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    Here To Stay

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    Afri-Inspiration: The Coolest Guy You Don’t Know: Dr. Benjamin S. Carson

    So what this guy has something like 61 honorary doctorate degrees? Big deal! Who cares he’s written four books? Why should one care President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Benjamin S. Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom-the highest civilian honor one can receive? And is it really that big[...]
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    Ger Duany for InAisce’s Fall/Winter 2013-14 lookbook

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    Afri-Creative: Artisan Ojo Obaniji High Art Crafts

    Nigerian artisan ojo obaniyi from ibadan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business. obaniyi, who has practiced the craft for 20 years, has covered the interior and exterior of his volkswagen pickup with raffia palm cane, including the entire car body, t[...]
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    Waste Land

    The documentary Waste Land (2010), follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic group of “catadores”—self-designated [...]
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    Half the Sky

          The film follows the book's authors and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde to ten countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. [...]
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    African Americans Repatriate to Ghana (part 1)

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    BETTER NIGERIA 2013 by Emmanuel Toby Ignis

    Accoding to the artist, Emmanuel Toby ignis, "This project is aimed at preaching the gospel of positive change and also positive thinking among-st the youths in the country, there are too many people out the who do not really know how lucky they are to be a Nigerian, most think its even unfortunate [...]
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    Francis Villalva by Jose Herrera.

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    Anti Media Conditioning: Sabrina Lamb goes after Oxygen for "All My Babies’ Mamas”

    Sabrina Lamb Launches petition against "All My Babies’ Mamas” show on Oxygen featuring rapper Shawty Lo. We have been messaged countless times by our readers to address this show but since we couldn't find the right words to properly articulate how we really felt about this  show we left it all tog[...]
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    K'Naan Comes Clean about the Struggle to be Authentic and Achieve Mass Appeal

    Via his facebook page, the Somali born rapper addressed his fans, sharing an essay he wrote in the New York Times about him having to censore the messages in his song to achieve wider acceptance. We don't know if K'naan is begging for our permission to dump down his music but what ever the case, it'[...]
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    Dr Claudette Carr: Where have all the African intellectuals gone?

    We came across a great post written by Dr Claudette Carr on the lack thereof of African intellectuals. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the young and brilliant Nigerian writer emphasized, Africans must tell their own stories or suffer the perils of the "Single Story." But Dr Carr takes the conversation [...]
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    Queens of Swaziland

    2005 documentary that profiles the wives of the King of Swaziland, King Mswati III, who at the time had seven wives. He now has had 14 wives concurrently. King Mswati III is interviewed in the documentary, as well as his extended family, about their experience of his polygamy, their culture and thei[...]
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    Dreams of Dust (Reves De Poussieres)

    With his deeply cathartic and intransigent drama Dreams of Dust, Laurent Salgues takes an unflinching look at life in a hellish Burkina Faso gold-mining community. For countless hours, days and weeks on end, the employees of a mining camp burrow long tunnels into the sand in search of increasingly e[...]
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    Best of 2012- Favorite Writer: TEJU COLE'S Take On the The White Savior Industrial Complex

    We were introduced to the brilliant African writer, Teju Cole, via his bold tweets which literary expressed perfectly in words  what many Africans think and feel when it comes to Western attitudes  towards aiding the ever hopeless and helpless Africa. With sentiments still running high from the Kony[...]
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    Documentary: Paul Simon's 'Under African Skies' 25 Years Later

    Paul Simon - Under African Skies Watch the entire documentary today on HULU: http://www.hulu.com/watch/362354 It's undoubtedly one of the best collaborative albums  to come out of Africa and South Africa specifically. As per the documentary, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES begins with Paul Simon’s 201[...]
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    Best of 2012: Favorite Comedy: Phone Swap by Kunle Afolayan

    Africa continues to be one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world when it comes to telephone users. It was only fitting that we have a film centered on the mobile phone and how these gadgets are literally influencing culture and society in a hilarious way. This is a well prod[...]
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    Best of 2012: Athletes in the Diaspora Who Came, Saw and Conquered

    In 2012 many athletes in the diaspora set world records, broke others and left millions in the diaspora beaming with pride.  We have narrowed our list to the top three athletes who sent ripples of excitement through the diaspora and inspired with their more than out standing performances.   [...]
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    Inspirational Talks by Women of the Diaspora

    Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls D'bi Young: The Sorplusi Principles
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    BEST OF 2012, RUNWAY BREAK THROUGH: REFILWE MODISELLE: "I AM A WOMAN OF COLOR"

    Refilwe Modiselle is a South African model and marketer best known for being the first albino model to appear on a runway in South Africa when she appeared for designer David Tlale in a show in 2005. She is also known for starring in the Top One reality television series SugaRushed, since 2012.[...]
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    ZUMA: Keeping Pet Dogs is UN-African and Black South Africans who do Are Copying the West

    By now  many following African politics have or should at this point know that Jacob Zuma is one of the most interesting African presidents on the continent who has  a habit  for saying some of the most mouth dropping comments on just about any subject. Known for being a staunch "traditionalist" and[...]
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    How To Manage High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure (HBP) or Hypertension, also sometimes called arterial hypertension, is a chronical medical condition in which the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood, is elevated. It requires the heart yo work harder than normal to circulate blood th[...]
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    Tobacco Companies look to African Kids to Expand Global Market

    According to an article published on the LA Times,  Tobacco companies facing numerous anti smoking campaigns in the US and Europe have found greener pastures in none other than young African children as old as 8years old. On the sunny side of a dusty township street, next to the met[...]
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    AFRICAN TIME : A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY MAWUENA AKYEA

    Mawuena Akyea is a 23 year old independent filmmaker based in Madison, WI. He is an accomplished writer and poet with works featured in Umoja Magazine, and most recently The Madison Times. He has his own blog which features his poetry and also runs commentaries on a variety of subjects from Hip-[...]
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    Once Upon an Island: Stephen Scott Young in the Bahamas

    Born in Hawaii, Stephen Scott Young spent most of his early life traveling around the United States. Eventually settling in Florida, where he attended the Ringling School of Art and Design, Young has devoted his career to depicting the southern United States and the Bahamas. Exhibited nationally [...]
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    OUT OF OUR RIGHT MINDS: In Black Women's Depression

    Out of Our Right Minds - Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman is a short docu film from Award Winning Independent Filmmaker, Stacey M. of Wildseed Films / Intelligent Media Group. This film explores Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and and the experience of trauma, and how the lives of Black w[...]
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    SHUGA: A Story of Morning Afters and Sweet Departures (Season One and Two)

    Shuga: Love, Sex, Money "It's the Story of bright lives, entwining and colliding. It's the story of morning afters and sweet departures-and the indelible marks we leave on each other.   Shuga is a TV series that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative duped [...]
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    Letting An Inner Light Shine

    Photographers look for beauty in unexpected places. And in parts of Tanzania , a society that gravely mistreats albinos ,  photojournalist Jacquelyn Martinset out to show how beautiful she thinks they are. Tanzanians with albinism endure a particularly cruel fate. Not only do they suffer from sun[...]
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    South Africa: Hippest Hub for Art, Music, Fashion According to W Magazine

    Gratitude Fisher and Phumza Mankayi were rocking their doeks—traditional South African head scarves—in ways their mothers and grandmothers never imagined: twisted and tucked à la Erykah Badu and Rosie the Riveter. Moreover, they were wearing them with thick, Urkel-style hipster glasses, oversize bla[...]
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    Sinking Sands

    Sinking Sands is a 2010 Ghanaian drama film written, produced & directed by Leila Djansi, and starring Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ama Abebrese & Yemi Blaq. The film received 9 nominations and won 3 awards at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards, including the awards for Best Screenplay & Bes[...]
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    Gimmie the Loot

    Gimmie the Loot  was a Grand Jury Winner at SXSW  (March 9-17) in the Narrative Feature Competition “Gimme the Loot” is the first feature film from the New York filmmaker Adam Leon. It follows two Bronx teenagers with a love for graffiti on an  adventure throughout the city. For the film’s shooti[...]
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    Ties That Bind

    'Ties That Bind' tells the story of Adobea, Buki and Theresa (Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ama K and Kimberly Elise), three women from three different backgrounds bound together by a similar pain – the loss of a child.
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    Brooklyn Boheme

    Brooklyn Boheme is a documentary by Diane Paragas and Nelson George. They explore the “fertile ground of Fort Greene, Brooklyn that gave rise to an African-American arts movement in the late 20th century as vibrant as the Harlem Renaissance. George is an insider in the scene himself, as a distinguis[...]
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    TEN & Co: Step Into Morocco with Style

