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IMAN ABDULMAJID

Iman Abdulmajid, more commonly known as Iman, is a retired supermodel, mother, actress, entrepreneur and humanitarian who speaks five languages. At age 18, the famed American photographer, Peter Beard, approached Iman while she was walking to the University of Nairobi because he wanted to take her picture. "The first thing I thought was he wanted me for prostitution," Iman recalled in an interview with Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Servicewriter, Roy H. Campbell. "I had never seen Vogue. I didn't read fashion magazines, I read Time and Newsweek." When Beard offered to pay her, she reconsidered and asked for the equivalent of her college tuition which was $8,000.


Since hesitantly making the move and signing with Wilhelmina, in New York City, Iman has become a staple and beloved icon in the fashion industry. Iman was Yves Saint Laurent's muse for the “African Queen" collection, made history as Revlon's first black beauty ambassador in the 80s and appeared on many magazine covers. In 1994, Iman created and launched her own cosmetic collection for women of color (IMAN Cosmetics), which grossed $12 million in sales in its first year and continues to thrive today. The elegant East-African expanded her brand to include home decor and fashion accessories.

In addition to taking the lead in fashion and business, Iman is a mother of two, a published author (I Am Iman, The Beauty of Color) and a well-known philanthropist. She is involved with The Children's Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO. This Somali stunner is impressively multi-talented and still, at age 61, gorgeous.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.