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Editors Note

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

It seems that with every new month, I’m personally faced with the desire to ‘move on up’; forward, to progress in all aspects. This means continually setting new goals and striving to achieve them. Where am I getting with this, you ask, well, each month I look forward to making this magazine something greater. It’s slowly taking form, we might not be ‘movin on up to a New York deluxe apartment on the East side’ like George and Weezy, but I have played with the thought of seeing AfroElle in greater places.

Mangoes and Lemon

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Mangoes and Lemonade is a website that is dedicated to sharing information and resources that can help people of Haiti, while serving as a reference place for those who are interested in getting involved with relief of sorts. My vision is to continue building the site and allow it to grow into a more effective tool over time.

Cover Story:A Jill of All Trades

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

A phenomenal woman to me is one that has a great purpose; she is passionate, compassionate, humble, caring and giving. She exudes a beauty that reflects great values, wisdom and strength. She is one that will use her influence to bring about positive change. She is a servant.

Featured Couple:Jonathon and Amy Mauritz

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Amy Ohen and Jonathon Mauritz met at a coffee shop. When asked what her first impression of Jonathon was, Amy says she thought Jonathon was a college frat boy. “I was surprised that he was flirting with me because I was minding my own business studying in my comfy sweatpants and t-shirt. I was definitely not looking my finest.

In The Kitchen With Yolis Green Living

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I started eating plant-based diet in 2001. At the time, I wanted to impress a guy I was dating with my culinary skills and converting foods I loved to eat into vegan meals, it soon became second nature to me. Over a few months, I noticed some significant changes just from choosing differently in what I consumed. Lost a lot of weight, had fewer allergies, and my cramps disappeared. I acknowledged that my results were payoff of eliminating dairy from my diet.

Sisterpreneurs;Emily and Irene Wasonga

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Love’s Hangover is the name of a boutique jewelry store in Noblesville, IN co-owned by two sisters; Emily and Irene Wasonga. Born and raised in Kenya and living partly in Botswana; the two are now making their dreams come true with their jewelry business that started out as hobby in their teenage years.

Fashionista;Christine Neptune

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I try to master the "boyfriend look". Baggy shirts, sweatshirts, men's button up's and such. I might not have a boyfriend but taking my brother's clothes work just as well. I like the mystery it brings behind it, people wonder and question me if I'm a tomboy.

Inspiration: Pretty Poet

Posted by AfroElle On 11:21 AM
Having enjoyed creative writing from a young age, Jacqueline Kibacha discovered a talent for performing the written word whilst at school and so studied to gain awards in speech and poetry presentation as well as gracing the stage in plays and musicals.

She spent much of her university life involved with music, through organizing gigs and events, being a lead vocalist in a band and joining various choirs. It was whilst preparing for her final year Art Show and recording with DJs that she began to experiment with sounds and words in the form of poetry. Drawing on her experiences and observations of growing up in 3 continents and exploring the dynamics of relationships, with self and others she began to put together a collection of works - both poetry and prose. The name PRETTY POET was given to her in 2005 and a new dimension to her poetry was born.


Poetry and music are a big part of who she is and she is looking forward to sharing her first album which she is currently working on with her French producer Dominique Lepine. This year she was also successful in getting a place on a national MP Shadowing Scheme run by Operation Black Vote. As part of this scheme she has been shadowing a Member of Parliament and learning about the role of a politician.
Being a communicator with a love for helping people and experience in policy, she has found this experience to be enlightening. It has inspired her not necessarily to become a politician, but to work hard so that one day she might be a voice able to represent women and young people. Although Jacqueline was born in Tanzania, she did not grow up there, but her love for the country and the continent of Africa is something she wants to channel into looking for ways to use her artistic inclinations to promote where she comes from and find creative ways to make her contribution to society.

What inspires her to write

"I am inspired by relationships and interactions between people. I like to write in plain language and in a very conversational manner. I write to get messages across and it's important to me that my listeners get it when they hear it. Some of my poetry has underlying themes and messages but usually that's part of me challenging myself in my writing. For the most part, you can play one of my poems and get it straight away. I don't write to challenge my listeners intellectually... I write so that my listeners can hear something that they can relate to and where necessary, be challenged emotionally if that makes sense.... words that go direct to heart before they get a chance to get confused up there (in the mind)."

Here is one of her poems 'In Place' ( featured in current issue of African Magazine FAB)

Not a hair in place,
She stands with grace that can only have been inherited.
An opulence unmerited to curls and irons
The pride of beauty the lioness
Having done all to remain, remains without a mane.
The only frame is the incandescent glow that grows
As she begins to know where her power lies,
As she begins to see with open eyes
The majesty undisguised by pomp and furor.
The gentle boldness undisturbed
A generational blessing to her.

A natural undisguised glory
Now undisclosed before a jury.
But judge me not by what you see I stand proud in place.
And when I move, I move in ecstasy that carries me in freedom.
Letting go of expectation
Closing out external motivation
Embracing an elevated self awareness, a self acceptance
Exceptionally strong and still holding on
To the silent fortitude, the essence of who I am,
Of who I was made to be. Me. 

Find Jacqueline Kibacha on
Website: http://www.prettypoet.co.uk
Blog: www.itsprettypoet.blogspot.com
Facebook: PrettyPoet


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