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Mary SKYROCKETS with her MAFCouture Line and AMAZING and FAST design!

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Mary from MAFCouture

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When I was a child I was kinda the “happy feet” of my family.

Designed by Mary for MAFCouture

Designed by Mary for MAFCouture

What are your roots?

I am a Cameroonian with Some mix of Nigerian heritage. I came to the Netherlands when I was  about 14-15 years old.

 

 

Do you have siblings?

I do have siblings here in the Netherlands that I stay with.

One is a musicianBessemoh.com– and the other one is an IT guy that loves fashion shows and parties.

 

Is sewing a thing in the family?

No, sewing wasn’t really an inheritance from my family neither can my grandma or my mother sew. She’s (my mother) very creative but sewing I never saw her do. I actually developed this talent on my own and I enjoy it thoroughly.

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MAFCouture by Mary

MAFCouture by Mary

What would be your passion if you didn’t choose to be a designer?

Hehe, Dancing!! When I was a child I was kinda the “happy feet” of my family.

 

MAFCouture design worn by model

MAFCouture design worn by model

Why are your designs different than the rest?

My designs are different from the rest because it comes from a place inside of me. When I want to get creative the most I shut off everything, go in myself and start imagining things.

 

The "Janet" dress worn by stunning model

The “Janet” dress worn by stunning model

 

 

Then will I sketch them all down. Every creation I design is clearly to be seen from the things I make for my clients.

It is like two different worlds. I am literally attached to my designs, because they are very personal to me.

 

Mary in one of her own designs made with a long train

Mary in one of her own designs made with a long train

Do you feel like you have any competition here in the Netherlands?

In Holland? Not that I have seen. In countries outside the Netherlands, yes! Like a Ghanaian designer called: Christie Brown. I love her stuff!

I feel like she is a game changer and it scares me the most because we think alike and that can bring some tension between us.

 

MAFCouture

MAFCouture

Who is your favorite manufacturer for Ankara fabrics?

I can’t say I have any. But who do I think they have creative patterns and designs in their fabrics? Julius Jansen in Helmond.

 

I can name designers that are better than Louis Vuitton and the rest

 

What is your favorite place u have traveled to up till now?

My favorite so far will have to be London.

Is your plan to go international?

Yes

 

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Where do you expect to be in 5 years’ time?

My own small boutique here in Holland, France, Cameroon, London and Nigeria next to my atelier where I could freely express myself through my creativity and travel the world for more inspiration and collaboration.

Mary with her models at a runway show

Mary with her models at a runway show

Have u ever experienced being treated different because of the color of your skin?

Yes, I had this crazy experience once in Rotterdam Blaak. An interior shop that was close by the metro station Rotterdam Blaak was open that I was passing by to get some furniture to work with. I went to the shop and the door had a note that stated that the store was open . If the door was closed I should ring the bell so I did. I had a black hoodie on from sweatswithattitude and a black legging.

This guy walked up to me to open the door took a look at me and tries to imply that they were closed. When I brought to his attention what was written on the door he then asked me to come in.

I went in feeling this awkward “we don’t need you here” kinda stare. I saw amazing things and I was inspired! While looking around this guy stood by the help desk and stared at me the entire time meanwhile there was a Dutch girl in the place with a huge camera.

So I pulled out my phone to take some pictures; he rushed quickly to me and asked me to not take pictures of their stuff cause it is their new Collection bla bla bla.

Meanwhile the girl next to me was doing just that. Ok, I said fine. Before I knew it he handed me their card and said I could look at the things online and showed me the door.

I was not even ready to leave yet, men I was super pissed and I was sad the whole day because of it.

 

MAFCouture for every one!

MAFCouture for every one!

How do you feel about diversity in fashion?

I feel as though it is very much needed especially NOW! I can name designers that are better than LV and the rest.

We need those people to inspire our little black children at least they won’t be insulted by them or called names in public like these other designers out here do to black people. Our black kids should also know that their moms and pops are able to archive such names and success in the fashion industry as well to motivate them and most importantly inspire them.

Fashion show by Mary

Fashion show by Mary

What do you want to see change in the fashion nowadays?

