Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Black Women Honored in Hollywood by Essence Magazine

Today Essence Magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary during the third annual Black Women luncheon in Hollywood.

Actresses including Zoe Saldana, Gabourey Sidibe, Queen Latifah and Cicely Tyson will be honored, who all worked hard to convert the images of Black women in television and film.

A special Legend Award will be presented to Cicely Tyson for her contributions in breaking barriers for people of color.

Scheduled to take place right before The Academy Awards, it will be interesting to see which actresses will be honored twice…

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