    We stumbled upon this awesome gem while web crawling for the latest cool things in Fashion from the diaspor and we have not been disappointed one bit with this find. Cut from cut from unique vintage and antique hand-woven Moroccan rugs  and  leathers, TEN & Co oxfords stand out like no other we [...]
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    How to Win Over Your Mother-in-Law

     Terri Apter, a psychologist at Cambridge University, has used research gathered over the past twenty years to show that the relationship between a mother and daughter in-laws can be far more tense than the one between a man and his wife's mother. After speaking with 163 people, Apter discovered tha[...]
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    Recommended Reads: Hot off the Editor’s Shelf

    What is better to do in the coming of the cold winter months than to snuggle up with a good book? We've picked some of our most enjoyed books that educated, inspired, and celebrate the beautiful African Diaspora. Spilt Milk by Kopano Matlwa A story of two passionate people who share a sham[...]
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    Kids Online: What Parents Need to Know

    More children than ever have access to the Internet now—a privilege that most old-school black parents never had. While there are many benefits to the world of web browsing, the Internet is not a kid-safe zone, and parents must monitor its use carefully. Even as Internet crimes against children cont[...]
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    African Booty Scratcher

    A short film by Nikyatu Jusu, African Booty Scratcher is a coming of age story, told through the lens of a young girl’s upcoming high school prom, that deals with the friction and conflicts that arise between one’s traditional roots and newfound cultural identity - a familiar battle amongst those li[...]
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    Portia Moemedi: Dreams in Post Apartheid South Africa

    MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL FEATURE MODEL   Full name: Portia Moemedi Age: 21 Nationality: Black South African Profession: Student Hobbies: Sport, scrapbooking,wine touring and surfing the net   I'm currently studying at the University of Stellenbosch doing a Bsc in Sport Science[...]
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    The Loving Story

    Forty-five years ago, sixteen states still prohibited interracial marriage. Then, in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, a white man, and his wife, Mildred Loving, a woman of African American and Native American descent, who had been arrested for miscegenation n[...]
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    A Screaming Man (Un Homme Qui Crie)

    A Screaming Man (French: Un homme qui crie) is a 2010 French-Chadian drama film by Mahamat Saleh Haroun, starring Youssouf Djaoro and Diouc Koma. It revolves around the current civil war in Chad, and tells the story of a man who sends his son to war in order to regain his position at an upscal[...]
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    African Men/Hollywood Stereotypes

    Wouldn't it be better if African men weren't always depicted as warlords or victims? The Creatives: Mama Hope is a non-profit organization focused on building self-sufficient communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mama Hope partners with Community Based Organizations and invests in high impact, cost[...]
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    Oliberte and the Anti-TOMS Approach to Economic Sustainability in Africa

                            How Oliberté, the Anti-TOMS, Makes Shoes and Jobs in Africa ‘Why or how could anyone want to make shoes in a place full of so much poverty and corruption?’ That’s the questio[...]
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    Alexa Singer's Sizzling Namibian Desert Photoseries Packs on the Heat

    Hot in December? Hell yeah it is! Hot is a photo series by renowned South African photographer  Shot in the Namibian desert, Hot features the sizzling Sudanese model Akuol De Mabior.
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    To Skin a Cat - Greg Lomas

    From Lomas' website: A project documenting the use of leopards and other animals for traditional, cultural and religious purposes. These images are captured often in the field whilst working on a documentary To Skin a Cat, a film I am making addressing the loss of leopard populations to an ill[...]
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    One Day I Will Write About This Place Reviewed By Alexander Ikawah

    The chronicle of Binyavanga’s life begins with an anecdote from a playful childhood afternoon. He is clumsy, happy, unsure but in good company. His siblings provide a lead for him to follow and for a long time, that hides his weaknesses. The country has just gained independence and opportunities[...]
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    Lady Gaga's Tweet Arriving In South Africa Reminds Us Of Binyavanga Wainaina's "How to Write About Africa"

    In Granta Magzine's 92th issue focusing on Africa, the talented writer, Binyavanga Wainaina from Kenya, penned a very satirical piece that reflected western perception of Africa entitled "How to Write About Africa." Written in 2005, anyone following western media knows nothing has changed when i[...]
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    Antonio Bolfo - Mass Garbage Dumps of Cite Soleil, Haiti

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    Friends of Anton Project

