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Seven Days of Andinet: 7 Seconds with Popstyles By AB

Seven Days of Andinet kicks off today the 12th of April, in celebration of Andinet Directory™, China’s directory for all things black, and the amazing organisations, groups, businesses and skilled individuals that form part of it! 

Ahead of our FIRST of SEVEN big giveaways, we’re introducing the week’s first giveaway host: Popstyles By AB!


Popstyles by AB was originally founded by Grenadian entrepreneur Amanda Buckmire back on April 19th 2016. Starting as a shoe brand under the name Footwear by AB, Popstyles by AB has since grown into a popular Fashion Brand!

In keeping with the theme of seven, Popstyles’ founder sat down with Black Livity China to answer seven questions about her brand, her community and Andinet Directory. 

Check out what she had to say below! 

Why did you start your brand? 

I’d say that I’m quite a business-oriented person in general, and from the time I was back home on the lovely little island of Grenada I’ve always been interested in business and trade. As a woman, I think it’s important to be entrepreneurial…and independent! 

What one thing would you like people to know about your business? 

We’ve been supported by loads of people in the community but what many don’t yet know is that we now not only provide the latest footwear, but also clothing for adults and children, accessories, human hair and luxury mink lashes! So as you can see…We have something for everyone!

Celebrate yourself – Tell us a bit about your achievements since starting Popstyles by AB

Its been an amazing experience serving customers here in China, but we’ve also had so much success overseas since expanding at the beginning of this year. We can now proudly say that we have customers in and across five different continents! 


What’s next for you and your brand?

In the future, we want to expand even further by opening a range of stores, starting in the Caribbean. This is really just the beginning for us, so stay tuned!

If you weren’t from the country you are from, where else in the African diaspora would you come from and why?

That’s a hard one, but if I really had to decide, I’d choose The Bahamas. I have many interests, with tourism being one of them – everyone knows you can’t mention tourism in the Caribbean without mentioning the Bahamas!

With Andinet meaning unity, what has been the best example of unity in your community that you’ve seen in China?

There’s a whole heap to choose from, but an event that I really enjoyed was a panel discussion called Pamoja, a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly it was held by a few of Beijing’s black groups…Ambush Entertainment, Africa 2.0, BWB, BLK GEN etc. From the After party to the panel discussion, it was a really good way to mark Africa Day and come together as a community.

Why are you a part of Andinet Directory™?

Andinet Directory is a great initiative in our community –I feel its one of those things that have the potential to revolutionise the way we build, organise and come together as black  people –both in our own cities and beyond. Its free, accessible, all-inclusive and is a centralised database for not only those of us with businesses but also charities, groups etc. All in the name of Unity!



Follow Popstyles By AB today to find out how you can join the Seven Days of Andinet activities! Scan their QR Code below:  

Do you belong to China’s black community? If you’d like to be listed on Andinet Directory, reach out to us: 


Did you know that Andinet Directory™ was developed by Dephlex Creatives?

Dephlex Creatives are a creative agency passionate to provide awesome and affordable digital solutions through a unique partner experience, helping their committed partners to succeed online. All of which is fancy talk for “We provide strategy, branding, design, development and marketing services.” 

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Guyanese scholar, activist and author of ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ Walter Rodney once tasked those who consider themselves Pan-Africanists with three main responsibilities. ‘To talk about Pan-Africanism’, he tells us, ‘is to talk about international solidarity within the black world…whichever sector of the black world we live in, we have a series of responsibilities. One of the most important is to define our own situation. A second responsibility is to present that definition to the other parts of the black world…A third responsibility…is to help others in a different section of the black world to reflect on their own specific experience’.
Rodney reminds us that open communication between black communities across the world is crucial to the Pan-African vision, and furthermore that we should not allow ourselves to be limited by borders and geographical confines. We should be reminded that the movement does, and indeed always has transcended these things.
Whether or not we decide to subscribe to the principles of Pan-Africanism, they can serve as an important reminder and lesson that we can take and apply to our own predicament as black people both in China and on a wider scale across the world.
Black Livity China was created with the belief that we should extend these responsibilities to ourselves and our communities; ‘to define our own situation…to present that definition to the other parts of the black world…and to help others in a different section of the black world to reflect on their own specific experience’. 

Black Livity China is a media platform that aims to showcase matters relating to the lives, wellbeing and overall experiences of black people either inside China or in relation to China and her people for the benefit of our global community.

This is an effort initiated by members of our community; by us, for us


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