AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013

UPDATE: Silicon Valley and its Awkward Relationship with “Africa”

Immigration is almost always about the hustle. Whether you are a professor, a student, or a musician, you have to work hard to both pay rent and deal with a plethora of patronizing ignorance. And being an immigrant from Africa adds another layer of frustration. Everyone here knows about the misperceptions and negative imagery cast

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Mulatu Astatke is a legend

Mulatu Astatke has achieved what most musicians could only dream of: he invented an iconic genre. In the 1970s, Astatke pioneered a fusion of western jazz with the traditional sounds and instruments of Ethiopia to create Ethio-jazz....

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Rastafari and His Imperial Majesty

Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the end of Emperor Haile Selassie rule over Ethiopia by a military coup that became the Derg regime (they in turn would rule until 1987). To mark this event, the Jamaica...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

“They beg to be called refugees, but Israel calls them infiltrators”

Since February 2011, Meron Estefanos has acted as an interpreter, negotiator and kind of lifeline for Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Sinai desert. Meron’s story recently appeared on This American Life, the Chicago based radio program....

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Escaping categorization: a Q&A with Ethiopian photographer Michael Tsegaye

It’s hard to catch photographer Michael Tsegaye; photography jobs frequently take him to remote parts of Ethiopia, while his personal work graces urban art meccas like Paris, New York and Bamako. He’s soon Scandinavia-bound; Oslo will host...

Monday, July 1st, 2013

What can Barack Obama’s “Power Africa” program achieve?

Seven billion dollars is a lot of money—except when it goes into infrastructure. Then, $7bn, the sum that the US has committed to spend over the next five years on the Obama administration’s newly-announced Power Africa initiative,...

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