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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Gerard Gaskin, Legendary: Interview with the photographer

“I started become interested in this project, ‘Legendary’, back when I hung out in 42nd Street and Time Square in New York City. In the 42nd street area there was a place right across the street from the bus station on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue call Show World and it was the largest peep

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Mali and Manhattan: “So Ebola’s in Manhattan. Now it’s touched my two homes.”

So Ebola’s in Manhattan. Now it’s touched my two homes. Thursday we heard that the virus had made it to Mali, which I’d figured it would. How could it not? One way or another, in the tightly...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

L’Afrique Est Un Pays

This past October was the Dutty Artz crew’s 6 year anniversary, so we decided to celebrate by releasing a compilation in the form of a series of four free geographically-oriented EPs with accompanying DJ mixes. The final edition...

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Boogie Down Nima in the Bronx

For almost two decades now, the Bronx has been the focus of much of New York’s newest wave of Africans moving to the United States. Films such as Little Senegal, Bronx Princess, and Prince of Broadway, have...

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Blitz the Ambassador has a new EP: ‘The Warm Up’

Shortly before the release of Ghana-born emcee Blitz the Ambassador’s “The Warm Up” EP, we reached out to him to discuss his career and the aspects involved in the making of the album. He described the EP...

Friday, September 13th, 2013

“The New Black” Films

Creatively Speaking is a monthly curated film series offering a diverse forum that highlights independent film by and/or about people of color. It is curated by Michelle Materre (a New School media studies professor) in partnership with...

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Photographing the African Diaspora in New York City

In a world ever more saturated by images, understanding how to read pictures has never been more important. In a course this summer at the New School in the GPIA, students learned how to read images, and...

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

At the Protests for Trayvon Martin in New York City

The picture above shows Times Square on Sunday night, during the protest for Trayvon Martin. As I took this photo the woman with the loudspeaker was yelling out “We are here to say that black lives have...

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Strange Cargo: Jane Alexander at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Almost nine years ago, in July 2004, I made my way to the South African National Gallery in Cape Town, to see a show celebrating “A Decade of Democracy”. On the front of the museum’s dazzling white...

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Chinua Achebe: A Poet of Global Encounters

The first time I met Chinua Achebe I had just started teaching at Bard College, where I had been hired as Director of Africana Studies. I saw Chinua one evening at a campus event and nervously approached...

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Rap Comes Home

It’s quite a weekend for New York’s prodigal child. Hip-Hop, that burst of youthful energy that was put out into the universe 30 plus years ago is coming back home from several places at once. It’s arriving at...

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Watching the African Nations Cup Final at The Shrine in Harlem

February 10th, 2013, 1:30 pm. The Burkinabe and Nigerian expatriate communities were out in force for the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday afternoon in Harlem at the Burkinabe-owned music venue, The Shrine.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

French-Algerian sculptor Rachid Khimoune exhibits in New York City

Rachid Khimoune grew up in a small mining town in Northern France where his Algerian parents had settled. It was there that he saw first hand the end of industrialisation: his father lost his job at the local...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Reincarnation of Rockland Palace

We at AIAC are rarely known for gushing reviews. So when we heard about “The Reincarnation of Rockland Palace” as “a night of dance, style and a re-occupation of queer history, at the grounds of an old...

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Uptown Sahel

Thinking about ways that Africa is represented by NGO's and other international organizations (reference: various posts at Africa is a Country), it was nice to run into this project put together by UNICEF that seeks to find...

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion: Chief Boima’s Many Identities

If you’re unfamiliar with my musical work, OkayAfrica.com recently did a profile on me for their web TV series.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Disco Angola (in New York City)

The photographer Stan Douglas’s new project “Disco Angola,” a work in progress, is on display at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York until April 28, 2012. The New Yorker announced the show in Goings on About...

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Cheikh Amadou Bamba Day

For over two decades, West African Muslims from the Murid Sufi Brotherhood come together at the annual Cheikh Amadou Bamba Day march in Harlem, New York. Scholar Zain Abdullah calls it “a major site where they redefine...

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Exhibition. Millennium Magazines

At the MoMA, the Millennium Magazines exhibition aims to show a “survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000 the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilize the magazine format as an...

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion

So I released an album this week, and shot my first ever music video for it as well. This is my personal reflection on Sorie Kondi’s original message, integrating footage from his video, and my own from...

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Palm Wine Drinkard

Without a doubt, my favorite group of recent times has to be NYC outfit Das Racist. Dismissed by some as nothing more than stoner rap, to me they are a fresh new voice in hip hop. Two...

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Coming to America

  It would be difficult for me to write this post without revealing my excitement at discovering the talents of Sierra-Leonean, American, Atlantian, New Yorker filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu. After seeing her work, it almost seems like films...

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Made in Africa

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Lagos vs New York

By Keziah Jones, who has a new album, “Nigering Wood,” out this Spring, comparing his two favorite cities.

Monday, September 14th, 2009

NEW WORK: MUSTAFA MALUKA

If you’re anticipating Finland-based, South African Mustafa Maluka‘s New York solo show, “A Place So Foreign” at the Jack Tilton Gallery, his new work (“The Rhetoric of Sincerity / The Sincerity of Rhetoric”) is opening in Switzerland...