The new series of the Great British Bake Off has begun airing in the UK, and the entire internet agrees that the hottest contestant by far is City banker (I know, boo hiss, but LOOK AT HIM), Selasi. He won the first technical challenge and looks set to produce some of the most gorgeous bakes of the contest.

To quote Twitter user saarahwaalker: "Paul well fancies Selasi. Everyone in that tent fancies Selasi. Everyone in the bloody world fancies Selasi."

This is 100% true. Observe:

At last there is a television show dedicated to Nadiya Hussain, winner of last year's Great British Bake Off.


[BBC One trailer for "The Chronicles of Nadiya", YouTube, 00:00:30]

Please tell me I'm not the only one who is SUPER EXCITED about this!
So for those of you who aren’t aware, the new series of the Great British Bake Off started a couple of weeks ago.

Bake Off has become a cultural phenomenon. It’s based on an unbelievably tired premise - the twelve contestants are eliminated one by one on a weekly basis until three are left - and so gently twee it could open its own independent boutique in Muswell Hill. It’s judged by a man with orange skin (Paul Hollywood) and a woman who ranks up there with Helen Mirren and the Queen in redefining “spectacularly well-preserved” (Mary Berry, now in her eighties). It’s presented by pair of comedians (Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc). Sue is one of the most high-profile women in the media and along with (inter)national treasure Sandi Toksvig, is a lesbian.

The viewing figures for Bake Off have gone from 2.8 million in 2010 to 10.1 million in 2015. That’s a sixth of the UK’s population.

It is also quietly promoting diversity on television in the UK. Amongst the twelve contestants this year, “only” eight are white. The four non-white contestants are:

Nadiya

Engaging, endearing and with the best facial expressions whilst being judged. She’s SO CUTE.

+3, Alvin and Dorret and Tamal )

Heading in to the third week, all four of these contestants are still in the game. I rank Tamal’s chances the highest of being in the final three. Who’s your favourite?

More about the contestants, with pictures. Link goes to The Guardian article from which these images were taken.

[YouTube video, 06:52, featuring a number of master ceramicists creating beautiful things in their studios.]

Featured ceramicists are:
Lee Hyang-Gu
Kim Seong-Tae
You Yong-Chul
Choi In-Gyu
Jo Se-Yeon

Doesn't need the sound, although the music adds to the soothing atmosphere!
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([personal profile] ironed_orchid May. 28th, 2014 05:42 pm)


Aṣa (which means Hawk in Yoruba, and is pronouced "Asha") is the stage name of Nigeria Afro-pop singer Bukola Elemide. She mostly sings in English and Yoruba, and her songs feature catchy rhythms from her acoustic guitar, and lyrics ranging from social commentary to romance.

Aṣa wears glasses, and has made them part of her signature look, wearing several different pairs in her "Why Can't We" video to match her colourful outfits.

5 photos )

Aṣa currently has two albums out, Aṣa (2007), and Beautiful Imperfection (2010).

2 videos )
Cross-posted from my personal DW, where it's been the kind of week where I needed some beautiful people picspam.



I think Siddig el Fadil has only become more handsome as he's gotten older, but there's one pic of young Siddig from his Deep Space Nine days under here too.

That salt-and-pepper beard OMG )

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find photos of Nandita Das that haven't been photoshopped to make her look gora? Fuck colorism in the ear.

I will fight anyone who says Nandita Das needs to be lightened in Photoshop to be beautiful )


The amount of hatred directed at Lupita Nyong'o hurts my heart. She's so smart and talented and beautiful. More Lupita please both on screen and behind the camera!

I can't get over how bright her smile is in pretty much every photo of her ever )


And here's the point where I run out of colorful commentary. Sorry. Pictures though.

Chiwetel Ejiofor )


Indira Varma )


I was looking for a recording of this duet to play for my 15-month-old daughter on my phone and I came across this gorgeous version, sung by Korean sopranos Sumi Jo and Ah-Kyung Lee. Six minutes and forty-one seconds of aural bliss.
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([personal profile] nanila Apr. 29th, 2013 10:41 am)


An interview with Riz Ahmed, actor and rapper, was published in the Guardian Weekend this Saturday: here. Reading it was...an experience I thought might be of interest in this community. If you feel you can cope with potentially triggery material, click the cut below. Otherwise, skip to the end for the photos.

Caution: contains microaggression )

Click here for pictures of Mr Ahmed. )


This is Jake Shimabukuro, jumping for joy, for he is a handsome Asian ukulele virtuoso.



And here he is smiling, for he is a handsome Asian ukulele virtuoso.

Jake Shimabukuro bedazzles us all by playing flamenco on the ukulele.
Jake Shimabukuro's official web site.
British track-and-field athletes took three Olympic gold medals last night. I watched with tears in my eyes as Jessica Ennis, a mixed-race Jamaican-British heptathlete, and Mo Farah, a Muslim Somali-British runner, became Olympic champions. I've posted about each of them separately, but I think today they deserve another post.

Look at her smile! Isn't it glorious?


+2 )

Mo Farah hugging his daughter, who ran onto the track after he won the 10000 m race.


+3 )
These aren't a particular celebrity (unless the model is famous, if so please correct me as I'm not up on my supermodels anymore ;) but they are amazing.

To celebrate Afro-indian culture within East Africa. Photos by by Suresh Natarajan, for
tanishq aarka

(Found here: http://webneel.com/webneel/blog/inspired-photographs-aarka-tanishq-ads-suresh-natarajan)

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more below cut )
First_Jamaican_Lesbian_Wedding
[The couple jump the broom at their wedding ceremony.]

These two women are the first lesbian couple to be married in Jamaica. You can read their story at Ebony and view the lovely photo set here.

Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn on jumping the broom. )
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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:43 pm)
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with a kitty. What's not to love?

Lt. Colonel Greg Gadson is 20+ year active duty Army officer, who is also an actor, motivational speaker, regional head of the Wounded Warrior program and an above-the-knee bilateral amputee, caused by injuries received in the line of duty.

Basically, he's a brilliant badass, who also kicks alien butt (and saves lovely Brooklyn Decker!) in the movie "Battleship".

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two more with doomed alien and vid )
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First All Female African-American Flight Crew.

Captain Rachelle Jones, first officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers made history on February 12th when their Atlanta-based Delta Connection carrier departed from Atlanta to Nashville, Tennessee.


The First Officer's sweater is giving me FEELINGS. It's just so ... FEEEEELINGS. :D


Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a Nigerian-British space scientist and science communicator. She's worked in academia and industry, and she's on BBC Two right now, talking about the origins of space exploration in "In Orbit: How Satellites Rule...". Catch it on iPlayer if you're not watching it now!

+3 )
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([personal profile] acari Feb. 17th, 2012 05:20 pm)
Sara Nuru is a German model of Ethiopian descent. She won season four of Germany's Next Topmodel. (Click on the images to see larger versions.)

Read more... )
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