    Friends of Anton was created in response to the tragic events of April 5th 2011 in which photojournalist Anton Hammerl died on assignment in Libya. Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch was the first to post an early idea on a Facebook group of international reporters: “Anton’s death, unlike Tim (He[...]
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    Congo-Kinshasa: The Fall of Goma

    by Ben Payton The capture of Goma leaves the rebels in a far stronger position, and presents serious difficulties for international businesses. The capture of Goma by the M23 rebel movement on 20 November 2012 is a game-changer in the long-running battle to control the eastern DR Congo. For th[...]
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    Viviane Sassen - Flamboya

    Bright, contrasting colors and a highly developed graphic eye for surface divisions, lines and relationships lend Viviane Sassen's work an unmistakably aesthetic character. Flamboya is her work from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana. It is pervaded with a timeless beauty inextricably connect[...]
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    Jodi Bieber - Between Darkness and Light

    In an exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape titled Between Darkness and Light, award-winning photographer Jodi Bieber explores the twilight that she experienced in the decade following the advent of democracy in South Africa. Curated by Liza Essers and Storm Janse Van Rensburg, the show is a selection [...]
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    Cyber Monday 50% off ALL UNISEX AFRICLECTIC TEES in Africlectic Boutique

    Shop our amazing goodies of African Ankara print designed unisex  tees at 50% off today when you visit www.shop.africlectic.com. Tees come imprinted with the Africlectic plege: "I am Africlectic, I refuse to think my African heritage cannot blend into modernity. I am what I represent, Africa. As a [...]
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    Talib Kweli - Hostile Gospel Pt. 1- Deliver Us

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    Jailer-By ASA

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    Pieter Hugo: Nollywood

    The Nigerian film industry is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1000 movies every year. Nollywood productions take just 10 days to make, yet they are wildly popular in the lucrative African VCD market - an average film sells 50,000 copies. Nollywood movies now o[...]
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    Young Champions by Juan Stockenstroom

    Young Champions is a photo series by Juan Stockenstroom that features amateur boxers between the ages of 12 and 17 from various parts of Cape Town. Juan says that the aim of the project is to raise awareness around boxing as a positive sport and a portal to success for many South African youth and [...]
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    Book Spotlight: How To Be Black by Barantunde

    Dear Africlectists, ever been the awkward black person in a sea of white people or perhaps white friends who constantly asked you culturally inappropriate questions or made brow raising remarks which you just didn't know how to respond to or act, well here is where Barantunde Thursten comes in. Rele[...]
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    The First Grader

    The First Grader is a 2010 biographical drama film directed by Justin Chadwick, starring Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, and Tony Kgoroge, and based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, a Kenyan man and ex Mau Mau soldier who enrolled in elementary education at the age of 84 after the Kenyan governmen[...]
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    Interview: Rise Africa on Why Africa is Done Suffering

    There is no doubt that social media with the ever-increasing access to digital tools, has given Africans on and away from the continent  the opportunity to not only engage amongst each other but to mobilize around common interests such as offering restorative views and perceptions of Africa. Africle[...]
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    Travel: Namibia

    With spectacular natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon Park, Kalahari Desert and the Etosha National Park, Namibia has both breathtaking scenery with the comforts of the modern city. The country is situated right next to the ever-popular tourist destination of South Afr[...]
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    The Black Child by Camara Laye

    L’Enfant noir by Camara Laye This book is based on Laye’s own childhood growing up in Guinea, and takes the format of several episodic stories, each of which discuss a certain aspect of his childhood and adolescence, leaving off just as he heads into adulthood. If you are, as I am, someone who ha[...]
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    "A Ma Mere" (To My Mother) a Poem by Camara Laye

      Femme noire, femme africaine, Ô toi ma mère, je pense à toi... Ô Daman, ô ma Mère, Toi qui me portas sur le dos, Toi qui m'allaitas, toi qui gouvernas mes premiers pas, Toi qui la première m'ouvris les yeux aux prodiges de la terre, Je pense à toi... Ô toi Daman, Ô ma mère, Toi[...]
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    Dear White People

    Perhaps it was being mistaken for the one other Black guy in my office by a colleague who had worked with him for years... Or perhaps it was being asked repeatedly by co-workers to teach them the Single Ladies Dance? Either way something provoked me to go on Twitter as@DearWhitePeople two years [...]
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    Middle of Nowhere, a movie by Ava DuVernay

    Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay‘s second feature which won her the Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and which just received nominations for Best Feature and Breakthrough Actor from the Gotham Awards, is a pretty  unforgettable film. It’s also the kind of f[...]
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    The Buki Akib "Wives" Collection of Bags

    As a follow up to her critically acclaimed menswear collection FELA, the WIVES collection offers luxury womenís bags inspired by the extravagant Fela Kuti and his twenty-seven wives. Using an explosive palette and contrasting textures, the bags offer a celebration of sensuality and individuality in [...]
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    Style Capture: Fruit Cake

    Photography: Aubrey Ndiweni Make Up: Tshego Boitu Salabao Clothing & Jewellery: Fruit Cake Stylist: Sthe
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    Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

    "Like very good dark chocolate this is a delicious novel, with a bitter-sweet flavour. Vimbai is a hairdresser, the best in Mrs Khumalo's salon, and she knows she is the queen on whom they all depend. Her situation is reversed when the good-looking, smooth-talking Dumisani joins them. However, hi[...]
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    Haiti & the Dominican Republic - An Island Divided

    In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the bi[...]
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    What Does it Mean To Be Afro-Latino in America

    What does it mean to be black and Latino in the U.S.? Featuring interviews with Latino actors Laz Alonso ("Avatar", "Jumping the Broom"), Tatyana Ali ("Fresh Prince of Bel Air"), Gina Torres ("Suits, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys") and Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), musicians Christina Milian ("Dip it Lo[...]
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    This Is My Africa

    An excerpt of the award-winning documentary by Zina Saro-Wiwa, This Is My Africa. What does YOUR Africa look like in the year 2060? Leave a comment and let us know! This Is My Africa is a fresh and innovative new project designed to improve the way the world sees Africa by sharing personal exp[...]
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    Bani Productions: Growing Up Naija

    Nigerians reminisce on growing up Nigerian. Boarding School was the default right of passage for many Africans across the continent and we are sure you know someone who can relate to the experiences of those interviewed. Africlectists, what are your boarding school stories?
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    Actor Alexx Ekubo : Up-close and Personal

    Until early July of this year, Alexx Ekubo was relatively unknown to the Africlectic team. It was quite interesting how we stumbled upon this gorgeous and quite intelligent Nigerian model, actor and public speaker. After posting what became one of the most popular pictures on our Facebook page o[...]
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    Big Nuz - Serious

    Director: Mikhail Howitz Producer: Nipho Funeka Production Company: Black Rabbit Productions
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    Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou et la Sorcière)

    Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou et la Sorcière) is a 1998 traditional animation feature film written and directed by Michel Ocelot. Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village from the evil witch Karaba. It is a co-production between[...]
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    War/Dance

    This Academy Award nominated film is one of the best Africa documentaries ever produced, demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit in the face of total brutality. In war-torn Uganda, the L. R. A. (Lord's Resistance Army) kidnaps young children, turning girls into sex slaves and boys into sold[...]
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    Hans Silvester - Omo Valley

    The Surma and Mursi tribes of Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia are body painters. They paint their bodies with natural pigments made from the earth. They paint themselves and each other in a tradition that has remained unchanged for millenia. They use their bodies as canvases, painting their skin wit[...]
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    The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland is a movie about a young doctor working in Uganda who finds himself unwittingly picked as the personal physician to one of the world's most brutal dictators, Idi Amin. Forest Whitaker plays Idi Amin and he won a best acting oscar for his incredible performance. The movie wa[...]
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    Restless City

    The stories and struggles of African immigrants in America are rarely told in American media and are notably missing from most dialogue around the issue of immigration. For that reason alone, director Andrew Dosunmu's visually gorgeous tale of 21-year-old Senegalese musician Djbirl (Sy Alassane) and[...]
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    Martin Kharumwa - Portfolio

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    The Prince of Egypt

    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated musical drama film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Animation. The film is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and follows the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the c[...]
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    ELLE November Issue Inspired by Les Sapeur of Congo

    Though traditionally Africa has been known for ankara cloths and head ties, within the continent fashion brilliance is often being executed in the most unexpected places, as evidenced by Congolese group Les Sapeur. Called Le SAPE, or Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (Society of Tas[...]
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    Style Homage to the Smooth Operator

    French designer Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to Sade and other '80s icons at his spring 2013 fashion show, sending top black models like Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn down the runway wearing flapper-inspired LBDs with slicked-back ponytails, bold red lips and gold hoop earrings. Their resemblance t[...]
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    Sébastien Bouchard's "C'est La Crise": Necessities vs. Vanities

