song 1 of 2 on a shonique repeat streak
A few years ago, Fred Deegbe was working as a banker - a profession that left him somewhat unsatisfied with the lack of impact he was having in the world. After buying a pair of Oxford wingtips at a store to impress a friend, Deegbe began to wonder if such high quality luxury shoes could indeed be manufactured in Ghana.
Despite the negative feedback he received from those who believed that such shoes couldn’t be made in Ghana, Deegbe wasn’t dissuaded from his idea of starting a shoe company in Accra. With no knowledge of the shoemaking industry, and armed only with passion and his gut feeling, Deegbe teamed up with friend Vijay Manu (pictured right) to start their luxury shoe and accessories company ‘Heel the World’, based in Accra.
Although the shoes are all handmade in Ghana, the goods used to make them are imported from places like the United States and Italy putting the price range of the shoes between $200-$400. This is Deegbe’s greatest challenge: proving that the shoes are worth the money they command.
the shoes are hot and he fine.
all good pieces of my childhood, but shoutout to Hey Arnold specifically
there was a period of time in college when me and some friends legit marathoned Hey Arnold and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. then we went all post-secondary education on it and analyzed the emotional baggage all the characters had, like helga with her parental neglect issues, chocolate boy with his abandonment issues, etc, and how arnold kept them all together even though he had lost his parents too. i wish we coulda done that with all these lol
thekidnotquitefinished remember that?
In Photos: Portraits by photographer Jalani Morgan.
It’s always strange and a bit surreal to me when I look at a photograph of strangers and somehow manage to feel as though the person behind the lens has so aptly managed to capture the essence of those pictured. Perhaps it’s a bit of romanticism on my part, but I can’t help but feel that way when looking at the work of photographer Jalani Morgan. What may on the surface seem to be a simple portrait becomes an intensifying three-way relationship between the subject, the photographer and viewer. A two-dimensional image is brought to life and in a matter of seconds, upon gazing at Morgan’s portraits, I have no option but to feel a close connection to the unknown faces captured by his lens.
Jalani Morgan is a portrait, fine art and documentary photographer.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Scarborough. He was influenced by his parents’ teachings of the African Diasporas and politics and through that is interjected into his art.
He produces work that investigates the representation from the African diaspora.
Currently he is studying at York University in Toronto obtaining his degree in Anthropology and African Studies.
"Maybe it starts off funny the first time…the second time…but you can only laugh so much before the novelty wears off. These stories aren’t ‘novel’ this skin won’t wear off."
line really sticks with you
FOR THE FELLAS
Congratulations to Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy they are celebrating yet another year of extraordinary success. For the fifth year in a row, all 240 seniors at the all-African-American-male high school have earned acceptance letters into a four-year college or university!!!!!
On Tuesday, the Class of 2014 celebrated their momentous occasion during a traditional ceremony where they exchanged their red uniform ties for a red-and-gold striped tie - a tradition done in observance of their achievement.
“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago. The mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel attended the ceremony Tuesday to give the students a few encouraging words. Dwayne Wade has also donated $10,000 through his foundation, Wade’s World.
omg i remember visiting this school during alternative spring break with nsbe…awesome to see this black excellence
wasn’t expecting that, GoT. but it was welcome.
gotta love margaery during the drawn out, awkward silence: “Look! The pie!” *doe eyes*
this song…man. it puts me in such a mood.
i wish i had enough pennies to see her at the end of may…
but if i’m goin my ass will be in the range of rows QQQQ through ZZZZ.
to quote a friend, so sad.