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Miriam Makeba – In Celebration of Icons – On their shoulder’s we stand!

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Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 Mar 1932 – 9 Nov 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

Her professional career began in the 1950s when she was featured in the South African jazz group the Manhattan Brothers. She left the Manhattan Brothers to record with her all-woman group, The Skylarks, singing a blend of jazz and traditional melodies of South Africa.

In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularise African music around the world. She is best known for the song “Pata Pata”, first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967.

Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. The South African government responded by revoking her passport in 1960 as she tried to return to South Africa in 1960 for her mother’s funeral, she discovered that her South African passport had been cancelled.

Makeba then travelled to London where she met Harry Belafonte, who assisted her in gaining entry to the United States and achieving fame there. She signed with RCA Victor and released Miriam Makeba, her first U.S. studio album, in 1960.

In 1962, Makeba and Belafonte sang at John F. Kennedy’s birthday party at Madison Square Garden, but Makeba did not go to the aftershow party because she was ill. President Kennedy insisted on meeting her, so Belafonte sent a car to pick her up and she met the President of the United States.

In 1963, Makeba released her second studio album for RCA, The World of Miriam Makeba., the album peaked at number eighty-six on the Billboard 200. Later that year, after she testified against apartheid before the United Nations, her South African citizenship and her right to return to the country were revoked. She was a woman without a country, but the world came to her aid, and Guinea, Belgium and Ghana issued her international passports, and she became, in effect, a citizen of the world. In her life, she held nine passports, and was granted honorary citizenship in ten countries.

In 1966, Makeba received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba. The album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid, and it was one of the first American albums to present traditional Zulu, Sotho and Swahili songs in an authentic setting. From the time of her New York debut at the Village Vanguard, her fame and reputation grew.

She released many of her most famous hits in the United States, including “The Click Song” (“Qongqothwane” in Xhosa) and “Malaika”. Time called her the “most exciting new singing talent to appear in many years,” and Newsweek compared her voice to “the smoky tones and delicate phrasing” of Ella Fitzgerald and the “intimate warmth” of Frank Sinatra.

Despite the success that made her a star in the U.S., she wore no makeup and refused to curl her hair for shows, thus establishing a style that would come to be known internationally as the “Afro look” In 1967, more than ten years after she wrote the song, the single “Pata Pata” was released in the United States and became a worldwide hit.

Her marriage to Trinidad-born civil rights activist, Black Panther, and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee leader Stokely Carmichael in 1968 caused controversy in the United States, and her record deals and tours were cancelled. As a result, the couple moved to Guinea, her home for the next 15 years, where they became close with President Ahmed Sékou Touré and his wife, Andrée.

Makeba was appointed Guinea’s official delegate to the United Nations, for which she won the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Prize in 1986. She also separated from Carmichael in 1973 and continued to perform primarily in Africa, Europe and Asia, but not in the United States, where a de facto boycott was in effect. Makeba was one of the entertainers at the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held in Zaïre. She addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the second time in 1975. She divorced Carmichael in 1978.

After the death of her daughter Bongi in 1985, she decided to move to Brussels. In the following year, her ex husband Hugh Masekela introduced Makeba to Paul Simon, and a few months later she embarked on the very successful Graceland Tour. Two concerts held in Harare, Zimbabwe, were filmed in 1987 for release as Graceland: The African Concert. After touring the world with Simon, Warner Bros. Records signed Makeba and she released Sangoma (“Healer”), an a cappella album of healing chants named in honour of her mother who was a “sangoma” (“a healer”).

Shortly thereafter, her autobiography Makeba: My Story was published and subsequently translated from English into other languages including German, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. She took part in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, a concert staged on 11 June 1988 at Wembley Stadium, and broadcast to 67 countries and an audience of 600 million. This was referred to as Freedomfest, Free Nelson Mandela Concert, and Mandela Day, the event which called for Mandela’s release. Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute increased pressure on the government of South Africa to release Mandela, and in 1990, State President of South Africa Frederik Willem de Klerk reversed the ban on the African National Congress and other anti-apartheid organisations, and announced that Nelson Mandela would shortly be released from prison. Mandela, who was effectively released from Victor Verster Prison in Paarl on 11 February 1990, persuaded Miriam Makeba to return to South Africa.

She returned home on 10 June 1990, on her French passport. In 1991, Makeba, with Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone and Masekela, recorded and released her studio album, Eyes on Tomorrow. It combined jazz, R&B, pop, and African music, and was a hit in Africa. Makeba and Gillespie then toured the world together to promote it In November of the same year, she made a guest appearance in the episode “Olivia Comes Out of the Closet” of The Cosby Show. In 1992, she starred in the film Sarafina!. The film’s plot centers on students involved in the 1976’s Soweto youth uprisings, and Makeba portrayed the title character’s mother, “Angelina”. The following year she released Sing Me a Song.

On 16 October 1999, Miriam Makeba was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In January 2000, her album, Homeland, produced by Cedric Samson and Michael Levinsohn for the New York City based record label Putumayo World Music, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category. She worked closely with Graça Machel-Mandela, who at the time was the South African first lady, for children suffering from HIV/AIDS, child soldiers, and the physically handicapped.

