficial to natural hair that is dry by nature and has a tendency to dry out more quickly than straighter textures. almond oil is an excellent sealant for natural hair and black hair of all types.

It is lightweight which means it won’t weigh fine hair down and won’t cause relaxed hair to become greasy.

SWEET ALMOND OIL INCREASES THE LUSTER AND SHINE OF HAIR

The protein and vitamin content of sweet almond oil is very high, and this makes the oil particularly great at increasing the shine and luster of hair that is dull and dry.  Vitamins A, B, and E are all helpful in adding shine to dull hair, and these vitamins are present in high concentrations, in sweet

We all know almonds are good for improving heart health, digestive health, and the appearance of your skin. A lesser-known fact is that they’re also a great source of magnesium and biotin; two key nutrients that help your hair grow stronger and faster.

As another added bonus, the omega and protein content found in almonds can help improve your hair’s strand manageability, texture, and shine. Needless to say, they don’t call it a superfood for nothing!

Scroll through to see which almond-infused hair products you can add to your hair routine to start reaping the many benefits of these fortifying effects.

FALZ- Child of the world (Stop Rape)

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Falz is out with a new video for the tune en-titled ‘Child Of The World’. ‘Child Of The World’ is taken from the 3rd Solo Studio album by FalzTheBahdGuy.

The moving visuals is directed by Kemi Adetiba.

Child of the World features Toyin Abraham as one of the main characters.

What’s most important about the song and visuals is the message – Sexual Abuse and Suicide.

These are two major concerns in our society today and who better pass the message on through music and visual story telling than – Falz and Kemi Adetiba. 27

Watch and Enjoy!

The Gucci x Dapper Dan Clothing Collection

The Collection Is Finally Available Online And In Stores Across The Country

 

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Up until this moment, the highly coveted Gucci x Dapper Dan collection was only available at the Gucci store located on Wooster Street in New York City. You can see how that would be very limiting to die-hard fashion connoisseurs who have been itching to get their hands on the dope designs.

Well, the fashion gods are smiling down on us because the entire collection is now ready for purchase on Gucci.com and several Gucci boutiques around the country.

Dapper Dan’s collection for the brand encompasses all of the over-the-top logo loving of his prior designs, updated with more contemporary finesse. Bold double G adorned track jackets are fashioned out of sequins, leather monogrammed hoodies are uplifted with gold trims and ostentatious designs, and glasses come equipped with all over crystals. Velvet sets feature ornate dragon designs, accessorized with large gold chains. This collection is not for the faint of heart.

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According to the press release detailing the partnership and collection, the designs are a “Guccified version of the original Dapper Dan aesthetic.” The document goes onto say that “the new collection is an extraordinary example of fashion sampling, and explores the synergy between the magpie design philosophies of both Dan and Michele [Creative Director at Gucci].”

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I honestly couldn’t agree more.

The collection is a stunning homage to Dap’s iconic streetwear creations that were worn by Hip-Hop royalty (including LL Cool J, Rakim, and Salt-N-Pepa) to some of Harlem’s biggest gangsters. Combine that with Gucci’s luxe fabrics, attention to detail, and head-turning tailoring —  and you’ve got yourself a legendary line of clothing.

Gold printed python, Nappa leather, velour and premium denim are just a few of the fabrications found throughout the line. Gucci’s GG logo is generously used on bomber jackets to oversized fanny packs. And speaking of accessories, the Swarovski crystal-encrusted eyewear, and sleek throwback sneakers are the icing on this oh-so-dope cake.

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But what we love the most is that Dap is back in the sartorial spotlight where he belongs. Now excuse us while we spend all our money!

Here’s a look at more of the incredible Gucci x Dapper Dan collection…

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Wedding Season: Polka Dots, Bright Shades & Florals

We all know wedding season has commenced and this season it is all about bold colours, florals and polka dots, I will be showing you wear to shop from high -street brands to high-end names.

HIGH STREET BRANDS

MARISOTA -Spot Print Pleat Maxi Skirt – PD835

 PRODUCT CODE: PD835AM-

£36.00

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Irregular spot print design. Fully elasticated waist and easy pull-on style.
Length 35in/89cm.
Machine washable.
Polyester.
  • Product available in sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32
  • Available in: Black/White

 TOPSHOP

Spot Jacquard Slip Dress

£49.00- 

  • Colour:  PINK
  • Code:  35M06NPNK

Polka Dot Print Open Back Maxi Dress

£49.00- 

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Men in Power Interview: DJ Blighty: Celebrity DJ

This week on Men in Power we have a very talented, award-winning, father, celebrities know him as the master on decks and you all know him as UK’s finest Top Dj.

