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In Photos: This Is What 'An OkayAfrica Brunch' Looked Like

The OkayAfrica family came out in full effect on a summer Sunday in Brooklyn.

We had quite a weekend of dope Africans doing it for the culture—from Adekunle Gold shutting down both Lincoln Center Out of Doors and The Howard Theater in D.C. just a day apart, to the best musical talent from Africa and the diaspora performing at One Africa Music Fest in Coney Island.

OkayAfrica saw it fit to gather friends and family in our space to the home of OkayAfrica CEO Abiola Oke for great food, great drinks and great vibes at An OkayAfrica Brunch.

The images below just give a glimpse of the afternoon, where folks devoured delicious food thanks to African Chop House, drank special cocktails thanks to Moët Hennessy USA and vibed to sounds by DJ Buka.

Tastemakers, as well as movers and shakers in the industry including Jidenna, Jillionaire, Eddy Kenzo, Bose Ogulu, Young Paris, Mobolaji Dawodu descended on a summer Sunday in Brooklyn for what was quite simply a good time. Afro B even blessed the crowd with a surprise set which shut the party down.

Check out our photo recap courtesy of Lahor Lee below.

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This Stunning Series of Self-Portraits Explores Love And The Concept of Letting Go

Cape Town photographer Meet The Internet shares a few images from her exhibition.

Cape Town photographer Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana, who is known online as "Meet The Internet," does not take the topic of love lightly. "Most of us rushed into it," she says, "and we started dating without understanding what love is."

Her latest photography series, Love Through My Eyes is, is a reflection on how people around her deal with love, from staying in toxic relationships because they fear being alone, to those who build walls around themselves in fear of heartbreak and are hence unlovable.

"We come from broken families," says Ngqoyiyana. "Some with no fathers at all, so we go out yearning to be loved by a man and pray for better experiences than what we see our mothers go through. We get our fair share of hurt, we watch people come to our lives, we share our bodies with them and when it's enough for them they leave. We even start understanding and forgiving the cycle."

This cycle is reflected in the photos. In most of them, the color red is prevalent, symbolic for love. And the main subject, which is the photographer herself, is elusive, hiding her face either with a mask or red ropes, which could symbolize the blinding effect of love and how it can suffocate you.

Ngqoyiyana wants the images to focus on both sides of love. "I like the concept of balloons," she says, "because from a young age it kinda teaches us the concept of holding on to something and letting go. Obviously letting go is never fun, hence we cried when we would see our balloons fly away."

Ngqoyiyana got into photography by taking behind the scenes photos in music video sets. Her first gig as a photographer was a matric ball, and she recently started directing music videos.

The photos for Love Through My Eyes took "roughly three weeks" to make, and are all self-portraits. A confessed shy person, for a long time Ngqoyiyana wasn't happy with her appearance. "I can be whoever I want to be with self-portraits, and I am not so conscious about the way I look," she says.

"When I started taking pictures I was at a stage in my life where I was depressed and anxious, because I didn't have a career, and with no tertiary education," says Ngqoyiyana. "I felt I was "wasting away," she says. "Self-portraits were more of an escape, or a 'pretend like I am doing more than I actually am.' But after seeing the reception on the Internet, I did more."

Love Through My Eyes ran for a day on the 10th of November in Observatory, Cape Town. As a result of the amazing reception, says Ngqoyiyana, more prints of her work are on the way.

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana


Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

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