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Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated ‘A Girl in the River’ might spur real change

Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has long wanted to make a movie about the thousands of women who have been, and continue to be, murdered in her country by husbands, fathers, brothers and other male relatives who believe the women have shamed their families. But she wanted to tell the story of these so-called honor killings […]

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Contemporary literature in English is rich in international voices. Writers arrive holding multiple passports and complicated backstories. They deal in more than one culture, salt their sentences with Shona or Spanish. They cross and recross borders, carrying their stories with them. You might think Petina Gappah is such an international writer. Born in Zimbabwe in […]

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

Tuareg women-only musical tradition reborn in Algeria

A single-stringed violin played only by Tuareg women is making a comeback in Algeria as the last of its players come to the rescue of a tradition on the verge of extinction. Women have long played the imzad in the matriarchal Tuareg communities of the Haggar and Tassili mountains of southern Algeria and neighbouring desert […]

Ajak Deng Announces she is Retiring from Fashion

Ajak Deng Announces she is Retiring from Fashion

South Sudanese model Ajak Deng has announced she is retiring from international runways and moving back to Australia where her career started, for “the life that I fully deserved [sic]” in her own words. The model made the announcement today on her Instagram account 67.000+ followers. The 26-year-old’s farewell comes following claims from her manager that his client […]

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion

Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion

With size 14 stunner Ashley Graham covering the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, it truly seems like the plus-size industry is making major strides in the media — but according to Philomena Kwao, it still has a long way to go. The 26-year-old Ghanaian-British model says that in spite of the growing acceptance of curvy women […]

“Eclipsed” brings a rare and powerful portrayal of African women to Broadway

“Eclipsed” brings a rare and powerful portrayal of African women to Broadway

Even during the curtain call of Eclipsed, a time when audience members and actors usually take a collective breath and return to reality, the story’s force lingered. The theater remained steeped in the atmosphere of Liberia during the civil war in 2003, and the question left hanging in the air was, What is going to happen […]

Art Clip Africa: Amplify leading new voices in contemporary art from African scenes.

Art Clip Africa: Amplify leading new voices in contemporary art from African scenes.

Located inside The Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Art Clip Africa is a contemporary space that promotes perceptive art across a variety of traditional and experimental media  with the strategic objective of amplifying leading new voices in contemporary art from African scenes, with an initial centre on Lagos and Nigeria, taking reference from its social, economic, […]

This corset ad was banned in the UK for being terrible for women’s body image

This corset ad was banned in the UK for being terrible for women’s body image

Corsets, the fashion garments have been making it impossible to breathe  making your waist look smaller for centuries, have experienced a renaissance of sorts in the past few years, with spokespeople like the Kardashians advocating the latest incarnation, the “waist-training” corset that purports to, um, teach your waist to be smaller? Even though experts have debunked the myth […]

The Best And Worst Moments Of The 2016 Grammys

The Best And Worst Moments Of The 2016 Grammys

The Grammys celebrate the year’s best music and weirdest ideas. To the producers who thought it was a great idea to put Luke Bryan and Tyrese Gibson in the same performance, congrats on being such tastemakers. By now, it’s no surprise to see disparate musicians take the stage together — in fact, it can be […]

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

Anyone working in international development for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) over the past few years has likely had one of the following experiences: 1) Witnessing an external consultant or boss being flown in from abroad to “manage” the field office in [insert any non-Western nation here. Note that field office can just mean the capital city […]