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BlackHats Paris: Qui est sous le chapeau noir?
2 months ago

BlackHats Paris: Qui est sous le chapeau noir?

Après avoir passé deux années dans l’incapacité de marcher, Steves Hounkponou, inspiré par les défilés de mode met dans un coin de sa tête qu’il lancera plus tard sa marque. Un …
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Into the ‘I of Africa’ with Model & Media Maven, Aina Fadina
7 months ago

Into the ‘I of Africa’ with Model & Media Maven, Aina Fadina

Having graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in the hopes of becoming a medical doctor, Aina Fadina has become a successful model and innovator behind the digital series I of …
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Marianne Olaleye’s photography celebrates black and minority ethnic women
8 months ago

Marianne Olaleye’s photography celebrates black and minority ethnic women

Marianne Olaleye is the London-based portrait photographer whose stunning work is on the cover of our latest issue. She is currently studying full-time for her master’s at London School of Economics. …
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Kyle Petersen: South African Concert Pianist, Music Director & Performer
1 year ago

Kyle Petersen: South African Concert Pianist, Music Director & Performer

Music became the driving force in Kyle Petersen’s life after he played his first song on the piano at the age of four. He has worked as a …
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“Zwarte Piet is Racism”: The Dutch cultural tradition of blackface
1 year ago

“Zwarte Piet is Racism”: The Dutch cultural tradition of blackface

In 2011, performance artist and poet, Quinsy Gario (thirty-two), was arrested for public disturbance in the city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands for protesting at the traditional annual …
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Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project
1 year ago

Recovering Black History at Cambridge: The Black Cantabs Project

Within their halls, the thirty-one colleges at the University of Cambridge contain portraits, sculptures, and texts memorializing notable Cantabs. Among these, however, alumni of African descent are markedly absent. Launched in October 2015, the Black Cantabs Project is combing the archives and rewriting Black alumni into the history of this centuries-old institution. Ayiba’s Debbie Onuoha spoke to the project’s co-founders about recovering the often lost or forgotten stories of Cambridge’s Black graduates, from 1849 to the present.

Njoki Wamai is a final-year Kenyan PhD student reading politics at Queen’s College and Nnenda Chinda is a Nigerian-Italian who recently graduated with a BA in classics from Downing College. Read More

Discovery Issue Cover Girl: Dhvani Tombush of Rambling and Snaps 
1 year ago

Discovery Issue Cover Girl: Dhvani Tombush of Rambling and Snaps 

Our latest cover girl is Dhvani Tombush of Rambling and Snaps. The Nigerian-Indian blogger is both brains and beauty—Tombush recently returned to her native Lagos after completing her …
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Art as Questioning: A Conversation with Poet JJ Bola
1 year ago

Art as Questioning: A Conversation with Poet JJ Bola

JJ Bola is a writer and educator who was born in Kinshasa, and lives in London. He has published three poetry collections entitled Elevate, Daughters of the Sun
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Kailend: A Holistic Approach to Development
1 year ago

Kailend: A Holistic Approach to Development

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Lomé, Togo, Kailend is a social enterprise working to empower women and at-risk youth through education and skills training for those who may not fit the mold of traditional schooling systems. Read More

Silas Miami: Wise Beyond His Years
1 year ago

Silas Miami: Wise Beyond His Years

Multi-talented Silas Miami is a professional musician, film student, and photographer who left his native Kenya to attend the AFDA film school in Cape Town and expand his …
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