California state Sen. Curren Price Jr.  receives diamond award

*California State Senator Curren Price Jr. (D-Inglewood) looked quite debonair is a crisp, white suit for the All-White Contemporary African Glam Experience, hosted by African Vibes magazine.

In style with the event dress code, Senator Price received the magazine’s Diamond Award during its “I Wear African” fashion show held on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Avalon in Hollywood.

Other recipients of the Diamond Award included Dr. Condessa M. Curley and Anita A. Williams president and vice president of Project Africa Global (PAG), respectively. African Vibes magazine presented its Diamond Award to the special honorees for working tirelessly in their efforts to shine a positive light on Africa.

African Vibes celebrated its fifth anniversary of shining a positive spotlight on Africa and Africans by presenting the “I Wear African” fashion show.  The fashion show brings a new and fresh aesthetics to contemporary African style through the interpretive work of some of Africa’s hottest and talented designers.

One afronista after another trotted down the catwalk in a colorful kaleidoscope of designs and jewelry, representing designers from various parts of Africa. The designers who participated in the “I Wear African” fashion show included Princess Latifat Momodu-Lamoliatte (Nigeria) of Ravissant International Ltd., Oyin Ayoola (Nigeria) of Revere, Joseph Ntomp (Cameroon) of Ateliers Arthur, Solome Katongole (Uganda) of Solome and Wawi Amasha (Kenya) of Mami Afrika Designs as well as jewelry designers Monalisa Okojie (Nigeria) of NEHITA and Su Beningfield (South Africa) of her eponymous line, Su Beningfield Designs.

The highlight of the evening was a performance by special musical guest DJ Oudy 1er. who kicked off his United States tour with a performance of his hit songs, including the chart-topping single,  “Tchoumakaya.” A captivating performer, the singer/dj is the pioneer of Coupe Decale’s popular “black and white” dance move. And with sold out shows in France, Italy, London and parts of Africa, the audience seemed excited that Oudy 1er brought his show Stateside and rocked the runway with his beats and gyrating dance moves.

Other performances included renowned choreographer, Titus Fotso — a Cameroonian dancer, choreographer, master teacher as well as founder and director of AFRICADANCE INSTITUTEÔ — and his troupe along with the Brown Family, a Los Angeles based Afro hip-hop group with roots in Nigeria, West Africa.

The event was co-hosted by editor-in-chief Amabel Niba and actress/filmmaker Tangi Miller.  Miller is best known for the role of the smart, spirited and stylish Elena Tyler on the J.J. Abrams hit show, “Felicity.”

The anniversary event featured a pre-show glam lounge and make up bar for its VIP guests to offer makeup tips and touch-ups to guests, compliments of Milani Cosmetics — the Official Beauty Sponsor of the “I Wear African” fashion show.  Additional sponsors included Gigi Jewelry, and Afrotainment, the official television media sponsor of the anniversary event.

About African Vibes Magazine

Founded in 2006 by editor-in-chief Amabel Niba, African Vibes Communications Inc. (AVC) launched African Vibes magazine, the ground-breaking magazine representing contemporary Africa and Africans. It is a publication where people of African heritage come for Africa-related news, entertainment, motivation and inspiration. It is a brand that is revolutionizing African media and weaving the threads of cultural identity for readers of African heritage who have a desire to stay connected to his or her African roots. African Vibes reaches across the borders of national origin to engage bicultural individuals who have a desire to stay connected to Africa through stories that are hopeful, inspiring, educational and motivating. Over the years, AVC has expanded beyond the pages of its flagship magazine to generate brand extensions with the annual anniversary event as well as its Village Effort and I Wear African campaigns and the website.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of African Vibes Magazine



Wyllisa Bennett, publicist
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