The skinny models. Let’s start elevating the big girls and the world will be a little better . Because a confident woman can archive a lot.

Fashion to make our men look like women; Please stop that! I cannot allow my kids to be inspired by such designers, so they need us. They need change!

Adama Jobe for MAFCouture

Adama Jobe for MAFCouture

What do you consider fashion?

Fashion for me is a form of expression. Who I am inside shows on the outside by what I wear and how I present myself. But fashion has a lot of meanings and translations world wide.

Fashion comes with presentation.. how do I want to present myself to the world. Different, mixes, cultural influences or whatever.

Mary in one of her Stunning Dresses!

Mary in one of her Stunning Dresses!

Does fashion come with size or do all models have to be a size 4?

Like I said earlier, if fashion came with just one size which means the big girls won’t be able to express themselves. Fashion is for all sizes.

Do you have a partner?

Hehe, who would like to know?

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I am happy when I am eating. If you want to make me happy, get me food.

Fashion by MAFCouture

Fashion by MAFCouture

What is your favourite song at the moment?

Assurance by Davido

Where can we FIND YOU!

Instagram: mafcouture
Personal IG : mary_tataw
Facebook page : mafcouture
Pinterest : mafcouture
Snapchat : youngestceo
Facebook group: My Ankara Closet NL

 

Mary

Mary

Final say?

“For the African male/females that have businesses in the Netherlands please learn how to support each other and connect with the person. Let love rules above all Love is the strongest. We can do whatever, give shoutouts, hold meetings or seminars but without love all we do is vain.” – Mary

 

 

“Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another,
 for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God 
and knows God [through personal experience].”

‭‭1 JOHN‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭AMP

MARY

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American based Randall Holloway singer, actor, Executive producer and so much more TALENT!

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Randall for Africa experience

Who are you for those who don’t know?

Hello my name is Randall Holloway, and I am originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin the Home of the Brew. I have five older brothers and I am the youngest of the tribe. My brothers had a major influence in my life.  When people see strong and educated black men standing together in numbers that is the most powerful image that can be displayed to the world.

 

Randall Holloway

Randall Holloway

Do you know anything about your ancestors?

That is a great question.  Our family definitely comes from West Africa.  I have got a little bit of European blood, but I would have to dig a little deeper.

 

“When people see strong and educated black men standing together in numbers that is the most powerful image that can be displayed to the world.”

 

How did you become a Filmmaker?

When I was younger, I was always writing stories and scripts and “doing it the Holloway”.  Since coming to New York I have been acting and partnered with Bric TV and Harlem Fusion Studio. That led to being a producing handling tasks like location scouting, social media management, casting  and now I am one of the executive producers of the Curvy Girls Rock Series. It is all Gods Plan.

Harlem Fusion Studios is a Production Company that was created by Shakesha Williams with the mission to tell honest stories to voice of the voiceless. So we are not afraid to push the envelope. Like Nina Simone said in an interview back in the day; “An artist’s job is to reflect the times.” So if we are not creating conversations with our art than what are we doing?

 

How long have you been acting?

Watch Randalls acting skills.

 

My parents started me off in the performing arts so I have been playing characters my entire life. I am currently developing my website, but if you follow me on instagram @itsrandallholloway and look up my name up on IMDB that will give you access a lot of my upcoming projects.

One of the shows I am currently in production with is called Miles & Associates an action packed legal crime series created by Frank Deniro that centers around a black attorney named Ray Miles and brings awareness to a corrupted broken system and sheds light on the ups and downs of black attorneys in America.  I am also in production for a new series called Bubbly Brown Sugar, a love story about two soulmates meeting in their dreams navigating the ups & downs of life until they are destined to meet.

 

When did you start singing? 

I started singing at the age of 10 with a choir that performed for high profile leaders, and political figures throughout the United States. I continued my training in classical voice at Milwaukee Highschool of the Arts. My parents always pushed for my brothers to go to Historically Black Colleges so I went on college tours and got accepted into Howard UniversityThe Real HU”.

