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Mikael Owunna’s ‘Limit(less) Africans’ is a stunning visual tapestry of queer Africans’ styles, expressions, and communities. Continue reading
The Sound of Silence, a major installation work by acclaimed New York based artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar. Jaar’s works often address issues around how Africa is represented in the media. This particular work takes, as its point of departure, South African photographer Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of a starving child being stalked by a vulture in Sudan (2006).
First, if you have not already, please watch the hour-long program titled “Celebrating African-American Women & Dance” held at the White House by FLOTUS Mrs. Obama yesterday. Below are screenshots that I gathered of the event while watching it a few times. Sorry there aren’t more, but capturing dance & screengrabbing it from a 740p stream is not ideal. The Ballet & Hip-Hop were too hard to capture anything crisp or clear, while also being well composed.
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This is art in its best, in the moment, everyone is present, there is no room to go out or think about anything else.
That we are celebration… Dance is truly the international language of the world.
We are dancing to that beat. That One. The One, The One that comes from the mother continent Africa.
It is the universal language & we speak it everywhere.
Enter the debate on cultural appropriation and culinary justice. It’s not the import of the meaning of white and black but rather power and opportunity that are at stake. We are not here to assign guilt, lay blame or encourage shame. Simply put, it is not sustainable to pretend that the reality of food and illusion of race are not intertwined in American life.
Fashion Rebels are co-founders Maitele Wawe and Thifhelimbilu Mudau, and their colleague Sizophila Dlezi.
Few (if any) of these people rallying for ol’ Cecil have shown their public concern and care for Zimbabweans (beyond stifled jokes about the country being mismanaged and some such “woe is Zimbabwe and her faceless people” type jibes). I’m not asking that they do, but that they don’t is quite telling.
Amidst all the white noise, it’s become apparent to me that a lion, as you must already know, is more valuable than any Zimbabwean. Me included. Continue reading
Video from Buraka Som Sistema featuring DJ Znobia, M.I.A., Saborosa and Puto Prata. Continue reading
Ethiopian princes in exile, boxing champs and ‘Friendly Zulus’ … these previously unseen images of black people in the Victorian times show colonialism in all its contradictions