Words Carinya Sharples
Hot on the tail of ARISE's last cover star Tyra Banks, Hollywood leading lady Kerry Washington is the face of the first ARISE magazine in 2013. In an exclusive interview, the star of Quentin Tarantino's slavery-era drama Django Unchained reveals the emotional experience of filming Django, how she got the Ugandan accent down for The Last King Of Scotland and what it was like to get a second series of Scandal and retain her title as the only African-American female in a lead TV role: "I felt proud of America. I felt proud of us as a society that we allowed the face of this show to be something that we don’t normally see in this role."
Someone else shaking up the status quo is the outspoken editor of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani. In a fascinating and candid interview with ARISE she defends L'Uomo Vogue's contentious Rebranding Africa issue, explains why Lagos needs a Rodeo Drive and answers that much-debated question: Will there ever be an Vogue Africa?
In the buoyant spirit of the New Year, we explore Africa's top ten growth industries for 2013 and introduce ten African talents set to hit the big time in 2013. Not heard yet of the likes of SA vocalist/producer Petite Noir or Nigeria-English actress Ashley Madekwe? You soon will.
This is also a time for reflection and who has better to give an insight into Africa's triumphs and tribulations of the past 50 years than former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. Why did the UN not intervene in Rwanda? And how could Annan stand negotiating with dictators like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak? Africa's most famous peacemaker answers some tough questions.
On the ARISE playlist this issue: an extract from Bad Girl MIA's new book, lessons in longevity from afrobeat legend Tony Allen, and conscious rapper Talib Kweli on what it means to be African American. We also celebrate one of the Africa's hottest exports: kuduro, the frenetic Angolan phenomenon sweeping the world's charts and dancefloors.
On the ARISE fashion pages Moroccan beauty Hind Sahli and Genesis Vallejo Mota of the Dominican Republic work the latest catwalk trends in psychedelic prints and modern-day Baroque. And because New Year is all about self-improvement, we break down the metallic beauty look and ask nine male fashion insiders to reveal their secret grooming tips. Guys, listen up.
Plus we also find out why Cape Town's been voted World Design Capital 2014, scrum down with Nnamdi Asomugha and his fellow African stars of the NFL, find out why artist Julie Mehretu's big works are earning big bucks, meet a living African icon; Nigerian textiles pioneer Nike Davies-Okundaye and ask the Big Question: 'Will we ever see a United States of Africa?' If it means we get to pay with an Afro note, count us in.