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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The photographer Paul Strand’s 1960’s Portrait of Ghana

“The Artist’s world is limitless,” remarked photographer Paul Strand once. “It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” A photographic icon of the 20th century, Strand was a major advocate for considering photography as a serious art form. His career of more

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Musician Umlilo pushes gender boundaries in South Africa

Artists in South Africa continue to push the boundaries of gender norms in popular media. In contemporary dance, members of the group V.I.N.T.A.G.E. Cru (who we’ve interviewed) are boldly leading the way (see their latest video) and...

Monday, January 27th, 2014

How to say Lupita Nyong’o

At the moment, everyone seems to be obsessed with the stunning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o. And for good reason. Her heart-wrenching performance in the film 12 Years a Slave has won her critical acclaim, while her humility...

Friday, January 17th, 2014

#Breaking: New York Times discovers African artists use the Internets

The New York Times’ printing press is still radiating from January 8th, 2014 when the newspaper’s East Africa correspondent Nicholas Kulish published a story (with accompanying video) about how the presence of Africans on the Internet represents...

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Top Music Videos of 2013

Ah, 2013 was good for the beautiful creature that is the music video. From big budget studio productions to creatively bootstrapped independent visuals, the year provided a bumper harvest. And with the magic of youtube channel subscriptions,...

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