I am pleased to have DJ Blighty as our men in Power of the week.

Congratulations on winning best Urban Dj of the year for Mixcloud.

How was it finding out you won best Dj or the year?

Thank you. It was unexpected, to be honest so I was very overwhelmed when I found out, I wouldn’t have got there without the support of my listener’s so I’m very grateful to them for their support.

You have over 10 million streams on Mixcloud and the number growing each day.

How do you know what songs to mix?

Haha, not quite reached the 10 Million milestones just yet, I’m hoping to get there before the end of the year though, think I’m closing in on 7 Million which is amazing. My song selection is my picks of current hits, new undiscovered artists & classics. There is no formula other than my musical ear which I had from a very young age, I have a natural ability to know which songs will mix nicely together which makes life easier.

Your mixtapes are always popping, How did you learn how to mix?

I taught myself at the tender age of 13, many tedious hours of trial & error, there weren’t any tutorials or how to’s back then, so years of practice & perseverance.

And have you considered holding masterclasses?

I haven’t, but it could be something to look at in the future.

So how did it all begin?

I’ve been obsessed with music since before I can remember, I started to take an interest in DJ-ing at the age of around 11/12 (Back when it wasn’t all that cool or popular) I begged for my first set of decks which I was fortunate to get for my 13th Birthday, started buying records with my pocket money & practicing. Many years later, here I am today.

• Where did the name come from?

That’s an easy one, my surname is Blight, my nickname in school was Blighty so choosing it as my DJ name just seemed like a no-brainer

•Well, that was very simple, I thought you might have had a story, like other djs do. Did the DJing, Production, Promoting come 1st?

DJ-ing for sure, in my opinion you shouldn’t start promoting your name as a DJ/Brand until you’re confident with your skills/ability.

• Which countries have you played/?

I’ve been fortunate enough to play all over the world, but my journey as an international DJ is only just starting to take off, literally lol. Up to now I’ve done New York City, Greek holiday islands such as Zante/Kavos aswel as plush holiday resorts such as Puerto Banus in Marbella. At present, Dubai, Japan & Italy are all in the pipeline which is very exciting.

• What was the first event you ever played at/?

A small VIP club in my hometown of Cardiff which was at the time one of the most talked about events in the city called Sugar & Spice which is still going strong to this day. It was from there I started to build up my presence in my hometown.

That’s pretty cool, heard Cardiff has great spots to hang out, What’s the best event you’ve played at?

That’s a tough one to answer as I have so many incredible memories of events I’ve done throughout my career. My most memorable show to date would be a very close call between opening for J. Cole in Cardiff or playing to a sold out Proud at the O2 in London to over 3,000 people, the atmosphere was insane.

What was the first record you bought?

• Luniz – I Got 5 On It which is still one of my favourite Hip Hop tracks of all time.

Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’

With the digital age of DJ-ing, I have around 20,000+ tracks with me when I play out. It depends on what sort of party I’m playing but I have a crate with at least 30/40 guaranteed to get out of jail cards.

What’s your favourite tune of all time?

• I would be here all day writing down names of songs & wouldn’t be able to pick one, there’s just too many.

True considering the amount of songs you have, When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?

• I recently became a father for the first time so any chill time has now become a thing of the past haha. I wouldn’t change it for the world though.

Awww congratulations and she’s very adorable. Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?

• A young student posing to be a superstar dance DJ tricked me as I didn’t know what they looked like, that always stands out in my mind. Felt a bit stupid when the actual DJ turned up haha.

lool. Bless you, Other DJs you rate?

• Jazzy Jeff is the greatest of all time, in my opinion, I’ve had the honour of working with him a few times. Jaguar Skills who I work with regularly & is super talented. Tim Westwood is a legend who has always inspired me. Scottie B.

You have been a Dj for over 10 years, how do you keep yourself humble?

• To be honest I don’t know. But it’s something I’ve always done & will continue to do no matter how far my career takes me. I’ve seen ego ruin people & it’s ugly.

Where do you see your career if you were not a writer and DJ

• I would have loved to have been an architect as I love being creative but the maths was waaaay over my head.

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Who is a person that you considered as a role model early in your life? How and why does this person impact your life?

My grandmother who was always the person who pushed me to work hard & chase my dreams. She taught me all the important morals & principles which I live by today & was the most positive person I’ve ever known.

How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? What was a pivotal moment?

It’s been a dream since a very young age, that passion is still there & stronger than ever. I’ll keep chasing my goals until the fire goes’s out which I doubt after this long it ever will.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received

To never care what people think of you or what you do. There’s a lot of bitterness & negativity in the DJ world which I personally ignore.

