January 22, 2013

Let Me Upgrade You | Fresh, New Blog!


Well, hello there! How are you? I've been away for a few days but it's for a great reason. I upgraded the blog to new fresh format. Check it out! The picture is a copy of the header.


January 11, 2013

Kwaku Ananse | Ghanaian Mythology

Kwaku Ananse is a film based on a fable of creature who is a spider and man. Ananse, as many call him, is common in many Ghanaian myths and stories. Kwaku Ananse tells the story of Nyan Koronhwea, a young woman who attends her estranged father's funeral. Nyan's father had two separate lives with two wives and two families - one in Ghana and one in the United States. The film incorporates a reoccurring theme of duality, teaching that there are two sides to everything and everyone. Kwaku Ananse was recently selected for the Berlin International Film Festival and is up for the Golden Bear Prize for Best Short Film. 

Watch the trailer below:

For updates on the Kwaku Ananse film, visit the Facebook page.

January 10, 2013

A Lot Like You | Exploring Culture, Identity, and Gender

A Lot Like You is a film about a woman's search for her cultural identity. Born into a Tanzanian-Korean interracial family, Eliaichi Kimaro travels to Tanzania to learn about her father's culture. There she discovers stories of women who struggle in a society that oppresses them and is forced to face her own past as a victim of abuse.

Winner of 6 film festival awards, A Lot LikeYou is praised for its fresh, inspiring narration of a personal exploration of identity within a mixed-race background. The film covers postcolonial and immigrant stories as well as stories of culture and gender violence.



Watch the trailer below:

Read more about A Lot Like You.

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January 9, 2013

Art & Design | Bettr Nigeria 2013


Intrigued by the design of these created by Toby Emmanuel as part of "Bettr Nigeria 2013". They seem to have been created for the Better Nigeria Progressive Party which was deregistered in 2012.

January 8, 2013

Chris Turner | LOVELife Is a Challenge

I love it when I find talented emerging musicians in the underground music scene. There is something natural and original about these musicians that I really enjoy. They are some of my best kept secrets. I recently discovered and have been replaying the music of Chris Turner who is currently on tour with Esperanza Spalding. Classically trained in music, Chris Turner combines streams of jazz, hip-hop, funk and soul in his music. He transitions in and out of falsetto with a smooth ease. His first single "Brainstormin" from his mixtape "LOVELife Is a Challenge" happens to be my favourite song from the album.

Listen to "Brainstormin" here:

For the complete album, visit Chris Turner's bandcamp here.

You're welcome! ^_^

True Grit | AMFW 2012 in Downtown Lagos



Photographer: John de Lima
Womenswear Stylist: Sabrina Henry
Menswear Stylist: KK Obi
Hair: Ranelle @ Johnnie Sapong
Make Up: Philip Ueberfellner
Casting: Kevin Robinson
Models: Jaunel McKenzie & Georgie Badiel, Roberta Narciso and Kimmie
Location: Lagos, Nigeria


January 7, 2013

Travel Etiquette | Style Profile in Luanda, Angola

In the summer of 2012, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette visited Luanda for their Travel Etiquette series. Below are the photos, a video and description from the duo on their trip.

"Our Travel Etiquette series was started on the notion of “How do you live in your clothing/style?” rather than the clothing itself.  I’m quite ecstatic that our Travel Etiquette series ended up taking place on the continent of Africa, with so much to dispel and add on, it was a great opportunity to touch down in Angola. Being from Ghana, West Africa it was a very similar cultural experience but obviously a different language barrier. We saw, heard, smelled and felt familiar things in a distant place and that’s a big part of Travel Etiquette. We hope this is just the very beginning of an continuous awesome project series where we will travel the seven seas via the interwebs to bring you guys great culturally diverse content and hopefully you will have the opportunity can do the same."


Marketplace: "Believe it or not this footage was shot on our first day in Luanda. To start the trip on this note set the momentum for the rest of the trip. This market was not quite like everywhere else in Luanda. Being on the more rural side of things, it felt like a detached city buzzing with pride, culture and passion. At its core it was simply just a market where locals buy and sell everyday goods but it gave a feeling of so much more."


Barbershop: "Josh decided early on that inorder to really experience all that Luanda had to offer, he had to get a his haircut by a real, Angolan barber. It is easy say why barbers make up a big part of the culture they operate in. There is something about getting your hair cut in a foreign place that tells a story about so much more than the haircut. While only using a comb and a double sided razor, this barber was able to do a taper and shapeup with pristine precision."




For more on everything Street Etiquette, visit www.streetetiquette.com.


Sharleen Dziire For Elle South Africa January 2013


Sharleen Dziire For Elle South Africa January 2013

December 24, 2012

A Heart of Thanks

Over the past year, auburnbutterfly has evolved into something bigger than I imagined. I was born into a family of artists and began drawing very early. It wasn't until a few years ago that I became increasingly fascinated with cultural arts, so I started auburnbutterfly to chronicle what I discovered. Thank you for joining me and for reading along the way. I am thankful for the continued support you have shown me. I am also thankful to have met a community of so many wonderful people who share this passion. 


Before I created auburnbutterfly, I was an avid reader of creative blogs. I was always curious to learn about the writers, and happy to connect through shared interests. It's been an interesting experience being on the other end of the blogging experience this past year. I'd love to know who you are, so please don't hesitate to connect with me! (@RoseofSharonO)


I'm wishing you all the peace and joy of the festive season. 

May our hearts be filled with warmth as we begin a new year.

With love,
Sharon Obuobi


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December 21, 2012

The Coiffure Project | Natural Hair Photography

Created by Glenford Nunez of TYP Photography Studio, The Coiffure Project features models of diverse backgrounds with various natural hair styles. When describing his work with The Coiffure Project, Glenford Nunez explains, "..I want people to look at good photography. The Coiffure Project is a portrait project first. The catch is it's all about natural hair."

See more of Glenford Nunez's work at the TYP Photography Studio.


December 20, 2012

History In Photographs | Ghana & USA


From left to right, top-down:
Ghana, 1961, By Willis E. Bell from "Playtime in Africa". Source
NYC., Harlem, Neighbourhood ballet class, 1968 By Eve Arnold from the Black is Beautiful series
Harlem, 1938
"New Car", South Richmond, VA, 1938. By Robert McNeill, from The Negro in Virginia. Source.
1924 Ghana, West Africa - Prempeh I
June Jordan, Alice Walker, Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde at Phillis Wheatley Poetry Fest, 1979


Toyin Oduntola | Art Basel Miami 2012 Series [5]

This year's Art Basel Miami was its eleventh edition and its representation of African American, Carribean Diaspora, and African Diaspora artists is described as the best in Basel's history. In this post series, I present some black artists featured at Art Basel Miami 2012.

Toyin Odutola was born in Ife, Nigeria and raised in Alabama, USA. She describes her methodlogy as, "Black Portrait: Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state where the overarching definition is lost..."

Dotun (Don't Fret.), Pen ink and acrylic ink on board, 2011

All these garlands prove nothing, Pen ink and marker on paper, 2012

Toyin Oduntola is also exhibiting her work in The Progress of Love, at The Menil Collection (December 1, 2012 - March 17, 2013). She was also listed as one of Forbes' Top 30 under 30. Read more about Toyin Oduntola here.

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