Category Archives: Reflections

Recap: SUPAFRIK Shhhhhhhh Secret BBQ Party

Moments captured by Taiwo Bah
Words by Chinedu Ukabam

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“Yesterday was the hottest day of the Toronto summer so far. Humidity so thick, the city issued a heat warning that sent people scampering to the nearest air conditioned enclosure. It was the type of heat that would make someone want to throw a trash can through the front window of a pizza parlor. Continue reading

Thank you for making 2012 “Astronomically Awesome”!

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2012 has been astrononmically awesome for the SUPAFRIK family:

3 Pop-Up Shops (Toronto/DC),
1 “Afrotropolis Wanderland” Fashion Show
1 Short Film
1 “Palattes of Africa” Foodtasting
“After Hours” FNO Event
1 Online Holiday Gift Shop

And it is all thanks to YOU!
We hope 2013 brings to you health, happiness and all the good things you desire!
S U P A F R I K
p.s. stay tuned for our 2013 programming

Our Holiday Gift Shop Launches Tomorrow!

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If you missed us at one of the pop-ups  in Toronto or Washington DC don’t worry you know that we got you! We’ve been listening to your requests. Starting tomorrow you’ll be able to shop the SUPAFRIK pop-up online! We’ve cherry picked the best sellers from the past four pop-up shops and added a few surprises as well. New merchandise will be added at the start of the day, everyday for the 8 day duration so check back often for a chance to snap them up. When we say qualities are limited, we mean LIMITED. If you are still looking for that unique gift for your friends, family or yourself, wait till you see what we have at the SUPAFRIK Holiday Gift Shop!

Tune in to: SHOP.SUPAFRIK.COM to travel around the world in 8 days from December 13th to the 20th.

p.s. If you haven’t already, find SUPAFRIK on facebook, “like” us and check out the invite for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/516292165061864/

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Sneak Peek: The Making of the Marrakesh Collection

“It’s around 8:30PM on Friday. Less than a week before the Marrakesh collection is launched in DC and less than three days before I have to leave Toronto. I have a humanly impossible amount of stuff left to do but this woven label that recently came in the mail is the official point of no return. I have started and stopped this collection twice in as many years. Scrapped ideas and then dug up some of them up again only to re-trash them. I feel like I’ve been held hostage by this idea for too long. The woven label means “the end” but I suppose I should really start from the beginning….”

Chinedu Ukabam | Designer | Chinedesign

Click on the pictures below to see his behind the scenes creative process of the collection that will be making an exclusive debut in DC. Also join the facebok invite to keep track of all the local buzz we’ve been getting and some last minute surprise additions to the SUPAFRIK Experience.

Coming soon: Touré in Toronto this Thursday for Black to the Future

Black to the Future: Identity Politics in the Modern Americas  Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 6pm Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto

Inspired by African-American writer Touré’s recent book, Who’s Afraid of Post- Blackness, Black to the Future is a provocative discussion about what it means to be black today.

Matt Galloway, host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One 99.1, will lead writer and pop culture enthusiast Touré in conversation exploring issues of modern black identity. What does it mean to identify as black in America today and how does that concept relate to being black in Canada? What do the issues of race and “Blackness” mean within Canadian borders?

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6pm. The conversation ends with an audience Q&A and book signing.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance – available online through http://www.blackartndialog.com, or $25.00 at the door.

Black to the Future is presented by Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue and funded by TD Bank Group.

Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND) is an organization dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black Artists in Canada and abroad. For more information about BAND visit http://www.blackartndialog.com  MEDIA CONTACT:  Alison Taylor (647) 701-4323  alison@blackartndialog.com

Reflections: On the Music of Tracy Chapman

For our first entry in “Reflections”, Joana Woods reminisces on a transcendent encounter with the voice of Tracy Chapman while travelling across Malawi. If you’d like to write something for this section, use the “Submit” tab above. Please read the instructions before hitting send.

One evening, along an non-discret dirt track in a southern region of warm Malawi, I drove to the soul that is Tracy Chapman. Naturally, the star song was “Fast Car” and with the lyrics “I had a feeling that I belonged, And I had a feeling I could be someone”- the resonance with my life at that time was huge.  Continue reading