What would you say to yourself when you were 18?

Work harder, sleepless

Do you ever sleep?

Not very much now I have my daughter, I used to manage a few hours a night though haha

What’s the last movie that made you laugh

Daddy’s Home 2

That is so cute would never have imagined Daddy’s home 2 would make you cry. Bless

When do you feel most creative?

I get random bursts of inspiration from various factors when I do it’s straight to the studio.

How do you see the scene 5 years from now?

• I really don’t know, it’s changed a lot in the past 5 years so time will tell

Is your family musical?

• Yes, I grew up around music. My mum was a singer & my dad was a DJ so it definitely runs in the family.

That’s pretty cool, have to research who your parents are now 😊

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

• I try to avoid them by staying calm & moving on is key. Like any professional performer, ignore it & carry on.

Finally, Any Advice for those who think Djing is easy cause I tried it out it isn’t. What would you say?

• It’s not as easy as it looks, however it’s easier to learn now than it was when I did. I actually do tutorials on my YouTube channel: DJ Blighty TV. Plug Plug 🙂

Great Plug, Well was great sitting down with you and was a pleasure knowing you and I can say you are very humble compared to the dj’s out here, congratulations on your bundle of joy.

You can follow DJ Blighty on Twitter, Instagram, Mixcloud, Soundcloud and Facebook

@DJBLIGHTY

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Women in Fashion: CAROLINE PERINO (Brazillian Fashion Designer)

Caroline Perino is a Brazilian fashion designer based in London, having previously graduated in BA Fashion in Brazil, and studied in Central Saint Martin in London.

When she graduated from the MA Fashion Course from Kingston University in London, Perino was amongst the selected few to represent Kingston at the annual London MA Fashion Show. In addition, she was granted with two sponsorships, one from Swarovski, and the other from Bottonificio Padano.

Caroline is passionate about developing textiles, may it be with embellishments, technologies, embroilments, patterns or fabrics. For this graduate collection she has with Fashion Crossover London, Caroline has made a good use of Swarovski crystal, together with hand embroidery of beads.

She was invited to showcase her A/W 2018 collection in London Fashion Week. Her ultimate goal is to create her own luxury label and have her name recognised across the world.

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Women in Fashion: Bethan, NUKE KID ON THE BLOCK

Colour and labour intensive textile techniques are the key aspects of Bethan’s creations, as well as personal and meaningful narratives. She designs for a woman who is feminine, fearless and with a sense of humour.

Drawing on her interests in retro aesthetics and interiors, Bethan’s final collection, “NUKE KID ON THE BLOCK”, began with a hunt to find 1970s bathrooms full of vibrant colour and intricate textures. As her design philosophy often incorporates narrative, Bethan was drawn to stories of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.

This was an anti-nuclear community formed by women from all walks of life in the 1980s. To combine this fascinating subject with bathrooms, Bethan created her own narrative that she aimed to convey through her work. Her collection tells the story of a young woman who goes to stay with her mysterious Great Aunt, whose house has not changed since the late 1970s; this is due to her Great Aunt’s involvement in the protests at Greenham Common in the early 1980s.

Due to Bethan’s creatively skilful style, her pieces have been featured on well established publications such as Draper’s Magazine, The Fashion Conversation and Cent Magazine.

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Women in Fashion: Fashion Designer. Alice Callum |

Alice Callum draws from the elements of performance art, theatrical presences and art within everyday life to form a collection, which promotes the individual, the unique and the weird.

The essence of performance is seen in our daily lives, whether we perform through our clothes and appearance or hobbies and interests, each person stands within a performance of their own. The collection focuses on developing individuality and performance through textile embellishment and detail.

Focus on appliqué and beading combined with contrasting fabrics and bold colours addresses the outlandish themes and core of performance with the body as the medium.

Alice’s collection embraces the rejection of fast fashion by returning fashion to a hand created state and making pieces that centre around quality and uniqueness rather than trends and current updates.

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Domestic Violence Nearly took my life-Abigail Okeyre Story

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Domestic violence is on the rise, on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by their current or former partner every week, an estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, Abigail Okeyre was part of that statistics, but luckily for her, she managed to escape such a volatile relationship  Honestly, I had to accept that he didn’t love or want me and that I had been abused all along. That was so hard to do but once I started, I began to recover.”

