Category: Manifest Africa

All South African H&M Stores Closed Amid Protest Over “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” Sweatshirt

The Swedish based clothing retailer H&M on Saturday closed all 17 of their retail outlets in South Africa. The closure came amid protest over an advertisement on H&M’s British website depicting a child model of African descent modeling a green sweatshirt with the words, “coolest money in the jungle” while another sweatshirt was worn by a white child model saying “Mangrove Jungle, Survival Expert. ” The backlash was swift as people around the world took to social media to express disapproval. Even celebrities like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Labron James chimed in posting modified images of the advertising depicting...

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Uzo “Crazy Eyes” Aduba Orange Is The New Black Actress To Run The Boston Marathon

  Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba who won an Emmy and SAG Award for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix hit show, will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon on April 20th. According to a recent People magazine article, Aduba will be representing the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the charity organizations recognized by marathon organizers, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A). April 14th will mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that turned an 118 year old statewide and nationwide tradition as well as the “world’s oldest annual marathon ranked...

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Lupita Nyong’o…More Than A Cover Photo

  Lupita Nyong’o burst on the scene seemingly out of nowhere, wowing everyone with her acting chops in the 2014 Oscars’ Best Picture Of Year, 12 Years A Slave and stunning the world with her beauty. Dazzling all in a Nairobi blue dress and head band, the recent Yale School of Drama graduate’s evening climaxed when she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first feature film role. She sealed the moment with an emotional speech that concluded with the following inspirational words… “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that...

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More Emojis Choices! African Company Beats Apple To The Punch!

It all started in 2012, when Miley Cyrus sent out a tweet calling out Apple for the lack of cultural diversity in emoji choices. >RT if you think there needs to be an #emojiethnicityupdate — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 19, 2012 Last month “Baby Daddy” star, Tahj Mowry started the conversation again when he sent out the following tweet expressing his dissatisfaction with the lack of racial diversity in Apple’s emojis. It makes me mad that there are no black emojis… — Tahj Mowry (@Tahj_Mowry) March 16, 2014 Inspired, MTV Act Blogger, Joey Parker reached out to Apple’s...

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BTW…Africa is NOT a Country!

Ithaca College’s African Students Association’s ‘Africa Is Not a Country’ social media photo campaign was launched this winter on CNN’s iReport platform. The purpose of this campaign is dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about Africa, while expressing their pride and educating the public. “What we wanted to do was embrace the individual flags of the countries of Africa,” says Rita Bunatal, head of PR for the organization. “We wanted to show the beauty and the power of the flag. We also wanted to break one of the biggest misconceptions about the continent, which is that Africa is a country,” she adds.” For full story...

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