The Women of Colour Radio Times Left Out

Radio Times is celebrating women in a major way with its list of 30 most influential women in British television and radio. The only problem: the list lacks diversity. There is only one woman of mixed heritage – Anne Mensah, Sky’s head of drama – and then the diversity packs…

Motions is my way to natural, healthy hair!

As a 21-year-old who has worn her hair natural her entire life, I can assure you; I have been through an extraordinary amount of hair products.  Products that promise to ‘nourish’, ‘moisturise’, ‘soften’ and ‘slick’… yeah right, this afro isn’t slicking down for anyone!  I’ve gone from being a product…

MusicConnex Live: an original new music event poised to revolutionise “Soul discovery”.

MusicConnex Live is a celebration of Soul, showcasing those carrying on the legacy of music’s most honest and heart-stirring genre. The original new music event will take place on September 28th at The Jazz Café, Camden, featuring Grammy Award Winner Algebra Blessett, Sulpacio Jones, Glewdolyn Collins (all from the US), Dolla Lova (from…

Let your skin glow this winter with Jurlique

Without a doubt my new favourite beauty brand is Jurlique.  A 30-year-old brand with a mission to create the purest skincare on Earth (and may I say they’ve come pretty close).  With their gorgeous range of products, including the most amazing hand cream you’ll ever use and a new range…

AFRONOIRE attends Africa Unplugged 2014

Perhaps it’s time to pull the plug on Africa Unplugged… It’s always good to support groundbreaking events which are set to make a difference. So when Africa Unplugged returned for another year running, AFRONOIRE went along to see what was in store. Hosted by DJ Abass, the event was headlined…

Black Hair Story with Krystle Dos Santos

The air feels electric as Krystle Dos Santos winds down from the second-to-last song in her set.  It’s only 10:30 on Sunday morning and a horde of blues-lovers have gathered in the streets to dance away the afternoon. They are completely taken by her music; her groove. Krystle’s giant curly…

Loyalty: What Does It Really Mean?

“We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”  ~ Dr. Cornel West Music has a major influence on the public; that influence may be waning, but there is influence nonetheless. Chris Brown’s popular woman-bashing anthem…

The GlowwBox Boutique opens today!

This month, the beauty subscription box for women of colour, GlowwBox, turns one-year-old and to celebrate they’re launching a brand new service (from Saturday 13 September 2014); the GlowwBox Boutique.  The GlowwBox Boutique retails full-sized versions of products featured in each GlowwBox edition, along with an exclusive edit of luxury,…

Africa Utopia – experience, arts, culture, architecture, trade and technology from and inspired by the continent

It is not to late to catch The SouthBank Centre’s 2nd edition of Africa Utopia – a 3 day event that promises a wealth of talks, debates, exhibitions and activities, covering art, culture, technology, entertainment, politics and more.  The aim? ‘To come together to discuss [and experience] great innovations, people and progress…

A/W 2014 Makeup Trends

It’s time for our favourite lippy to take a back seat as this Autumn your eyes are the main attraction. “Go big, go daring or go home” is the mantra to remember when applying your makeup for the upcoming season.  Here at AFRONOIRE we understand that some of these trends…

Introducing Martina Luther Queen – an uptempo female empowerment song

Martina Luther Queen is the soon-to-be released single of British based Mikel Ameen. As the name of the single suggests, Mikel’s music is driven by the echoing of a generations’ entrenched revolutionary spirit and desire for social change. The single is a fun blend of sounds, accompanied by admirable lyrics that celebrates the fierceness…

Queen Bey, Mrs Carter, Blue Ivy’s Mum – Call her whatever you want but make sure you include the title of ‘Influential Role Model’

The 4th of September will always be known for one thing and one thing only – Beyonce’s Bey Day. As she celebrates her 33rd birthday, I feel that it’s only right to pay homage to Mrs Carter herself and the influence she has on many women across the globe. There’s…

11 Beauty Hacks

A hack is defined as a convenient way of completing a task with little effort, but major results! My hacks include basic tools that everyone has access to, plus they’re so easy to do. Whether you’re a lazy gal or someone trying to save money, these tips are for everyone….

From the Caribbean to New York Fashion week

Days into one of the biggest, if not the biggest fashion event in the world, there is a lot of buzz and excitement in the air for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2015 in New York happening this September. Emotions are high for 11 Caribbean models who will be strutting on the…

Enjoy a week of naturally organic beauty

Next week marks the beginning of a very exciting week for me; the Soil Association’s Organic Beauty Week (8 – 14 September 2014).  As part of the ‘Small Changes, Big Difference’ campaign, Organic Beauty Week will focus on all things organic, pulling together some of the biggest and best beauty…

THE NOIRE WEEKLY: Exhibit B exhibition at the Barbican, branded racist; Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, to feature on £5 coin; Woman is convicted of murder over the fatal silicone injection

Exhibit B – the human zoo reinforces slavery and racism in the name of art South African Brett Bailey’s, self-proclaimed ‘though-provoking’ Exhibit B has awakened sentiments of outrageousness and disgust. He explains that “Exhibit B is not apiece about black histories made for white audiences.” –  I beg to differ because…

Africa Unplugged – Europe’s largest African music concert returns featuring Tiwa Savage

When speaking of an African invasion, a music invasion is the last thing I think of but the invasion in nonetheless welcome if it involves shaking a leg or two, to the sounds of some of Africa’s most recognised artists. Africa Unplugged will kick off in London at the O2…

Tropical Repair for your hair!

Aubrey Organics have revamped their haircare range, adding new and exciting ingredients to their finest herbal plant extracts and natural vitamins; one of the reasons we love this all-natural brand.  Their Island Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner (£10.49 each for 325ml) contain mango, shea butter, avocado oil and coconut milk to…

Infinite Beauty Factory Presents ‘Africa On The Catwalk’ As Part Of Africa Utopia

London Fashion Week is near and coinciding with the global fashion fiasco is ‘Africa on the catwalk’ a fashion show part of the second Africa Utopia Festival presented by The Southbank Centre. Produced and directed by Ola Shobowale of infinite beauty factory and fashion director Sharna-Marie Francis, ‘African on the Catwalk’ will…

Making Faces with Arlene Villarule Felix

Trinidadian born Makeup Artist, Arlene Villarule Felix tells us about her exciting career and how it feels to be the first makeup artist in Trinidad  & Tobago to have her own cosmetics line. OB: Why did you become a makeup artist? AV: At first I thought I wanted to be…

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