    In order to make a statement on the global financial crises and the culture of spending beyond ones' limits,  artist Sébastien Bouchard in an exhibition in Dakar, Senegal  used the iconic  Louis Vuitton monogram to create an elaborately designed  African calabash. The aim in doing so was to juxtapos[...]
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    BIG WEB LAUNCH SALE: Get the lastest in Afrocentric Décor for 40% Off

    Invite the warm spirit of Africentric decor by shopping our incredible assortment of Ankara designed pillows today at shop.africlectic.com for 40% off. Enter the promo code LAUNCHSALE at the checkout for this incredible discount!
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    Ajak Denf for Numéro Chiná

    Ajak Deng photographed by John-Paul Pietrus for Numéro China’s November 2012 issue
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    Colours in the Dust

    More from the BBC Storyville Why Poverty? initiative, which includes shorts and feature films, that will explore why, in the 21st century, 1 billion people still live in poverty. Today, an heartwarming, inspiring short film titled, Colors In The Dust, from director Jonathan Stack, which asks the [...]
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    Zambezia

    Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.[...]
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    Zarafa

    Synopsis of Rémi Bezançon's animated film Zarafa (in French). The film was released as part of Berlin 2012 International Film Festival and is historically based on the Giraffe given to Charles X of France by Muhammad Ali of Egypt. It has been submitted and accepted for consideration for the 2013 Aca[...]
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    An African Election

    Released in 2008 the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries. At stake in this rac[...]
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    T-Shirts Travels by PBS

    The story of how secondhand clothing, given away as charity in the west, ends up in Zambia, Africa. When filmmaker Shantha Bloemen was stationed in a remote village in Zambia as a worker with an international aid organization, she had to adjust to living in a different culture. She learned to[...]
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    African Animations: The Royal Whiz Kidz - Pilot 1

    One of Bini's main wells is contaminated and there might be a water borne disease outbreak. Watch The Royal Whiz Kidz as they try bring an immediate solution. For a more child safe and friendly e-atmosphere, you can also watch this African animation and many more at www.btpublishinghouse.com
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    Grey Matter (Matiere Grise)

    Set in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, this radiantly self-referential film-within-a-film describes the vision and trials of a determined filmmaker named Balthazar as he tries to produce his first feature, The Cycle of the Cockroach. The trenchant drama, about a brother and sister dealing with the afterma[...]
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    La Vie Sur Terre (Life On Earth)

    La vie sur terre (Life on Earth)is one of the most searching and at the same time poetic meditations on Africa at the beginning of a new millennium to have appeared in any medium. It was conceived as part of 2000 Vue Par, a European television series which invited ten outstanding independent produce[...]
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    Occupy Nigeria - Chopcassava

    Chopcassava is a web series that documented the January 2012 fuel subsidy protests in Lagos, Nigeria. An insiders' view - the videos were uploaded as events unfolded and a number of them went viral. Produced by Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada, the series was created by a team of Nigerian film, media [...]
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    Le Prix du Pardon (The Price of Forgiveness)

    Le Prix du Pardon is based on a novel by Mbissane Ngom who, like film-maker Mansour Sora Wade, comes from the coast of Senegal, where the story is set. A fishing village on the south coast of Senegal lives in fear because of a strange cloud of mist that hangs above the village. As a result, the f[...]
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    Zan Boko

    Gaston Kaboré’s film Zan Boko explores the conflict between tradition and modernity, a central theme in many contemporary African films however this time set in Burkina Faso. It tells the poignant story of a village family swept up in the current tide of urbanization. In doing so, Zan Boko expert[...]
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    Music is The Weapon

    Music Is the Weapon may be short, but it's essential viewing for Fela Kuti fans. Filmed in 1982, the 53-minute documentary captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak. (There are slight differences between the English and French versions, so it's best to watch both.) For the uninitiated[...]
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    Kivumvu: Basket Boy

    A short Burundi film about a ten-year-old named Kivumvu (Kirundi for ‘basket’) who searches for the origins of his often mocked name.
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    Heya Fawda (Chaos)

    “Chaos – Heya Fawda” is the last film by the multiple award-winning doyen of Egyptian cinema Youssef Chahine. Chahine, who died in 2008 aged 81, and his co-director Khaled Youssef take us to Choubra Egypt in the year 2007, a cosmopolitan quarter of Cairo that was once known for the peaceful co-exist[...]
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    Omar M’a Tuer (Omar Killed Me)

