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Ghanaian Named British Vogue's First Black Editor in Chief

Edward Enninful, fashion and creative director, has made history as the first man of color to edit a mainstream women's fashion magazine.

Edward Enninful, fashion and creative director of W Magazine, has been named the new editor in chief of British Vogue, making him the first man and the first black editor of the publication. He will be replacing Alexandra Shulman in August of this year.


Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse called Enninful "an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist," in the announcement, adding that "by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue."

Hailing from Ghana, Enninful grew up in London where he was scouted as a model at 16-years-old. His career in the fashion industry accelerated shortly after, where he became the fashion director for i-D at 18—the youngest ever for an international publication. From there he's worked for Italian Vogue and American Vogue; and he's worked as a consultant for high-fashion campaigns.

In October of 2016, the British monarchy added to Enninful's accolades when they acknowledged his contribution to fashion by knighting him as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Enninful was the mind behind the "grunge" days of the 90s, and led Italian Vogue's "Black Issue" back in 1998, according to The New York Times. He boldly declared his intention to end the "white out that dominates the catwalks and magazines." The issue's success led Condé Nast to print an extra 40,000 copies.

As one of the few black power players in the fashion industry, Enninful continues to be an advocate for diversity and willingly calls racism out when he sees it. He made headlines in 2013 after sharing his grievances for being assigned to sit in the second row at a Paris couture show when his white colleagues were sat in the first.

It's said that Enninful was unexpected choice for this role—let's see how he shakes British Vogue up for the better, like his future colleague Elaine Welteroth has been doing during her time over at Teen Vogue.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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