Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Film Review: ‘100% Dakar–More than Art’

Dakar has long been hailed as a center of African visual arts since President Leopold Senghor hosted the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966. More recently African Artists and art enthusiasts descend onto the city for the Dakar Biennale, a major exhibit of contemporary African art that happens every two years. In the lead

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Louis Vuitton’s ‘Out of Africa’ fantasy

Using locations in Africa as backdrops to sell clothes and bags is nothing new – especially bags and clothes that certain class of travellers and outdoorsy people like to call “gear”. As in “stuff necessary to show...

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Presidents for Life

African print fabrics are a hot commodity in mainstream fashion these days. This is polarizing since their use by Western designers eclipses the use by African brands which are rarely in the mainstream spotlight because of such forceful cultural...

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Dark Princess

Five years ago, Vogue asked to no one and to everyone in particular, “Is Fashion Racist?” Everyone was asked because it was an earnest question. Yet, it was for no one, truly, because according to a recent International Herald...

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Sartorialist goes to Johannesburg, and likes what he sees

Scott Schuman, better known for his blog The Sartorialist and as a street style photographer, took some heat after accepting an invitation to Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg and being underwhelmed by what he saw. Instead he...

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Vogue Italia’s “Rebranding Africa” disaster

Everybody’s trying to rebrand Africa, and it isn’t going so well. Vogue Italia’s latest issue — boosted by great billowing gusts of editorial hot air from both the New York Times and the Guardian — is called...

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Music Break. Alec Lomami

Dapper Congolese-American rapper Alec Lomami (interviewed here by MTV Iggy) shouts outs his old hometown Kinshasa over a disco beat. Photo Credit: Shako Oteka

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Mad Max in Botswana

We already know they can play. Now there’s evidence of heavy metal fashion in Botswana, an anomaly–according to photographer Frank Marshall– in Southern Africa’s mainly white metal scene. More here and here.

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Gaddafi at the Met

Colonel Gaddafi’s aide wants to engineer a retrospective of “four decades of superior dress sense” at the Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.C. He’s trying for 2013. Talib, an aide to Mr....

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The Black Portrait Symposium

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Photography: Senegalese Wrestlers

Two weeks ago the results of the World Press Awards were announced. The prize winners included a number of striking images about and by Africans.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Project Runway

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, is trying it’s hand at fashion. Check out the first jacket, a hideous number, labeled as, presumably, Jacob Zuma’s favorite attire. Serious.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Zuma the Puma

When South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, married his fifth wife a few weeks ago, the media focused on which one of his three remaining wives (he divorced one and another killed herself) would be named First Lady...

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Nelson Mandela is For Sale

Despite the attempts of Nelson Mandela’s personal foundation to to control his image, Mandela merchandise is ubiquitous. Like in the case of hip hop inflected clothing line The Personal Advisory. I suppose they can cut these guys...

Friday, October 30th, 2009


My friend, Wendy Willems (currently with the NGO War on Want, but soon a newly minted lecturer of media studies at Johannesburg’s Wits University took this photograph on a recent work trip in Nakuru, Kenya.

Sunday, September 13th, 2009


Vanity Fair

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


Check out the blog, Immigrant Inc., by the authors of ” Immigrant Inc. Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and why they will save the American worker).” The book is out in November.