    Directed by Cannes Award-winning French-Moroccan actor and filmmaker Roschdy Zem and starring French-Tunisian actor Sami Bouajila as Omar Raddad in the title role, Omar m’a tuer follows the story of an unjustly convicted man who fights for justice in this drama based on a true story. The film was[...]
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    Call Me Kuchu

    Call Me Kuchu (2012) Call Me Kuchu highlights the final year in the life of activist and “Uganda’s first openly gay man”, David Kato. “While heartbreaking, the documentary traces a narrative that takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media: it te[...]
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    Besouro

    Besouro centers around capoeria fighting in Brazil. Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, "Besouro" spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission. This beautifully shot film also shows the African religious influences of Brazil[...]
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    Le Fil (The String)

    Class, cultural and sexual differences are explored in this torridly romantic drama co-starring an Italian superstar from the past: Claudia Cardinale. Set in arid Tunisia, tall, quiet Malik (Antonin Stahly), a 30-year-old Parisian architect, returns to his homeland after the death of his father. He'[...]
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    Dirty Pretty Things

    Directed by Stephen Frears, this 2002 British film tells the story of Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay (Audrey Tatou), a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel. The hotel is run by Senor Sneaky and is the sort of place where dirty business like d[...]
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    Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono)

    Director Abderrahmane Sissako (BAMAKO) has established himself as one of Africa's leading filmmakers. This hypnotic tone poem confirms Sissako's talent for capturing the essence of a particular place through evocative imagery, low-key comedy, and close observation of everyday life. In Waiting for Ha[...]
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    Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema

    Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema is based on the story of Lucky Kunene, an underworld figure who in the 1990s took over real estate in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa. Watch the full movie below:
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    Fatou la Malienne

    A 2001 made-for-TV film directed by Daniel Vigne starring French-Senegalese actress Fatou N’Diaye as the title character, a young French-Malian girl born and living in France whose dreams of becoming a hairdresser are interrupted by her parents desire for her to follow the tradition of their Malian [...]
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    The United States of Hoodoo

    Written by Darius James and Oliver Hardt and directed by Hardt, the documentary The United States of Hoodoo explores the influence of African spirituality and religious customs, brought to the Americas by the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade centuries ago, in American popular culture. Excerpt from the [...]
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    Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets

    Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boukber are a group of street urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca Morocco. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, and indifference. In order to survive they create a bond of friendship and family between then. The bond is cut short when Ali is sens[...]
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    Jonathan May - L'Afrique

    From Featureshoot: Jonathan May is an advertising and fine art photographer originally from Australia. He is currently based in Moscow but lately finds himself spending majority of his time shooting in Australia and Africa. His project L’Afrique materialized from an assignment in Africa from a F[...]
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    Malick Sidibé - Eye of Bamako

    Malick Sidibé (born 1935 or 1936) is Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He was born in Soloba, Mali, and completed his studies in design and jewelry in the École des Artisans Soudanais (now the Institut National des Arts) in Bamako. I[...]
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    Philip Kwame Apagya - Studio

    Philip Kwame Apagya (born 1958) is a Ghanaian photographer. Born in Sekondi, Apagya was the son of a photographer, and apprenticed in his father's studio as a boy. He studied photojournalism at the Accra School of Journalism before opening his own studio in Shema, on Ghana's west coast. He is known [...]
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    Pump It On -Toya DeLazy

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    Don 4 Kwat-Jovi

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    Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)-Flavour

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    Oliver Twist - D'Banj

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    Taking You Home-Shota ft Shana

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    The Dandettes

    Photography of Dexter R. Jones
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    Cry Freedom

    Cry Freedom centers around the real-life events involving black activist Steve Biko and his friend Donald Woods, who initially finds him destructive, and attempts to understand his way of life. Denzel Washington stars as Biko, while actor Kevin Kline portrays Woods. Cry Freedom delves into the ideas[...]
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    Amistad

    Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on the true story of an uprising in 1839 by newly captured African slaves that took place aboard the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba, the subsequent voyage to the Northeastern United States, and the legal battle that fo[...]
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    Sarafina!

