Politics Category

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 […]

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,” […]

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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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 […]

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Thursday 17 January, 2013

Queendom Rising | 30 Days Unchained : Day 8

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 8 – 1/17/13 | Inspiration: Queendom  Pan-African/Norwegian art collective Queendom is building bridges. When asked how their music connects Western and African cultures, Queendom shared: “Africa’s problems are caused by a number of historical and present factors that are very complex, and the solutions are just as complex. When Western nations […]

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Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Princess of Afro-Soul Nneka Shines at the New Parish, Oakland [Live Video]

Nigerian-German singer Nneka is hard to define. On Thursday, November 1st, hip hop/soul singer Nneka lyrically seduced the crowd of the New Parish, Oakland, casting a musical spell with her smooth voice, poignant lyrics, and impeccable rhythms. Weaving between many genres, including reggae, hip-hop, modern R&B, vintage soul, Afrobeat, flamenco and Sahara desert blues, Nneka’s […]

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Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Black Girl Brilliance is the Norm

I’ve made a conscious choice to consume media from outlets that nourish, validate and inspire me to think, dream and do. And because of that I have a constant news feed of black girl luminaries who are making history in print, scholarship, film, theatre; some of whom I know personally or am a few degrees […]

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Monday 10 September, 2012

Eclectic and Modern Designs for the Socially Conscious: Interview with Fashion Artist Loza Maléombho

Editress’ Note: We’re pleased to introduce Imprints, our new monthly feature profiling some of the most innovative Fashion Artists across the African continent. Imprints is curated by inspiring fashionista, MsK NY of the African Prints in Fashion Blog. This interview shares the work of Loza Maléombho, winner of Arise Magazine’s Emerging Designer of the Year […]

Monday 23 April, 2012

Nomisupasta for President!: Nomsa Mazwai on Activism, Music and Hope

“I really want to dive in and swim in life. I think I am here for a purpose. Music is the best way that I would like to fulfill my purpose.”– Nomsa Mazwai Winner of the South African Music Award (SAMA) for best Best Adult Alternative African Album, Nomsa Mazwai’s purpose is resonating with music […]