The Kofo Collective Presents: 195 Lewis Oxford

195 Lewis

195 Lewis

195 Lewis is an independent web series project about a Black lesbian couple in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn striving to practice radical honesty in their (newly) polyamorous relationship. Join us Oxford for an exclusive screening of season one!

DATE AND TIME

Fri, May 5, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST

LOCATION

Investcorp Building, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

62 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK


Adm. Michelle Howard 1st African-American woman takes command of joint unit in Naples

Source: Stipes.com

Adm. Michelle Howard
Adm. Michelle Howard speaks to reporters from NATO Joint Allied Force Command headquarters in Lago Patria, Italy, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, after assuming its command and the command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Steven Beardsley/Stars and Stripes STEVEN BEARDSLEY/STARS AND STRIPES

Adm. Michelle Howard took the reins of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and NATO Allied Force Joint Command here on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and African-American to assume command of the joint billet.

The four-star Navy command covers maritime operations in Europe and most of Africa. The NATO command, one of two operational headquarters in the alliance, with the Netherlands’ JFC Brunssum, is responsible for planning and executing NATO missions. It has operational command of the NATO mission in Kosovo, known as KFOR.

Read the full story on the Stars and Stripes website.


 

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017 Instagram contest & Annual Show

 Afro Hair & Beauty

AFRO HAIR & BEAUTY LIVE LAUNCHES

#AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP

INSTAGRAM HAIRSTYLIST COMPETITION

Calling all hairstylists promoting your work on Instagram! Are you #AHBL’S next top hairstylist? Do you have what it takes to be Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE’s Instagram Hair Stylist 2017? Get your photographs ready for the launch of #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP our brand new Instagram hairstylist competition! For a chance to get through to the finals taking place at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE on Sunday 28th May 2017 and win great prizes for your business. Bring your A-game styling skills, fresh to death photographs, follow our Instagram account @afrohairandbeautylive and don’t forget to include the hashtag #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP

Here’s What You Need To Do

Upload your photographs onto your Instagram profile, follow @afrohairandbeautylive and let us know that you’re entering by using #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP. The photographs with the most likes will be the lucky finalists going forward to the main competition. Judging will take place on  Sunday 28th May at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017.

  • All entrants must upload pictures to their own Instagram profile, include the hashtag #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP and follow @afrohairandbeautylive
  • Only photographs posted on Instagram using #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP with profiles following @afrohairandbeautylive will be eligible for entry.
  • All entrants must be the sole owner and originator of his/her entry.
  • Entrants must be able to attend the finals at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE on Sunday 28th May 2017
  • The competition is ONLY open to hairstylists based in the UK and Europe.
  • Keep up to date with competition updates by following our hashtags #AHBLIVE2017 and #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP
  • By entering this competition you agree to the rules above, as well as thefull terms and conditions listed on Black Beauty & Hair Magazine Website

AFRO HAIR & BEAUTY LIVE 2017

BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE 52 UPPER STREET LONDON N1

Afro Hair & Beauty

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017, the biggest and best show dedicated to black hair, beauty and lifestyle in Europe is back! The 36th edition kicks off with a bang on Spring Bank Holiday 28th & 29th May 2017 at Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street Islington London N1 0QH 

BRAND NEW: FOR MEN ONLY

Afro Hair & Beauty

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017 welcomes the launch of Afro Man the brand new destination for male grooming, hair and lifestyle products. Calling all barbers! Have you got what it takes to go into a barbering & beard styling battle? Sign up and get your clippers ready for up for Lusters SCurl Battle of the Barbers & Battle of The Beard Stylist competitions. Exciting news for hair loss sufferers, be amongst the first in the UK to see My Hair Bar’s exclusive live demonstration of The Man Weave technique, the non surgical hair unit for men. Men’s grooming product junkies, look out for skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters. 

HAIR, HAIR, HAIR!

NEW for naturals. From the USA, Monique Rodriguez of global and viral sensations Mielle Organics, and organic haircare lines Camille Rose and Carol Brown’s O’Natreal. Look out for Tangle Teezer are back with their popular hairbrush lines Thick & Curly and Blow-Styling. Get ready to slay that lace front, learn how to make wigs at home on your sewing machine and treat yourself to the latest wear and go hairstyles at the Wig Boutique. Don’t forget to pick up your goodies and give-aways to take home from Design Essentials, Hawaiian Silky, Vitale Olive Oil, Crème of Nature, Lottabody, Sofn’free and GroHealthy. 

#NewFaceofPink

Afro Hair & Beauty

Could you be the next #NewFaceofPink? Head over to the Lusters stand and enter the Face of Pink competition brought to you by Lusters Face of Pink in collaboration with Black Beauty & Hair Magazine. Lusters Education Team will also be on hand demonstrating styling techniques, hair analysis and tips on how to keep your hair healthy. 

