FAARROW, formed by singer/songwriter duo, Iman and Siham Hashi, were born in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Fleeing their homes to escape civil war, the sisters and their family relocated to Toronto, Canada as Refugees. Early into their teens the sisters identified their music ability but told no one for fear of
the cultural taboo. When they finally made the decision to pursue a music career, they moved to Atlanta, Georgia to begin their journey.
In Atlanta, the sisters began recording and within six short months, caught the attention of Universal Motown. After sometime at the label and no debut, they decided it was time to move on (figuratively and literally). Iman and Siham then made the move to Los Angeles as free agents. Wasting no time, they were back in the studio crafting a new sound. Iman, meaning ‘FAITH’ and Siham, meaning 'ARROW’ gives light to their name, FAARROW.
Their music has evolved into a drum heavy fusion of World, Hip hop and Pop music. The sisters have recently inked a deal with WARNER BROS RECORDS and are working with their producer + partner Elijah Kelley on their major debut album! Iman and Siham also serve as U.N. Spokes People with the U.N. Refugee Agency and are actively involved with humanitarian efforts for organizations alike.
An increasing number of African women, including film and music stars like Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o, Somali singers Faarrow (Iman and Siham Hashi) and Nigerian singer Nneka, are rocking their natural hair like never before -and entreprenuers have been quick to jump on the beauty bandwagon.
Hair and beauty is a billion-dollar business as millions of women strive to put their best foot forward.
But where previously the ideal of African beauty was to have chemically-straightened hair, today's stylishly chic women are embracing a more natural look.
It's a movement that's gained traction in the last couple years. Hair is getting loud and proud and whether it be coily, curly or just a little kinky, women across the continent are rocking natural hair like never before -- and entrepreneurs have been quick to jump on the beauty bandwagon. One savvy businesswoman is Korkor Kugblenu, founder of the Body Butter Company in Ghana.
She launched her startup with just 10 sets of products in 2011, but fast forward several years, business is booming and her collections have grown to 50. "I'm passionate about natural hair and natural products. I think embracing our natural hair is a way of empowering ourselves," says the Ghanaian entrepreneur.
We asked Kugblenu to pick her top five looks -- see her favorite styles below.
Kugblenu's top 5 styles 1. The chic wave
This is a pretty, chic pin-updo for dreadlocks. It's perfect for date-night or any other important event. What you do is Bantu knot your dreadlocks and scarf it overnight. When you're ready to dress up, undo your Bantu knots and arrange them in this manner, holding the strands in place with hair pins as you go along. A delicate flower on the side adds to the allure.
2. The blow out
You can achieve this look by threading your hair for two hours or more. Part your hair in to six or four and tightly wrap sewing thread or small pieces of cloth around each part from root to tip. This stretches out your curls temporarily and gives you a bigger 'fro. This style is versatile and can be used for any occasion because it makes the bold statement "I love my hair!"
3. The fan-out
This looks easy and it is, but it takes some time. The best way to achieve this style is by braiding your hair overnight. It works well with all lengths of hair even teeny weeny Afros like this one. Before braiding, make sure your hair is damp then apply a bit of hair butter (could be Shea butter, cocoa butter, a mix of these or any other butter that's suitable for hair). Do not use oils, they will not hold your style. You can either do the three-strand braid or a two-strand twist. After which you cover your hair with a satin or silk scarf or cap. In the morning, when your hair is adequately dry, undo your braids or twists and voila! Now all that's left is to figure out which outfit will flaunt that 'fro.
4. Dreadlocks, no time and a scarf
This style is quick and easy; perfect for a casual outing. Just bow your head down, making sure your dreadlocks all fall to the front; take your scarf, fold it into a triangle and wrap your head making sure the base of the triangle is at the nape of your neck and the three points of the triangle converge in the front. Tie the two opposing points around the cluster of hair in the front twice to achieve this look.
5. The Three Sisters
This is an easy, DIY style that works well on medium to long natural hair (from 13cm upwards). Part your hair into three by drawing a line in your mane with your comb from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Take each part and weave a loose French Braid. This is a protective style; it keeps your edges hidden and also presents nicely as an easy, every-day style.
Ms. Othelia Marwieh, soon to host the OTHELIA JOY Show, co-hosts the Center For African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) youth forum -Saturday, March 21, 2015; the theme of the forum was entitled "Embracing my African Heritage and Identify with Pride."
And alongside with Ms. Othelia Marwieh during the forum was Joan Gachuhi as the host.
The CAPCR’s youth forum spotlights some intellectual and talented young African former or current leaders as the speakers at the program; and they shared their thoughts with other youth, including Africans, African-Americans and other nationalities.
Among the young African speakers were Anwuli Okeke, “founder of iLunafriq.com, a streaming video-on-demand platform, dedicated to displaying Africa via fill”; also, she holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Siah Gaye Jr, former chairman of the African Student Association (ASA) at California State University, and he wants to pursue his MBA at UC Davis; Yvonne Mudoh, soon to graduate from Sacramento State university, and she plans to pursue her Masters degree in public health; Samuel Soba, an African-American substitute teacher; Melissa Muganzo, who received a Masters degree in Higher Education Leadership; and other speakers.
Ms. Othelia Marwieh, who earned a BA degree in Public Relations at the Sacramento State University, entertains the audience with laughs, exercises and jokes: “Why did the Chicken cross the road,” she tested the audience; and as a co-hosts, she embraced and applauded those that allow her to participate in the CAPCR’s youth forum and those that came out and shows their love and support.
Ms. Othelia Marwieh is the current Ms. Black Sacramento queen.
Ms. Othelia Marwieh and the BeeAfrican Network teams has decided to run a program show; the name of the show will be call Othelia JOY show. More information on the show coming soon. Othelia JOY show will cover on issue relating to African news, culture, entertainment, fashion, music, movies, and much more.
He has been called one of the most original stand-up comics in the country, and his performances leave audiences laughing in tears. Michael Blackson, aka, ‘The African King of Comedy’, has been entertaining audiences all across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. Inspired by the stand up comedy of Eddie Murphy, Blackson began to develop his comedic talent in 1992 in the unkind comedy clubs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Blackson’s comedic appeal grew from his involvement with BET’s ComicView series, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at Harlem, and Live in Hollywood. However, it was in a Los Angeles comedy club where Blackson got his big break. Blackson was performing at the Comedy Store where actor/director Ice Cube was in attendance to see comedian Mike Epps perform. But after experiencing Blackson’s performance, Ice Cube invited the young comic for a reading…and the rest is smash hit history! Blackson’s outstanding and unforgettable performance in the smash hit comedy, Next Friday, drew praise and a fan following like no other.
After his scene stealing performance in Next Friday, fans wanted more, and in 2005, Blackson would not disappoint. He released his top-selling sketch comedy CD entitled, Modasucka, Welcome to America. With Blackson, the work never stops. Along with special guest appearances on some of the hottest music videos, Blackson stole the stage on P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO and starred in a commercial for the Chappelle Show on Comedy Central. There’s no mistaking Blackson for any other comedian when he takes the stage.
And what about those Dashikis? When he takes the stage, clad in the finest Dashikis the Motherland has to offer, “The African King of Comedy? is born! Along with his film and television endeavors, Blackson continues to entertain his fans as the headliner for live shows at comedy clubs, universities and special events, bringing his one-of-a kind, must-see stand-up performance to audiences all across the country and around the world.
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