Abigail’s relationship with her ex, started off as been very close friends for nearly seven years, before they started dating, and in those years there were no signs that he was or even had any traits of a violent man. Their relationship was always blissful like any relationship would be sharing secrets and laughter with one another until one day when Abigail found out about another relationship he was having and she confronted him about it ‘ He swore that she was a crazy ex who didn’t want to leave him alone. Initially, I believed him but the day I challenged his lies was, the day the beatings started. Prior to that, he had never even raised his voice at me before. In fact, he was the calm to my storms.’ statistics show that victims of domestic violence never see the signs, as the predator has the following traits: charming, jealous, manipulative, controlling, a victim. unfortunately, Abigail was drawn to the charming side of her ex-partner. “There were no signs at all. He was such a charming sweetheart.

The first time he beat her she tried to hide it but her mum saw the injuries when she got home and involved the police. He usually would hit me with his fist. I guess wherever he could lay his hands on me, he would usually hit but my face always seemed to bear the brunt of the beating and he would injure me mainly on my face He once threatened to hit me with an iron but to his credit he really controlled himself. I thought I was going to die that day .He threatened to never talk to her again if she allowed the police to arrest him and claimed that the charge would ruin his future. She got scared so she lied and fought the police to drop the case against all sound advice. That case was never dropped although she almost succeeded.

The last time he beat her up, they had argued about the same girl she has accused him of having an affair with. He punched her in the face and blood kept oozing uncontrollably. He kept beating her, that she passed out multiple times. She remembers hearing him threatening to kill her for real next time; each time she gained consciousness. That was when she began to reason the situation whilst lying there. she kept saying to herself, “if I die here, no one will fight for me”. As a Ghanaian and him being from an affluent family, her case will be swept under the carpet and he will continue living. As soon as the beating stopped she called her parents and his parents and told them everything. her mum came to get her and that was it.

Abigail was able to escape from her violence partner, however not many men and women are able to do so on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by their current or former partner every week. The number of prosecutions relating to violence against women and girls in England and Wales reached a record level in 2015-16, rising by almost 10% to 117,568. New measures on violence against women to be put in domestic abuse bill, Abigail, had to accept that he did not love or want her and that she had been abused all along. “That was so hard to do but once I started, I began to recover. The funny thing about my situation was that I WAS educated. It didn’t change anything. I was living in denial and I made so many excuses for him”.

Abigail is now able to share her story to other women and men who are going through or know anyone in such situations and her advice to you is “Honestly, if you are going through it, walking away does not make you weak. He/she does not love you, they’ll never change and your life is more important. It will hurt as though you are about to die but it will get better and please get counseling. I did not and it’s messing me up today, years later. If you know someone going through it, be patient. More necessary than anything, they need a non-judgemental ear to listen and shoulder to cry on. If they can trust you with that, they are more likely to listen to your advice on walking away. Also, get counseling for yourself too. It can be traumatic watching your loved one go through this.

Domestic Violence is a continuous problem as victims are not able to identify themselves as one, according to the year ending March 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales (1.2 million women, 713,000 men). were accounted for domestic violence. Are you part of that statistic if so get help and talk to someone like Abigail did, it is never too late.

If you know anyone or you have been affected by this story and would like more help and information, please do not hesitate to contact National Domestic Helpline

Remeber Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, including men not just women, if you see any form of abuse do not wait, speak out and report it, you can be saving a life

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Men in Photography: Maxwell Bonsu

