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The life’s work of famed Malian photographer Malick Sidibe from the 50s through early 70s take us on a journey through a sweet era in Malian history, their new found independence from colonialism.  His thousands of images have become iconic and have won him the love of his country as well as international praise.  Malick is most known for his images of Malian street and nightlife, taken in the glory days of his youth.  These photos captured the carefree spirit of the Malian youth at the threshold of their liberation.

He began his career being commissioned by the rich who wanted to document their wealth.  His work took a new direction once he began to get invited out to the hip night clubs by local urban youth, who came to know him for his distinct eye.  I’m still grinning over the clubs’ quirky names, Las Vegas, Moscow, The Beatles, Tahiti, Tropicana.  Everyone was dancing, kickin’ it and enjoying themselves, and he followed them where ever they would take him.

Things took an unfortunate downward turn after the country was taken by a military dictatorship for several decades.  This did not deter Malick, who continued taking his photos ,which captured the strength and resilience of the Malian people.

It’s quite heartwarming to see him still sitting in front of his studio in Bamako welcoming clients, and taking photos of his small tribe of children at their compound.  So much art, culture and history captured through one man’s’ camera lens.  There is nothing like a creative who has endless passion.

“…I can’t imagine giving up photography.  I don’t look forward to the day I’ll have to give it up.  It means I’ll be dead.”

Check out the documentary on this amazing visionary:

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/dolce_vita_africana

Fashion’s night out is HERE I am BEYOND excited. For those of you who are new to the scene.  Fashion’s night is basically the New Years of fashion and a time where celebrities, artist and designers come out and mingle with shoppers.  With countless exclusive events, sale offers and gift bags there is definitely something for everyone.  With that being said I have compiled a couple of tips and tricks that have helped me plan a great night.

1. MAKE AN ITINERARY – FNO can be a bit overwhelming so the best way to optimize your time and make the most of the countless events would be with an itinerary ( yes it is that serious).

2. BRING A METROCARD – Sorry drivers and cab lovers but FNO is not the night for either. Traffic is just way to congested which makes both options too expensive and time consuming, therefore making the train the best option for getting from point A to B.

3. EAT BEFORE – (yeah I said it) with so much going on you don’t want to waste precious time looking for something to eat AND you don’t want to risk the debauchery that can ensue after  indulging in the countless open bars on an empty stomach.  So it is best to pack a power bar or eat before going out.

4. BRING GEL-IN OR FLATS – I know ladies FNO is times to be fabulous and fierce but remember that you will be walking around for hours on end so please do your feet and your friends a favor and bring some Gel-Ins!

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