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This Young Streetwear Brand Wants To Help Africans In The Diaspora Rep Their Roots

Mizizi is a young streetwear brand that hopes to help Africans in the Diaspora rep their roots with their debut collection.

Mizizi is a streetwear line conceived in 2014 by University of South Florida students Paakow Essandoh and George Kariuki. The idea came about as the brand's Ghanaian and Kenyan founders sat in their campus dining hall discussing what they referred to as a "scarce amount of Africans and African pride" in Florida. "They compared and contrasted the ways in which Caribbean [culture is displayed] throughout the state, and what Africans could do to do the same," a website reads. This, they say, led to the birth of Mizizi (which takes its name from the Swahili word for "roots"), as a way of showcasing African culture throughout their home state.


Mizizi will officially debut at the end of this month with the launch of their first collection, a series of seven street-ready jerseys. Browse through photos from the Starting Lineup lookbook above, shot in downtown Dallas by Andrew Bellamy.

Keep up with Mizizi on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Music

Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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