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Prêt-À-Poundo: DC's Eco-Friendly Fashion Week

This is about the collaboration between DC Fashion Week and Inova Health System's Office of Sustainability featuring the work of eco-friendly fashion designers.


*A model wears a dress designed with miniature Vogue Magazine covers at DC Fashion Week's kickoff event, which showcased eco-friendly designs by Isagus Extroversions, Joanna Carrie, and Myra Sync in 2012.

DC Fashion Week is considered one of the fastest growing international fashion week exhibits in the world. It's held twice a year in February and September, and typically reaches an audience of more than 10 million people. Today, DC Fashion Week will collaborate with Inova Health System's Office of Sustainability to showcase the work of eco-friendly fashion designers and help support environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. It's a great initiative that highlights the fashion world's impact on the environment & public health and encourages people to see, learn and take action.

An example of the eco-friendly designs is blue wrap (pictured above), a recyclable material  woven from the plastic polypropylene and used in hospitals to cover sterilized surgical instruments — head here to learn more about it. The whole week will showcase fashion designers using organic cottons & dyes, as well asrecycled and reused materials. The featured designers will be Das Man, Nigeria's Estella Couture and the Kourtney Jaeson Collection.

WHEN: 6pm-8.30pm Monday, February 18, 2013

WHERE: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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