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Chronicling the African Renaissance

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A Cycle of Racism, Violence & Retaliation in America
9 months ago

A Cycle of Racism, Violence & Retaliation in America

The trouble with violence is that it begets violence as evinced by the recent shooting of five Dallas policemen by Micah Johnson, an African-American man, following the killing …
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There are so many Omar Marteens here
9 months ago

There are so many Omar Marteens here

Last month while Mr. Omar Mateen murdered our kinds in Orlando we were partying again in Zaria, an ancient major city in the north of Nigeria. Reuben’s birthday party. He’s twenty-three …
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Afro Hair in a Rapunzel World
9 months ago

Afro Hair in a Rapunzel World

My family moved to Paris for the first time when I was four years old. This was an entirely new experience for me because up until that point, …
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My Afro-Brazilian Experience in Black and White
9 months ago

My Afro-Brazilian Experience in Black and White

Preta, pretinha, black, blackie, nega, negress, and sometimes even cor do pecado, or color of sin. Here are some synonyms of affection for black women in Brazilian Portuguese. …
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Creative Culture: Expressing the Nuances of African Existence
9 months ago

Creative Culture: Expressing the Nuances of African Existence

I have never considered myself an “artist”—I have never felt like I could. I don’t formally paint or sing or dance, and so it took me a long …
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The Great Fear of Elections
9 months ago

The Great Fear of Elections

I was sitting in a taxi in Accra, windows rolled down, hawkers’ parading their wares and the afternoon sun was as it is in the tropics this time …
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Weaving History:  The Story of Kente Master
9 months ago

Weaving History: The Story of Kente Master

Traditionally worn by Ghanaian kings and chiefs, Kente fabric has long been a symbol of pride and greatness. Each pattern has a different meaning, and can range from …
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Komera Culture: The Rwandan Approach to Living
9 months ago

Komera Culture: The Rwandan Approach to Living

I walked among farmland in Rwanda with a colleague. An elderly woman approached us and, as is custom, offered a greeting: “Murakomeye.” I marveled at the irony of …
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Inside SPAN, Nigeria’s Leading Performing Arts Center
9 months ago

Inside SPAN, Nigeria’s Leading Performing Arts Center

Sarah Boulos shares how she moved from public health to founding the most prominent performing arts center in Nigeria, SPAN (Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria). Her …
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Coding for Rights: Making Apps that Matter
9 months ago

Coding for Rights: Making Apps that Matter

As computational tools become more accessible, more people than ever can shape the technologies that increasingly impact our lives. Joy Buolamwini, founder of Code4Rights, a technology education initiative, …
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