Fashion Week isn't just in New York and Paris anymore. The week where
designers show off their newest wares for the season, has reached
Soweto, South Africa. The late May event was actually only three days and it showcased 16
local designers. Thanks to Soweto Fashion Week organizer Stephen Manzini, designers had their chance in the spotlight. And Manzini promised the eager crowd the event will
continue to grow over the coming years.
In 1920, Oscar Micheaux became the first African-American to produce a
feature-length film (The Homesteader). In 1931, he made the sound
feature-length film (The Exile), the first such by an African American.
Black filmmakers have since been following suit.
In the new book American Tapestry: The Story of
the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Rachel L. Swarns uncovers
the family history of the first African-American first lady of the
US, the first in that role to be the descendant of slaves. At
the same time, she reveals the complexities of Black life in America.
For American Tapestry not only reflects the lives of four generations of
a Black family, it also reflects the cultural and political history of