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Folasade: 1953 Pop-up Shop

You were first introduced to Folasade through our interview with her for How I Wear My Crown where we talked about her store and mission to preserve her father’s memory.

Serving as the creative director for her own wares, Folasade brings to us this fantastic look book showcasing some of her handmade designs. Shot by Brooklyn-based photographer Dex R. Jones, popular for his breath-taking work with black bodies.

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Meet Your Photographer: Diane Audrey Ngako

Meet Your Photographer, a short series that will be introducing you to the contributing photographers of yagazieemezi.com over the next couple of weeks. You will be seeing their work on here fairly often so this is an excellent way for you to get familiar with these talented folks. 

I am Diane Audrey Ngako, a Parisian girl of 22 years, born and raised in Cameroon. I’m editor-in-chief of Roots Magazine, a French print publication and a regular contributor to Studio Africa. I balance that with my work as a media consultant for brands and companies that market to the African diaspora in France. I love taking portraits because portraits don’t lie! You always have an emotion. I spent 2 years just staring at different photographs from all over until one day I said to myself, “Wake up and do your own”.

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In Conversation: Blitz the Ambassador

If you haven’t heard of Blitz the Ambassador yet, a) I’m glad you’re reading this, and b) you’re welcome. Blitz is an independent Ghanaian rapper, producer, composer, writer, visual artist, and filmmaker; one of the best live musicians I have ever seen perform, an insanely prolific artist with an excellent eye, and a dear friend of mine. After releasing Afropolitan Dreams earlier this year, his next project Diasporadical will be arriving in a few months because why not. We sat down in March in Brooklyn to chat about whatever came to mind and ended up in a discussion about self-belief, what motivates him, his background, the concept of success and how to stay true to your craft.

Blitz: You should never wish for success for success’ sake because what it does to you is that it makes you calculated, it kills what was natural.

A: It’s going to come with a cost.

Blitz: Absolutely. So appreciate that, appreciate those battles as little, as minute, as insignificant as they may appear, the truth about them is that what they do to you is prepare you for each step of that lane. And when you’re better, when you’ve mastered that high, you’re naturally elevated to the next high so you’re a balanced artist. You’re a balanced person. You find that people who are most arrogant in their craft are people who are insecure in their craft. Most people who are insecure in their craft is because they’re not balanced in their craft. So my goal always is I want to be a better artist, but I know being a better artist means being a better person so I work very hard at both. 

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