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These Four Women Are The Most Kick-Ass Superheroes In NYC

Paola Mathe and her superhero squad take to the streets of NYC in one of the most badass photo shoots of the year.

Photos by @underground_nyc. All images courtesy of Paola Mathe / Finding Paola.


Paola Mathe is the New York-based, Haitian-rooted designer, entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger behind Fanm Djanm, an African-inspired headwrap brand dedicated to strong women around the globe. Recently, Mathe took to the New York streets with an all-girl team of crimefighters for one of the most kickass shoots we’ve seen all year.

She says the superhero idea came to her while she was taking a shower one night. It was then that she texted a group of friends, Mama Càx, Kristia Tolode and Nichole Washington. “I told them, I wanted to be a superhero, but I didn’t want to be alone and I needed their help,” Mathe writes. “I had a whole story, and the more I thought about it, the clearer it came. They all immediately agreed to join me in my superhero adventure, so I texted a photographer friend of mine to confirm our underground shoot.”

And so, Aaron Pegg–famous for his stylish photographs from New York’s undergrounds–joined the superhero squad in the depths of NYC’s subway system.

“I showed up at Hudson Yards subway station that night feeling more powerful than ever,” Mathe writes. “Clad in black with layers of leggings, body suits, fringe gloves, and harnesses, we were ready to take the night! I was in character.”

Mathe says the idea came about because she likes to show how strong women are in pretty much anything. “My company, Fanm Djanm focuses on the strength of all women through African inspired fashion and headwraps,” she writes. This time, she says she wanted the focus to be on the modern black woman in today’s world.

“These women are inspiring badass dream catchers. They make me feel better just being around them. And we all accidentally had similar hair cuts!”

For more on the superhero shoot, head to Mathe’s blog, Finding Paola.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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