Editorials. Duckie Thot. Yaya Deng. Akual-chels Ring. Deel Ojulu. Laud Magazine. Images by Thom Ke

Editorials. Duckie Thot. Yaya Deng. Akual-chels Ring. Deel Ojulu. Laud Magazine. Images by Thom Ke
"ELLE" Editorials. Duckie Thot. Yaya Deng. Akual-chels Ring. Deel Ojulu. Laud Magazine. by Thom Kerr

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Unleash a whiter, healthy smile now!

Hey Sisters and brothers, don’t you love a bright, all white and beautiful smile?

In Paris (France) where I was raised, people don’t really care about their dental hygiene. They are more into cigarettes, wine, cheese and coffee. It is part of the culture, unfortunately it is also lifestyle that stains your teeth.

When I moved to the USA i noticed the incredible attention people give to having a bright smile. What a difference it makes!

One of the dental services often offered are veneers. A veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth's surface from damage. It is great to have the option to do a smile makeover and wish to have a Hollywood smile. Perfection assured!

Then for the ones who just want a whiter smile but no radical changes you have « zoom whitening » an in-office bleaching process that is widely known for its ability to quickly brighten teeth from the effects of discoloration. ... Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration.

Last but not least, For the ones like me who just want to maintain and improve their smile once a year with professional results with little or no sensitivity.

Get the home kit by Phillips Zoom! (You can buy it on amazon and separately get your mouth trays) and let me tell you! It is just amazing.

It is called NiteWhite ACP 22%. It is a popular at-home tooth whitening gel thanks to the safety of its medium-strength. It is manufactured by Discus Dental, the maker of the venerated ZOOM! one-hour tooth whitening system, so you know its products have to be the best!
You might wonder what is the difference between this kit and the other brands on the market?
Well to be a little bit technical and knowledgeable, here is a short description .

NiteWhite ACP 22% is a clinical-grade tooth whitening gel of 22% carbamide peroxide. Compared against the range of take-home tooth whitening gels, 22% is a medium strength tooth whitening gel that is an excellent option for sensitive mouths. It is typically worn for 1 hour.

Discus Dental manufactures the only take-home whiteners that combine amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) with potassium nitrate and fluoride, providing enhanced whitening results. This ACP formulation is clinically proven to rebuild enamel, reduce tooth sensitivity by 30% and adds luster by re-mineralizing teeth and reducing fadeback. NiteWhite ACP 22% is approved and accepted by the American Dental Association.

ZOOM NiteWhite ACP 22% is the next generation of the NiteWhite Excel line of tooth whiteners. Each shipment includes three 2.4 mL syringes of 22%-strength gel and three application tips. NiteWhite products come in double-barreled syringes. Each barrel houses a separate bleaching agent. Special syringe mixing tips activate these ingredients by blending them upon application to your tooth whitening trays. This keeps the gel fresh for a good year.
When I am in a rush, I usually apply the gel on my six front teeth (up and down) with the help of my finger (index) then I use for the most dramatic whitening results a LED whitening lamp to accelerate results.
It Gets up to few shades whiter in 45 minutes and less.
However when I have time I just saturate my tray, put it in my mouth and sit back, relax in the comfort of my home.

You may wonder, is it safe?
Yes, teeth whitening is safe if you follow each product's guidelines carefully. Some whitening products can irritate gums, or leave you with sensitive teeth, so it's recommended that you speak prior with your dental professional then go ahead...brighten your smile.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Men in Black by Bvlgari ..." The Essence "

My soul sisters and brothers!
As you already know I am a beauty and fashion fanatic.
So let me go straight to the point, because I can not wait any longer to announce you this wonderful partnership.
Yes it is happening!
I am so excited to share with you the new limited edition fragrance  made by BVLGARI: “Man In Black” Essence, in collaboration with a very special artist from Nigeria named Laolu Senbanjo.
It will be exclusively at Bloomingdales starting this October 19th 2017.

For the ones who do not know who Laolu is, allow me to introduce himself. He was born in the 80’s raised in Ilorin, Kwara state in Nigeria by Yoruba parents, he is a visual artist, musician, singer/songwriter and human rights attorney. Interesting combo isn’t it?

Laolu moved to Brooklyn, NY in August 2013 to pursue his art career. He could not have made a better choice!

