The Fashion Africa Now Podcast ignites interesting conversations with designers, creatives, historians, researchers, fashion players and industry experts on what fashion in African is today, systematically digging into its past and more importantly, shaping its future.

#10 EPISODE 24 February 2021Hip Hop Transformed Fashion Forever: April Walker

Fashion Icon April Walker, from Brooklyn, New York, is considered as one of the architects and trailblazers in streetwear. The release of ‘The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion’ in 2019 on Netflix, put a spotlight on Walker Wear as one of the brands pioneering with the glitterati of Hip Hop from the eighties and nineties. New York was a diverse melting pot of hustlers, the famous, athletes and even correctional officers. On the flip side April reveals the underbelly of the misogynistic and oppressive music and fashion industries, being black and being subjected to mass-misappropriation, yet also being a woman – the first to launch a streetwear brand in that era. She dressed major league artists such as 2Pac, Biggie, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Method Man, and many other legendary artists, who undeniably shaped black culture globally up to this day. She paints a charming yet gritty scene of New York, leaving you in awe of the tenacity of talented musicians, rappers, fashion designers and stylists who were driven by heart and creativity in a sleepless city about to explode.

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Introducing Fashion Africa Now's Podcast Host

Meet Beatrace Angut Oola, founder of Fashion Africa Now and our F.A.N Podcast host. With strong credentials in fashion and the arts, working for some of the world’s esteemed fashion brands, our Ugandan-German host is also a speaker, curator, guest lecturer and founder of a creative consulting agency, APYA Productions. Beatrace ignites and stewards candid and untold stories of talent from Africa and the diaspora, as well as those shaping the sustainable fashion scene.

Introducing Fashion Africa Now's Podcast

The first episode of Fashion Africa Now Podcast will drop soon, and Beatrace Angut Oola will be airing every second Wednesday. Here’s a quick taste of what’s to come. Stay tuned…

About The Podcast

The fusion of rich and diverse sub-nations, cultures, ideas and talents from the African continent, and by extension the African diaspora has produced irresistible trend-setting fashion, styles, aesthetics, sounds and a way of life globally. Yet in the shadows of this allure the conflict between slow fashion, sustainability in Africa and fast fashion is a conversation to be encouraged.

“The Fashion Africa Now Podcast will be hosted by Beatrace Angut Oola, an interdisciplinary fashion curator and advocate, out of Germany. Beatrace has spearheaded the conversation around inclusivity, curated exhibitions in Europe and Africa and has also championed the best in class practitioners in Africa and the Diaspora, to name a few of her activities.  read more


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