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Crowns and Commerce: A Look at “Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa”

For centuries, the narrative of African leadership has been dominated by male figures. But the book, Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa by Nwando Achebe, shatters this limited view.

This groundbreaking work sheds light on the rich history of women’s power and influence across the continent.

Imagine a continent where women weren’t just wives and mothers, but rulers, wielding political clout and economic power. “Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa” brings these remarkable women to life. It delves into the lives of queens who governed their nations, wielding influence not just within their palaces, but across vast territories. We encounter merchant queens who controlled trade routes and amassed vast wealth, their business acumen shaping the economies of their societies.

The book’s brilliance lies in its focus on African sources and perspectives. Achebe challenges the notion that female leadership in Africa is a recent phenomenon. She reveals a long-standing tradition of women wielding power in diverse ways, from the spiritual to the political. This challenges stereotypical portrayals of African women and offers a more complete picture of the continent’s history.

“Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa” isn’t just about the past. It serves as a powerful inspiration for the present. By showcasing the achievements of these historical figures, Achebe demonstrates the vast potential of African women. It’s a message that resonates with anyone who aspires to leadership, regardless of gender.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in a more nuanced understanding of African history. It’s a compelling narrative that dismantles stereotypes and celebrates the achievements of extraordinary women. It’s a reminder that throughout history, African women have been architects of their communities, wielding influence and shaping destinies. They are queens, not just in title, but in their spirit and actions.

So, pick up a copy, embark on this journey through Africa’s rich past, and be inspired by the legacy of these remarkable women.

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The Eight Seconds Project Captures Black Excellence in Rodeo

For too long, the image of the cowboy has been a singular one – a white man on a horse, conquering the American West.

But photographer Ivan McClellan’s Eight Seconds Project shatters that stereotype, replacing it with a powerful narrative of resilience and skill: the story of the Black cowboy.

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Ivan McClellan

McClellan’s journey began in 2015 at an unexpected stop – an all-Black rodeo in Oklahoma. Witnessing the Black cowboy culture firsthand ignited a passion within him. Over the years, the Eight Seconds Project has transformed into a stunning visual testament to the enduring legacy of Black cowboys.

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Through his lens, McClellan captures the grit, grace, and unwavering spirit of these men and women. We see them not just riding bulls for eight seconds (the defining moment of a rodeo competition) but also training their horses, tending to their ranches, and living a life deeply connected to the land.

The Eight Seconds Project isn’t just about showcasing exceptional photography; it’s about rewriting the narrative of the Wild West. McClellan’s work has garnered the attention of well known Western brands like Stetson and Wrangler, helping to spread awareness and appreciation for Black cowboys on a national scale.

Eight Seconds Project

The Eight Seconds Project is a powerful reminder that the American West was, and continues to be, shaped by people of color. It’s a call to action to celebrate the richness of our heritage and redefine the cowboys we see on screen and in history books.

Eight Seconds Project

Pre-orders for the photobook, “Eight Seconds: Black Rodeo Culture,” featuring photographs by Ivan McClellan, are now open. The item is set to be released on April 30, 2024.

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12 Year-Old Vegan Chef Omari McQueen to Release First Cookbook

Vegan chef Omari McQueen—who is only 12 years old—will publish his first cookbook in January 2021. Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook will feature 30 easy-to-make plant-based recipes crafted by the young chef. “I don’t want animals to die or be eaten so I teach people my age to be vegan,”

McQueen, who went vegan at the age of 7, said in a recent mini-documentary. McQueen created his own vegan brand Dipalicious at eight years old after starting a YouTube channel where he filmed himself making a vegan pizza served with his own Caribbean Kick dip. Last year, McQueen hosted a Dipalcious pop-up restaurant in Croydon, United Kingdom, where he served a variety of vegan Caribbean-inspired fare.

The book will be published by media brand Scholastic UK, which acquired world publishing rights from literary agent Oscar Janson-Smith at Kruger Crowne. “Omari McQueen is inspirational. At just 12 years old, he has achieved so much.

His passion for food and cooking is irresistible,” Scholastic UK Publishing Manager Leah James said. “Children everywhere have been busy learning to cook during lockdown; we can’t wait for Omari to share his recipes, tips, and enthusiasm with a generation of children and their families. Omari is leading a new generation of ethical minded foodies into a more sustainable future.”

McQueen took to Instagram to thank all of his supporters for making his new cookbook possible. “I would like to thank everyone for all your love, support, and encouragement. I would also like to say thank you to the one and only @oscarjansonsmith you have had my back for years, you believed in me from the beginning and @krugercowne, @scholastic_uk for giving me a chance to share my passion to the world,” McQueen said. “Mummy and daddy, you’re the best a boy like me could have. Thank you to my siblings and family for being you—perfect 100 percent.”


Source: VegNews

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