 

 

Randall Holloway packed in a suit

Randall Holloway packed in a suit

 

Who is your favorite actor and who would you love to work with in the future?

 

OMG I have so many, that I look up to and find inspiration from, but if I have to choose.  I really would love to work with Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson. So hopefully the Universe will listen.

 

How do you combine these three things and still manage to have a social life (acting, singing, directing)?

 

We make time for the things that are important to us. Successful people have the same amount of time like everyone else they just learn how to properly manage it.

 

Randall Holloway

Randall Holloway

 

“So if we’re not creating conversations with our art than what are we doing?”

 

Do you have a girlfriend or wife? 

 

I recently got out of a relationship so at this point of my life I would rather just stay single until God sends me my better half to complete my life.

 

What do you think of all the Melanin in the social media now a days? Do you think its, real or a trend?

 

This is not a trend this is definitely real. I love the skin that I wear.  There is so much pride, and beauty in the black community because we are the Kings and Queens of the world. With movies like Black Panther idolizing black culture I feel people are finally waking up and owning their magic.

 

Randall Holloway

Randall Holloway

How do you feel about light skinned men saying that they would never date a woman that is darker than them or a dark skinned woman?

 

Women are beautiful. If a light skinned man doesn’t find a dark chocolate woman attractive he’s dealing with his own insecurities, and you need to leave him alone.  Keep in mind there is someone for you so don’t waste your time and energy with scrub that doesn’t see your beauty for what it is.

 

How would you advise others that want to pursue a career in acting, singing or film-making?

 

First think longevity.  So many of us just accept whatever is handed to us not realizing how it could hurt us in the long run. So starting of; take on projects that speak to you as an artist.

Second find you tribe its imperative to find people that you surround yourself with that you can comfortably to bounce ideas and knowledge off of.

Be ready to sacrifice your time, money, and your relationships. Sometimes the industry has to create room for you so get ready for a lot of rejection and ups and down because it’s not an easy road to success.

 

Have u ever considered participating in a talent show like Idols for example?

 

I auditioned for American Idol three different times and X- Factor when they had their first season in the United States. For those shows what they don’t show is the amount of times you have to audition before you make it to the televised round of auditions. 

The contestant that was in my final group was told by one of the producers of the show to change her audition song to something more popular at the last minute. I started teaching the girl how to sing this Alicia Keys song, and when it came time for me to audition I got eliminated, but she end up making it through all the way to the Top 10 for that season.

 

What is your favorite place to eat out?

One of my favorite places that I love to eat in the Brooklyn area is MangoSeed. I am addicted to their Oxtail and Grits so make sure you all check out www.mangoseedbrooklyn.com

MangoSeed delicatesse

MangoSeed delicatesse

 

Favorite song at the moment?

 

I just wanna put this out there first the navy has been waiting Rihanna so I’m gonna need you to drop that album, but in the meantime Kendrick Lamar All the Stars ft SZA is my jam, and I really like Majesty from Nicki Minaj.

 

Your favorite place in Brooklyn?

I like to go on long walks in Prospect Park and sit by the Waterfall.  That’s when I feel that i’m truly connected to the Earth.

 

Do you ever think of changing your community? How do you plan on doing that?

 

Me and God got big plans. I eventually wanna open up my own Performing Arts School and help minorities get into college.

 

Tell us about Curvy girls rock and where can people watch it?

 

Curvy Girls Rock is a new scripted series about confident plus size women living their best lives in New York City. It’s not about fat shaming, and depressing narratives that were used to seeing.  Its pulls from shows like Sex in the City, and Girlfriends the only difference is all the leading actresses are plus size women. Were hoping to that a major distributor in Hollywood will see it and pick up the series so that we can get syndicated.  As of right now we have a few people interested, but if its not the right deal we’re not going to take. It’s only fair to the cast,crew, and our audience that have been rocking with us for so long.

 

“There is a missing voice in Hollywood”

 

There is a missing voice in Hollywood and here at Harlem Fusion Studios we are giving these women more of a narrative on television. Sixty-seven percent of the women in the United States are plus size, but Hollywood only pulls from the two percent. We are not holding back, so the audience better get ready because it’s about to go down.