This week on Men in Photography we have none other than Canadian Photographer Maximilian, who has been in the industry for many years, he specializes in: wedding, portrait,  and lifestyle.
 He draw’s his inspiration from all the small and extraordinary things that surround him. He strives to capture dynamic, timeless images with enthusiasm and honesty. Known for his impeccable editing style, Ghana-born and Toronto-raised photographer Maxwell Bonsu loves to deliver beyond expectations. Cultivating his passion for photography at the George Brown School of Design, Maxwell’s eye for images was evident long before.
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Maxwell prides himself on efficient turnaround time and final edits that sport a realistic finish. Since his start, Maxwell has had the pleasure of working in several aspects of photography covering Toronto Fashion Week for a Vancouver-based magazine and Melissa Grelo, host of The Social and CP24 Breakfast. Maxwell continues to advance his versatility as an artist, gladly taking on projects that force him to think with new eyes and a focus on photography, and was a pleasure interviewing you.
What made me become a photographer basically I was very interested in creating perfect images and also I was a graphic designer in the past and I knew I needed good quality images so I decided to take up photography in order to I guess feed my graphic designer needs I’ve been in the industry pretty long about 10 years now
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I knew Immediately that this career choice was for me during college so I think I was about 19 to 20 years old at that time
Like I said before I was a graphic designer and I did a lot of animation in terms of turning images into cartoon characters so I need very high-quality images I spent all the money I had to buy an entry-level camera and start taking pictures of people and Animating them
I decided to go with Maximilian because I looked up the meaning of the name Maxwell and realize that it’s actually an abbreviation which the meaning of the name is “the great” not to be narcissistic or anything but I really like the meaning of the name it just didn’t have anything else after that it just said “the great.”
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I was highly inspired by many things fashion photography urban photography street photography very few photographers that I can name from that timeframe that inspired me but I guess you can say one of my most favourite ones was definitely Matt Barnes
I decided to shoot mainly African American or black woman. Because I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of representation for that group of people in terms of photographers who are professionals were able to create art a lot of people seem to go towards the more easy side of things in terms of photography I decide to take a different route
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What I really want to convey in my photography is acceptance integration and diversity
Are use an array of different types of technology from computers to programs but you definitely find me editing everything on Adobe programs
Honestly, what keeps me going I would say the supporters my family and the thought of the future I would love to teach others photography whatever path they decide to go towards that being fashion urban street photography I would love to teach them the basics the fundamentals
I would say what is unique about my business is my ethics and editing, My advice for Inspiring photographers is purely just starting, go don’t hold back
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I definitely wouldn’t consider my photographs “raunchy” I would say that they allow the woman to be who they wanna be Whether that being sexy or in clothes whatever they decide to do and I think that’s why the also feel comfortable enough to be around me because I don’t judge them
I never really have time to really relax if I do I spend it mostly watching movies are spending time with my girlfriend or family
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At the moment I would say Drake probably be somebody I’m interested in photographing
My top three priorities as a business owner are to make sure you have your ground rules set make sure everything is clearly conveyed to the clients and make sure that you are prepared for anything and also keep your emotions in check
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It’s a bit of misogyny and also lack of enthusiasm and drive so it’s a bit of both from both genders that really keep a lot of female photographers down
My Instagram is Milan Photos and you can find me on pretty much anywhere in social media with that same name
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Women in Music: KLAUDIA KEZIAH

Hey love I know it’s been a while since our last Men and Women in Music Interview and I am proud to say, this week we have KLAUDIA KEZIAH, vocalist, song-writer and cellist (a talent I wish I had). I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as I did

How are you today?

Happy weekend

Hello! I’m very well thanks, thank you for having me!

Last year was successful year for you , What would you say was the highlight of 2017?

And what are you looking forward to for 2018?

I’m so excited for this year. My EP ‘Gold Light’ opened up the year for me with my new sound. I’ve met loads of amazing people during the promo period, who are genuinely interested in the project.

I’m  supporting Mauvey on his Love therapy UK tour on starting on the 31st of May.

I’ve got some exciting new music on the way with some special dance collaborations too just in time for the party season.

How did you know this is the career for you? And what made you to go forth and chase it ?

I knew I wanted to be a musician since I was 8 years old. I began my musical journey attending a classical music school where I played Cello and piano. I only realised I can and wanted to sing during my college years! But Music was the plan since a very young age.

What is unique about your music compared to other artists?

A lot of people say it’s my songwriting and vocal tone that is unique. Most of my writing is very visual and metaphoric which can get lost in a lot of current music.

Have you ever turned down an artist ?

You always need to make sure the collaboration suits your path and the Message / image you’re trying to put across. I’ve been lucky enough to connect with very like-minded songwriters and musicians. I have however, turned down a few dance producers as I simply can’t say yes to every collaboration.

And if so how did you know it was the right thing to do?

Like mentioned, if there’s not a vibe musically or our brands are miles apart then it can be hard to connect and make great music!

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Music is one of the most difficult industries to be successful in or to make a full time living out of. But if you love it enough then to need to keep pushing until you reach your targets. If everyone quit when it got hard then there wouldn’t be any musicians left!

Just believe in your talent, grow your skill and knowledge of the industry and a sick team around you

What advice would you have for young men who are trying to get involved in the fashion and business industry?

I know fashion can be just as hard to succeed in, but if you’re a creative you need to create and share your talents with the world, so  absolutely do it! That said.. I think especially in fashion you have to be ruthless.

Do you ever take time out to relax and rest and if so what are the things you like to do in your free time?

I love fitness and you can find me in the gym any time I have a spare minute. Also, if there’s more free time, I love exploring the world and especially the US.

Who would you like to work with in the music industry if you had a chance to?

I’m a huge fan of Nao, Frank Ocean. I would love to work with people like Daniel Ceasor, MNEK and disclosure!