FEED YOUR SKIN

Feed your skin with Phyto Botanicals the premium hair and skin care range of oils, balms, soaps and body scrubs. DivaWorld will be at the show with tips on how to achieve flawless beautiful skin free from artificial, colourings and perfumes.  Mature skin will love Aviela, visit their stand and experience the nourishing, softening and anti-aging powers of Shea butter. 

GLAM SQUADS

Afro Hair & Beauty

For beauty at your fingertips, the glam squadess’ will be on hand with make-up and brushes for your kit. Brand NEW to #AHBLIVE black|Up Paris for women of colour, be sure to get in line for free makeovers, goody bags and make-up masterclasses. ONES TO WATCH, straight from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar UK Peach & Pearl, showcase their beautiful range of rose-gold vegan make-up brushes. Hit Congolese make up brand Kitoko, will demonstrate how to rock their matt liquid lipsticks. Try before you buy and get the perfect shade for your skin tone. 

STYLE + BOOTIQUE

Afri Hair & Beauty

The Afro Chic Boutique and catwalk will once again showcase clothing and accessories from U.K, European and African designers. Sponsored by Palmer’s, this year’s show will be edgy with creative street style looks styled by Chi-Chi Chinakwe, with hair by award winning My Hair Bar and make up looks by Kitoko. Look out for your favourites Afrocentric850, Aso-Global, Eldimaa and more!

Afro Hair & Beauty

FREE SEMINARS

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE FREE Seminars is our exciting education hub brought to by trusted experts and professionals. Get in line to be motivate, inspire and empower your hair and beauty routine. Arise and Shine Cosmetics and Restored Naturally bring you the Real Hair Food seminar on nutrition for healthy hair growth. What’s your hair type? Find out at the Get To Know Your Hair Type with Cantu. Multi award winning hair stylist and colourist Victoria Akuagwu of Ziuzo. Tickets to all seminars are free, so get in line early to secure your seat. With so much variety, new brands and great quality products there’s something for everyone at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE. 

Keep up to date, follow our hashtags #AHBLive2017 #AHBLAfroMan

Instagram @afrohairandbeautylive l Facebook  @AHBLive l Twitter @afrohairshow

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017 are on sale via Black Beauty & Hair Magazine. Adults and children over 5 are £14 on the door or £12 in advance.

Y’Akoto – Mermaid Blues

Y’Akoto’s New Album

Y'Akoto

Bio from 2014

Y’AKOTO

Letting go. Backpedalling. Taking a deep breath, The easiest things are often the most difficult ones to do.

But in the supposed banality of these things lies the danger of losing oneself on the surface and forgetting them. It’s that simple.

Even Y’akoto, an artist known for her level-mindedness, is not immune from this danger. Particularly because the past two years were so exciting, eventful and grand that one can forget the little things on top very quickly. After all, Y’akoto was praised by the music press as giving a new voice to the legacy of such singers as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and without further ado, she launched a new genre called
Soul Seeking Music with her combination of folk, pop and singer-songwriter soul with an African touch.Not to forget the countless shows where Y’akoto performed with such established artists as Erykah Badu, Nneka, Asa and Joy Denalane. And her first headline tour of her own that not only included dates in Germany, but also in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna.

Even now, “BabyBlues” is still making an international impact. The album was just released in the USA in February. The track “Diamonds” is featured in the new Steve Pink film “About Last Night” and is included on the international soundtrack. And in Italy, “Without You” is climbing in the national single and airplay charts.

However, despite all of these formative events and wonderful experiences, Y’akoto remains driven by insecurity. She is still searching: for the answers to all of the countless questions about life, for the best song and, not least of all, for herself.

“I have accepted insecurity as part of my life. That’s me, I’m insecure, not always, but
sometimes, and I express my insecurity in my art.”

Therefore Y’akoto has made the best of this and made her insecurity the leitmotif of her new album. And this was a good decision. In the end, her growing insecurity is largely due to the situation that she has become more open, reveals more of herself and questions things more often. Her inconstancy doesn’t come from a lack of self-confidence, but from the courage to make herself vulnerable through her music. For
instead of writing her pains away from her soul, Y’akoto writes herself into the pain in her soul and tries to take command of the general disorientation of the world by musical means. “I let all kinds of expressions pass right through my system. I don’t let it pass through a filter, instead I just take it, there for, I feel a lot without judging. I used to protect myself against that. I even intoxicated myself, smoked some weed, but now I’m interested in the entire experience of ‘feeling'”.

Y’akoto has grown, not only musically, but also as a person. While her previous album was mainly defined by anger, sadness, defiance and cynicism, the helplessness that accompanies these feelings is transformed on “Moody Blues” to the urge for change.The fear of emotional injuries has given way to genuine care for
the needs of her fellow human beings. The thoughtless focus on one’s self has made room for a sincere interest in the world’s problems. “Through real confrontation with life and people, I feel like I’ve come a little closer to myself. I could have chosen to be mentally isolated from everyone and everything, or I could have just leaned into life and rely or trust the people around me. I don’t want to be totally independent, I want to trust and love even if that makes me more vulnerable. Being more vulnerable makes me stronger.”

