Love Letters To Myself

I write love letters to myself;

You’re beautiful & highly revered.

I write love letters to myself;

You’re amazing, you cannot be compared.

I write love letters to myself;

Chin up queen, cause you know you’re gonna win.

I write love letters to myself;

Your best is yet to come,

so sit tight! Have some fun!

I write love letters to myself

& yes it’s cliché, but so is writing love letters to yourself.

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Melodramatic Bae

Silent 🔕 night,

Sounds of thumbs on sapphire glass break the silence between 📤messages📥.

Emotionally charged and emoji pasted messages span the space between us.

Damn. 🆘️

So much lost in transit,

The stories are true,

Love does fade,

The days do change,

Long distance, or out of range,

Out of touch, or out of emotional space,

Depressing waves crash, must wade

The thoughts of what if start to cascade

Never ever, becomes never again

Anger arrives, regret on its tail

Memories are lost,

Stories start to change,

A message arrives,

Thumbs open the gate,

My love was asleep

God help me, 🆘️

Sincerely,

Melodramatic Bae

Support the Artist: Marjory Yeko Jewitt

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Meet Marjory Jewitt 

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According to Marjory, she has always had a knack for creativity. An Arts & Psychology major in college, she fell full on into the arts by simply; doodling in her spare time.

I have always been creative, or rather always had an eye for textures, color. During my degree I just started doodling & the doodles turned into these pieces I now do!”

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Marjory stands out to us because although, this “afrocentric” style of drawing has become increasingly mainstream, she stays authentic & true to herself by studying directly from the sources of her inspiration.

Marjory is from Uganda –but based in London– she’s heavily influenced by her culture & it is expressed in her art. She also uses her culture as fuel to continue to learn & evolve in her creative style.

Yeko. Creative was born from Marjory’s bravery to explore her passion.

A lot of her pieces are in black & white;

Although she does add minimal color to projects.

The real awe & beauty is in the intricacy in each stroke of her lines.

Yeko Art is uplifting to the soul through the eyes. Any observer can see it’s intention of celebrating black women & black art.

I create as a form of self care, it is hugely carthartic to me. I don’t really plan when I draw, just sit and create.. what ever comes, comes.

& she pretty much utilizes any material as a canvas, panels, including the human body;

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Yeko Art was invited to do just that; use the human body for a canvas, at the provocatively named Nyegenyege Fest.

Hosted by MTN, Nyegenyege Fest is considered the biggest international  music festival in Eastern Africa. The 4-day long camping festival located in Junga, Uganda is a one of a kind curation known for its unique afropolitan party vibe.

To support Yeko Art & Marjory Jewitt, you can purchase some cool merch.

What’s even better?

If there’s a specific piece of art you want on an item she could possibly make it happen.

She can also commission your tattoo art;

How cool is that?

Marjory Jewitt documents her journey in art on @yeko.creative ‘s instagram account.

In the highlights you can watch her verstility as an artist & have a peek into her creative process.

Support Yeko Art.

remember,

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Support the Artist: Kelechi 

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Preview Some Artists Telling New Stories.

 

Meet Kelechi 

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Pronounced (Kay – lay – chi), watch out for 28 year-old Marietta, Georgia-native & in case it wasn’t obvious; he’s Nigerian.

Born in the US to Nigerian immigrant parents, Kelechi Emeonye raps about the challenges he had finding his niche & place; an experience lots of immigrant families can relate with.

Through song, he shares his experiences living in a constantly dualistic mindset. His household was very much Igbo but outside the walls of his house was America.

You can’t serve two masters but you have two homes”

Hear thoughts mimicking these sentiments on Immigrant Son – Kelechi Ft. Ikey, Phay & Ezi.

With lyrics like; “Strange, growing up I was ashamed House smelling like fufu, kid with the funny name”

Kelechi gives life to new stories that seldom get told, utilizing Rap as a medium. Telling the story of a 1st generation immigrant child trying to assimilate &  find his identity. 

