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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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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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