Ashley Breaux has launched a new line of cosmetics. (Courtesy of
Ashley Breaux has launched a new line of cosmetics. (Courtesy of

Louisiana makeup artist Ashley Breaux is celebrating her Creole heritage with the launch of a new cosmetic line.

Breaux began last year Vérité Beauty, the name derived from the French word for “truth.” With her new Creole Collection line, the Lafayette native’s new goal is to make all women of color feel beautiful and comfortable by enhancing their beauty with makeup.

“The biggest myth about Creole culture that I have encountered is that it is dependent on outward appearances,” Breaux said. “Most people define Creole by a light skin tone and what appears to be ‘good hair’ textures. I purposefully chose a model with lots of melanin to represent the line because her complexion is included in what can be Creole, no matter what part of the world you come from.”

Noticing that many women shy away from makeup due to lack of diversity in pigments and a lack of colored women in advertisements, Breaux aimed to create a line that matches all skin hues.

The Creole Collection will include foundations, powders and concealers to accommodate every shade of black.

D.C. Gears Up for 2nd Energy Institute

African students interested in addressing energy problems in their countries will once again have the opportunity to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship by attending the second Energy Institute at the University of California, Davis, from June 16 to July 30.

The six-week program will welcome 25 fellows ages 25-35 from sub-Saharan Africa to engage in workshops and coursework to improve their home countries’ energy conditions.

The program aims to boost the fellows’ leadership skills within the energy sector of their career paths, enabling them to collaborate with the UC Davis community.

At the end of the program, the fellows will travel to D.C. to network and participate in discussion panels with U.S. leaders.

Kisilu, a fellow from Kenya, said the institute has given him the tools needed to tackle food misuse.

“One-third of the world’s available food either spoils or gets thrown away — that’s enough to feed everyone in the world for two months,” Kisilu said via email. “[With] a population expected to increase [by] two billion by 2050, we cannot afford to allow these losses to continue.”

Ghana In Danger of Losing Natural Water Supply

Ghana may soon import drinking water from neighboring countries if illegal mining, also known as “galamsey,” is not addressed, environmental officials said.

According to Carl Fiati, director of natural resources for the Environmental Protection Agency, if the government does not curb illegal mining, Ghana may soon lose all of its water bodies.

“We anticipated this problem a long time ago,” Fiati said. “There is going to come a time when, if we continue the way we are going as a country, we are going to destroy all of our water bodies and import water for drinking.”

The Ghana Water Company reportedly stated that the plant had to be shut down because of the reduction in water levels in the Tano River caused by illegal mining.

Lauren M. Poteat

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