Creative Projects To Fund: Afro-Iran -The Unknown Minority Photo Book

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Mahdi Eshaei is a 25 year old  German-Iranian photographer and designer based in Germany. Eshaei studied design at the Faculty of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt.Mahdi has stumbled upon a fascinating group of african descendent people in Iran that were unknown to him and many others until he went to southern Iran to a soccer match. The experience of seeing a black or African featured man that spoke Persian and was a born Iranian sparked the search and the creative project to document these rare beautiful group of people of his culture! Mahdi has a an idea and book that will live on for centuries but he needs everyone help to raise about 12 thousand  dollars By June 13th! 

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Afro-Iran shows a side of Iran, which is widely unknown even to Iranians: a minority of people who influenced the culture of a whole region by continuing their African heritage with their clothing style, their music, their dance and their oral traditions and rituals. I set out to the Hormozgan Province in the Persian Gulf to shed some light on this part of Iran, which is home to the descendants of enslaved people and traders from Africa.

  ‘Afro-Iran’ reveals details documenting a centuries-long history of a community, which is often overlooked in Iran’s history, but which has even shaped the culture in Southern Iran.

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Twitter: @Mahdi_Eshaei

http://www.mahdi-eshaei.com

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Women Projects In The Works: Julie Dash’s “Travel Notes of Geechee Girl” Doc Feature Film

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Legendary Filmmaker Julie Dash has graced us with a genius & creativity story once again with her latest project ” Travel Notes Of A Geechee Girl”! Many are probably thinking what is a Geechee girl? Geechee or Gallah are black people living in the Lowcountry region of Georgia and South Carolina, who have preserved their links to Africa arguably more than any other African-American group.  Julie is a Geechee Girl herself ,as she had shown us, in her ground breaking film “Daughters of The Dust” but this latest film isn’t about Julie at all.

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Travel Notes of A Geechee Girl  is a new documentary feature film that chronicles the extraordinary life and multi-faceted career of self-proclaimed Geechee Girl, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor. Personally I had never heard of Vertamee but as I watched the Crowdfund campaign video (below) realization soon came on why this woman story resonated with me and is vital to be told! The film will trace her journey and madcap adventures from the Lowcountry of South Carolina  to Europe and many other places. Vertamae was a Chef,Writer ,Actress and Activist story is one of a fearless, creative and imaginative woman who has dared to cross multiple boundaries and live her life out loud!

Born April 4, 1937 in Hampton County, South Carolina, Vertamae was strongly influenced by her Gullah Geechee community. She was also determined to follow her imagination and creativity beyond the Lowcountry. At the age of 10, Vertamae Smart moved with her family to Philadelphia. Although her existence was largely sheltered, she established friendships with the future poet Larry Neal, and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles H. Fuller. There, she also met the up-and coming musician, Nina Simone, who encouraged her move to Paris.  Her story is a treasure trove of adventures, encounters and experiences with some of the most influential artists, writers, actors, and musical performers of the Twentieth Century. Vertamae’s basic knowledge of food preparation and Gullah culinary traditions served her well as she would go on to cross the Atlantic multiple times, in a journey that has taken her across five major cultural movements:

Beat Literary Movement
Black Power Movement
Black Arts Movement
New Black Cinema
Food as Cultural Memory

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The project must raise 55k in the next month to complete this paramount project. Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl is relevant today because it speaks to the women who want to live their lives vibrantly and for people to understand these women and even learn from them! The Story also revolves around universal themes such as Food, Travel, Writing so its relatable for really everyone.

Drop a Few Coins in A Geechee Girl’s Purse Here

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Docu Series :Diary of a Reel Girl

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Dominga Martin is  writer ,director ,producer as well as a Journalist by trade, from Boston who has resided in Brooklyn for Many Years. Dominga has worked on projects such as  Documentaries, 2 short films (BUM & Yellow) and music videos (Musiq Soul Child).She also recently worked on a commercial with Centric TV that should be airing this month.She founded her own boutique style film company “House of Ming”. She is heavily inspired by music and fashion hence the “House of”.Dominga is currently in development of her first feature film ” My First Loves”. Dominga’s  passion for writing and film is inspirational and vital to increase minority women film writers and directors.