And what are your predictions for 2018 Music trends?  Who would you like to see come out that is underground at the moment

The scene is in a great place for independent artists right now, which has made space for some amazing new sounds, right now the Afroswing/afrobeat sound is really making waves commercially. And behind that there’s some great r&b/indie artists like Daniel Ceasor creating some great music. So I think 2018 is going to be a great progression of urban music and it’s influence in general

As a entertainer, what are your top three priorities? And Do you set high expectations or tolerate mediocrity?

1 Create music that reflects me as an artist and a person

2 Surround myself with a humble and inspiring team

3 Take no notice of haters because they’re still taking time out of their day to interact with you. Just surround yourself with positive energy

I am a perfectionist but setting the bar high makes you work harder and get the best out of your ability. And that’s in any career path!

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how did it feel when you decided to step out and pursue your career?

You basically can’t plan out a music career and stick to the plan, which scared me at first because I’m super organised. Things change daily and you don’t know what’s around the corner. So I’d say it’s nerve racking but worth it.

Did you ever face a backlash from your family when you told them you wanted to step out and work on your music?

My family have been my number one fans since a young age. My mum is my biggest supporter haha!

You have been singing for many years now, who did you grow  up listening to?

A lot of Michael Jackson, Anastasia and loads of r&b was played in my household. I’m defiantly influence by MJs story telling type of writing and soulful vocals from Anastasia

Tell me a bit about your latest single?

Me EP ‘Gold Light’ dropped last month alongside the music video for the lead single ‘Gold Light’

The message behind the track in a nutshell is that materialistic things don’t matter – what matters is having a golden heart/being kind. I feel in our society now, absolutely everything is judged on image, status and money (‘gold’). Especially in the social media world. I find a lot of people are losing personalities, raw emotions and true feelings through all that materialism. ‘Gold Light’ is essentially a love song and about meeting your soul mate. But the underlining story is that you can give all the “gold and diamonds , rhinestone showers” ( lyrics) to the other person, but all that really matters is whats inside.

how did the name come to be chosen?

‘Gold Light’ is a metaphor for a positive energy/ feeling. Like a light at the end of a tunnel

Who is a person that you considered as a role model early in your life? How and why does this person impact your life?

I’ve always had strong female role models in my family. My mum has always been my role model. She’s one of the strongest females I know.

If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you, as an artist  what would  you like to have achieved?

I want my music to reach so many more people this year. I want to look back and be proud of all the new music I made and people I’ve met.

When have you been most satisfied in your life?

I will let you know when! Haha

I think you’re never fully satisfied, and that in itself drives you to do better. I’m always super appreciative, but it’s not the same as satisfaction or a feeling of completeness

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

Collaborating with ironik was great. Me and my friends used to listen to his music at school 15 and share the songs via Bluetooth, who would of thought I’d be on a track with him  years later!

Tell us about a time when things didn’t go the way you wanted

As a musician you always have a good and bad gig story. I remember one time performing at a venue which had an automatic sound cut off of you played louder than the threshold (as it was in a area with lots of houses) and let’s just say having a full band wasn’t the best idea haha!!!

What projects do you have coming up for 2018, album, tour?

I’m shooting the new music video for “My Muse” off the EP next week in Miami.

I’m touring the UK with Mauvey next month and Getting the new material ready for summer!

Name your top 3 artists from nigeria?

I’d say Malerk Berry and Wizkid

Top 3 international artists on your playlists?

Nao

Daniel Ceaser

Frank ocean

Where can everyone follow you on the socials?

Facebook.com/ KlaudiaKeziah

Instagram.com/KlaudiaKeziah

www.KlaudiaMusic.com

Twitter.com/KlaudiaMusic

Youtube.com/KlaudiaKeziah

Women in Power: Nayoka Oware (Radio Presenter, Content Creator

This week’s Women in Power is the beautiful Nayoke from “The Journey Online” she wears multiple hats from being a mum to interviewing celebrities on her show online

What made you to start Presenting? And are you glad you started it

My sister Amma. She made the suggestion after thinking about Jamal Edwards, MBE, founder of SB.TV. She told me his story and encouraged me to invest in a DSLR, go into the world and create opportunities for myself. She even came up with a show I could host. In addition, when I was in my early teens, I would watch June Sarpong and Richard Blackwood present the show MTV Select, and in my head I wanted to be them, be in the limelight, be recognised, be popular. As I grew older, my reasons for wanting to be a Presenter changed. I realised that it was a gift and not just a money making skill. I realised that it was important to see people on the TV and listen to people on the radio that you can identify with, that look like you, that understand diversity and that we are all unique. I wanted to show others that it is possible to achieve your dreams so far as you never stop working. Even on the days when you just don’t feel like it, find the strength to work.

