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OkayAfrica's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Our guide features dope products by companies from Africa and the diaspora.

This is our third gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the OkayAfrica Shop.

The holidays continue to commence and before you know it, it's already 2018 (eek!). But don't fret, in case you haven't started shopping away from your loved ones, we got you.

See OkayAfrica's 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday holiday shopping guide here

OkayAfrica's 2017 holiday gift guide features items that are perfect for the fashion-forward person in your life, the kiddies, the bookworm and more.

Shop our picks below:


STYLE

Photo via Kintu's Instagram page.

1. Kintu

2. The Brooklyn Circus

3. Maju

4. MAXHOSA BY LADUMA

5. Mory Jay

BEAUTY + GROOMING

Photo via The Afro Hair & Skin Co.'s Instagram page.

1. The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

2. Nature Boy Grooming Products

3. Foxie Cosmetics

4. Shear & Shine

5. OBIA Naturals

KIDS

Photo via Ozzie + Olive's Instagram page.

1. LoveMyAlannah

2. ABC Me Flashcards

3. Brown Toy Box

4. Ozzie + Olive

5. Queens of Africa Dolls

HOME + DESIGN

Photo via Ilé-Ilà's Instagram page.

1. Haute Baso

2. Ilé-Ilà

3. KUDU

4. Yswara Teas

5. Kouamo

BOOKS

Photo via Penguin Books' Instagram page.

1. We We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

3. A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo

4. bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

5. Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

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#BuyBlack: The 7 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

OkayAfrica's 2018 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

Thanksgiving, the "holiday" that kicks off the holiday season in America, is literally around the corner. Aside from asking yourself where the time has gone, the day after can be a frenzy in of itself, where folks scramble to shop at a discount. But for some in the community, Black Friday is the chance to spend with businesses who need the boost the most—the black-owned ones.

See OkayAfrica's 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday holiday shopping guide here

Although we don't need to dig into the "why," it's still imperative to support our own—this week/holiday season and beyond. FUBU (for us, by us) is still the motto—these businesses are well on their way to continue to build wealth in our communities, provide opportunities for employment and/or partnerships within our communities, as well as produce products that put black folks first. What could get better than that?

OkayAfrica curated a shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—check them out below.

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10 African Streetwear Brands You Need In Your Closet in 2018

In the fifth installment of our 2017 holiday gift guide, we feature our 10 favorite African streetwear brands.

This is our fifth gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the OkayAfrica Shop.

One of the best ways to express pride in your identity and culture is through clothing.

These featured brands will help you do just that, as they too want to foster a connection between Africa and the diaspora, renew pride and empower while looking fresh and effortless. These brands also had a strong 2017, coming with eye-catching collections that we couldn't ignore.

See our 2019 #BuyBlack Black Friday and holiday shopping guide here

Check out these African streetwear brands you need to rock in 2018 below.

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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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South African Actor Charles 'Big Boy' Maja Has Passed Away

Tributes are pouring in for the beloved actor who starred in the popular South African television drama 'Skeem Saam'.

South African actor and former radio broadcaster, Charles Maja, has passed away according to reports by TimesLIVE. Affectionately known as "Big Boy", the name of the character he played on the popular local drama series Skeem Saam, the actor reportedly suffered a fatal stroke earlier this morning while in the northern province of Limpopo. He was just 54.

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