Fashion is a hot issue and clothing of various types are on the rise. As with any minority peoples, there is also the creolization of the native tongues upon the merging of different cultures. Rushdie describes how he and his siblings were able to cleverly amalgamate their native tongue and the language and meanings of the dominant culture to describe the adults they encountered. As a result, they came up with cute names to fit the characters of these persons. The other male tenants in his father’s building he conveniently referred to as Maharaja P and Maharaja B. In Hindi, Maharaja means prince.” Because Rushdie referred to them as princes, one would immediately assume that these were unmarried men of means. Just so happens, Maharaja P was a sporting man” of some royal lineage and Maharaja B was a businessman of questionable character. He nicknamed his nanny Certainly-Mary” because of … Read the rest

In a previous article I talked in general about the secrets of how to get a Natural makeup look. Kin Groups. When Brazilians speak of “family” they usually mean a large extended kin group rather than the immediate family of spouse and children. This large kin group, the parentela , consists of all maternal and paternal relatives, along with in-laws. The parentela is at the core of social life and in time of need ideally provides assistance to its members. Such support can also be obtained through ritual kinship ( compadrio ) in which parents select additional allies and protectors as godparents for their children. Some claim that the multiple functions of these extended kinship networks has inhibited the development of extrafamilial organizations in Brazil, such as parent-teacher associations and garden and civic clubs. To Marxists, power implies oppression and therefore, should be overthrown in the name of liberation. The … Read the rest

Everyone knows the fashion world is constantly changing and this can only mean that the list of fashion mistakes is constantly changing as well. In the hallowed halls of the Northeastern Ivy league campuses, new trends emerged beginning with the trad style. Like the tuxedo, the trad style adopted the traditional style of the suit but was an effort to allow young men to rebel against the strict dress codes they viewed their fathers as having. Despite these dress codes being far more relaxed than anything throughout history, the Ivy league students felt they needed to revolt. Some of us are at loss as to what to do and say given the seemingly overwhelming reality we are immersed into. Many of us,Africans here in Mzantsi, opt-out of our responsibilities to stud, learn and act upon our acquired knowledge. We are simply happy to cost our artificial posts in life, and … Read the rest

People are becoming very conscious about their skin. Listening to the hubbub and linguistic sound systems emanating from present ay South Africa, one is struck by how African South African are allowing themselves to be Anglicized even though their programming may be for that particular language audience and content-controlled speech producing colonized thoughts. With the coming of the African-led government, we see this phenomena in some of the Kasi Slang emerging from the rural areas and far-flung and remote place where the same words used in the big metropoles, but with a different context and meaning suited for those regions in the hinterland. 1971The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) launches the Keg League (later renamed Castle League), sponsored by South African Breweries. Pirates returns to the NPSL. Coloured and Indian players are not allowed to take part in the NPSA still. Bernard Dancing Shoes” Hartze, one of the Coloured affected … Read the rest

The terms “Natural” and “Organic” seem to be spreading like wildfire across the store shelves nationwide, creating a lot of confusion about what it really means to be an organic skin product. This is a culture that is suited for technology for it brings vibrancy color, sounds, and various and the same languages, cultural dress bright colors, different styles, and of course, I like the fact that it has shown the knack to adjust to modern times and change in look, form and aesthetics-to all its people here in Mzantsi. This widely held belief in Korean and Japanese culture started in the 1920s, and although it is a myth that has been debunked several times since then, it has persisted in its popularity over the years. The Korean theory of blood type and personality can best be compared to the way westerners view zodiac signs. Just as your zodiac sign … Read the rest

Oily skin can be difficult to deal with but with the right products and techniques it can be managed. African socialization practices served to assist communities in da-to-day operations, collective survival, interpersonal relations, and basic quality of life issues. The content of an African education and socialization process contains many components which are modified according to the specific goals and aims of a community at a particular historical timeline and reality. Nonetheless, given the fact that historical knowledge by its very nature is provisional and subject to constant revision, as E.P. Thompson has recently passionately and convincingly argued, the findings of Cheikh Anta Diop should be accepted with an element of caution. The carefully chosen words of the Egyptian historian Gamal Mokhtar, introducing the Unesco General History of Africa volume in which the above-mentioned Diop’s essay appears, cannot be summarily dismissed out of hand, for he argues for the apparent … Read the rest

Beauty bloggers search out little known, obscure beauty and skin care tips for you, doing all the research you probably don’t have the time to do on your own. In citing this piece by Chancellor Williams, I am also saying that this applied in many ways to the culture of African South Africans, as I have demonstrated in the Hub prior to this one “South African Culture, Customs and Practices Writ Large: Re-Morphed Cultural Renaissance against Dysfuncritional Existence”, by talking extensively about the Basotho, Swazis, Xhosas, Zulus, Pedis and Vendas in regards to their cultures, customs, traditions and practices, that, they are one, and bear a lot in common that if looked at in that way, form a nation with a cultural, customary, traditional mosaic in a myriad and diverse setting, but common and the same in its manifestations, and embedded within the African Society core and psyche. So that, … Read the rest

When I first heard that Cindy Crawford was releasing her own skin care range my immediate thoughts were, oh know, not another celebrity out to make a fast back by putting their name to a third-rate skin care product. “American and British magazines and Wilfred Sentso’s local publication ‘African Sunrise’ kept African Jazz enthusiasts informed about overseas trends and personalities. They could see and hear African American performers like Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington. They could some of these musicians in films such as “Stormy Weather, ‘Cabin In The Sky’ and ‘Black Velvet’. Reason #2: The healthy skin benefits of a natural ingredient seem to be cancelled out by other ingredients in the product. For example, there’s one very popular skin firming moisturizer you can find in most beauty stores today. It contains seaweed extract, a natural substance which has been proven … Read the rest

Carol Tuttle’s personality type test called Energy Profiling can accurately determine your personality and beauty type by assessing your physical facial features. Cultures are not monolithic They are very complicated so, study more than one area (e.g., languages, dialects, food, rituals, customs, etc.). I used all the synonyms above because they clearly describe our miserable, decrepit and wretched condition, given that our country of Mzantsi is the richest in Africa, in so many ways, and we are at the bottom of any end and every development and progress that is taking place in our country, and we stand by the sidelines and watch other people, who are not of our land, become better, rich, educated, and successful. Although vest designs have been around for a long time, hundreds of years in fact, they have seen a resurgence in popularity, for both fashion design and utility. If you are a fisherman, … Read the rest

Celebrities are the reason that slim jeans have become so popular, women have always worn tight jeans but recently men have started to as well. Churches are fleecing their parishioners; the much touted and oft abused concept of Ubuntu is no more existent in our divided and shattered African collectives; our children do not even know our part of African history, customs, cultures, traditions languages and other sacred rites and their practices; and we, the present elderly, are not even helping them, nor we ourselves are functionally capable of capturing our culture, customs, traditions and the whole bit. It is incumbent on us that whenever we begin a yarn about our history, we should make do with what we have and are experiencing, than try too hard to become irrelevant even to our intended audience: The African masses. At the same time, we need to take a hard and critical … Read the rest