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Prêt-À-Poundo: Styles at Fela! Los Angeles [Gallery]

Prêt-À-Poundo(Poundo Gomis) styles the Broadway show Fela! for their opening night at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.


Back by popular demand, the Ahmanson Theatre welcomed the return of the award-winning Broadway show Fela! last night in Los Angeles. If you missed the show last year, this is the moment to run to the theater. The show about Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti needs no real introduction and can only be considered as an experience — its breathtaking scenes will inevitably lead you through an entire range of emotions. The unadulterated energy spilling off the stage is utterly irresistible, thrilling and ashtoning. Adesola Osakalumi, who plays the lead role, not only steal scenes with his dashing good looks but also his incredible acting. Osakalumi goes above and beyond expectations and his versatility is undeniable. Flanked by actresses/singers Melanie Marshall, Michelle Willams (of Destiny's Child) and an extraordinary cast, Osakalumi will take you on a journey through Fela's legacy bringing awareness onto your actions in a bigger picture.

*Talu Green, Malaiyka Reid, Kafi Pierre, Duain Richmond, Sandra Iszadore, Aimee Wodobode, Catia Mota Da Cruz, Rachel Oneika Phillips and Adechiké Torbert

Dedicated to creatively achieving a balance between established and up-and-coming fashion designers exposure, Prêt-À-Poundo's Poundo Gomis collaborated with designers — mostly New York City-based ones —  to style the cast for their opening reception following the performance. The designers involved were Demestiks, Fennimas, Zebi Williams, MSC Treasures, Lucia Eastman, Mimi Plange, Alphadi, Seraka, Nzinga Knight, Blackbird Jeans and Kojo Code. A melting pot of styles, colors, jewelry, fashion signatures and patterns, Prêt-À-Poundo assisted by Image consultant Catia Mota Da Cruz, made the cast reflect their beauty while sporting their attires with class. It was a perfect night featuring live music, dance, acting and fashion.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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