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Film: 'Dear Mandela' [Full PBS Stream]

Watch a full stream of PBS-aired South African documentary film 'Dear Mandela' online.


A few nights ago, PBS aired the broadcast version of the award-winning documentary 'Dear Mandela,' and is now offering that full stream online for those of you who didn't catch it the first time. Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Best Documentary Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival (and quite a few others), the film looks at South Africa's first post-apartheid generation by following the daily lives of three young leaders of the emerging people's movement in the country's townships. Despite the government's promise to improve living conditions for all South Africans by 'eradicating the slums' after Nelson Mandela's historic election as President, the number of people living in the shanty towns of South Africa has doubled almost twenty years later. Attempts to reach this goal have seen increased force and violence to remove the residents of these areas, and 'Dear Mandela' tells the story of the Abahlali BaseMjondolo movement - Zulu for 'people of the slums' - to fight for the constitutional rights of slum-dwellers to stay in their homes. An inspiring and eye-opening watch, step your historical knowledge up and check out the full stream below while it's still available.

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Interview: Sincerely Ria Is Giving Guinean Fashion It's Flowers

And designer Mariama Diallo's NYFW debut celebrates the vibrancy and uniqueness of Guinea and its Fulani culture.

Guinea-born supermodel, actress, and activist Mariama Diallo is a face you've likely seen all over social media.

With modelling campaigns with the likes of Savage x Fenty by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty, and features in Vogue, Marie Claire, NYLON magazines, the model is commanding her space in the industry and making her way centerstage. And, Mariama's strong online presence and following has certainly made her a popular member of the global village too.

With the aforementioned achievements under her belt, the 28-year-old supermodel presented herself as an eager and excited talent within the fashion industry. Now, Mariama's talents and ambitions have attracted her to a role behind the scenes. And showing the power of intention, the role has already taken her to places she only dreamed of prior.

Debuting as the fashion designer of self-financed fashion line Sincerely Ria at this year's New York Fashion Week is but a peek into what the model has to show of herself and share with the world.

The new collection, The Oshun, celebrates not only female beauty and the many ways that it manifests itself but also the magic of womanhood. Named after Oshun, the African goddess of femininity, fertility, beauty, and love, the collection is wrapped within the warmth and divinity of its namesake. The brand follows an ethos of inclusivity, community, and the power behind being beautiful because you have decided to be. Challenging the notion that beauty is always to be accompanied by pain, Mariama and Sincerely Ria are celebrating the rejection of beauty and body standards and expectations.

The Oshun line is a nod to the opulence of Mariama's African heritage and Guinea's Fulani culture, with special attention to the use of brilliant colors, exciting designs, and stunning silhouettes. Motivated to be seen and to captivate, the emphasis on Black beauty within the clothing is certainly translated beautifully, however, stylistically available to all. Uniqueness is welcomed and encouraged. And like Mariama says herself, "You deserve to celebrate yourself unapologetically."

The line debuted at New York Fashion Week, very appropriately, on Valentine's Day of this year and love certainly was the theme. Already boasting a following of over 8,000, the brand's instagram account has shown nothing short of praise and excitement for what we've seen from Mariama, and for what's to come.

We spoke with the Guinean supermodel about the journey to Fashion Week and her love for and emphasis on community and shared experiences.

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