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In her latest  docu-series ,Diary of a REEL Girl ,which follows  Dominga on and off set as she works on global projects. Dominga was given an amazing opportunity to travel to Italy where she spent the summer making movies.  Below are episodes 1-3.

Volume 2 will follow Dominga behind the scenes as she makes her first feature film “My First Loves,” a romantic comedy.  Follow Her and Support her first feature film!

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Vintage Photo of The Day: Lupita x Maui Film Fest

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Actress Lupita was spotted in Hawaii at The Maui Film Fest, which runs from June 4th-8th, wearing Calvin Klein yesterday! Lupita seems to be some sort of inhuman bring when It comes to looking flawless at every event.

Below Lupita also took a small break from the press work and headed to the beach to relax and sunbathe! Her skin is radiant and this beach look is super chic!

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Vintage Archives:Cannes Film Festival Memory Lane

Since It is that time of year again when all the actors, actresses and movie industry people from all over the world trek over to the beautiful paradise of Cannes ,France to attend one of the oldest and most prominent film festival. Last night was the opening cermony for the festival & Grace of Monaco Premire all the starlets and star sasheed down the red carpet in their most exsquite attire. Cannes Festival is known for discovering breakout films and film stars , if you are lucky enough to make it to Cannes you are defeinitly on the rode to stardom & success.

I always believe you never know where you going until you’ve seen where you’ve come from lets take you on a journey down Cannes Memory Lane because vintage  is always better!

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The First Cannes Film Festival Orginal Flyer

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Cannes circa 1955  Actress Dorothy Dandrige

 

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Cannes Circa 1959 Actress Marpessa Dawn with Husband

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Cannes circa 1966 Entertainer Sammy Davis Junior and Actor Kirk Douglas

 

 

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Cannes Circa 1973 Actress/Singer Dianna Ross

 

 

(pics via silverscreenoasis.com,theeyeoffaith.com,vintageblackglamour.tumblr)

 

 

Travel Thursdays:Fly with the best..Top 15 airlines in the US

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Choosing an airline to fly use to be a random decision based on price when I was a amateur flyer. As an Adult I have to be precise on choosing an airline after experiencing many different pros and cons of an array of airlines. Flying can be a very life changing wonderful  experience but  comfortability,great customer service, Safety and reliability are pertinent! Another important factor with choosing an airline is your destination and how frequent airlines fly to this location.

 

My personal favorite airline to fly to the Caribbean and Cali is JetBlue , to Atl Delta and I am dying to fly Virgin because of all the great reviews! Below are the statistically  top rated airlines to fly with . Let me know what some are your experiences were with  airlines you have flown! Happy Flying

1. Virgin America
2. JetBlue
3. Hawaiian
4. Delta
5. Alaska
6. Endeavor Air
7. US Airways
8. Southwest
9. American
10. AirTran
11. Frontier
12. United
13. ExpressJet
14. SkyWest
15. American Eagle

Travel x Fashion :Nomad Truck ( The wandering Fashion Boutique)

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Instagram may very well be the best social network for marketing and gaining viewership for a brand which is why I search the site everyday for cool new creative businesses and entrepreneurs. Last night I came across this awesome innovative  pop up boutique which happens to be in a truck! The Fashion Truck is in reminisce to the food truck craze that happened a few years ago. The Nomad Truck is Free-Spirited space with a collection of funky boho fashion.I can see a certain type of woman who is strong, creative, savvy, intelligent, style-setting, a revolutionary type shopping here.