In 2001, she was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold by the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) in Berlin, “for outstanding services to peace and international understanding”. She shared the Polar Music Prize with Sofia Gubaidulina. The prize is regarded as Sweden’s foremost musical honour. They received their Prize from Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden during a nationally-televised ceremony at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, on 27 May 2002. She also took part in the 2002 documentary Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, where she and others recalled the struggles of black South Africans against the injustices of apartheid through the use of music. In 2004, Makeba was voted 38th in the Top 100 Great South Africans. Makeba started a worldwide farewell tour in 2005, holding concerts in all of those countries that she had visited during her working life.

On 9 November 2008, she became ill while taking part in a concert organised to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra, a mafia-like organisation local to the Region of Campania. The concert was being held in Castel Volturno, near Caserta, Italy. Makeba suffered a heart attack after singing her hit song “Pata Pata”, and was taken to the “Pineta Grande” clinic, where doctors were unable to revive her. Her publicist notes that Makeba had suffered “severe arthritis” for some time.

From 25 to 27 September 2009, a tribute show to Makeba entitled “Hommage à Miriam Makeba” and curated by Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo for the Festival d’Ile de France, was held at the Cirque d’hiver in Paris. The same show but with the English title of “Mama Africa: Celebrating Miriam Makeba” was held at the Barbican in London on 21 November 2009. Mama Africa, a documentary film about the life of Miriam Makeba, co-written and directed by Finnish film director Mika Kaurismäki, was released in 2011.

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On 4 March 2013 Google honoured her with a doodle on the homepage.

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Nichelle Nichols – In Celebration of Icons – On their shoulder’s we stand!

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Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols on December 28, 1932) is an American actress, singer and voice artist. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966–1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander. Nichols’ Star Trek character, one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant.

She studied in Chicago as well as New York and Los Angeles. Her break came in an appearance in Kicks and Co., Oscar Brown’s highly touted, but ill-fated 1961 musical. Although the play closed after its brief try-out in Chicago, in an ironic twist, she attracted the attention of Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, who was so impressed with her appearance that he booked her immediately at his Chicago Playboy Club. Nichols did occasional modelling work. In January 1967, Nichols also was featured on the cover of Ebony magazine, and had two feature articles in the publication in five years.

On Star Trek, Nichols gained popular recognition by being one of the first black women featured in a major television series not portraying a servant; her prominent supporting role as abridge officer was unprecedented. During the first year of the series, Nichols was tempted to leave the series, as she wanted to pursue a Broadway career; however, a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., changed her mind. She has said that King personally encouraged her to stay on the show, telling her that he was a big fan of the series.

He said she “could not give up” because she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country, as well as for other children who would see blacks appearing as equals. It is also often reported that Dr. King added that “Once that door is opened by someone, no one else can close it again.”

In her role as Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols famously kissed white actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the November 22, 1968, Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”. The episode is popularly cited as the first example of an interracial kiss on U.S. television. The Shatner-Nichols kiss was seen as groundbreaking, even though it was portrayed as having been forced by alien telekinesis. There was some praise and some protest.

After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She began this work by making an affiliation between NASA and a company, which she helped to run, Women in Motion.

The program was a success. Among those recruited were Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, as well as Dr. Judith Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair, who both flew successful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their deaths in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.

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Hattie McDaniel – In Celebration of Icons – On their shoulder’s we stand!

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Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952) was an American actress, singer-songwriter, and comedienne.

In 1931, McDaniel scored her first small film role as an extra in a Hollywood musical. Then in 1932, she was featured as a housekeeper in The Golden West. McDaniel continued to land parts here and there. But, as roles for black actors were hard to come by, she was once again forced to take odd jobs to make ends meet.

She is best known for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Oldest African American actress (44) to win an Academy Award.

The Loew’s Grand Theater on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, was selected by the studio as the site for the premiere of Gone with the Wind, Friday, December 15, 1939. As the date of the premiere approached, all the black actors were advised they were barred from attending, excluded from being in the souvenir program, and banned from appearing in advertisements for the film in the South. Studio head David Selznick asked that Hattie McDaniel be permitted to attend, but MGM advised him not to because of Georgia’s segregation laws. Clark Gable threatened to boycott the Atlanta premiere unless McDaniel was allowed to attend, but McDaniel convinced him to attend anyway.

McDaniel had been attacked by the media for taking parts that perpetuated a negative stereotype of blacks; she was criticised for playing servants and slaves who were seemingly content to retain their role as such.

Walter White, then president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, pleaded with African-American actors to stop accepting such stereotypical parts, as he believed they degraded their community. He also urged movie studios to start creating roles that portrayed blacks as capable of achieving far more than cooking and cleaning for white people.

While many blacks were happy over McDaniel’s personal victory, they also viewed it as bittersweet. They believed Gone With the Wind celebrated the slave system and condemned the forces that destroyed it. For them, the unique accolade McDaniel had won suggested that only those who did not protest Hollywood’s systemic use of racial stereotypes could find work and success there.