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Kelechi 1st popped on the map in 2015. He was the winner of the Green Label Sound contest sponsored by Mountain Dew.

Along with this win came a $50,000 grant from Mountain Dew with the Green Label to produce an album. Before the Quarter.

However, sonically sound immigrant stories aren’t all Kelechi is capable of.

He also hints on the trials of growing up in a dysfunctional African household in his rhymes.

Due to this win, He had the opportunity to find himself  on the legendary Sway in the morning show.  

Trust us, skip to {14:37}

Someone said he sounds like the legendary Tupac.

What are your thoughts? 

Reachin’ – Kelechi Ft. Trinidad James is another banger to give a listen. 

Kelechi is unlike any rapper on the radio & rightfully so… cause he fits right, just here with us as WhoToldYou focuses on raw talent. 

Kelechi continued to focus on his drive & passion, dropping His debut album in 2016.

He found himself on Chicago-native Chance The Rapper‘s radar, opening up a show for him.

Kelechi released his 2nd album in 2017 titled; Quarter Life Crisis.

He purposefully sticks to the “Quarter” theme in his album titles, signifying getting to the paper. Quarters in a coin purse, quarter before the million. The quarter in football –which he played in highschool–  is the warm-up &  his first album was just that; a warm up, get acquainted with fans & connect with them.  

Flowers – Kelechi is the intro song on the album. Kelechi soliloquies about his life experiences as a young black up & coming artist.

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He cleverly plays with a classic children’s bed prayer incorporating it into his introspective lyrics.

Now I lay, Now I lay down to sleep
I’m prayin’ to heaven my soul to keep

His music is relevant to the times.

On; I ain’t shit –  Kelechi . He raps about the struggles of being the proverbial fuck boy.  Spitting a Tinder dating profile that fits the requirements too. 

 

Our all time favorite listen from his catalogue has to be; Play With My Hair – Kelechi. A modern-day rap love song, covering all the topics from love & acceptance from your partner to self-love. Kelechi beautifully expresses intimacy with this song as he asks his melanin queen to play with his locks. 

He said choosing music was difficult for him at first. He was afraid to disappoint his Nigerian mum. Switching majors 3 times in college; from Radiology to English, before summoning the courage to follow his path & happiness; music. 

Kelechi‘s  creative process is “going with the flow”. Asides from writing his own lyrics, Kelechi mixes & produces his music as well. This way, he his able to avoid the pressures a booked & rigged time-sensitive studio session can cause. 

Kelechi has released 2 mixtapes too, titled; Woke Up to Winter & Mama.  

He is a supporter of Black women & the culture. & he proves that by constantly removing himself from problematic situations which could read the wrong way in the message he is trying to convey to his fans. 

We stan a king in touch with his base. 

Don’t sleep on Kelechi. Just remember; WhoToldYou

remember,WE TOLD YOU

Sure, you’re mainstream but we want you in the know!

The Last Time

Nothing like the last time,
Until the last time,
This time could be the last time,
At a time I visited the last time,
Unaware It was the last time,
Nothing like the last time,
Until the last time,
Do right this time,
Do better next time,
Feelings from a different time
Last time
To be felt from time
To be felt a last time.

Cheers to:
The Last Time.

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Meet Adebayo Oke-Lawal 

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The “Orange Nerd” featured in Forbes 30 under 30 –2018– & C.E.O of Orange Culture Nigeria. It seems like there’s nothing this look-god can’t accomplish & it all started with a passion for fashion.

Lawal says he was always in a love affair with fashion. Creative from a young age, He became enamoured with this passion at age 10 after a small fashion boutique in Nigeria took him seriously; they actually made his sketches for display.

At the age of 17 Lawal began to brand himself as the “Orange Boy”. Creating a space & community of non-conforming people tired of the boxed-in, binary traditional, stereotypical fashion tied in Nigeria’s rigid & hyper-masculine societal culture.

Thanks Colonizers !

