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High Nobility: Joy Elias-Rilwan

The Honorable James Lascelles, 1st cousin of the Queen, is married to a black woman, Joy Elias-Rilwan, who is also a member of the Yoruba noble family of Elias of Lagos.
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Joy Elias-Rilwan married Hon. James Edward Lascelles, son of George Henry Hubert Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood and Maria Donata Nanetta Paulina Gustava Erwina Wilhelmine Stein, on 30 January 1999.1 Joy Elias-Rilwan was a film and TV actress.3 From 30 January 1999, her married name became Lascelles

Joy could recently be seen in HIGH LIFE directed by Olusola Oyeleye. Film and TV credits include SILENT WITNESS for BBC1, HOLBY CITY also for BBC1, FRANCES TUESDAY for ITV1/Picture Palace, directed by Jon Sen, WILLIAM AND MARY for United/ITV1, BAD GIRLS for Shed, THE SECRET LAUGHTER OF WOMEN for Handmade Films and AMA for Channel 4. Theatre credits include WALKING WATERFALL directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr, YERMA at the Arcola, BINOTU also at the Arcola Theatre, and YERMA’S EGGS at the Riverside Studios.

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Princess Keisha Omilana of Nigeria

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A former model, spokesperson, and actress, Omilana adds brains to beauty as a businesswoman. The Inglewood, California native started Wonderful Brand, a multifaceted business incorporating fashion, television and Web, with her husband, Kunle, a Nigerian prince. Known as the “Pantene Girl,” Omilana is cited as the first African American woman to be featured in three consecutive commercials.

Keisha stars in three Pantene commercials.



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Prince Maximillian of Liechtenstein and his wife Princess Angela and their son Alfons…

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Princess Angela of Liechtenstein: Born in Panama, Princess Angela Gisela Brown married Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in 2000. This Afro-Latina beauty grew up in New York City and attended Parsons School of Design, where she won the coveted Oscar de la Renta Gold Thimble Award for fashion design. As a designer, Princess Angela worked with such icons as Adrienne Vittadini, and started her own label, A. Brown, before marrying Prince Maximilian. The couple has two children, Prince Alfons Constantin and Princess Angela. Princess Angela and her son Prince Alfons are the highest-ranking Black members of a reigning European dynasty.

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The wedding dress above was custom made by Princess Angela her self.

Princess Angela G. Brown  is the daughter of Mr. Javier Francisco Brown and Mrs. Silvia Maritza Brown.


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He studied Business Economics at the EBS and did an MBA at Harvard Business School. He is currently the CEO of the Liechtenstein Global Trust (LGT).
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Liechtenstein Castle aboveThe Principality of Liechtenstein is a tiny, landlocked country tucked away between Switzerland and Austria and with mountain slopes rising above the Rhine valley.
Historic and picturesque patch of Europe is made up of just 11 villages and has about 33,000 inhabitants.Liechtenstein is best known for its tax-haven status and diminutive size but could hit the headlines in future by hosting some very large parties.

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 The red and blue of Liechtenstein’s flag date from 1921. The crown was added in 1937, after it was discovered by Liechtenstein’s team at the 1936 Summer Olympics that the flag then in use was identical to the flag of Haiti. The design of the crown was slightly modified in 1982. The flag can be hung vertically or horizontally, but the crown always remains upright.

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Monaco’s Baroness Cecile de Massy

Baronness Cecile de Massy, wife of Baron Christian Louis de Massy, son of the late Princess Antoinette of Monaco, and cousin of Prince Albert of Monaco. Cecile is the highest ranked black person in Monaco. She is the patroness of Ladies Lunch Monaco

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Link: Baroness Cécile de Massy – The Riviera Woman


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Baroness Cécile sponsored the latest Carré Doré exhibition, featuring the celebrated Italian artist and fashion designer Gianni Molaro. She gave a short interview to Anna Fill of The Riviera Woman.

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Link: Ladies Lunch Monte Carlo – The Riviera Woman


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Taboo: A few Historical and fiction films

Come See the Paradise

This is the story of Jack McGurn, who comes to Los Angeles in 1936. He gets a job at a movie theatre in Little Tokyo and falls in love with the boss’s daughter, Lily Kawamura. When her father finds out, he is fired and forbidden ever to see her again. But together they escape to Seattle. When the war breaks out, the authorities decide that the Japanese immigrants must live in camps like war prisoners.

The Feast of all Saints

Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.

Chinese Box

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year’s Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People’s Republic of China.

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Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.

A Family Thing

A middle-aged man discovers he is actually from a bi-racial family and sets out to rediscover his roots with the help of his African-American brother.

Winner of the E Pluribus Unum Award by the American Cinema Foundation in 1997.


