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Why we're hot for Herieth

Born in Dar-es-Salaam, a 14-year old Herieth Paul moved to Canada to be soon discovered by a local model agency. Two years later Elle Canada placed Herieth on the cover of their July 2011 issue, saying: "Naomi… Move over! Why we're hot for Herieth!"

MwanaFA ft G. Nako Warawara - "Mfalme"

"MFALME" produced and directed by Kevin Bosco Jr. of Decent Media, Kenya. Mfalme is produced by Nahreel and mastered by Marco Chali at Mj Records in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  

Vogue on diversity

Three fashion beauties Grace Mahary, Imaan Hammam and Cindy Bruna are "the happiest sights of fashion in 2014", according to Vogue. Three young models are portrayed in Oscar De La Renta dresses to illustrate the article about diversity in fashion for Vogue, March 2014 issue. 

Plus-size yoga teacher breaking stereotypes

Jessamyn Stanley from North Carolina is breaking the internet by challenging the conventional notions of what a trained yoga body looks like. “Fat Femme” (that’s how she calls herself on Tumblr page) looks fabulously flexible and fit and is a living proof that no matter what size you are, the most important thing is that you feel good and comfortable in your body.

Prison break

Orange is the new black, indeed. ESSENCE chose a whole Netflix hit series cast to grace the cover of its annual Body issue. Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Vicky Jeudy, Adrienne C. Moore and Samira Wiley shine in orange evening gowns, as they celebrate being “sexy at every size”.

Who’s Afraid of Ava DuVernay? A Groundbreaking Director and the Big Oscars Snub

In a cinematic world where white male film directors have traditionally ruled the roost since the Oscars began back in 1929, a relatively new girl on the block Ava DuVernay could be blazing a trail. And though falling just short of getting her maiden Best Director nod at this year’s Academy Awards, due on February 22 in Los Angeles, the 42-year-old still has her civil rights drama Selma nominated for the Best Picture.

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