September 15, 2014

In case you missed it...

Last Saturday was the movie premiere of Blood in the Lagoon starring Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.  Photos of event now available here.

Enjoy! Keep it here.

September 13, 2014

Omotola wants you to meet her today.



Planning on going to the movies today?

Sure you are. It's Saturday. It's also the countdown to the movie premiere Blood in the Lagoon at AMC Loews Fountains 18.

There're so many choices when it comes to things-to-do here in Houston. You've always made the choice to support something worthwhile. Well, this movie is one of them. Instead of traditional blockbuster cinema, why don't we support our own and actually learn something?

Children of the Diaspora, it behooves you to continue in awareness of what's going on with us home and abroad. Put our thinking caps on and come together and be the face of a new generation, one that encourages positive, better life for generations to come.

September 9, 2014

Movie premiere: Blood in the Lagoon


Join Msadaku and Trendy Africa during the exclusive premiere of movie Blood in the Lagoon starring Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, directed by Teco Benson, producer Jerry Padney. Premiere is slated to deliver major star power, this is your chance to mingle with them. Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there. Here's more info on the movie and premiere:

September 1, 2014

Pound of Flesh: the premiere.

Folks of Street Corner films have done it again, delivering another hillarous suspence thriller Pound of Flesh, the brainchild of duo Don Okolo and Nkem Denchukwu, a bridge between genres of Hollywood and Nollywood.  Movie lovers came out in drones to support it's premiere and the movie didn't dissapoint. You'd laugh very hard, you'd cry, you'd be dumb founded - combination I enjoy in movies. This dynamic duo is making Nollywood movies the way they ought to be made, well developed plot and story line, witty lines, impeacable comedic timing, enough suspence, great motion picture; this easily fits the bill as a high budget indie flick. 

August 25, 2014

The Latest: Africa Fashion Week Houston

Fashion is not just in New York, Paris and Milan anymore.

It's right here in Houston. Africa Fashion Week Houston just wrapped up at Ayva Center, August 14-16 2014. As usual, it's the pageantry of beautiful fabrics, models and the people that make them. African inspired fashion has rapidly gained momentum on a global scale. Once it started making it's way into the collections of acclaimed designers, there isn't a doubt African designs and print had gained a mainstay.

August 14, 2014

This idea is so Genius!

I really think so.  I'm talking about my recent discoveries: Uber and Lyft.   I swear I must have been living under a rock.  In the same world you and I live in everyday, you'd fit into one of these two categories: folks that wallow in self pity and complain about their lot in life, or those who come up with brilliant ideas and hence, their meal ticket.
Photo credit: Uber
I read an article recently about the legalizing of a ride share system in the city of Houston, this concept would not be new.  Turns out this had been well established in cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston and New York where they operate legally none the less, however, the taxi cab companies in Houston have fought tooth-and-nail against it—till now.

August 10, 2014

Basketmouth uncensored.

It's funny man and international sensation Basketmouth in the house at Ayva center, Houston Texas.  The venue was packed with no open seat and little standing room, surprisingly African Time or CPT did not apply here.  That's what happens when you've managed to garner loyal fans.  Basketmouth is welcomed by a rousing audience with roars and cheers to his very hilarious performance, every funny bone was struck.

July 21, 2014

In concert with Triple MG... Artists to watch.

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The date is July 12 2014, the venue is Ayva center, Houston Texas. Triple MG a.k.a Iyanya, Emma Nyra (its first lady), Tekno Miles—rising African music star, hit maker - Dance. Pleasantly surprised to learn about the young man that made the song anthem of 2014.  

July 14, 2014

Are you a D.E.E.V.A.S?