Laolu is known for his “Afromysterics” style of painting. The mystery of the African thought pattern. He narrates through in his art incorporating mythology, culture and life experiences. As i mentioned earlier, Laolu is from the Yoruba tribe, therefore when you watch his paintings you can feel all his heritage and tribal stories. His art is incredibly detailed and is recognizable by his use of charcoal, white paint and his distinct patterns with stories woven throughout. It is colorful, fully in motion and alive! Just like an African dancer. It has been featured prior to this new project with BVLGARI on Nike’s sneakers.
He was named a “Master of Air” at the 2016 Nike Air Max Convention in NYC.

Laos’s mantra is “everything is my canvas” which transformed his artistic style when he began painting on everything from shoes, to jackets, and human beings.

At this present time the world is looking towards Africa, and he is one the front runners, representing the continent.

Laolu created the Sacred Art of the Ori Ritual that he performed at a live art installation at the Brooklyn Museum, he also collaborated with Kenneth Cole and He is as well, the mysterious painter behind Beyonce’s Lemonade video. (check out the body painting on Beyonce’s dancers). He is also was featured in South African DJ Black Coffee’s music video “Come with me.”
Laolu has an exhibit “Sounds of Africa” that opened at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in collaboration with BET.

Last but not least my favorite brand of all time BVLGARI, could not pick a better artist to express the "Man In Black" experience. Because the rich essence of this fragrance is just mind blowing. It is no surprise that
BVLGARI knew exactly who to pick as artist for the design of its new fragrance's bottle.
Remember Laolu's art form is to physically draw what is on the inside (soul, essence and being).

BVLGARI with Laolu and his Sacred Art of the Ori Ritual is giving you “Rendez Vous” at Bloomingdales for an unforgettable event.
It is a MUST SEE if you are in New York City.
However if you don't no worries, just make sure you purchase a bottle and support the artist.

“The Sacred Art of the Ori is a Spiritually Intimate Experience. It’s Cathartic for both me and my Muse. We Connect Our Minds, Bodies, and Souls on Higher Level. I paint their Spirit and Soul from that Connection. It Breathes Life into Us Both.  ”
— Laolu


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Meet my top 6 Doctors and Medical Aestheticians

Hello guys i am back with the list of the best practitioners specialized in Esthetic that i have promised you in my previous post. I have searched around the whole East, West, South and North America to find  the "crème de la crème." As you know, black skin is sensitive and often requires specialists.
I have booked appointments with some of them and will share my experience along this journey.
I can't wait to start my 2018 makeover, ready for my big 40s!
See below my chosen "Melanin Specialists" who are also masters at helping people from all backgrounds.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The search is on for the best MedSpa

This article is a little controversial, because I truly want to put a strong emphasis on learning about loving ourselves first, before seeking any plastic surgery interventions. 

Ladies, Make sure you always check your motives before consulting a MedSpa and see a certified practitioner. Find true happiness, introspect to see if you have any self esteem issues. It is very important!

In my case, this is it! I am about to start a new chapter in my life. As you may know I am the mother of a eight years old son from a previous relationship and now have met the love of my life to whom I just married. I feel that I am at a good place psychologically.

Carl G. Jung. said Life really does begin at forty. 
Up until then, you are just doing research.

I totally agree with this quote, I never felt as good spiritually and physically. I just wish now to enhance some of my natural God given attributes ;). I mean why not? No shame! Be Youtiful! do it for you and only you.

Any 40, 50-something women who decides to eat well and find one exercise they like to do, often looks better than they did at 20
 (#Jlo #GabrielleUnion #JanetJackson #SharonStone #Fergie #TraceyEllisRoss #JadaPinkettSmith #KrisJenner #ChristieBrinkley #HeidiKlum #AngelaBassett #PadmaLakshmi and the list goes on). 
There is beauty in living a full life. You see yourself more kindly. You feel at home in your body, and it shows. Educate yourself on nutrition and Indulge moderately. 
I am a firm believer that age is just a number! Are you with me on this statement my soul sisters?
Nowadays if you don't feel good about yourself... Hey! No need tMentally stay young, positive, feel thankful to be alive and healthy.

Nevertheless if it is not enough, then
Physically, you can boost your confidence with a new hair cut, wardrobe, some makeup sessions or some MedSpa treatments.

As we all know black "don't crack".
However, if you still feel that your age is robbing your happiness away. Then why not going one step further and search for the perfect dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon who could introduce you to all the benefits of fillers, Botox, injectables or simply a Mommy Makeover? Yes I am breaking the taboo, no women usually would share their secret desires for an external help. 

Why? Well It may be because we are often judged by society, for being shallow, vain or simply cheating! Ladies dare going for what you like because happiness looks gorgeous in you. Forget what people say, do what pleases you. It is liberating especially for mothers.

