Thursday, June 26, 2008

NELSON MANDELA'S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

TONS of Afro/Naija events went down since I last updated. So what happened??! Well I suggest that you continue reading to find out. Former South African president Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebration had the who's who in Hollywood in attendance. Naomi Campbell partnerned up with Ozwald Boateng and Nduka Obaigbena for this year's ThisDay music/fashion festival in Nigeria.


Photos: WIREIMAGE

Celebrity guests at Mandela's birthday included Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Naomi Campbell, Leona Lewis, Forest Whitaker, Keisha Whitaker, Lewis Hamilton, Nicole Scherzinger, and Bill Clinton.



Best dressed couple has to be Will & Jada in Monique Lhuiller. (Denzel's wife wore a Prada skirt .) Lady O look divine and regal...but when does she not?!?

Of course Nelson's wife was right by his side during the photo sessions at London's Hype Park.




Aww...
Photos: WIREIMAGE

Nduka Obaigbena alongside Naomi Campbell (in a YSL jacket and Chloe shades) and fashion designer Ozwald Boateng had a photocall at Royal Albert Hall in London.




Nduka happens to be the media guru behind the highly successful ThisDay music festival in Nigeria. Our great friend Bella Naija has a fabulous must-see video from the photocall session. The event supported Nelson Mandela's 46664 charity organization/annual concert event.

Ozwald is best known for dressing up Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, and many others to name a few. I love that green suit of his.

Photos: WIREIMAGE

Speaking of Naomi, Stereohyped reported that there's unsettling conflict between her and Nelson. In the past, Naomi has gone on record to call Nelson her "honorary godfather". After all she has been a firm supporter of Nelson.




Thanks Black Gives Black for photos!


Nelson Mandela might be turning 90, but he still keeps up with the news. That’s why he has personally banned his (ex?) friend Naomi Campbell from making an appearance at his birthday bash. He didn’t much like how she threw a temper tantrum at the airport, and he really didn’t like that she was wearing a 46664 cap, representing Mandela’s prison number and charity, when she did it. [read more]


Hopefully if this report is true Nelson and Naomi can be put aside their differences. Maybe this ban tough love is something Naomi needs at the moment. (-shrugs shoulders-)

Barack Obama can be seen on the current cover edition of "Rolling Stone" magazine and Will Smith wants to portray him in a biopic.





(Thanks Concrete Loop!)


Will as Barack is believable right down to the ears. Don't you agree?



Check out Genevieve Nnaji and Ramsey Noah in Naija film, "Honey" over at this hot YouTube fan-made page. American black films has Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut and we have Nnaji and Noah!



Snag loads of photos of Nnaji and Noah over at ARIYA ENTERTAINMENT! (You can check me out on that site!)

Sophie Okonedo pose for Want to See More of Me portrait.



"Want to see more of me?" is a striking new series of portraits of talented and successful black British film actors by photographer Donald MacLellan, funded by the UK Film Council. [MIMI]
Read up about Sophie's portrait gig over at "MIMI" magazine.

Thandie Newton has a new film role in Guy Ritchie's "RockNRoll" and you can check out the trailer below:



Idris Elba also appears in the film according to IMDB.COM. Read up on Thandie's latest film project over at THANDIE BLOG.

Wale my new Afro male crush has a new video out for "The Artistic Integrity":






Did you know that Wale is Gbenga Akinnagbe's cousin? Gbenga is best known for his role on the HBO series, "The Wire."(Read up on Wale over at EW.COM)




UPDATE: I forgot to add these interesting photos of Idris Elba smooching Beyonce on the L.A film set of "Obsessed".


Thanks BEYONCEWORLD!


If you're keeping track, Idris has been the leading man alongside Gabrielle Union and now Beyonce Knowles. Impressive, huh?


Photos: IMDB/BEYONCEWORLD

In celebration of June being Black Music Month, check out this throwback video of Erykah Badu's hit, "Next Lifetime". I chose this video because of the location and clothing depicted by Erykah - very Afrocentric. I also enjoy the love message Erykah is singing about. Read on on the video treatment over at SOULBOUNCE.







Rants/thoughts:
So how do you like these new graphics I created in this blog post? I had to make this long update somewhat interesting to look at.
I have to say congrats to my good blogger friend Ladybrille on showcasing the many talents presented at the 2008 Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
Nigerian Bloggers I say to you keep up the great job! I see you Boutique Mix Fashion!

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3 comments:

Ladybrille said...

A very very rich post. Enjoyed reading it.

Chi-Chi said...

Aww thanks, Ladybrille!

goodnaijagirl said...

This is a beautiful site. I wanted to thank you also for the shout out!