EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with the Swedish writer-director Niclas Gillis on his recent film "Hold Me Down." The Film depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old single mother who works as a stripper at an illegal nightclub to support her child in the South Bronx. It is filmed in the locations where the events depicted actually occurred; in the Mott Haven Housing Projects and in an actual brothel, and features a cast of non-actors / women survivors of sexual exploitation and domestic violence.

Tokunbo Kujore
Tokunbo Kujore

Ms. Tokunbo Kujore of Los Angeles, California was crowned the 2012 Miss Nigeria in America on Saturday, September 1, 2012 adding her to a lineage of Nigerian American women who have served as ambassadors of empowerment for African women in the Diaspora. The following is an exclusive interview with this talented, intellectual and very beautiful lady.

Lira
Lira

Over the past few years – buoyed by multi-platinum sales of her two studio albums and live DVD, a mantlepiece full of awards and support of fans – Lira has made no secret of her desire to find a global audience for her music.
The following is an exclusive interview with this fast rising African diva about her life and profession. Read about her now, because we guarrantee you will hear about her in the American music charts very soon as she tackles the world; Brace yourself America, for another powerful African sista!

Amadou Ly is The French Black Vampire: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

Amadou is set to grace our screens in the blockbuster ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’.  Amadou plays the newest Vampire ‘Henry’, a part that was specially written into the legendary movie by the writers.  Henry is part of the duo that makes up the much-anticipated French Coven, so having French as a second language made him more prominent to producers.

His screen presence and natural gift for acting have already projected this once shy young man into the public eye.  Allied with handsome looks and bright mind he has also gained a big fan base, which is sure to expand when his character of Henry is revealed in Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

British born beauty Amelia Jackson-Gray has recently enjoyed a number of successful roles in hit TV shows such as Outsourced, Law and Order and The Mentalist thanks to a her breakout role as Vincent Chase’s love interest in HBO’s award winning show Entourage.
Having already built up her credits for her work in a long list of independent films including cult classic ‘Snakes on a train’ in which her performance was praised as “the best thing about the movie”, ‘CRUSH(ED)’ and soon to be released ‘Heartland’ the sassy young actress now takes on a lead role in Hollywood’s first independent 3D movie, Deep Gold, as beautiful villainess and reports, Claire Simmons.

Olatide (Tide) Adeniyi was born in Washington D.C. where she spent her childhood. She moved to Lagos, Nigeria during her teenage years and acquired an appreciation and passion for the arts while attending high school. In 2002, she returned to the Washington D.C. area to attend university. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and currently works as a full-time Analyst as she explore her creative side.
Her inspiration for Fashion Design came in 2007 as a sporatic thought to make her own dress for an event because she could not find a dress that had the perfect fit. The idea seemed laughable to her at the time as she had no prior design or sewing experience, until she purchased her first sewing machine and began bringin her first sketch to life. The garment was a success; so she began designing and sewing as a hobby, making it apparent that this should be her next business venture.
Syling hair is another natural trait that Tide possesses. In the early 90’s, her mother sought her own passion and graduated from the Dudley School of Cosmetology to become a part-time Esthetician and Hair Stylist. Although she did not directly train Tide, the exposure had an impact on her at such a young age.

 

Meron Abebe - Ethiopian Model

THANK YOU Meron for taking the time to respond to our interview questions.

[PERSONAL] AM: How did you get started in modeling?
Meron: I have always loved and followed fashion. When I was about 16 years old my high school counselor thought I would make it as a model and she introduced me to the modeling world.

AM: Was this what you dreamt for when growing up?
Meron: Modeling was definitely something that I had so much loved for but I never thought I would become a model or be at the stage I am in right now. It’s kind of happened over night for me.

Emem Archibong First Album release: What is Love?

WHAT IS LOVE? is the exciting debut album from phenomenally talented Gospel and R&B singer Emem Archibong.
Steeped in the classic Soul of legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin and CeCe Winans and influenced by the modern R&B sounds of Alicia Keys, with ‘What is Love?’ Emem looks set to be 2011’s most hotly-tipped Gospel cross-over artist and her mini album heralds the arrival on the British black music scene of a special new talent. Born in Nigeria, Emem grew up in Bradford, England where her remarkably soulful and powerful singing voice was nurtured in her local church’s choir and Gospel music and her strong Christian faith underpin her unique sound. From rousing opener ‘Black and White’ and funky feel-good track ‘Trying to be myself’ to stand out debut single ‘what is Love?’ and  deeply personal anthem ‘Not too Late’ the E.P showcases Emem’s truly outstanding vocal talent and ‘Angel,’ ‘Untold Story’ and ‘Trying to be Myself’ also announce Emem as a truly captivating new voice on the British music scene.

SUNDAY OMONY was born in the war-torn region of northern Uganda. Her family migrated to Canada in 1991. Through life altering situations Sunday has persevered to become a talented plus-size model and humanitarian. She is known for being diverse with regards to look, talent and content. Sunday is a vivacious woman, standing at 5 feet, 9 inches. She has been featured as one of the “Sexiest African Women” by Jamati.com. Her glowing and infectious personality has contributed to her success. Sunday is the new spokesperson for Hearts 4 Peace, an organization that offers services and courses in conflict transformation and social justice.

MARIANNE Ilunga’s love for fashion started at an early age. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she remembers spending valuable time with her godmother who was a dressmaker. She collected fashion magazines as a hobby and spent time sketching several styles she believed would eventually come to life. Her parents decided it would be a great idea to let her attend a fashion magnet high school. Shortly before graduation the Congo experienced some political turmoil, so Marianne accepted the great opportunity to move to the United States.

Monik Tenday
Monik Tenday

MONIK TENDAY is an artist-musician from Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo). She was born in Mbuji-Mayi, on July 20. Monik Tenday is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, performer. She owes this wealth of art from her paternal grandmother’s side, in which she is the heiress. After attending primary and secondary school in Lubumbashi and Kinshasa, she decided to follow her destiny by opting for the Music section of the National Arts Institute (INA) in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her studies at the INA were a real success. Monik Tenday was selected as teacher of classical guitar since obtaining her degree. On February 23, 2007, when she was recruited in the last minutes for a  15 minute show at the festival Heart of Africa in Kinshasa, the destiny unfolded: Monik Tenday was called the next day by a sponsor for a particular contract that led to her “JE VOUS REGARDE..” [meaning: “I’m lokking at you” in French] the first album of her career, released in 2008. She says to this effect: “... in a society where women still walking head down, arms crossed and mouth shut, I made a choice that I owe to myself: I CAN WATCH YOU ... to expose, challenge, and sing about life ... the beauty of life, a legacy of old but my contemporaries do not cease to spoil ... daily.

“JE VOUS REGARDE ...” has a built reputation for Monik Tenday. Her songs such as “le regards d’une femme” (the look of a woman), “Wenda anyi uja,” “uza kotambula too,” “uza Kubina” are making waves. She performed several times in Kinshasa at the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, French Cultural Centre, Hotel Invest, au Tarmac des auteurs, in Congo-Brazzaville, in Bamako as a worthy representative of her country on the anniversary of the show Tutanguna. She then flew to Belgium to attend the Summer Academy of Libramont (Académie de Libramont) , with an illuminating performance at the Festival Bruxeles le bain.