A little diversions :)

Fashionable and Intense. She gives the design, character! Nice…

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Just moving a little off topic here to share some of my favorite looks made from African print textiles. As much as I enjoy bridal, African prints are quickly capturing my attention and I am interested in learning to design and sew with them. Here are the top 5 that I think I need in my life, grated it might mean building a warehouse in the back yard to store them. But they are worth it!

Sneak peak:

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NGO WATCH: Podcast on Vital Voices: Global Ambassadors Program.

Love your Initiative…

Ode to the dame

I recently recorded my FIRST podcast ever! I am very proud of it. It describes The Global Ambassadors Program sponsored by Vital Voices and Bank of America.

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Vital Voices was founded by Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State.

VitalVoices_08_secondaryNav-NYSE (1)The Global Ambassadors Program is designed to provide mentorship opportunities for emerging women leaders. This effort builds on training and mentoring women who practice transformative leadership to advance economic development and entrepreneurship, human rights and political participation in their communities.

To learn more about Vital Voices click HERE.

~A. Kaye.

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Faith Hope Love Family Service Association

The Faith Hope Love Family Service Association Project based in Hawassa, Ethiopia has enlisted the aid of AWDF to help it achieve its goal of empowering women and OVCs towards HIV/AIDS prevention and controlling efforts.

AWDF, along with the Association, has provided training and start-up capital to many disadvantaged women across the African continent. This program gives women social, economic, psychological and health empowerment so that they can develop a way of earning a stable income, to support themselves and their families

Mrs. Tirunigo Samie pictured above with her main source of income, her cattle.

Mrs. Tirunigo Samie is one of the beneficiaries of the AWDF/Faith Hope Love Family Service Association project. She is HIV Sero-positive and a mother of five children. Her husband died six years ago and she now cares for her children independently. Before joining the AWDF programme, she had no source of income and had not been able to find employment due to her deteriorating health condition.  As a result, her children were not attending school, she could not feed them and could not afford to pay their fees.  At best, her children were fed once a day by a neighbour. She sent some of her children to the street and some of them to her relatives.

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Link:

http://www.awdf.org/grantee-highlight-faith-hope-love-family-service-association/

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Black Women Are Beautiful

Be Bold and Look Beautiful…

Thought Catalog

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I am a black woman, but that’s not all I am. I’m stubborn, I’m loud, I’m a writer, I’m independent and I’m beautiful.

It’s not often you hear twenty something black women in college proclaiming how beautiful they are. Do we exist? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t have our insecurities.

Yes, I am black, I am also a woman, but I am not the face of every black woman everywhere and this article is not a compiled list of the way all black woman in college feel.

Growing up, I was a beauty pageant brat. I knew I was beautiful because the judges and trophies I won told me I was. A lot of people are quick to judge and ask parents how they could put their child through long days like that, but I loved it. I loved every minute of it. I think it’s…

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Ohemaa of the Week … Philomena Kwao

Great Personality comes Great Responsibility.

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This is the first Ohemaa of the Week feature and it goes to the gorgeous Philomena Kwao, a 22 year old economics graduate of Ghanaian heritage. She is also Britain’s first black plus size model.

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Philomena surpassed thousands of hopefuls in a nationwide competition by curvy clothing label Evans in collaboration with Models 1 and Style369.com. She was one of the 5 finalists in the competition and is now signed to Models 1‘s new division Models 1+ representing curvier women.

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MEET JOANNE MWANGI: HOW SHE STEPPED OFF THE CORPORATE LADDER TO VENTURE ON HER OWN

Branding African Women across the Diaspora.

Joanne Mwangi is one of Kenya’s most respected entrepreneurs, and has won numerous awards for her efforts in building and transforming a small marketing agency into a leading regional group.

Joanne Mwangi, founder of Professional Marketing Services

Mwangi’s firm, Professional Marketing Services (PMS), offers a wide range of services including advertising, public relations, event management, trade and consumer promotions, trade merchandising and marketing strategy development. The company has since grown to include four subsidiaries with a presence in Kenya, UgandaRwandaBurundi andTanzania.

In 2010, PMS Group became the first woman-owned business and the only one since to be voted number one in the Top 100 SMEs competition in Kenya. In 2009, Mwangi beat women entrepreneurs from 75 countries to win the Organisation of Women in International Trade’s Woman of the Year award.

Mwangi ventured out on her own 18 years ago after realising her ambition to climb the corporate ladder was hindered…

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Gallery Merced

ARTIST

CHAVELLA DOBBINS
Born:        Merced, CA
Currently resides:      Merced, CA
Education:       BA in Graphic Design, Art Institute of Pttsburgh Online, Currently Enrolled;    AA in Visual Art, Merced College, 2013
Awards/Honors:       Merced College Teacher Student Award in Visual Art, 2013;    Barnett Music and Art Scholarship, 2010

As a young girl I was influenced and fascinated in the artworks of my father’s and uncle, simple because they were very talented and I admired their work.  At the age of 10 was when I knew that I wanted to become an artist.

The mediums I usually work with are acrylic, oil, and clay.  I spend lots of time painting and creating sculptures because I have a great love and passion for art.  I do a wide range of personalized work such as graphic design, logos, sculptures, pottery, and paintings.

GALLERY…

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