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Wednesday 05 November, 2014

The door that opens you: Why Whippa Wiley brings you magic, fear and fancy

On a sunny day in September, at a rooftop party in Brooklyn, we are all swaying slower now. We are watching intently – with all of us, and not just our eyes. Whippa, Fluent and Kateri join Jidenna, the Master of Ceremony, in raising crowd participation. In the background, Nana is playing the Kendrick Lamar […]


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Thursday 17 July, 2014

Moving Forward: Peju Alatise on Art, Nigeria, and Responsibility #BringBackOurGirls

The story makes the headlines; the people pay attention-they tweet and share and spread the hashtags. Interest wanes, attention’s diverted. The story dies out. But it doesn’t. To the people involved, it doesn’t. On April 15th of this year, Boko Haram, an alleged* terrorist organization in northern Nigeria, kidnapped 230 girls from the Chibok Government Secondary […]


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Monday 20 May, 2013

Art As Re-possession: Ayanah Moor on “The Spaces in Between”

Art can re-posses. The fact is, there is a time to stand out and do your own thing, especially when the decision makers aren’t including your perspectives and experiences in their media, film and creative outlets. But, there’s also a time to re-write and re-interpret the stories that mis-represent or ignore you, put some stank […]


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Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Soundtrack of Survival: Dr. Carolyn Cooper Discusses Global Reggae & Jamaican Feminism

Maps lie; if they told the truth, the drawings would reflect Jamaica’s greatness. Noted Jamaican poet and cultural activist, Louise Bennett, called out the problem of Western cartography when she wrote: “Worl-map fi stop draw Jamaica small!…For de lickle speck cyaan show we independantness at all!” Building on Bennett’s critique, Dr. Carolyn Cooper‘s most recent […]


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Monday 04 February, 2013

Alicia Anabel Santos on Discovering Afro-Latino Heritage | 30 Days Unchained: Day 26

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 26 2/4/13 | Inspiration: Alicia Anabel Santos Alicia Anabel Santos wondered why Afro-latinos are hardly acknowledged latin American society and history and committed herself to understanding why. Fellow explorer of the African presence in Latin America, Renzo Devia, invited her to contribute to a documentary series, “Afro-latinos: The Untaught Story,” […]


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Sunday 03 February, 2013

Jemila Abdulai on Making a Difference | 30 Days Unchained: Day 25

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 25 2/3/13 | Inspiration: Jemila Abdulai Young, brilliant, driven, Jemila Abdulbai is quite the well-rounded individual, with an inspiring passion to change the world. A journalist focused on African development issues and editor of her blog Circumspecte, she recognizes the influence and responsibility of the media to affect positive change. […]


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Thursday 31 January, 2013

Minna Salami on Women’s Liberation | 30 Days Unchained: Day 22

 30 days unchained/#30 Unchained | Day 22 1/31/2013 | Inspiration: Minna Salami We are all multifaceted; a result of ever-changing forces that make us who we are. A champion of female and African empowerment, Minna Salami started the MsAfropolitan blog to spur a conversation around the cosmopolitan African, whose identity, like everybody else’s, cannot be […]


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Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Dawn Okoro and the “Potential Ideal” | 30 Days Unchained: Day 21

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 21 1/30/13 | Inspiration: Dawn Okoro From law grad to NYC-based visual artist, Dawn Okoro made quite the career jump- and the art world is better for it. Her talent and creative genius need not been spoken of because they’re self-evident, the second you take a glance at her paintings. […]


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Monday 28 January, 2013

Lulu Kitololo Spreading Afri-Love | 30 Days Unchained: Day 19

30 DAYS UNCHAINED/#30 UNCHAINED | DAY 19  1/28/13 | INSPIRATION: Lulu Kitololo Lulu Kitololo is what you would call a creative superwoman; She can do it all. Known as a self-defined “ideamonger” Lulu paints, illustrates, writes, designs and teaches workshops all based upon honoring the magnificence of women, Africa, life and nature. Born and raised […]


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Sunday 27 January, 2013

Rachel Gichinga on Creative Fire | 30 Days Unchained: Day 18

30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 18 – 1/27/13 | Inspiration: Rachel Gichinga Art is politics; and, it’s the weapon Kuweni Serious uses to, as they say, “fight the evil forces of apathy,” they saw plaguing Kenyan youth in the aftermath of the country’s 2007 elections. Kuweni Serious is a cultural activist organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their team […]