Nomad is NYC’s wandering fashion boutique offering a handpicked selection of ladies’ fashions from the back of a retrofitted delivery truck.Hop on board to find a carefully curated selection of funky and boho chic fashions plus a variety of locally sourced, handmade jewelry. An avid traveler, music junkie, and of course full-time fashionista, owner Jessie Goldenberg seeks to create an intimate shopping experience that’s a little bit gypsy, a little bit rock ‘n roll.On the road since April of 2013, Nomad is one of the first fashion trucks to service the greater NYC area. She can be found at street fairs, flea markets, colleges, and popping up on the streets of Flatiron, Soho, the Village, Hoboken, and beyond. Nomad also offers private party services, so grab the girls and make a night of it!

Founder/owner of Nomad Truck Jessie Goldenberg was a West Coast girl who went to film school before realizing her ultimate dream was to own a boutique on wheels. “I saw the trend happening out West about a year ago, popping up in Seattle and San Francisco,” Goldenberg says. “Owning my own little shop with local designers was on my list of life things.”

At the Nomad truck you will find  deals on handmade leather bags from Ghana, knuckle rings, floral crop tops with open bow backs ($38) and handmade J. White silkscreen scarves. “I buy at trade shows, brands that have a lower price point, from Ya Los Angeles and Bluebird,” says Goldenberg. “The next step would be to have Nomad branded clothing.” Prices range from $30-$100, though some bags are slightly more.

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In February,the Nomad Truck took its talents on road and stopped all up & down the east coast as far as florida! The Nomad Truck was even featured on The Good Morning America show this morning! The Proof is in this post dreamers follow your vision its possible!

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Often parked in SoHo and Hoboken, visit thenomadtruck.com for to where the nomad truck is!

 

 

(All pictures via Nomad web site/instagram @thenomadtruck)

 

Travel Thursdays: 30 before 30

Traveling is like a book that I can’t stop reading , its gets better  with each page that I thumb thru. I have adopted this campaign of traveling to 30 countries before turning the age of  30. Having already traveled to 6 countries that leaves  24 countries within 4 1/2 years (you do the age math lol ) . The plan is unknown how these travel experiences  will be funded but what I believe I can achieve so the universe will reward me (praying to the travel gods lol ). So here are the first 6 of the 24 countries remaining to achieve my 30 before 30 goal!

7.London,Uk

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8.Paris,France

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9.Italy (Venice,Naples,Rome,Milan)

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10.Bimini,Bahamas

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11.Belize

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12.Bridgetown,Barbados

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Travel Thursdays:

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Today I ran into a person I knew from high school and they said that they love seeing how much I travel and how they wish they could travel too! I told this person they can to travel and I explained to them how important it is to travel because the experiences shape you as a person. It is  unimaginable how my life might be if  I never traveled I actually desire and will travel even more because it fuels me!Perhaps people don’t travel because they unaware of how vast the world is, how cool it is the discover new cultures or even how traveling is essential for mental clarity.My Challenge is for everyone who hasn’t traveled for whatever reason to at least travel somewhere new every year preferable out of the country but out of your state at the bare minimum. Take that flight you have been dreading and  cruise the waters I promise you will be forever be changed by the life of traveling. Below are a list of International  places I traveled before the age of 25. All of these destinations below are amazing and each place taught me something new.Hashtage  #travelthursdays on Twitter and Instagram let me know where you are traveling to or plan on traveling.

1.Cancun,Mexico (x2)

2.Cayman Islands

3.Ocho rios Jamaica (x2)

4.Costa Rica

5.St.Martin

5.Punta Cana ,Dominican Republic

6.Toronto

Sporty Chic at London Fashion Week! Tom Ford x Ashish

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London Fashion week seemed to have caught the tom boy Bugg! Designs from Tom Ford and Ashish seemed to mirror that sexy girl who loves her man’s clothing! I find these designs to be refreshing and liberating for women looking forward to seeing these styles play out this fall!

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