 

Where can people donate or support your cause?

 

We still need help with editing some of our future episodes, and all that requires time and money so every dollar counts.  If you would like to donate to our series please go to our website www.cgrseries.com and follow us on instagram @curvygrilsrockseries

 

Any last words?

 

Stay Humble People…PEACE

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Momsdadslife – An interracial couple who wants to change the world

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The founders of Momsdadslife

Ehinomen is 23-years-old and kelvin is 24-years-old. Kelvin has always lived in the Netherlands and Ehi was born in Nigeria (Benin city).

“I came to the Netherlands at the age of 12” Ehinomen says. Integrating into a foreign country was one of the biggest challenges Ehi had to face and deal with as a young child.

While studying in the Netherlands Ehi met her fiance Kelvin who was studying to be a nurse. There was a connection from the first day we met. The sparks were genuine and we started dating in no time!

 

Ehi and Kelvin shared had similar goals and imagined what their future would be like. They knew exactly what they wanted.

“We are like two trees blended together by their roots”

 

Ehi with her daughter

What are your views on interracial couples?

Kelvin: Dating someone outside your race can be challenging. People have their own meaning/opinion on who you should love. The first day I saw my woman was the day I knew she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

Ehinomen: Dating outside my race made love even more exciting, we learned so much about each other’s cultures. It made us appreciate life, it made us realize that there is more to life than just our little bubble. We are like two different trees blended to each other by their roots.

“LOVE IS LOVE”

 

Ehinomen, Kelvin and little Rosie holding hands

Ehinomen, Kelvin and little Rosie holding hands

What do you do to help (single) parents with your platform?

Most of the questions we get from our single parent followers is “how they want to do better”. We tell them not to worry so much, the most important thing is to LOVE your beautiful child. A child needs LOVE and ATTENTION. The child can never be a victim. We tell them not to think like a victim but to think as a solver.

 

MomsDadsLife

MomsDadsLife

 

How does it feel to be a young parent, did you expect to be parents at this age?

Ehi: I always knew I was going to be a young mother just because I love babies but I underestimated the work raising a child. It is DAMN hard and especially with school, but I am blessed with the support I have from our family. Seeing my daughters smile makes every decision all worth it.

Kelvin: For me I never knew I would be a dad at the age of 23. I never thought of it being a problem. I knew if it happened I would always be there for my child even if I became a dad at 16. Seeing my daughter growing up gives me the greatest joy in life. Wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

Kelvin with his daughter

Which follower inspired you the most during your philanthrophic work within Momsdadslife?

Our Momsdadslife followers all inspire me. Without them we wouldn’t be doing half of what we are doing right now. We receive all kinds of messages that sometimes make us cry our eyes out.

 

Art by Kelvin

Ehinomen with her daughter Rosie – Art by Kelvin

 

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years’ time?

We see ourselves starting up our own family care farm. A place where the elderly can come to have a great time. Married with children and that our platform branches out in Africa.

Where can our readers follow you?

 

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ABOUT PARIS LONDON – Melanin Wonder Fashion ExtraOrdinaire

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Styled by PARIS LONDON
Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

Where does ABOUT PARIS LONDON come from?

People often ask where our name comes from. The idea of ABOUT PARIS LONDON started in 2013 when we got pregnant. A pregnancy that turned into an idea: starting an online fashion business where people could find “get-rid-of-the-box” funky clothes, accessories and games for children and adults.

Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

 

How long have u been running this company?

A website was registered in January 2014 and www.AboutParisLondon.com went live in May 2014.

At first, it started off as a blog about affordable fashion, but then immediately changed into a blog about daily looks of our baby girl after she was born on June 5. We gave her the name Paris-London.

In March 2016, ABOUT PARIS LONDON‘s online store officially became a fact! And obviously with affordable price tags.

Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

 

Nowadays, ABOUT PARIS LONDON is Amsterdam’s craziest online funky fashion store and offers the dopest styling services for young and old! 

Besides our exclusive fashion brand, we offer lots of custom designs. My magic hands do whatever they feel like, I guess. Call me Hans Kazàn.
Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

Who is your main audience?

