dailyphoto090825R. Kelly to Release New Album in October
That’s not a wall, that’s a television! R. Kelly’s crib is that huge. On Monday night, the singer opened his doors to MTV News, friends and a few other media outlets to unveil Untitled. The LP is now scheduled for an October 13 release, and his Ladies Make Some Noise tour begins on October 8. Kelly welcomed everyone into his living room, which is the size of your average lounge. It has a log-cabin theme with a movie-screen-size television that rises from the ground, a stage (Kelly gives private concerts there for friends and families sometimes) and shelves full of trophies from the Grammys, Billboard, BMI, Source, Soul Train and others. (Continue Reading…)

South African Fashion Designer Inspired by Her Rural Roots
Brought to Africa by German settlers, the humble cotton “isishweshwe” fabric has shrugged off its colonial origins to become a symbol of urban Afro wear in South Africa. Long associated with newly wed brides and older women, designer Bongiwe Walaza has taken the distinct repetitive patterns in shades of indigo, brown and reds to countries from the United States to Japan and Switzerland. Inspired by growing up in the rural Eastern Cape — an impoverished region of breathtaking scenery and thatched mud hut villages that gave birth to Nelson Mandela — tradition runs strongly through Walaza’s collections. (Continue Reading…)

Howard Grads Make More than Other HBCU Alums
Graduates of Howard University in Washington, D.C., earn higher salaries than graduates of any other Black college or university as well as some premier non-Black institutions of higher learning according to a study by salary research company PayScale. Howard graduates have an average starting salary of $50,300, ranking the school 100th on the list of colleges and universities with the highest starting salaries. The university ranked just ahead of Penn State, Northwestern, and the University of Texas. Howard is known to be an academically demanding institution and its graduates include Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, former presidential counselor and corporate attorney Vernon Jordan, former Sen. Edward Brooke, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), entertainers Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and Roberta Flack, mayors Adrian Fenty of Washington, D.C. and Shirley Franklin of Atlanta and noted A.M.E. Bishop Vashti McKenzie. (Continue Reading…)

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