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Your a radio presenter at ABN TV Radio every week, how did that come about?

At present, I no longer work at ABN Radio but, I worked as an Intern at VOA Radio…

You have been presenting for many years now do you consider yourself branching out? For example movies or directing?

I believe in being open to all opportunities, so far as they tie in with my gift/calling. If another profession will assist me to develop myself further, professionally and personally, I am willing to learn, grow and embrace that opportunity.

Where do you see yourself in the next 2-5 years?

I’ll still be learning, growing, applying what I’ve learned, thriving and excelling in all areas of my life.

How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? What was a pivotal moment?

Talking to people and having a genuine interest in their response comes naturally to me. In my opinion, asking relevant questions and being an intent listener are two important skills to have as a Presenter. I am the co-founder of The Journey Management LTD, an entertainment company and the founder, CEO, co-editor and host of The Journey Online. I coupled my love for music with the passion I had, and still have, for Presenting, and started my online channel in 2012. Additionally, I believed in myself, even on days where I just wanted to give up because I didn’t trust the process, I wasn’t enjoying my own journey and failed to recognise my small victories.

A pivotal moment for me was interviewing Sarkodie. I had wanted to meet him for over a decade, had reached out to his team a couple of times, but it was proving difficult to pin him down. After years of trying, I hosted him on my online channel. Having an artiste of his calibre praising the show confirmed that we were doing something right.

What are the most important decisions that you face daily as a leader?

Deciding if an idea myself or the team suggests, will have a positive long-term impact the company and ensuring that it is a true reflection of my brand.

How do you maintain your and your team’s daily motivation and inspiration despite obstacles, pushback or setbacks?

Keeping in constant contact, updating the team on the progress we are making, having a genuine interest in their wellbeing and talking through any challenges or triumphs we have.

How do you foster creative and innovative thinking within your business? And How are ideas shared and implemented within your team?

The old fashioned way. Putting pen to paper individually and then coming together as a group to share best practice and bounce ideas off each other. We often watch interviews and/or documentaries and learn from others in the industry and in other fields, that came before us. We network, seek advice from those who are willing to impart knowledge on how to start and maintain a successful business and ways to succeed in ours. There is much to learn from a veteran.

Once we have shared our ideas, we weigh out the pros and cons of pursuing each idea and then make a final decision based on what will benefit the company and all who may be involved at that time.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Do what you know. There is no point of trying to learn about a profession that you have no interest in and know nothing about. Build on the knowledge you have first, then, broaden your horizons.

20 years in the future what advice would you have for yourself

You’re still alive. Keep going. God obviously isn’t done with you yet. Also, enjoy and share the fruit of your labour.

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What would you say to yourself when you were 16?

You have already identified what your gift is, start working on building your empire. Do not procrastinate. Work toward your dream every single day from writing ideas to networking, don’t waste a single day.

If you were a Juice what would you be?

Lychee Juice. Not every one knows what it is, likes the sound of the name or the look of it, but they’d be willing to give it a try… and then they’re hooked!

Who do you look up to the most?

Myself. I work towards bettering myself everyday.

Love that response What’s the last movie that made you cry?

The Notebook. If you haven’t watched it, please do. You’ll understand why it is a tear jerker.

What’s the last movie that made you laugh

Parts of Black Panther.

What are the most important traits of successful leaders today?

Transparency, to a certain degree, being loyal to your cause, calling and vision, being unshakable but willing to accept constructive critique, honesty and selflessness.

What is the most important characteristic that every leader should possess?

Transparency, loyalty, having entrepreneurial skills, honesty, compassion, resilience and selflessness.

What are the most pressing challenge that leaders are facing today? And why?

Not listening to the cries of the people that they are meant to be serving and fulfilling their promises. Depending on the type of leader you are, you will have a board of governors, a team, an audience or there will always be a group of people who will guide you, you will have to serve or provide a service for. If you are incapable of listening to what they want or making an effort to change whatever may be affecting them, and if you cannot cater to them in some way, if that is the role you are called to fulfil, then you have no right being a leader. If you don’t serve the people, they will become disgruntled and turn against you. Selfishness, greed, power and authority can consume you as a leader if to begin with, your focus was on the wrong thing e.g. money instead of your love for people.

Do you have a mentor? If so, what traits are you seeking in a mentor and why?

I do. I think that it’s imperative to have a mentor irrespective of the industry you are in. My mentor is transparent, gives constructive criticism, motivates and encourages me and is forthright. He tells me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear.

