will VOGUE finally care about EBONY issues?

Left photo: edward_enninful/twitter | Right photo: photo: @randomandchic/Instagram

2 words: Edward Enninful, 1 hashtag: #NEWVOGUE

Vogue magazine has always sparked racial controversy and it is for good reason. British Vogue is 101 years old, yet there have been less than 5 black models to ever grace its front cover (in solo form). Naomi Campbell (named British Vogue’s contributing editor 2017) and Jourdan Dunn are among the models to have graced the cover. It is no wonder statements like “Vogue doesn’t care about Ebony issues” have been expressed. If Vogue does not really use black models on its cover, the magazine clearly does not care about how this would affect the black community all over the world and black aspiring models all over. More people of colour should be hired behind the scenes, so that we may all have a voice. Naomi Campbell posted an image of the British Vogue staff of 2017, what is seen is quite disturbing.

Picture:  screenshot of vogue

                             

The entire previous staff was white as seen on the picture. This clearly shows why the magazine has been run this way for all these years, there has been no voice for people who are not white. How cool would it be if every company had to undergo a diversity test? I mean, it would be sad that it would have to come to that but I mean…. It is 2017 and this is still happening in so many workplaces! Thankfully for British Vogue lovers and readers, Edward Enninful has come to the long-awaited rescue!

Mixed-race Ghanaian model and activist, Adwoa Aboah (also contributing editor to the magazine) is the cover girl for the November issue, which is the first magazine edition that Eninnful has released as new Editor-In-Chief. We can clearly see that Enninful is not here to play any games! Edward has stated that his goal is to bring inclusion and diversity to the international magazine. Enninful does not only want to represent a community or a portion of the world but seeks to represent THE WORLD, as it should be. It seems #NEWVOGUE will finally care about EBONY issues.  This is what happens when diversity is included as STAFF, #NEWVOGUE is trending all over the world, it is probably the most talked about British Vogue edition ever, the previous Editor-In-Chief could learn something here… Diversity & inclusion brings readers from all over.

 

 

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Red Bull AMAPHIKO – “A platform created for social entrepreneurs”

“Red Bull Amaphiko’s mission is to give wings to pioneers who are using their talents, creativity and energy to solve problems and make a difference”

Amaphiko (Zulu) : Wings.

I am writing this post because:

  1. Many people do not know what social entrepreneurship is (I didn’t either.)
  2. Some people are social entrepreneurs and are seeking help to develop and take it further but do not know of opportunities like Red Bull Amaphiko.

Last Saturday morning I had the privilege of attending the Red Bull Amaphiko social entrepreneurship talk which was hosted at Chopsi’s Bar (Windhoek). It was an amazing, open, conversation about social entrepreneurship and ways in which to join the movement. The set up was super cool and laid back. The morning started off with the invited speaker, Thokoza Mjo (from South Africa) introducing herself and sharing her story on how she became a social entrepreneur with her brand ‘Beyond the Lemonade Stand’ which is her aid in creating access to the market for teen led enterprises. Thokoza’s clear passion is to train the African youth to be economically active. She showed us a slideshow of all the students/youth she has been mentoring. All of them have created innovative ways to generate an income. Some of the youth are only 15 years old!!! WOW.

Pictures from the event:

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What is a social entrepreneur?

Thokoza is a social entrepreneur. I won’t lie, when I heard this term, I was like “a whaaaaa?” She later went on to explain what it is. From what I understood, a social entrepreneur is someone who plans to or owns a business(es) in which the primary objective is to make money ofcourse, but also one which aims at creating sustainability within the community. The point of social entrepreneurship is not to keep all the knowledge to oneself and capitalize on it, but to teach others so that they too may start their own businesses and so forth; It creates and maintains sustainability.

Why social entrepreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship will probably not make you fast money but it will generate money over time and it will help with poverty reduction through the opportunity you will be giving to people in need.

Red Bull Amaphiko academy aims at:

  • Assisting social entrepreneurs who feel the urge and are making positive differences in their communities
  • Providing inspiration, mentorship and practical skills & tools which are needed to heighten social entrepreneurs and the projects they lead
  • Lastly, to be able to network and communicate with leading innovators, businesswomen/men and storytellers across the world.

For more info, head to https://amaphiko.redbull.com/en

OH AND BY THE WAAAAYYY, Red Bull Namibia is finally on Instagram!! Whooooppp!! @redbullnam go folloooowww 🙂