Many plastic surgeons are now offering what they call the Mommy Makeover, which addresses a woman's post-pregnancy body issues in a single-session surgery that typically combines the following: Tummy Tuck, Breast Enhancement. Fat Removal with all new kinds of Liposuction.

I am myself considering getting a light enhancement. I have gained weight during pregnancy and never been able to lose the extra pounds. Blame the lack of exercise and a C section! 

As of now, I am researching the most reputable practitioner, that would get me the waist I dream of. Good bye love handles and rolls! Hello flat esthetically pleasing tummy. I also want to get some dermal fillers on my face to plump my cheeks and chin. But ladies if you feel like i do and wish to try these treatments, please go one step at a time.

I have picked five Medspas out of many across country. I prefered to push forward black owned businesses. It is crucial to search for legitimate physicians.

I am ready for my first consultation, investigating thoroughly about a procedure called Smartlipo.
Smartlipo is a type of laser assisted liposuction device that first melts unwanted fat, making it far easier to suction out of your stubborn fat with a microcannula. The laser energy seals blood vessels in the area so that there’s less bleeding and bruising. Apparently you'll  also experience a significant tightening of the overlying skin in the area as you recover because the gentle heat delivered to the area promotes collagen and elastin production.
The question on everybody' mind ...is it recommended for women of color? The answer is yes, it is safe for our skin.
You can enjoy the process of removing unwanted fat from areas of your body where fat accumulates at no risk.

a sleeker silhouette that you deserve without going “under” general anesthesia.
Just a local anesthesia therefore minimal lidocaine absorption, painless and minimizes blood loss, allowing you a quick recovery.

I think it would be a great idea to share this intimate experience with you guys and broadcast the before and after.  I would need the approval of the Medical Doctor but no matter what I am going on a search for providing you the names of my top 4 preferred surgeons and their medical Spas.
I will try as much as I can, to get the most information about all new procedures possible.
So you can just like me, improve anything you want to feel Amazing and age like wine! So stay connected.
To be continued...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

All Star Week End 2017 in NOLA

Hey guys i am coming back from New Orleans, yes dear Louisiana.
The Afropolitain magazine creator "Keziah Makoundou", our travel agent "Jocelyn Hunter" and "Myself" the beauty editor have decided to attend the wonderful 2017 NBA All-Star Basketball Game played on February 19, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center. It was the 66th edition of the event.
The industry finest were all there!

We have attended some great events, dinners and witnessed the preparation of "Mardi-Gras".
For the fans of basketball, like "Keziah Makoundou" Afropolitain magazine creator. It was a full incredible experience to live and sit front row.

The West won the game 192-182.

The MVP of the game was Anthony Davis, who scored 52 points, the most ever scored by a player in an All-Star Game.

Game Starters:

 The All-Star Game starters were announced on January 19, 2017. Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors were named the backcourt starters in the East, earning their fourth and third all-star appearances, respectively. LeBron James was named a starter to his 13th career all-star game, tying Dirk Nowitzki for most selections among active players. Joining James in the East frontcourt was Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, his third consecutive selection, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, his first all-star selection in his young career, and the first Buck to be named an all-star since Michael Redd in 2004. Giannis became the first Greek basketball player to participate in the all-star game.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets were named to the starting backcourt in the West, earning their fourth and fifth all-star appearances, respectively. In the frontcourt, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was named to his eighth career all-star game, along with Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans, their second and fourth all-star selections, respectively.

Game reserves:

The All-Star Game reserves were announced on January 26, 2017.The West reserves include Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz. Jordan and Hayward were selected as all-stars for the first time in their respective careers.
The East reserves include Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, and Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets, who was selected as an all-star for the first time in his career. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks was named as a replacement for Kevin Love due to Love suffering a knee injury.

In my opinion, the best event that we have attended was not the game itself, neither Michael Jordan's birthday party, nor the NBA legend brunch but instead the NBA Africa ALL-Star lunch on.

We were kindly invited by my long time friend Will M'biakop.
Will and i met in Paris,  over 17 years ago, he is always very discreet about what he does, I name him "La force tranquille" in case you never heard from him, he does not make a lot of noise but he moves mountains. Please allow me to introduce you the man himself!

Will Mbiakop founded the AMW group to deliver solutions to a diverse clientele in three ways: business strategy, sports marketing and sports tourism. After providing business value in three regions, Europe, the Middle East and Africa for major organizations such as the NCAA, ESPN, Redbull, BNP Paribas, and Africa 24 TV, Will was recruited by the National Basketball Association (NBA Africa) to develop global marketing partnerships and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives across Africa. Will has a special interest in how sports can positively impact communities through business, infrastructure, education and health, while empowering youth and generating revenues for corporations. He has developed creative marketing strategies and activation plans targeting both retail and corporate markets.
So you can imagine how proud I am of his achievements and career choices.

