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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Shado’man: A Documentary about Freetown’s Handicapped ‘Street Boys’

Out of the shadows a massive procession of handicapped young street dwellers appears. We are in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone, and they move slowly like zombies of the night whilst parts of metal on crutches and wheelchairs glow in the darkness and metallic sounds echo in the otherwise empty street. It’s the opening scene of

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The public television series on contemporary life in the African Diaspora that’s in its 6th season

For at least six seasons now the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), in conjunction with American Public Television (APT) has presented AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, on “contemporary life throughout the African Diaspora.” Past seasons have brought...

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...

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Weekend Special N°1002

Here’s a couple of links we’ve bookmarked for reading and watching this week. Chadian director Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s new film “Grigris” premiered in Cannes. First reviews are up in Variety, the Guardian, Hollywood Reporter and rfi.fr. Rfi also has an interview with Haroun about...

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Danny Hoffman’s photographs and mining in West Africa

While we seem to spend an enormous amount of virtual space at AIAC critiquing the ways that Africa and Africans are represented, we do so because we believe that it is possible to subvert expectations, to create...

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Can African Heads of State Speak?

These days, well-behaved African heads of state are rewarded by Barack Obama with the chance to meet with him in groups of four and have their picture taken with him. It’s like meeting Beyonce, but you get...

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

General Focus of Freetown

This summer I received an email from my friend Anusha about a young inventor in Freetown. The story really made me laugh because while being quite unique, it also really summed up a lot about the nature of social navigation...

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

How to write about children in Africa

In early October this year, PBS released the documentary ‘Half the Sky’, based on the book by frequent AIAC target and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn (a former Times journalist) focusing...

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Indelible Mark of the Mbira

The multi-named thumb piano is quite an important foundational instrument for contemporary music all over the world, although it’s perhaps not always recognized as such. In Congo, colonial era missionaries banned the instrument from their services, saying...

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Interrupting Paris Fashion Week

I wasn’t given very much information. Stumbling into the secretive meeting I’d been invited to, an all female brigade greeted me quickly as they pored over a hand drawn map of targets. Drawing on an apparently endless...

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

The Verdict on Charles Taylor–Take 2

“Liberians decry ‘mockery of justice’ in Charles Taylor verdict” is a piece by Geoffrey York in Canada’s Globe and Mail that portrays a country outraged by the result of Taylor’s trial. The fact that Charles Taylor is reviled in the West but loved in Liberia is a...

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The verdict on Charles Taylor

Yesterday the Special Court for Sierra Leone found Charles Taylor guilty of aiding the RUF during the Sierra Leonean Civil War. The court case that has taken five years is the last of a court that has...

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Africa @ SXSW: filmmaker Idriss Kpange

Idriss Kpange is a filmmaker from Sierra Leone. AIAC met him at SXSW earlier this week to chat about making film in Sierra Leone, the constraints he and other filmmakers face, and about a new humanitarian film...

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, February 2nd, 2012

Salone Got Riddim

AIAC contributor Anni Lyngskaer just posted this short video showcasing the rhythm of daily life in Sierra Leone, and the dancing talents of the country’s women. It’s a really nicely shot and edited clip, plus the incorporation of...

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

The Bubu Ambassador

We’ve posted on Janka Nabay, the Bubu King from Sierra Leone now creating his music on the US east coast. (See our previous posts here.) He has a new single, ‘Eh Man Ah’. Listen.

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Selling Freetown

Kieran Hanson's documentary "Shooting Freetown" is a short glimpse into the lives of various media creators in Freetown, Sierra Leone during July and August of 2011. I was in the city at the same time this was...

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Sorie Kondi wants to go to Texas

A small team of folks (including myself) are trying to help raise funds to get Sorie Kondi to SXSW in Austin, Texas this upcoming March. If you’re unfamiliar with Sorie, check out the many profiles done on...

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

You need Nicholas Kristof

By Dan Moshenberg O my friends, there is no friend! If you’re an African girl in trouble, there are only two things you can rely on. Your courage … and Nicholas Kristof. At least, that’s what Kristof...

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

National Pride

I’ll take any excuse to post about football. Fifa, football’s world controlling body, announced the latest rankings for world football this week. Not surprising are the top five nations: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay and Portugal. We of...

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Tupac in Africa

This week, fifteen years ago, the rapper Tupac Shakur was gunned down on a Las Vegas street. The combination of his personality–he was a “gifted storyteller“, an explosive personality and had an intensity that was unrivaled among...

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

I saw this. Noted it and forgot about it. Then I was reminded by Afro Europe that last month the British writer of Sierra Leone descent, Aminatta Forna, was awarded the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her...

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Sierra Leone’s WeOwnTv

WeOwnTv is a nonprofit organization that works with film as a tool for social change. It was co-founded by the American filmmaker Banker White and Sierra Leonean musician Black Nature. During a visit to San Francisco in...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Sierra Leone 50 Years

Today, April 27, marks Sierra Leone’s 50th independence anniversary. The participants of We Own TV are getting in on the celebratory action by making short videos on various topics related to the idea of 50 years independence....

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...

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

‘Fambul Tok’ in New York City

John Caulker and Libby Hoffman of the organization Fambul Tok International will be making rounds in New York this week along with filmmaker Sara Terry for talks and screenings of their film “Fambul Tok.” The tour will...

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Sierra Leone Has Style

Short, tight video profile of Freetown, Sierra Leone-based designer Adama Kai and her label Aschobi Designs made by UK production company, Nomad Productions.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

‘Jew-Man Business’ in Sierra Leone

Within the inner city of Freetown, Sierra Leone lies an area known as ‘Belgium’. Hundreds of youth, many of them ex-combatants, are hustling in this area on a daily basis. Jew-Man Business, a documentary made by anthropologists...

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Community Media and Civil Society

The Media and Culture Concentration in The Graduate Program in International Affairs  at the New School invites you to a panel discussion titled: Community Media and Civil Society: Then and Now What are the most effective strategies for achieving social...

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Music Monday

In which the super crew from Sierra Leone, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, remix Vampire Weekend and Paul Simon, who are well known, of course, for remixing (appropriating?) sounds from across the African continent. I’m a...

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