Rekana Sharon Ojong is the brain behind D.E.E.V.A.S—Different, Elegant, Eclectic, Versatile, Ambitious, Sassy.  As Creative director, she believes every individual woman represents one of these attributes and it drives her creativity.  "Be You" campaign is open to creative minds and collaborators, individuals with talent looking for an outlet.  Nigeria is brewing with much talent but not enough creative outlet.  There an individual is concerned with survival and not living their best life.  Even the creatives have additional challenges compared to the rest of the world.  In Nigeria, there are lots taken for granted in the Western world yet to be attained in the country.  The issue of unreliable power supply continue so pervasive and entrenched, it can be considered the culture there.  To a lot of us who can relate to our homeland and the outside world, we know how vital something as simple as having electricity is.  Along with that is another developing infrastructure—the internet.  This now vital commodity, easily accessible in most parts of the world can as well be considered a luxury in Nigeria, not everyone can afford it.  For those that can, they can't rely on a strong network signal.  So if you're doing business in Nigeria, these are factors to consider.
Sharon is pioneering individual creativity, helping to develop a culture that nurtures passion and dreams until it's fruition.  She kick starts Be You campaign in 2014 and with plans to make it seasonal.  This season showcases some young women that are creatives in their own right, among the people to watch.  Collaborators and partners are welcome.  This is a chance to show another facet of Nigeria on a global scale.

July 2, 2014

The corporate world yet to embrace Black hair.


An interesting video on Black hair in the workplace.  What's your experience as a Black woman with natural hair in a cooperate environment?  I could write a book about it.  The corporate world is yet to embrace us.  I get "I looove your hair, but it's just not appropriate..."

What defines "Appropriate hair?"  Is there a standard definition, or is there a standard, one that us black women have been made to abide by?

Black hair in Western society has long been a political movement.  This movement is far from over.  The world is yet to embrace the marvelous, luscious, big, and curly manes that is naturally bestowed upon us.  Kinky hair is here to stay.

Thanks for reading.
I appreciate you.
Love,
Msada.

July 1, 2014

"Pound of Flesh"


From the stables of Street corner films comes ''Pound of Flesh'', another effort by Nkem DenChukwu.This woman is constantly hard at work, I'm so proud of her.  Director is Don Okolo.  Keep it here for exclusive details of this movie.  Premiers August 23.

Thanks for reading.
I appreciate you.
Love,
Msada.

June 24, 2014

Check out Msada on Spice TV Africa!

Snowball is what happens, they say when you live your life—I mean, the life you're meant to live.  I decided to do what ever it is to be me.  Somehow, I've combined my different loves into a career path.  Funny, none of this is planned.  I wouldn't have thought five years ago, that I'll be living my best life, let alone, writing about it.
What a fabulous opportunity to be featured on TV! On Spice TV Africa that is.  I had a great time working with Spice TV Africa, bringing my motherland Spice Most sought after photographers.    Episode originally aired on June 6th.  Spice Most is an official countdown in everything fashion, pop culture and style and you can catch an episode on Spice TV Africa, on Africa's DSTV Channel 192, Fridays at 2.  Notable photographers highlighted (not all inclusive) were Obi Somto, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Hakeem Salaam, Seyi Isikalu, Emeka Okereke, Ty Bello.

June 23, 2014

June 20, 2014

"Excitement and Smiles!!! As Absolut VIP Ticket Winners Return from MAMAs"

 Did you catch the 2014 MAMAs?  The show was unforgettable.  African superstars are given a platform to shine and the performances where breathtaking.  In case you missed it, it was a mix of top American Superstars in music and movies rubbing shoulders, I am so proud of the children of my motherland.  Thanks to folks at Absolut Vodka Nigeria, I can bring you some of the gist, as they say about some of the VIP winners of Road to MAMAs who were there LIVE.  Read on below.
Clarence Peters (L), winner of the Innaugural Transform Today Award for his extraordinary work as a Film Director with Akintayo Akinseloyin (R), Brand Manager, Absolut Vodka Nigeria.

May 27, 2014

Live from Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2014

Just like a kid at the candy store, I found myself at this year's Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria.  As usual for a fashion show, it's models galore; crew that included stylists, make-up artists, loads of lights, camera, oglers, and most importantly the people that keep it all going smoothly—the backstage manager and model coordinator.