Thanks to him, we also were able to have on our new Afropolitain magazine second issue, Masai Ujiri (Raptors) American sports executive, Nigerian professional basketball executive, former scout and former player, currently serving as the president of the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball Association.

This "All Star" was truly a success, feeling very blessed to have been able to meet and greet wonderful men and women ( like our favorite girl "JokatemWegelo" aka Miss Tanzania),

As well my friend the one and only Hammadoun Sidibe, founder of the Quai 54, the only streetball tournament worldwide sponsored by Jordan Brand. It has historically been held every summer in Paris since 2002.
20,000 fans are granted free entry and watch the two-day basketball tournament, including a slam dunk contest.
The venue each year is the Place de la Concorde, Paris which is very close to the Eiffel Tower in the city's eighth arrondissement.

We are all sons and daughters of Africa sharing one common goal! "Africa 2.0" as my brother in law would say loud and clear!
Mamadou Kwidjim Toure is the Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0 Foundation, an initiative-driven advocacy group that brings together emerging leaders representing African countries and the Diaspora, who share a common vision of the continent’s future. Shout out to all of you, straight from my heart.

Last but not least, we also had the pleasure to meet as well my fellow Senegalese native, Amadou Gallo Fall currently holding the position of NBA Vice President and Managing Director – Africa.
Amadou Gallo-Fall oversees the NBA’s grassroots basketball development initiatives and its partnerships with marketing, media and consumer product companies in Africa. Amadou has been working in this capacity since January 2010 and is currently based at the NBA Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What they are doing for the continent is amazing. The lunch was so informative, the panel and discussion were very interesting. I hope you will enjoy the little videos and photos I am attaching to this article.
Amadou through his dedication and leadership at the NBA is increasing basketball's popularity in our motherland. Giving opportunities to African young Men and Women. He is empowering them using sport as a tool to shape the new generation of leaders and future champions.

  In case you didn't know, the National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa Game 2015 was an exhibition basketball game played on August 1, 2015 in Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was the first NBA game, and the first game involving any major North American professional sports league, to take place on the continent of Africa. It was contested between Team Africa, and Team World.
Team World won the exhibition game by a score of 101-97.

Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players, team captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parent from Cameroon), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs; France; parent from Senegal), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors; Nigeria), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo), and Luc Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings; Cameroon).

Team World, comprised of players from the rest of the world, feature team captain, NBPA President and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; U.S.), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; U.S.), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; U.S.), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls; Spain), Jeff Green (Memphis Grizzlies; U.S.), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics; U.S.), Evan Turner (Boston Celtics; U.S.) and Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).

After such a great event done in 2015, NBA Africa is doing it again this summer 2017 in South Africa!! I can not wait to share with you all the footage and photos.
I believe this time team Africa will win!!! it is our time to shine!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A United Kingdom film premiere

Hands Down!
The best romantic love story, i have not seen in a long time...I was kindly invited by my loving date "oh yes! BTW i am seriously being courted by an amazing guy". I am enjoying the romance and the efforts he puts to show and prove.
Ladies if you are practicing celibacy like i do. Take the time to rediscover yourself, keep your legs closed and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
This movie will move you, it is deeper than just an interracial love story.

The film is based on a true story. Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is the Prince of Bechuanaland (now called Botswana, a place i wish to visit and feel the legacy of the Khama family). In 1948 he meets and falls in love with London office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). But their interracial relationship is not approved of by either of their families, nor by the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth must defy family, apartheid and the British empire to return from an imposed exile to their African kingdom, and assume power after independence.

A United Kingdom is a British biographical romantic drama film directed by Amma Asante and starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The screenplay, by Guy Hibbert, is based on the true-life romance between Sir Seretse Khama and his wife Ruth Williams Khama.
It was screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and was the opening film at the 60th London Film Festival, the second year in a row that a British film featured.

A must see! after Selma starred by David Oyelowo! his great acting will leave you in tears!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Afropolitain Magazine 2nd issue

This is it! the winter issue is out! Afropolitain did it again!
I am very proud to introduce you Mr Ujuri the giant of Africa and Miss Bonang!

As the beauty editor of the magazine, i have for you some little surprises as far as Grooming and Cosmetics. Don't wait to long to purchase your copy.
Don't forget to leave your feedback.
FYI the magazine will be distributed in every Barnes and Nobles across America.



You can go online and purchase your copy....


Pictures credit by (Afropolitain Magazine)