Read her full bio.

Visit Y’Akoto’s website.


 

5 power foods that every pregnant woman should eat

pregnant woman

Pregnancy is the most special feeling for women. So, the sustenance should be unique as well. It’s very much important to maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy as your little one eats what you eat. So, won’t you like to serve the best and healthiest foods to him? Of course, you would, right!! Then you shouldn’t just eat anything. During this time, your body needs additional vitamins and nutrients. In fact, consuming 300-500 extra calories is the must!

Nowadays, there are various kinds of exclusive top quality pregnancy supplements like folic acid tablets, multivitamins, etc. available in the market. These products would do wonders for the mom-to-be working ladies who don’t get much time to prepare the healthy recipes due to the hectic work schedules. These are easy to take, handy and will certainly fill up the blanks in their diet. Moreover, these supplements are the great add-ons in the healthy diet of the pregnant ladies.

But these supplements are not that cheap! However, If you’re one among such women who is expecting your baby soon, then there’s good news for you! Just check this boots.com promo offers page, and you can find a hell lot of ways to eat healthily & save your bucks as well.

Now, when you’ve got a basic idea of how good are supplements for you, how can I forget about the major supernatural pregnancy foods? Of course, the real ones are outstandingly good! So, here I’ve listed out the seven must-take nutritious foods for the pregnant women.

1.Dairy products

During the pregnancy period, you must intake extra calcium and protein as these elements are must for a growing fetus. There are two types of high-quality protein present in the dairy products. They are whey and casein. Dairy is one of the best dietary sources of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, etc.

Are you fond of yoghurt? Then, especially you should go for greek yoghurt! It is particularly advantageous for pregnant women as it contains more calcium than all other dairy products. This type of yoghurt also include the probiotic bacteria that supports digestive health.

2.Eggs

When it comes to healthy foods, eggs are the ultimate ones. It contains a little bit of all the nutrients needed by a pregnant woman. Do you know how much calories you intake with an egg in your breakfast? It’s 77 calories!! You also get some high-quality protein and fat. It also contains many vitamins and minerals. Eggs are also a great source of choline which is responsible for brain development. So, if you go through a low choline intake during pregnancy, then it will possibly lead to decreased brain function of your yet to come baby.

3.Green veggies

The greens like spinach, broccoli, kale, etc. contain various useful vitamins and minerals like the vitamin- C, vitamin-K, vitamin-A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium which are extremely beneficial for the pregnant women. This is not the end, these green foods contain a huge amount of antioxidants that makes our immune and digestive system work pretty well.

4.Fish liver oil

This special oil is made up of oily liver of fish which is known as cod. Fish liver oil is an excellent source of omega-3-fatty acids like EPA and DHA which are needed for foetal eye and brain development. It is also a very good source of Vitamin D which is very essential to maintain your baby’s bone health. Are you allergic to seafood? Well, many of us are. But, that makes you deficient in Vitamin D. So, that’s when fish liver oil makes up for all the deficiencies, and you get enough of this vitamin in your body.

5.Dried Fruits

Different kinds of dried fruits are high in calories, vitamins, and minerals. One piece of dried fruit will give you the same amount of nutrients as a whole fresh fruit, just without water in a much smaller form. And as there is no water, it is very good for you pregnant ladies because you need to maintain the water balance to avoid excessive swelling up of your body. But, make sure you avoid the candid varieties to prevent excessive intake of sugar.

You’ve to usually pay some really good amount to buy a pack of dried fruits as these are processed ones and ready to serve edibles with high benefits. But, now you can purchase the exotic varieties of dried fruits and other groceries at affordable rates. For that, you just have to use the exciting deals from the leading grocery stores in the UK which are available all together at Vouchershops.co.uk. So, what are you waiting for? Make the smart move and snap up your saving.

I’m sure, the foods mentioned above will help you to lead a healthy and happy pregnancy. So, enjoy chomping these foods and pamper the most precious version of your life – Motherhood.

Author bio:
Henry Veno is a content marketer at VoucherShops, a leading online vouchers providing website. He is a thought leader in the realm of content marketing and strategy and relishes inditing about Technology, Marketing & perpetual Industry trends. He’s a techy geek and loves to explore latest happenings.


 

US tax help for Americans in Europe

Source: Taxes for Expats

expat tax

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
No matter where you reside – you must file. All US citizens and Green Card holders must (if they meet minimum filing thresholds) file an annual tax return reporting their worldwide income.

 

expat tax

While all must file – most don’t owe. The good news is that most expats don’t end up paying any taxes to the IRS. There are many tax deductions available which allow taxpayers to deduct more than $100,000 from their taxable income. But – they must continue to file. Failure to do so can lead to penalties.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT EXPAT RETURNS?

Head hurting? Want to know more? What expert help? Get in touch with Taxes for Expats. They have lots of tools on their website and offer a free phone consultation.