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CULTURE STYLE ELEVATION DESTINATION

ALKEBULAN THE GOLDEN ISSUE featuring

MÉLIE TIACOH


ALKEBULAN ISSUE SPECIAL THANKS TO ERIC GREEN FORD MODELS www.fordmodels.com

ONE MANAGEMENT www.onemanagement.com

WILHELMINA MODELS www.wilhelmina.com

PRB PUBLIC RELATIONS www.PRBPR.com

CONTRIBUTIONS The Zayin Group www.ZayinGroup.com

Jennifer Austin www.jlynnstyle.net

David Velasquez Majorie Forte Ashley Palmer Diana Jimenez Harry Jefferson Khadine Clarke Ana Siqueira Samara Shannon Raytell Bridges Jamal Edmonds Leiloni Cooper Stephen Hudson Dominique Babineaux KenQ Sheri Pinto Toni Yanez Nycole Jones Raven Roberts Evie Johnson Kourtney Williams Marco Hall Retrospect Vintage Jerrel Grant

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Editor’s Message

THE ALKEBULAN ISSUE Dr. Leonard Jeffries elequently quoted “Whoever controls the images, controls your self Esteem, self-respect and self development. Whoever controls the history, controls the vision.”

My purpose with Seven Tribes is to reclaim the self esteem, self respect, se;f development, and perhaps even more imporatnatly the vision of the unified heritage of Africa, the African Diaspora (African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro European, Afro-Latino, Afro-Arab, Afro-Siddis/Makrani (Pakistan and India) and the growing community of Afro-Multi-Racial people (Estimated 31% of the world population). It is my desire to utilize the global prescence of Seven Tribes Magazine as a positive and influental platform to represent a bold and progressive image of the myraid shades of beauty that manifest the Global African Community. I welcome you to our second issue, the Alkebulan Issue. If words’ concieve power, and there is knowledge in power, then with this comprehension by the obtaining of knowledge of the source and perceived meaning of a word, one certainly garners an accute knowledge about that particular word; correct? What could be more foundational than knowing the name of the land that birthed your culture, consciousness, and ancestors? From that question came the influence at the core of the magazine in which you hold in your hands. Alkebulan is believed to be one of the oldest indigenous names to the land of Africa, but not the only one. It is believed to be used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidians, Khart-Haddans (Carthaginians), and Ethiopians. It is speculated that Alkebulan means “Garden of Eden” or “Mother of Mankind”. Seven Tribes is about the forward progression of the Unified African Culture so it is only natural that we pay homage to our past in order to elevate forward. In this issue I was inspired to title each editorial after “hidden” or “forgotten” words. I wanted to utilize powerful words that would raise the vibrations of the images and compliment the editorials stories. Words such as Eleutheromania, Elysian, Equanimity, Querencia, and the many others that influenced this issue. I want to stimulate our viewers curiosity for knowledge. Each title was selected to raise the vibration of the story. Fashion like most artforms can be used a stimuli for education. I hope you enjoy discovering the wisdom of each word and how it applies to the editorials, and even more importantly how it applies to you. The Alkebulan Issue brings back some of my personal favorite models from our previous issue, The Exodus Issue. African-American models Milan Dixon and Eugena Washington along with Nigerian model Kaven are each viewer favorites and return for our current issue. Our African-French cover model Mélie Tiacoh has made her stunning debut with us and you can read all about her at http://seventribesmag.com. We also welcome Brazilian model Ismenia Lima,

