Multi Cultural African Beauty

Sade, Thandie Newton and MCCN Healthy Living Editor Fatima Fofana are beautiful women who reflect the cultural diversity of Africa.  Boris is one beautiful man of direct African heritage.  People often speak of Africa like it is a country when it is indeed a continent.  There is a tendency not to give the countries their respected identities.  One does not liken Italy to England.  They are very different.

Thandie Newton: Born in England, her birth name is Thandiwe Adjewa Newton.  The actress was born to a  Zimbabwean mother and English father.  There is irony in Thandie birth name. Years ago she co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in Beloved. Her name Thandiwe, means “beloved” in Swazi and Zulu.  Newton studied Anthropology and Archaelogy.  Zimbabwe Traditions:  The different cultures which may include beliefs and ceremonies, one of them being Shona.  Zimbabwe’s largest ethnic group is Shona.

Thandie Newton at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, South Africa

Sade:  Born in Nigeria,  her birth name is Helen Folasade Adu.  The singer was born to a Nigerian father and English Mother.  Nigerian Culture:  Nigeria (naija) has been called “the heart of African music” because of its role in the development of West African highlife and palm-wine music, which fuses native rhythms with techniques imported from the Congo, Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere.

Boris Kodjoe: Beauty is both male and female, Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician.  The actor was born of Jewish lineage.  People Magazine recognized him as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.  Ghana Culture:  Ghana is an ethnically diverse country; thus, Ghanaian culture is a mixture of all its ethnic groups, the Ashanti, Fante, Akyem, Kwahu, Ga, Ewe, Mamprusi and Dagomba, among others. It is most evident in Ghanaian cuisine, the arts and clothing.

  

Fatima Fofana: Born in Sierra Leone to a Gambian father and mother from Sierra Leone.  In addition to being MCCN’s healthy living editor, she is part owner of Spectrum Entertainment the parent company of the Multi Cultural Cooking Network. Visit MCCN’s Healthy Living SectionSierra Leone Tradition:   Media in Sierra Leone began with the introduction of the first printing press in Africa at the start of the nineteenth century. A strong journalistic tradition developed with the creation of a number of newspapers.

Kwanzaa: Remembering Who Paved the Way

Kwanzaa is celebrated among many African Americans.  Please check our Food history section at http://multiculturalcooking.net to learn more about the celebration.  The video from the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Event covered by http://Looktothestars.org is an excellent piece featuring numerous celebs recognizing the achievements of Diane Carroll, Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson.  Others speak to the issue of accepting the responsibility of being a role model.  Look To The Stars talks to Tatyana Ali, Bill Duke, Tyrese Gibson, Tichina Arnold, Laila Ali, Taraji P. Henson, Audra McDonald and Quincy Jones about inspirational black women in Hollywood.  Enjoy this video which celebrates African American culture and achievement.

The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  See the delicious foods which the Beverly Hills has to offer(YWCA Ball):

http://www.multiculturalcooking.net/en2/news/galasevents

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