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Herbal medicine is a health practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbs and plants are the main forms of life on earth. There are about 350,000 species of existing plants. Before the introduction of what we know today as “Aspirin”, man was mainly dependent on herbs for medical needs to retain vitality and cure diseases. The early uses of Aspirin are found in Egypt and Greece. According to Diarmuid Jeffreys, author of "Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug," the ancient Egyptians used willow bark as a remedy for aches and pains. The old remedy would work in reducing body temperature and inflammation thanks to a key ingredient: the salicylic acid.

It is only thousands of years later that people separated the key ingredients of aspirin. The aspirin we know today was manufactured in the late 1890s, and is universally recognized for heart-attack prevention in men who have had prior heart attacks, and it has also shown to have benefits against stroke in women.

The strong belief in traditional medicine in Africa exists since the beginning of times. Before modern medicine, Africans relied solely on plants and herbs to heal themselves. The heavy practice of spirituality led them to have trust in traditional medicine as a blessing from the gods, ancestors or as the successful expertise of healers or witches.


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#Music | Crystal Asige’s 'Safer' is the comfort you need in today’s turbulence

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#News | South Africans Are Not Having Doja Cats' Back Amidst #DojaCatIsOverParty

Starting last Friday, fans took to Twitter in order to cancel rapper Doja Cat under the hashtag #DojaCatIsOverParty because of supposed racist behavior. Cat’s real name is Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, and she is being accused of taking part in racist video chats, writing a song with a racist title and insulting black hair.

Let’s pause a bit on the last accusation. Afro-textured hair has been for ages a weapon for undermining black beauty through the use of qualifiers such as “Unkempt”, “Hard to manage” and so forth. African Americans may have had it the harder way because they felt a strong pressure to assimilate into the white culture of hair. Although Africans had more freedom when it comes to styling their hair, they too bought into the smooth feel of euro-typed hair. And even though young African girls did not have to, some mother were perming and hot combing their hair. African mothers would also use pejorative terms while struggling to comb their daughter’s hair. For a black girl to say she hates her hair, should be very common. It is therefore surprising that people would use someone’s self-appreciation as a weapon against a cultural imperfection that has been encouraged by many for decades. Black women still wear wigs, weaves and braids with fake hair right? But that’s not bashing black hair?

Since then, Doja Cat issued an apology and attempted to straighten some facts  then added “I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.” And for that comment, and that comment only, many Africans felt that Doja Cat was insincere on how she felt about the black side of her family. Although Doja Cat is not loud about her African origins, she did not try to hide them either. Her father is South African actor Dumisani Dlamini, best known for his role in 1992’s Sarafina! starring alongside Whoopi Goldberg. And when she first met Whoopi, Doja told her about her father and was open to the conversation. Still some people wondered on twitter why she did not claim her African side earlier. Others said that “her being South African doesn't excuse her behavior”, and begged her to “leave South Africa out of her mess”.  Other eyebrow-raising tweets accused mixed people like Doja to be extremely racist in South Africa. Needless to say South Africans did not have Doja’s back on twitter.

#Perks | Show off your Cool and Hip Personality with These Lock Screens

Your phone's lock screen could be just a simple flower or family photo you enjoy looking at every time you reach for your phone. However there is nothing wrong in adding something new and different once in a while.The good news is that we have created some cool wallpaper for your screen that you may test out this as early as right now.  The images are a mix of African popular prints by Vlisco and the Adidas flower logo. Merging these two elements brought a surprising combination that will show off your cool and hip personality through your phone. Enjoy these perks they are free!

Just in case you want your own Ankara/Adidas lockscreen personalized with your name like it was requested by Andréa and Amina (see below), drop your info in the comment section and we will send yours by email in the next 24 hours throughout the month of June.





This project is FREE and for entertainment purpose only. We do not claim ownership of some of the elements comprised in the visuals.

#SoHip | TOP 30 African Dark Skinned Beauties

Even Though skin bleaching is still widely the trend among African women, it is refreshing to see dark women owning their beauty and skin color. Here we have compiled a list of 30 women who do just that everyday in the African entertainment scene and the diaspora. Check them out right here, and let us know who should be in our next Top 30 African Dark Skinned Beauties list.

#SoHip | 7 Lupita Nyong'o White Looks

Some say dressing in White represents holiness and purity. And for the Black Panther and Us star Lupita Nyongo, this is an effortless look. Dabbling in white may be risky for some, but Lupita is showing us how dapper and angelic it really is. Today we will be sharing 7 Lupita nyongo white looks that will leave you captivated.
Number 1
While attending the WSJ Magazine 2018 Innovator Awards in November 2018, Lupita wore a stunning white suit ensemble, with pants that completely covered her feet. Her radiance left more than one person in awe with her beauty.

Number 2 

Lupita Nyong’o was one of the star attractions at the 2018 Governors Awards held in Hollywood. She sashayed down the red carpet in a white Tom Ford Spring 2019 dress, that was mesmerizing with its volume and movement.

Number 3
The actress wowed in a white feathered Oscar de la Renta gown at the ‘Vanity Fair’ Oscars after-party on February 2019. She worked that dress on the after-party red carpet, twirling around to showcase the entire gown.

Number 4
 Lupita made another excellent impression in white as she dazzled at “Sorry Angel” Premiere at 71st Cannes Film Festival on October 2018

Number 5 

The actress had all eyes on her – and her epic, spike-covered jacket – at the “US” premiere, in New York. She wore a plain white mini shirt dress with a transparent jacket covered in studded spikes over the top.

Number 6 

Lupita Nyong'o went ultra-modern in a white cutout pantsuit by Honayda at the SXSW premiere of 'Us.' on March 08, 2019 in Austin, Texas. The double-breasted jacket also featured cut-away panels at the waistline, and was teamed with straight-cut, wide trousers.

Number 7 

In 2015, Nyong'o wowed on the red carpet at the Oscars. her striking Calvin Klein Collection gown featured pearl detailing with a halter neck and dramatic scooped back. According to reports from the red carpet, there were 6,000 pearls on the dress.

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