Maison Loulabelle Debuts It’s Metamorphosis Collection At The London Kids Fashion Week 2019

4th March 2019 BY BellAfricana

Maison loulabelle always has something up their sleeves to keep us wanting more! The amazing Afrocentric kids fashion brand just launched it’s newest collection at the London Kids Fashion Week, hosted by Mini Mode. The new collection tagged METAMORPHOSIS! Was literally curated to change EVERYTHING you thought you knew about Afrocentric kid’s fashion. – This collection is designed with no detail spared,…


Cultural Appropriation: Should Western Brands Use African Prints?

11th February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

What is Cultural Appropriation?  According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is ‘the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture’ So my question to you guys is, is it appropriate for western brands such as the Stella McCartney to use Ankara/ African Wax prints in their designs or is it cultural appropriation? Where do we draw the line between appreciation…


I Asked Non Africans What They Know About Africa

24th December 2018 BY Amanda Masuku

In a recent conversation with a fellow South African, I came to the realisation that there were a lot of things that we felt we needed to set straight about the way people viewed where we come from. The main complaint was “we have to be extremely patriotic in order to even be a part of the conversation“. It seems…


African Only By Name

22nd October 2018 BY awakhiwe mnyandu

  Do you know what the greatest joke ever told is? It’s the one when people from abroad came and told us Africans that our tradition is funny and we laughed! Ha-ha-ha, right? It’s really not funny, truth be told, but it does make a laughable joke out of us. Imagine a people who now work so hard to escape being…


Emerge ALARA – An Award For Young African Creative.

20th July 2018 BY checkoutafrica

ALARA is committed to the discovery, support, growth, and exposure of young creatives in Africa and its diaspora through the Emerge ALARA platform. With a focus on Design, Art, Fashion, and Cuisine, Emerge ALARA aims to select the most promising talent in each discipline. The platform also recognizes the cohort of talent currently at ALÁRA through its fellowship program. Emerge…


A Jungle in Africa called Love

4th July 2018 BY awakhiwe mnyandu

There is a rhythm that we dance to, we young people in Africa. It thumps like drums in the wild, always calling for us to step with somebody. Partners are plenty, styles are many and each melody sings a different promise. To dance a beautiful dance is the heart’s most fulfilling desire, but it is a treacherous wild in which we…


Me Before You – The Quest for Self-Fulfillment

17th May 2018 BY awakhiwe mnyandu

I was thinking about the life cycle of the average person and how many times they give up themselves to make way for someone else;  hence their ambitions and level of self-fulfillment remain average. You might think, well, who am I to decide that a person and their personal fulfillment is average? I’d answer by telling you that I’ve always…


The Origins Of The South African Ndebele People

30th April 2018 BY checkoutafrica

Although the origins of the South African Ndebele are shrouded in mystery, they have been identified as one of the Nguni tribes. The Nguni tribes represent nearly two thirds of South Africa’s Black population and can be divided into four distinct groups; the Central Nguni (the Zulu-speaking peoples), the Southern Nguni (the Xhosa-speaking peoples), the Swazi people from Swaziland and…


Is Team Natural bad for business?

13th February 2018 BY Sukoluhle Hadebe

In the recent years, we’ve all seen the movement of Team Natural going from a mere hashtag to a way of life. Women of color have traded in the pain of sitting in a salon chair for hours on end, hoping that ‘aunty‘ doesn’t burn your scalp with that ‘dark and lovely’. To nourishing their locs and basking in the freedom of their…