Makho Ndlovu

Monday, September 7, 2020

Ways I Keep Connected With my Culture!


 What's up everyone!? How are you my friends? I'm doing alright - it's Monday - and it's a holiday weekend here in the US so I have no complaints! I'm laying low and chillin so I'm a happy camper.



Wanted to answer a question I always get asked in interviews. People always want to know how I stay connected to my Zimbabwean culture even though I have lived in the US for over 25 years now. . I know. Where does the time go? Anywho...here's how I stay connected:


1. Social Media - I follow prominent people back home and try to stay on pulse of what's going on. Twitter is my favorite medium for quick breaking news. Instagram is great for all the fashionistas killin it back home and finally Facebook is great for viral videos.



2. Read local newspapers - I read international news but I like to hone in on what's going on back home. Whether it's gossip on local celebs, breaking political news or updates on the pandemic - I always make time to read every single day.

3. Listen to the radio - It's so easy to just Google your favorite radio station back home and listen to their morning or drive time show. I love it when they have people call in to the radio station cause you really get a sense of what's going on. Also this is how I find out about new music and new artists. 

4. Talk to my friends - It's important to read right? But really talking to people on the ground will give you all the tea you need. During the pandemic my friends and I have these amazing unfiltered and super candid conversations via Zoom and I always learn so much. I love LOVE talking to my smart friends.

5. Let's hop on a flight - Nothing beats being at home. Landing in Joburg en route to Zimbabwe is one of the best feelings in the world. Unfortunately because of the pandemic it probably wont happen this year but this is a key component in staying connected. I love being able to visit friends and family just spending quality time. Whether it's going out to eat, shopping at the mall or visiting museums - being at home is my favorite place to be.


It's so easy to get disconnected once you live in the diaspora but it's also very easy to reconnect if that happens. I love being able to exist in both worlds (my American and African side) and I wouldn't change it for the world. 

How do you stay connected?

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

That Quarantine Life


Hey Fam!! How are you? No really...how are you holdin' up?


I am doing alright, here in NY trying to keep it together! I've lost track of what day it is and what month we're in. Its been that long!! We've been on lock-down since March and so it's been a minute for us. Quarantine has been quite the ride but overall I am just glad to be safe and sound. I am grateful that I'm healthy and my family is good as well!

What have I been doing to cope? Well sometimes little things like putting on makeup and a pretty dress make me feel good. This one was a goodie from Rent the Runway, from one of my favorite brands Solace London! On other days -  I watch a ton of Game of Thrones, catch up with my friends virtually on Zoom and of course indulge in copious amounts of wine! lol! 

I hope you guys and gals are all staying safe. Can't wait to be together again soon!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Checking In!

Hi Guys!

Is it too late to say Happy 2020!? If not,  Happy 2020 to you! I haven't checked in all year so just dropping in a note to say hello! I have been super busy working -  appearing on the Wendy Show, The Tamron Hall show and of course selling all the amazing Amazon products at my Amazon Live gig!


I used to dream of days like this! To say I am blessed is an understatement. The key to all of this? Years and years of hard work. Coupled with prayer, networking and being in the right place at the right time. Timing is everything kids! I know that sounds cliche but it's the truth! I have been free-lancing since 2012 and it's taken me a long time to get here and I am still a work in progress!

To all my hustlers out there- keep at it! The hard work will definitely pay off eventually! 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

My segment on the Wendy show!!

You guys! OMG!! On Monday September 30th...a lifelong dream came true! I was on the Wendy Williams show! Just even typing those words out....I still can believe it. This girl from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe was on the Queen's show!



It's been a long journey to get here you guys! I started out in 2012 and as we are about to enter a new decade (2020) I feel so ready and excited about what lies ahead. If you missed our Rue La La segment, don't fret. You can watch it below...enjoy y'all!

 
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Friday, August 23, 2019

My segment on the Jerry O show!!

Hi Friends!!!




Hope you had a spectacular week!

This week I got to check off a major life long goal. A daytime TV appearance!


I had the pleasure of hosting a quick and fun segment on the Jerry O show. I had the absolute best time my friends! Not only is Jerry handsome but he is funny, charismatic and the consummate professional. In case you missed it, you can watch our What's Dealio segment below:





Make sure to shop these items at: ruelala.com/jerryo
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hosting the FACE List Awards in NYC!



Hi Guys!! So this past Saturday on July 20th, I was super honored to host the FACE List Awards here in NYC. I actually love hosting solo onstage, having a partner is fun but I love the chemistry I have with the audience when it's just me and them. I had a blast! OK let talk about the awards...


Essentially they honor brilliant African people in the fields of tech, entertainment, business etc. It's always inspiring to be around people from the continent that continue to defy the odds in their respective fields and continue to soar into greatness.

Congrats to all the honorees, presenters and of course I have to give a huge S/O to the FACE 2 FACE team...they outdid themselves! What a lovely event!

Until next time!

Head over to the FACE 2 FACE site to find more about them!

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Hosting the Taliah Waajid hair show in Atlanta!

This past weekend on April 27th, I had the pleasure of hosting the empowerment panel at the Taliah Waajid hair show in Atlanta.Taliah is the definition of a BOSS! She launched her own amazing natural hair care line and if you haven't tried all I have to say is.....oh no baby, what is you doing? lol! I promise you, her products are amazing for our hair!

 The goal of the panel to inspire all the ladies in the place to be and I think we accomplished that mission!

The first thing I did when I found out I was booked for this gig was to prep and do my research on the panelists. It's really important to know who are you speaking to and who the esteemed panelists are. Helps with the keeping the conversation flowing!

This was me backstage prepping minutes before the event - just going over notes and making sure I highlighted the key points I wanted to make!



For the occasion I worked with my friend stylist Clarence White! Love how he put these pieces together. The pants and dress are from Beatrice .b Italia, the shoes are from Nine West and rings/earrings from Jilani Jewels. The outfit makes a big difference when you are hosting - it's the cherry on top that keeps you feeling extra confident.

All in all, I had a great time as evidenced by this big ole smile on my face. The entire panel lasted about an hour and half and I hope attendees got insight into how to run their own businesses and how to thrive in the corporate environment!

Until next time...have a great weekend folks!

Pics by Cat Harper
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Hosting the 10th annual WASH Gala!

Hi Fam!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting the WASH Gala here in New York City! The organization behind the gala is called FACE Africa and what they have done over the past few years in Africa is nothing short of amazing.

Spearheaded by their fearless leader Saran Kaba Jones - they are tackling the water crisis head on by funding, supporting and advocating for community hence the term WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) By the way did I mention they are doing all this admirable work all across Sub-Saharan Africa?

Amazing right?

Because I was hosting the tenth annual gala, I looked to the Queen of Wakanda for inspiration..

My friend Tim did my makeup for the gala! We drew inspiration from Queen Mother Angela Bassett for the occasion and I think we came pretty close! Soft smoky eye, a pink ombre lip and a chiseled and contoured face! The cheekbones had to push througggghhhh!


I have to admit that I actually was NOT nervous to host the gala. Maybe because I knew we were all congregated together to raise money for such a great cause or maybe it's because the inspirational speeches and energy in the room my motto was simple....I just had fun onstage as the host!


Photo by @theoluwasye

Because I was hosting I knew I had to go ultra glam! I am so thrilled that this Jane Michael Ekanem gown arrived in time and fit the bill perfectly! 

I had a ball! What a wonderful night! To find out more about the WASH Gala and FACE Africa click here

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