Friday, 12 October 2007

Hot Event - Shemelis Desta's Ethiopian Archive 13 Sep-11 Nov 2007

From Emperor to Military Dictator: Shemelis Desta's Ethiopian Archive (1963-1982) at The Photographer's Gallery. (FREE EXHIBITION)

From the early 60’s until deposition Desta was Haile Selassie’s, Emperor of Ethiopia 1930 – 1974, official court photographer. During this time he took photographs of State leaders, including a youthful Queen Elizabeth II, paying their respects. Following the infamous 1974 military coup and subsequent deposition of the Emperor, Desta continued to record government activity under the rule of the military dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. Desta captured the colourful pageantry of state military processions as well as a state visit from Fidel Castro.

This exhibition celebrates the discovery of a monumental archive whilst telling the story of two amazing eras from a country renowned for its rich culture, tradition and history.
The Photographer's Gallery presents a selection of images from the archive of the Ethiopian court photographer, Shemelis Desta. Click here to download Exhibition Notes for schools and families.More

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All images © Shemelis Desta / Courtesy Autograph ABP

Hot Events - Black History Month

Yes! It is that time of the year, time to look back and reflect on our history, time to see what what we can learn from our history, and most certainly time to appreciate the journey that has brought us to where we are today and perhaps reflect on the future. BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Please see below for a list of events lined up to broaden our knowledge, entertain and inspire us...

1) Starlight Cinema: Celebrating Sidney Poitier Every Wednesday throughout Black History Month (FREE) Celebrate London Borough of Tower Hamlets Black History Month with the finest films of Sidney Poitier. One of Hollywood's most beloved and talented actors, Poitier's prolific career includes groundbreaking performances and politically charged roles. Admire his critically acclaimed performance as the handsome suitor in "Guess who's Coming to Dinner?" or as Virgil Tibbs, police detective, in "In the Heat of the Night. " Every Wednesday in October will offer the opportunity to relax under the stars in the East Wintergarden and enjoy a meal and a movie. Doors 7:00pm, screenings start 7:30pm East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf Admission Free.

African Film Festival, 11 October 2007 to 14 October 2007
A season celebrating FESPACO, Africa's biggest film festival (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) with film screenings, Q&A's with directors and live storytelling. Institut Francais, 17 Queensbury Place, South Kensington SW7 2DT. Telephone 020 7073 1350.

3) Celebrating Africa, 14 October 2007 (FREE) Enjoy showcase performances by African cultural groups and artists from Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, a film screening of `The Story of Saharawis', toy-making workshops and African inspired T-shirt printing. Plus film and a round table discussion on children and modern day slavery. In collaboration with Celebrating Africa. Suitable for families.
Free event no booking required - just turn up 12pm to 5.30pm Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL.

4) Film screening: `Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word', Wednesday 17 October 2007 (FREE)This award winning documentary explores questions and issues around the derogatory 'N' word. It breaks down the word chronologically from its first use in history up to Hip-Hop's influence on its acceptance and commercialisation. The film will be introduced by the director Bhavna Malkani and followed by a Q&A session. Central Library, Lecture Theatre, Phillimore WalkW8 7RX.

5) Black Music: the Mission and the Message – Free concerts at City Hall
A series of intimate concerts exploring the historical development, contribution and impact of various genres of black music: rap, reggae, jazz, gospel, spoken word. Friday 1 October (Launch)Thursday 7 October (Gospel)Wednesday 13 October (Jazz Fusion)Thursday 21 October (Reggae)Time: 6 - 9.30pmPlace: City Hall

6) Emergence-See! Featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation and song, Daniel Beaty portrays an amazing cast of over 40 characters who collide in an urgent, witty and moving exploration of what it means to be free.Written and performed by Daniel Beaty @ RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, STUDIO 2, Crisp RoadHammersmith London W6 9RL. Emergence-See! will run at Riverside Studios from October 10 - November 2.

Winners 2... The Rise & Rise of Black British Entrepreneurs 30 Oct:The British Library on Oct 30, will mark Black History Month by hosting a celebration of the contribution of Black British ENtrepreneurs in the UK today. Guest speakers will include: Kanya King, founder of the MOBO awards; Levi Roots, singer and creator of Reggae Reggae Sauce; Dutton Adebayo journalist and founder of The XPress 'best-selling' book publishers; and Sam Gyimah, serial entrepreneur and former winner of the CBI Real Business Entrepreneur of the Future award. "The event will be an opportunity for you to field questions to the panel, network, make contacts ...and share / gain inspiration".

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Dbanj - Loke

Dbanj is the Hot Artist rocking our office stereo this month. We cant get enough of this one!! But the songs have split hot babes as we cannot agree on what song should be at the top of the list.

Well I'm writing this blog today and my top three choices are:

Top 3 tracks

  1. Tono sibe

  2. Loke

  3. Why Me

I cannot even begin to start writing the lyrics to Tono Sibe cause I don't have a clue what he is singing about but I love it, the song is seriously addictive.

Dbanj was nominated for Best African act, at the MOBOs this year but lost to stiff competitor 2face Idibia. We reckon he can grab the title off 2face next year if he keeps this up. So our msg to you DBanj is 'Stay HOT with the music!'

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Show Your Support

Think Pink: October is national awareness month for Breasts Cancer
Many shops have collaborated and come up with limited products to support the campaign.
So this October, when you hit the stores Think Pink!! Pink is the colour used for breast cancer logo, and thankfully many women today see the logo and know what the pink ribbon stands for.
Items purchased form this selection will provide donations from as little as 10% to certain companies donating as much as 100% of the proceeds to Foundation's of Women's Cancer Research Fund. The proceeds will support innovative research, education, and outreach directed at the development of more effective approaches to early diagnosis and prevention of breast cancer and all women's cancers.
Show your support and start shopping now we have listed a few links to take you right there


Friday, 5 October 2007

Evening treats

We recommend you spoil yourself with a Dvd and some fancy desert. If your too lazy to whip up one just stick indulge yourself with ice cream, lost to choose from out there personal favorite 'Haagen-dazs' cookies n cream!

Dvd choices
  1. Spider man III
  2. 300
  3. Little miss sunshine


Hot Scent

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Omnia is an intensely oriental fragrance which contains precious oriental spicy notes, such as saffron, ginger, black peppercorn and cardamom. These are the notes which give Omnia an intense, rich and seductive flavour.

This is truly HotBabes favourite perfume, and we share with you nothing but the best!

The perfect gift for friend or partner... or to treat oneself {wink}

It can be found at any store, check the beautiful packaging ( no of course we don't keep the box)