Monday, May 3, 2010

EDITORIAL: POP'AFRICANA Debut issue now available!

I received this press release from POP'AFRICANA Magazine this morning:

Pop’Africana’s debut issue has landed!

The buzz and anticipation for a publication that serves as the Africana
Book of Style had reached fever pitch across the blogosphere and amongst
our readers. We can now quell those emotions as Pop’Africana is now out and
available for purchase, both online at and at select
bookstores and galleries.

In this issue we remained committed to delivering a refreshing and genuine
outlook on Africans in the Diaspora as it relates to the arts, fashion,
culture and music. We got personal with a slew of creatives, including
artists, Toyin Odutola and Daniela Yohannes, and filmmakers, Eli Jacobs
Fantauzzi and Daddy Rohuoraza. Both Odutola and Yohannes provided us
figurative interpretations of the African through illustrations.
Transitioning to a broader perspective, Rohuoraza and Fantauzzi focused on
Africa's community settings. The filmmakers gave us mental snapshots into
their critically acclaimed films on local movements in Africa. We then
traversed back to the fusion jazz era of the 1960s to capture the ambiance
at the Pan African Cultural Festival in 1969. As a complement, Sam Coffie's
jazz-inspired sensibilities and style was chronicled, as were those of
students in Abuja, Nigeria. We round off with fashion's freshest faces,
Ataui Deng, Atong Arjok, Kaven, and our cover girl, Gaye McDonald, who
showcased spring/summer fashions and style in what is merely a teaser
introduction to our fashion and beauty pages. Fashion then meets literature
in an envisioned literary portrait of Ben Okri's The Famished Road; a
powerful fashion story that takes you on an ethereal reverie.

In short, this debut issue is truly packed with thoughtful and visually
striking content that you have already come to associate with Pop’Africana.
But as you know, this is only the beginning!

Pop’Africana is now on sale on Orders made online
ship to the U.S., Canada, France, Belgium, and the U.K.

I love POP'AFRICANA and what the magazine represents. Be sure to purchase your copy today!!

Also, be sure to check out the editor's blog. She's divine.

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