American-Vietnamese model Chloe Nguyen, Dominican model Galaxia Gervacio, Maori model Dani Hayes from New Zealand (winner of the series New Zealand’s Next Top Model, Cycle2), African American albino model Diandra Forrest, and Somalian-Canadian model Cici Ali. This issue we also introduce our viewers to the Kings. Seven Tribes first male editorials feature African-Asian American model Shannon Wallace, African American model Bobby Roache, and Mexican American model Jhanelle Castillo. Many thanks to the countless people that assisted in the development of this issue. This magazine is a project of faith and effort. It would be impossible to accomplish with out supernatural assistance (take that however you wish lol). I also am a firm believer that angels and miracles are manifested in the physical form. Those angels came in the form of my very supportive family, our first investor Mr. Eric Green, Jose at Wilhelmina Models, and the teams at One Management and Ford Models. Those agencies support for our independent publication has been tremendously helpful and a testament that these companies support ethnic diversity within the fashion and entertainment industry. A special thanks to the many viewers that have supported the efforts of Seven Tribes from the beginning. This is only our genesis and the Universe is on Our Side. Sincerely, SHAMAYIM Publishing Editor and Founder of Seven Tribes Magazine Follow SHAMAYIM on Instgram and Twitter @SHAMAYIM


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ELEUTHEROMANIA M I L A N D I XO N

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST JENNIFER AUSTIN | HAIR STYLIST SAMARA SHANNON | MAKEUP ARTIST DAVID VELASQUEZ

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Milan wears: White Gown with Gold Leather Top and Beaded Collar by Alpana Neeraj www.alpananeeraj.com

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Milan wears: Faux Coat by Isabel Marant www.isabelmarant.com Leather Lace Up Pants by Alexander McQueen www.alexandermcqueen.com Cream Lace Up Cow Boots by Alia

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Milan wears: White Straped Boots by Haus Von Lila www.shophausvonlila.com White Beaded Gown w/ Origami Sleeves by Alpana Neeraj www.alpananeeraj.com

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E L Y S I A N MÉLIE TIACOH

PHOTOGRAPHED & WRITTEN BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAYTELL BRIDGES| HAIR STYLIST JAMAL EDMONDS | MAKEUP ARTIST MAJORIE FORTE

MELIE TIACOH PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAYTELL BRIDGES | HAIR STYLIST JAMAL EDMONDS | MAKEUP ARTIST MARJORIE FORTE

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Melie wears: Arc Earrings by Laura Lombardi www.lauratlombardi.com Gold flower headband by FRIDAY BY FRIDAY www.fridaybyfriday.com Rhinestone Studded Necklace by Jerell Gant www.imitationbyjerell.com Fluorescent Sequins Gown by Marc Bouwer Hybrid www.marcbouwer.com

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Melie wears: Origami Cuff by Jedda Khan www.jedda-khan.com Small Fin Stud by Gillian Steinhardt www.gilliansteinhardtjewelry.com Nude Beaded Gown by Renzo & Kai www.renzoandkai.com Rosemary Necklace by Laura Lombardi www.lauratlombardi.com Banded Bracelets (Throughout) by Lady Grey www.ladygreyjewelry.com

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perfecting

EQUANIMITY CHLOE NGUYEN

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST DOMINIQUE BABINEAUX | HAIR STYLIST STEPHEN HUDSON | MAKEUP ARTIST ASHLEY PALMER

MELIE TIACOH PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAYTELL BRIDGES | HAIR STYLIST JAMAL EDMONDS | MAKEUP ARTIST MJ FORTE

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Chloe wears: Black Sheer Beaded Dress by MYMCollection www.mymcollection.bigcartel.com

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understanding

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WARDROBE STYLIST KEN-Q | HAIR STYLIST SHERI PINTO | MAKEUP ARTIST HARRY JEFFERSON

KAVEN

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST KENQ | HAIR STYLIST SHERI PINTO | MAKEUP ARTIST HARRY JEFFERSON


Kaven wears: Arm Cuff by KenQ Crown by William Harper Black Sheer Gown by Cha Cha N’Kole Black and Gold Snake Necklace by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz www.absstyle.com

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Kaven wears: Shorts by Marco Hall www.marcohall.net Hand Chain by Bebe Shoes by Steve Madden Arm Cuff by PNK Elephant Gold Bandeau by Breann’ Cameron Black Leather Fringe Necklace by A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz

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Kaven wears: Bandeau by Marco Hall Gold Gauze Gown by Marco Hall www.marcohall.net

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NYCTOPHILIAC I SM E N I A L I MA