Since her death, McDaniel has been posthumously awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, in 1975, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

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PROUD MOMENT IN HISTORY FOR AFRICA!

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The beginning of our life – should not be judged at all, this is the path of God that has leaded our way to this day!

We must give thanks to these individuals who have decided enough to enough and have decided to go on their own to achieve this dream and make true to life.

Electricity is more than light. This is a true change in our daily life”, A mother, Yelimané, village, Mali

Akon Lighting Africa is a project started in 2014 by music artist Akon with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang which aims to provide electricity by Solar Energy in Africa.

“Today, 600 million Africans still don’t have access to electricity, particularly in rural areas. In far too many parts of Africa, night time economic activities are practically non-existent. Women cannot make productive use of their time to carry out the most basic household tasks. Children who help the women cannot study at night without proper light and complete their homework by candle light, an additional expense for parents. Moreover, without access to electricity, over 3.5 million Africans die every year from harmful pollutants or fires in the home produced by costly and toxic solid fuels.” – Akon

In less than one year, thanks to a private-public partnership model and a well-established network of partners (including SOLEKTRA INT, SUMEC and NARI), a wide range of quality solar solutions, including street lamps, domestic and individual kits, have been installed in 14 African countries.

The academy’s main goal is teaching participants how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity and microgrids, which Akon Lighting Africa says “are really taking off in Africa.” Harnessing solar power is the ideal way for those without electricity to obtain it, because Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year. “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.

With 70 percent of Africans younger than 35, there is a huge need for sustainable jobs, and the organisation hopes their efforts will reap long-term benefits. “We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” Niang said. “With this Academy, we can capitalise on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”

An institute has been designed by Solektra International to support the African solar industry

“Solektra is proud to announce the upcoming inauguration of the Solektra Solar Academy on Tuesday November 24, 2015 in Bamako, Mali. This training center will be the first African institute dedicated to solar technologies. A number of local and international media have expressed great interest in covering this significant milestone for the development of the solar industry in Africa.” (check out more on website http://solektra-international.com/launch-of-the-solektra-solar-academy-in-bamako-on-november-24th/)

The reason being is that due to frustration with the government not helping with the situation and worrying for the future of our next generation that they have decided to take action instead of talking about it. The issue will not go away if you are just talking and not doing. ACTION is needed NOW, even if it slowly, you are still doing and taking small steps, things would be achieved and changed for the better for the future.

We need to hear more of these stories in the mainstreams press to uplift the next generation that they too can achieve in their dream. This should not be something that the government should be embarrassed about simply because they have not come up with the ideas but for now that it has come to light is now to help with the development for it to go on for the future of next generation.

This is why we at LACE is so passionate in the next generation, if we do not act now with government and educational support we will have generation who will not be self awareness of worth within themselves to try and develop their hidden talents skills. The next generation is our future for the older generation and we older generation need to guide them to make sure the world is in great hands!

To achieve all this vision we need funding, sponsorship and support from professional individuals and educational boards to continue helping in the right direction in helping the next generation within their talents!

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Preparation for LACE event

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Preparing for an event is a long process in getting things organised for a big event.

Here are some background preparations of organising at our LACE events.

Sorting out LACE goodie bags with our sponsored products for LACE events.

 

Table Runners were made for LACE 2015 Gala 3 Course dinner at Hotel Russell – Fabric sponsored by Sonna Textiles and made by our student. Step by step images of how the table runners were made.

Table Runners were placed on tables and dressed for our 26th September 2015 event at Hotel Russell.

LACE 2015 @ HOTEL RUSSELL

Traditional Hairstyles at and by LACE

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Why do LACE love Threading so much?

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LACE partnership with Hype Coiffure for Hair Award

Threading is an old African art form of wrapping your hair in sections with threads to hold the hair together and afterward when removing the threads the hair is left feeling very smooth and soft.

If this style is repeated continually for a long period of  time the benefits are that it will help and nurture the hair to grow quickly. But sadly the negative side is that it is very difficult to sleep with, especially on the first and second night of having the threading in your hair.

PROMOTION OF PRODUCTS WITHIN A LACE GOODIE BAG

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We at LACE wish to give thanks to all our sponsor’s of sponsorship of LACE goodie bags whether it has been in the past, present and currently for the future.

Why are we at LACE so interested in products for our Goodie Bags?

Our founder Wari was once a promotional model where in the past she was one of the first models to promote Red Bull and Sky when it first came into the market and in the past this was the way forward into promoting your products to the audiences at large. We believe that some audiences may not have had the privilege of seeing and finding new products on the market. It also a great gesture to come to an event and have a gift in return.

We at LACE wishes to continues this trend and we wish to thank all the brand companies who have continued to support us for providing their products for the audiences that have come to LACE event and we at LACE are happy to promotion their products to the next generation in knowing that such products are available for them to try out and buy for the future. So if you have ever received a LACE Goodie bags, we would be so grateful for a feedback at info@londonafricaculturalevent.com on the products that you have received.