In my usual habit, I have a thing for lenses that flicker, especially my own.  So as usual, my lens flickered while I quietly observed.  One thing peculiar about models—they are consummate professionals in unflinching stances.  It's easy to mistake them for mannequins as they're all dolled up like so.  It's easy to forget: that's a human standing there, until one walks up to you in the restaurant while you're getting some lunch and says "Hi, I hope you're coming back?" And I say "Of course, I'm not going anywhere!"  How do you yank a kid away from a candy store?

August 25, 2013

Dark Girls.

Photo credit: madamenoire.com
I watched a documentary on OWN recently that focused on a particular human prejudice; one I've been oblivious to; to think of it even now, is absurd.  The documentary focused on the notion that there's not just racial prejudice, but one against different shades of brown skin color.  The fact that light skinned ethnic girls are preferred over their darker counterparts has been perpetrated for a long time.  At first I thought, as a dark skinned woman, not only do I have to worry about the lack of responsible, good looking Black guys out there, but now I have to worry that I might have missed out on potential good ones because they preferred a lighter skinned girl over me?

August 12, 2013

Azonto.



Totally in love with this song.  Antenna with Fuse ODG featuring Wyclef Jean.
Thanks for reading.
I appreciate you.
Love,
Msada.

April 8, 2013

The Real Housewives Club.

If you're like me, you're probably following the current Real Housewives franchise.  RHOA and RHOBH are my current favorites.  RHONY used to be a favorite being a former New Yorker and all, but they fell out of favor with all changes in cast members and cast aways (as I like to refer to former cast members [LOL]).  I believe New York currently have the greatest number cast members—too much going on, too many story lines to follow. In my opinion, Bravo replaced integral members of the show only to replace them with forgettable characters; their flavor isn't spicy enough.  Not sure Bravo's plan with these women.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills from L to R: Taylor, Kim, Lisa, Adrienne, Brandi, Yolanda and Kyle. Credit: Joe Pugliese/Bravo © NBC Universal, Inc.
I started watching this franchise before they became super popular and part of today's pop culture, back in 2007 with the OC housewives.  Back then, I would tell my family to check out this show called the "Real Housewives of Orange County" and they would tell me they never heard of it and I would tell them "it's on Bravo, is about the lives and misgivings of the rich and the elite; so called housewives, their spoiled children. They are quite hilarious actually, check them out."  It was interesting to know that in many ways the wealthy folk are just like the rest of us, with the exception of being able to afford a richer zip code (well, I wouldn't allow my 15 year old daughter to dress like a hooker, or buy 'em a brand new C-class Mercedes [but then I'm not rich!]).  Not long after I was hooked onto the OC housewives, Bravo introduced me to NY housewives.  Once the previews started showing, I thought:  Bravo certainly read my mind, I already wondered what it would be like shed light on the lives of the rich and the elite in the big apple.  So much happens in New York: Broadway, Museums, Galas, Fashion, Film....  Most executives live here, so many high rises with super expensive condos, so many districts; then the Hamptons—the rich and elite's playground.  I remember being there once, and like Jack Nicholson says to Amanda Peet in the movie "Somethings gotta give," I'd say "if you live within a mile o'here you're rich." Since this blog is not particularly about life in the Hamptons, I'll leave it at that, but google it if you want to learn more.

March 18, 2013

The "High note."

Super soul Sunday with Dr. Robin Smith and Oprah.  Credit: OWN, Youtube. 

I like this interview.

We all hold celebrities to very high standards; standards we ourselves, can't live up to.  If you didn't already know it before, you come to find out that celebrities hold themselves to the same standards, even when it becomes unrealistic.  I like how Dr. Smith analyzes MJ and Whitney's situation.  Although I think there's a lot more reasons behind the scenes, this is an important point to consider.

Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were starved for the "high note."  They want to top the phenomena they both created while still in their youth, but it wasn't meant to be.  They didn't realize this fact until too late.
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