By Winnie Gaturu

Over the centuries, human beings have always had the urge to
track and measure time. In the past, this was done for various reasons such as
predicting seasons for farming or hunting and planning for religious and
cultural functions. The methods used to keep track of time revolved around
observing the pattern and behavior of the sun, moon and stars. These methods
have advanced over the years giving rise to our current calendar system.
Although there are many calendars, the one that is most widely used is the
Gregorian Calendar which was introduced in October 1582. Surprisingly, in this
digital day and age, the Gregorian print calendar is still widely used and a common
item in all households and offices. They also act as a convenient decor item
especially if they have a photo theme.

With 2018 starting soon, here are two phenomenal calendars you might consider buying for
the new year. Both capture black beauty perfectly and will make you feel proud
of your roots! 

The 2018 Pirelli

For the first time ever, the Pirelli calendar is featuring
an all-black cast. The cast on the calendar consists of black
people from different parts of the world and different professions. We have
musicians, actors, models and activists. Some notable names include Lupita
Nyong’o, Whoopi Goldberg, Ru Paul, Naomi Campbell and Sean Combs. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, the director of the
photoshoot, Tim Walker, wanted to tell the Alice in Wonderland story from a
different point of view. The idea first came to him five or six years ago when
he had gone to take a picture of Alicia, Roald Dahl’s wife (the creator of Charlie and the Charlie Factory), and she told him
that originally, Charlie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written as a
little black boy. This had him thinking how different the story could have been
if the original script remained, and it eventually inspired him to do a black
version of Alice in Wonderland. As a result, he pulled off an amazing
photoshoot and created stunning photos that we can all enjoy. This calendar is
definitely worth having in 2018, if for nothing else, to have a good laugh at
the characters depicted. Like the two Royal Beheaders, Sean Combs and Naomi
P-Diddy & Naomi Campbell as the ‘Royal Beheaders’


The CreativeSoul Photography
Afro Art Wall Calendar 2018

This calendar is simply stunning. It features
photos of young black girls, wearing baroque inspired clothing and jewelry, proudly
rocking their natural hair. The photos used in this calendar are part of an Afro Art series which was done by the
Atlanta-based couple that owns CreativeSoul Photography.

Now that you have a glimpse of what these two calendars
contain, it is up to you to decide which one you’ll get for 2018.  

Will you be buying either
of the two calendars?
Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi,
Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy
projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her
family. You can catch up with her on


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