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During the British rule in India, many Indians were sent to Uganda to assist in the building of a railroad. When the railroad was complete, most of the Indians decided to make Uganda their new home. Soon they became rich property owners and enjoyed a far better standard of living than native Ugandans. Some conservative parents of second generation Ugandan-Indians refused to permit their children to marry native Ugandans. Using this as a pretext, in November of 1972 General Idi Amin made it mandatory for all Asians to leave Uganda, as he wanted Africa to be a “black Africa”. In the movie one of the displaced families was Jay, Kinnu, and their young daughter, Meena, moving from Kampala to Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.A. The family attempted to establish themselves in their new surroundings while reacquainting themselves with their relatives, Anil, Jammubhai, Kusum, Chanda, Kanti, and Pontiac. From 1972 to 1990, Jay and Kinnu ran a liquor shop, while Meena cleaned motel rooms and bathrooms. Since Meena had a dark complexion, she was often mistaken for a Mexican, and Kinnu was unable to find a suitable groom for her. Jay still keeps the hope that one day he will regain his estate in Kampala and return to live there for the rest of his life, and continues to nurse a grudge against the black Africans who had displaced him and taken over his property. Now to make matters worse, Jay gets a rude shock when Anil tells him that Meena is having an affair with a “kaalu” (Black man) named Demetrius Williams, who runs a business cleaning carpets in motel rooms. Watch how tensions rise when salt is rubbed on old wounds, and racism, called “tradition” by some folks in the U.S., raises its ugly head, perhaps to claim more victims – this time Meena and Demetrius – who may not be able to handle the chain of events started by their love for each other.

Alex Haley’s “Queen”

A plantation owner’s son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a light-skinned daughter named Queen. As Queen growns up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into the troubled world around her. She tries passing for white, but it leads to sorrow in post-Civil War America. Everywhere she goes, she faces obstacles and hardships while searching for happiness and a place to belong.

The Lover

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at Awards of the Japanese Academy in 1993.

The courage to love

An interracial romance that was looked down upon by 1813 society’s racism. “We can’t even sit together in Church.” I only had 50% of the movie, so I wasn’t able to use all of its clips, unfortunately; their romance was incredibly charming, though. He wanted to marry her in his country, where it wouldn’t have been illegal to take “colored women” as wives, but she chose her devotion to her people over a life of marriage.

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Directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda. The story is a look at early 20th century American race relations. Today, Imitation of Life has been re-evaluated by critics and is now held up as a masterpiece of Douglas Sirk’s directing style. Universal – 1959

A Taste of Honey

To mark the 50th anniversary of Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey, stars Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin, and cinematographer Walter Lassally take part in an onstage discussion at BFI Southbank.
The film is notable for its frank treatment of mixed-race relationships, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality. Melvin reflects on his involvement in Shelagh Delaney’s original stage version, and his concern that the material would prove too sensational for audiences. Lassally discusses the difficulties Richardson faced in getting the project off the ground. Tushingham talks about being dismissed by early critics as an ‘ugly unknown’, and reveals that the film originally had Hollywood backers who wanted Audrey Hepburn for the lead role.

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Mick Jagger and Marsha Hunt

Mick Jagger and Marsha Hunt met in 1970 when she was approached to pose for a promotional photo for “Honky Tonk Women.” The two had a daughter together, Karis, and both have been closely involved in her life.




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“Brown Sugar” is a song by The Rolling Stones. It is the opening track and lead single from the English rock band’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 490 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]

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Though credited, like most of their compositions, to the singer/guitarist pair of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was primarily the work of Jagger, who wrote it sometime during the filming of Ned Kelly in 1969.[3] Originally recorded over a three day period at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama from 2–4 December 1969, the song was not released until over a year later due to legal wranglings with the band’s former label, though at the request of guitarist Mick Taylor, they debuted the number live during the infamous concert at Altamont on 6 December. The song was written by Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger’s secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.



A Young Photo of  Marsha Hunt below

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Actress, singer and novelist Marsha Hunt was a beauty Icon in the 60’s. This was a famous photo on the cover of British Vogue.

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Sheba and Solomon


 The queen of Sheba has been called a variety of names by different peoples in different times. To King Solomon of Israel she was the Queen of Sheba. In Islamic tradition she was called Bilqis or Balqis by the Arabs, who say she came from the city of Sheba, also called Mareb, in Yemen or Arabia Felix. The Roman historian Josephus calls her Nicaule. The Ethiopian people claim her as Makeda or Maqueda. She is thought to have been born some time in the 10th century BC. Her lineage was part of the Ethiopian dynasty established in 1370 BCE by Za Besi Angabo, which lasted 350 years; Makeda’s grandfather and father were the last two rulers of this dynasty. Makeda’s mother was known as Queen Ismenie. In 1005 BCE, Makeda’s father appointed her as his successor from his deathbed

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Arlenis for Victoria’s Secret

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Liya Kebede for 25 Magazine by Paola Kudacki

Liya Kebede for 25 Magazine by Paola Kudacki

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