In 2011 the Orange Culture Fashion house was born!

img_5591Established to be a genderless fashion house, showcasing universal African aesthetics. Adebayo Oke-Lawal  draws from his traditional culture by incorporating bright colors & bold patterns in his designs, all while simultaneously creating daring –to the Nigerian culturestatement pieces.

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& he’s serious about his art; meticulous with his craft.

The majority of his fabrics are locally sourced, made by local artisan fabric makers. Lawal‘s  designs with intent, when approching designs he thinks;

How does it feel against your skin, does it make you feel creative, beautiful & sensual?” -Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Orange Culture -the androgynous fashion house- has already broken out of the mold and continues to trailblaze as one of Africa’s most adventurous & daring fashion houses. Displaying pieces in London, Paris & Lagos fashion week. With glowing write-ups & worldwide acknowledgement from media houses like; TheNewYorkTimes, CNN, Elle & Vogue… just to name a few.

So know a bad bitch when you see one!

Be inspired & dare to dream. Adebayo Oke-Lawal is an example that with hardwork, passion & consistency, you’ll light up the world.

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Because of this we stan.

Meet Selly Raby Kane

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Considered Senegal’s most famous fashion designer Selly Raby Kane has quickly developed a solid name for herself in the fashion industry. But it’s wasn’t a straight & direct path. Like most African kids pressured to be great, Kane was cajoled into a career in law by her parents, agreeing to attend Law School in France. This however, became a blessing in disguise for Kane, as most of her initial work pulled deep influences from the country.

img_5588Kane describes her experience Paris as a “social immersion”. She studied at Mod’spe, where she earned her Masters degree & began making clothes in her spare time. Kane was also inspired by urban designers, in particular “Invader” a graffiti artist who draws inspiration from arcade games. Selly Raby Kane graduated in 2011 & brought the knowledge back home with her to Senegal. Penetrating the new Senegalese fusion fashion scene was the mission. 

 She debuted her first collection in 2012. Showcasing her avantgarde creative style. She featured rich batik patterns with PVC cutouts on shoulders & quilted, textured fabric. Kane’s design style embraces the “fusion” in the Senegalese wave of fashion by deconstructing traditional Senegalese garments, to reassemble them into a new & extremely  unique aesthetic. Kane uses traditional Senegalese tailoring techniques while unapologetically incorporating the foreign influences from her world travels. “Alien Cartoon” her next collection was released in 2014. The idea was spun when Kane saw some macro photographs of insects & sea fauna. It was later featured in Dakar’s old train station which was converted into an alien city for the occasion.

Selly Raby Kane got even more exposure when the queenBeyoncé– was spotted donning one of her custom designs in 2016.

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She was able to access an even bigger audience, and now provides services to a huge influx of more high-profile regulars. The 31-year-old considers herself a recluse, always creating in her studio in Dakar, Senegal.

Her recent designs utilize a lot of traditional Senegalese tailoring techniques. She taught herself how to make jackets & shirts using the Njakhas -patchwork of baye-, obtained from the Sufi sect in Senegal known for their Technicolor vibrant robes.

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Kane is so out of the box, anything! Can be used as a piece for her designs, even hair!

Kane considers her own personal style Senegalese punk rock. When asked about her jacket designs she’s quoted saying; “when I work on jackets, I don’t think about gender at all. Most of the (non-seasonal) products of the brand are unisex“. Check her out pieces out on sellyrabykane.com

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The Void

I feel nostalgic

I miss the void

The days I was in my mother’s womb

Waiting to bloom.

Enveloped in the velvet cocoon I called home

Home, the place I long to be

Sometimes I wish I never left my mother’s womb

Where I was safe and away from this treacherous place we call earth.

Underneath her skin there was a human

A human with a purpose

And as I walk this earth I am still yet to figure that out.

And so I miss the void.

A place where darkness prevailed but light transcended.

A place where right and wrong had no chance, couldn’t take a stance,

Neutral.

I feel nostalgic.

Yemi Otukoya