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAYTELL BRIDGES | HAIR STYLIST | MAKEUP ARTIST DIANA JIMENEZ

Ismenia wears: Bra by La Perla Leather Bustier by Rosario High Waisted Leather Skirt by Rosario

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a state of

EUDAIMONIA GALAXIA GERVACIO

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST KEN-Q | HAIR STYLIST SINA WASHINGTON | MAKEUP ARTIST KHADINE CLARKE

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Galaxia wears: Earrings by Queendom Claw Rings by Miss Wax Hand Cuffs by Cara Couture Black Caftan by Breann’ Cameron Gold Tipped Boots by Jeffrey Campbell www.jeffreycampbellshoes.com

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AFROCENTRIC RAVEN ROBERTS

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAVEN ROBERTS | HAIR STYLIST NYCOLE JONES | MAKEUP ARTIST TONY YANEZ

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Raven wears: Black Gown by Tsemaye Binitie

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and she was a

SELCOUTH DANI HAYES

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST ASKIA ABDULL | HAIR STYLIST SHERI PINTO | MAKEUP ARTIST ROSIE FORTUNA

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Opposite Page Dani wears: Gold Belt by Anya Zouyeua Gm/Rg Cabarnet Earrings by Laruicci Gold to Sliver Necklace by Tavia Sanza Gold Nexus Cuff (right wrist) by Laruicci Black Long Sleeve Satin Dress by Roomeur Tribal Matters Ring (right hand) by TomTom Jewelry Gold Monarch Tube Bracelet (left wrist) by Laruicci Sliver to Gold Cuff ( used as a choker ) by Tavia Sanza Gold Paradis Tube Ring ( left hand) W/ Crystals by Laruicci Gold Snow Leopard Ring w/ ab ( left hand) Crystals by Laruicci Chevron Negative Space ring (right hand) by TomTom Jewelry Gold Pyramids Necklace (Used as headpiece) by TomTom Jewelry

Dani wears: Gold Necklace by TomTom Jewelry Salome Gold Cuff (left wrist) by Lomo Salome Sliver Cuff (left wrist) by Lomo One-Sleeve Asymmetric Dress by Jennifer Lee Gold wirer rings ( left hand) by Elouinia eXantus Salome Necklace ( used as a headpiece ) by Lomo Silver Divino Ring W/ Crystals (right hand) by Laruicci Gold Salome 2 Chain Arm Bracelets (left arm) by Lomo Gold Double Strand Moulin Rouge Necklace w/ Crystals by Laruicci

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ESOTERIC DIANDRA FORREST PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM DESIGNER JEDDA KHAN www.jedda-khan.com

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she discovered

QU E R E N C I A EUGENA WASHINGTON

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAVEN ROBERTS | HAIR STYLIST SAMERA SHANNON| MAKEUP ARTIST TONY YANEZ

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Opposite Page Eugena wears: White Sheer Skirt by Mike Vensel Silver Rings by Kristen Dorsey Designs Sting Ray Chest Piece by Kristen Dorsey Designs Black Scalloped Cuffs by Kristen Dorsey Designs

Current Page Gold Bracelet by Viento White Jumpsuit by Sacred Hearts Collection Peach and Gold Statement Necklace by Erickson Beamon

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AGBARA TỌKỌTAYA SHANNON WALLACE & CICI ALI PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST KORTNEY WILLIAM | HAIR STYLIST UNO | MAKEUP ARTIST ANA SIQUEIRA

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ALTITUDINARIAN BOBBY ROACHÉ

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAYTELL BRIDGES

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Bobby wears: Black Dress Shirt by Ninh Collection Detailed Black Pants by Ninh Collection www.ninh.co Sequins Cape by RETROSPECT-Vintage Fashion Gold Disk Arm Band by RETROSPECT-Vintage Fashion www.retrospect-vintagefashion.com

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O R E N D A JHANELLE CASTILLO

PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHAMAYIM

WARDROBE STYLIST RAYTELL BRIDGES | HAIR STYLIST EVIE JOHNSON| MAKEUP ARTIST LEILONI COOPER

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Seven Tribes: Vol.2 Alkebulan Issue