What are you doing daily to ensure your growth and development continues as a successful business owner ? If so, how?

Challenging myself, taking the time out to write down my thoughts, looking at multiple streams of income, being open minded and unlearning things I was taught that restricts the flow of creativity and conflicts with being an entrepreneur. I also write a list of tasks that I need to complete everyday. There is never less that 8 things on that list.

What is the best and worst decision you’ve ever made?

Best: wanting to be more than most African women are lead to believe they can be and taking action to ensure that I pursued my dreams.

Worst: Not starting earlier, since I had already realised what my gift was.

What was your dream job as a kid and why?

To be an actress, because I enjoyed Drama and Theatre studies and loved acting school. Not forgetting that my mum encouraged me to. She wanted me to be on TV and stay away from boys…

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

Staying down for too long when we get knocked down or discouraged. Yes, we have to work three times as hard as men do, but if we stick at it, history has taught us that we can achieve great things… Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Ellen, Wendy Williams, Folorunso Alakija… the list goes on.

What woman inspires you and why?

There are too many to list, as each of them exhibit different qualities that are needed to be great. A woman that does not conform, is confident in herself but remains humble, is ambitious and unapologetically herself. A woman of faith who has a vision and is willing to help others whether she is called upon to help, or not, that is the type of woman that inspires me.

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

In my opinion, there are no new challenges for women, the intensity and support may be the only difference. For example, the women that accused Harvey Weinstein and Billy Cosby of sexual assault and/or gross misconduct, if this were to be a decade or two ago, only a few of women would have been bold enough to speak up, so the movement would not have been as intense as it is currently; there would not have been as much support due to fear. Although women seem to be more outspoken that ever, WOC will still have to fight for equal rights and equal pay. Women will still have to prove that they are just as able, intelligent, capable, diligent, forthright and efficient as their male counterparts.

When do you feel most creative ?

At night. I’m nocturnal.

If your life was a song what would it be?

Miss Independent – Ne-Yo

And what words of wisdom would you like to share to young and older women in the beauty, YouTube and Instagram industry ?

Never think twice about being yourself. Your true self. The self that you may be afraid no one will except, because you and only you will have to live with decisions you make, the rewards you get and the consequences you face. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes: ‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ‘ – Oscar Wilde

Thank you, so much for sitting down with me

You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram

@TheJourneyOnline

ENAMEL PIN COMPETITION – WIN A SET OF ENAMEL PINS

Roll up, roll up! To celebrate the new additions to Old English enamel pin range they have decided to run a competition, giving you the chance to win a set of the below enamel pins!

To enter this competition, email your favourite enamel pin design from their entire range to hello@oldenglishcompany.com

Competition linkhttps://oldenglishprints.com/pages/enamel-pin-competition-win-a-set-of-enamel-pins

They will be picking one winner at random on the 30th May 2018,  the competition will end on the 29th of May.

Good Luck

 

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Old English Company: ENAMEL PINS

Hey guys, so this post is sponsored by Old English Company. They are a stationery, homeware and giftware brand which create beautifully hand-lettered products.

Their products range from planners, greeting cards, enamel pins, coasters, art prints and more and they are running a competition, which you do not want to miss as they have lovely items and planners are great to use, especially if you are an organised person like me

They have just released a new set of cool and funky enamel pins, handmade with great quotes and messages which are great for gifts or to customise your bags or jackets

Click on the images for more designs or https://oldenglishprints.com/collections/enamel-pins

 

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UFUMA WEARS Clothing Brand: #Paid Collaboration

Ufumawears, are an African Prints (Wax/Ankara) contemporary designs company based in London

Everything they offer at Ufumawears is designed and made by them, they intend to change the way African Prints are viewed worldly.

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The name Ufumawears has its origin in Ufuma, Anambra state of Nigeria where the idea was nurtured and also where the founder originates.

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Their strategy is simple, using African Prints and various other materials to design 21st century wears that will meet the needs of today’s Africans in the diaspora and the motherland.

Thier materials are sourced, designed and made in Nigeria and the UK, their staff are very experienced and they put in their very best on every piece.

Thier goal is to provide you with African Prints fashion that will awaken that dormant pride to be African and black once again.

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For more prints for men and women click the link below

Website: www.ufumawears.com 

Instagram: @ufumawears

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ufumawears

Coachella Looks to try out

Summer is finally here, as we can see from the drastic change in temperature to Coachella festival vibes

From rainbow-hued hair to super glowy makeup the beauty looks were double-tap worthy. Keep scrolling to see the beauty looks we loved, and the ones we can’t wait to rock this summer!