 WE LOVE EVERYBODY. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what you are. I don’t care what you do. The only thing I care about is..
“You betta get yourself some APL Gear.”
APL gear available in the webstore!

APL gear available in the webstore!

 
You can be 92 years old. You can be 5 or 27 years old. You can be a human being or an animal. I just don’t care! As long as you rock some APL Gear. Mi taki DUH!
Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!

Melanin Wonder: Why did you choose to represent children often in your brand?
Children are our future!

Children are our future!

Whitney Houston once said in one of her songs;
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me
I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity”
Diversity in media is very important. They need to see a reflection of themselves in our society.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

We (Adults) need to be and give the right example to (our) children. Many of them ánd us deal with insecurities, low self-esteem, depression etc.
 
D'Shine (3), Inaya (4) & Avani Rosé (4) ABOUT PARIS LONDON x BADASS COLLECTION

D’Shine (3), Inaya (4) & Avani Rosé (4) ABOUT PARIS LONDON x BADASS COLLECTION

They need to EMBRACE themselves.
They need to LOVE themselves.
They need to BELIEVE in themselves.
That’s why REPRESENTATION MATTERS.

How did you come about your personal style?

In my mind, I always wanted to be and dress a certain way. In reality, it never happened. I dressed like Victoria Beckham (classy) and my hair looked like Kelis (mohawk).
Daphne in 2011

Daphne in 2011 the Old style.

Begin 20s, I started to change my whole image and decided to be myself, the person I always (already) had in my mind since I was a child: THE REAL ME.
THE REAL DAPHNE who stopped listening to other people’s opinion and followed her own path.
The Fashion Family, Daphne, her daughter and husband

The Fashion Family, Daphne, her daughter and husband

It was the beginning of my “transition” and the end of being trapped in a box that wasn’t meant for me.
That’s when the start of ordering clothes overseas happened. Back then, you couldn’t find a lot of crazy stuff in the Netherlands.
When it comes to clothes, accessories & jewelry, Holland wasn’t IT. So, I bought a lot of stuff from China, Japan, Korea, UK or the States. And that never stopped. My love for Asia is UNREAL.
Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

Who is your favorite artist?

Start looking up some K-Pop songs on YouTube. BIG BANG is one of my favorite boybands. 2NE1 was my favorite girlband. Unfortunately, they call it quits. MEH!

Where can people find your for advice?

Go and visit www.AboutParisLondon.com. We offer styling services and advice. We can help everyone. Like Aaliyah said: “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” And I ain’t talking about R.Kelly.

Photography by Filip Koludrovic

Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

What are some of your favorite places to shop?

I got a weak heart for Candy Lane Kidz, Dolls Kill, Leni + June, Lyrics4Lyrics, Même Kidswear, OppoSuits, Y.R.U., Zalando.. and the list goes on and on and on and on.
Touched by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

Touched by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

Have you ever thought of showcasing in Fashion Shows?

We were asked plenty of times to participate fashion shows in the Netherlands and the UK. We decided to have our “own” first fashion (style) show in Amsterdam. Sooner than you think! So, stay tuned!
And ofcourse, we will look out for (kids) models on social media. So, be prepared to receive a DM from APL.
“We gon’ slide in your DM.”
 
So, don’t forget to refresh your “Berichtverzoeken” once in a while.
Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

What are your plans for the NEAR future?

• We will launch APL MODELS: Amsterdam’s first diversified kids agency.
• We will have our first fashion show.
You better be at our first fashion show. It’s going to be LIT! #FamkeLouiseVoice
Styled by PARIS LONDON

Styled by ABOUT PARIS LONDON

What do you think of people who frown upon your style?

I live in my own crazy futuristic world. I always smile. Even when it’s negative. I’m very open minded. I just got that “I don’t give a F#%K about what you think of me” attitude and I try to raise my children the same way. I want them to be themselves AND believe in themselves. We’re just a crazy, happy family minding our own business.
“Do what you gotta do and we’ll do what we gotta do: being silly, crazy and most important.. ourselves.”
GET RID OF THAT DAMN BOX! 
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