    Sarafina! is a South African musical by Mbongeni Ngema depicting students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to apartheid. It was also adapted into a 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo. Sarafina! premiered on Broadway on 28 January 1988, at the Cort Theatre, and closed on[...]
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    Wend Kuuni

    Wend Kuuni is a landmark in African filmmakers' attempts to "return to the sources" of their culture, to recover a "usable" African past to solve the problems of the African present. Filmmaker Gaston Kaboré adapts the measured rhythms of traditional African storytelling to create an authentically Af[...]
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    Black Girl (La Noire de...)

    "Black Girl" is a 1966 film by the Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembène, starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop. Its original French title is La Noire de..., which means "The black girl of...", as in "someone's black girl". This film is considered the first black African feature film to garner int[...]
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    Hotel Rwanda

    Don Cheadle is excellent in this movie which is based on the true story of the remarkable Paul Rusesabinga, a hotel manager, who saved hundreds of lives in the midst of genocide. Anyone traveling to Rwanda should read up on the genocide and try and get a better understanding of what exactly happened[...]
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    Blood Diamond

    For a big Hollywood movie, Blood Diamond is surprisingly gritty and real, even Leonardo DiCaprio's South African accent is spot on. The movie is set in Sierra Leone during the chaotic 1990's when the country was in the midst of a civil war. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a South African mercena[...]
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    Glenford Nunez - The Coiffure Project

     
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    Pieter Hugo - The Hyena Men of Abuja

    circa 2005  
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    ARA By Brymo

    Official Video of the smash hit single Ara (Wonders) from Chocolate City by Brymo (Ibrahim ashimi Olawale) the video was shot on location in Lagos Nigeria and directed by Aje Filmworks.
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    Amapantsula Ajabulile by Kabelo ft Professor

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    Abantu Bami by Shota

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    GQ Goes African

     
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    Chris Saunders - The Smarteez

    The Smarteez are a DIY fashion crew from Soweto. Together, they are made up of four young designers; Kepi Mngomezulu, Sibu Sithole, Floyd Manotana and Thabo Tsatsinyane. They have been called, a fashion tribe from South Africa and compared to Tokyo’s underground style phenomenon. Aside from all t[...]
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    120mm Portraits- By Greg Lomas

    A selection of portraits shot on medium format film on my trusty Hasselblad.   Greg Lomas is a photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer, working out of Durban, South Africa. His days are generally filled running To Skin a Cat, a documentary addressing the loss of leopard populations to a [...]
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    APARTHEID AFTER PARTY

    The-frown-metallic-kiss mix describes a South Africa blooming and bursting at the seams with youth energy and talent. The youth of South Africa have come a long way from that generation of brave June 16 1976 kids, who mobilised their entire communities and started a tide of change that would result [...]
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    Toya Delazy ‘Heart’

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    Runaway Slave

    Runaway Slave is a compelling, insightful look at how government policies have systematically re-enslaved the black population in the United States. Through entitlements and other government programs, a perpetual state of welfare exists, creating what can only be described as a form of modern slaver[...]
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    Delta Boys

    DELTA BOYS, award-winning American filmmaker Andrew Berends’ harrowing account of exploitation and militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, where he was arrested while filming, falsely accused of espionage and expelled from the country. In DELTA BOYS, Berends crosses the lines of [...]
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    ACCESSION

    An unflinching look at life in a South African township. Filmed on a handheld camera, we follow John (the compelling Pethro Themba Mole), an unemployed young man, over a couple of days. The camera stays on him the whole time, with peripheral characters barely coming in to view. Spending his time roa[...]
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    Chico & Rita

    Chico & Rita directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal is on Netflix instant play and I couldn’t be more thrilled!! Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tr[...]
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    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

      The trailer for An Oversimplification of Her Beauty  - Terence Nance’s debut film premiered this year at Sundance, the San Francisco International Film Festival and The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Just to name a few). The Synopsis: “You’ve just arrived home after a bad da[...]
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    FunkJazz Kafé

    Trailer for FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of a Decade (The Story of a Movement). The film features Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie, N’dea Davenport, Caron Wheeler, Eric Roberson and numerous other musicians.  It spans the late 1980′s through the early 2000′s exploring the underground music scene, soul mu[...]
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    Daresalam (Let There Be Peace)

    Daresalam is a 2000 dramatic film by Chadian director Issa Serge Coelo. It has been considered one of the very few recent African films that has treated the theme of the internecine conflicts that have ravaged the African continent since independence. While set in a fictional African country called [...]
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    TRES COOL: Justin Polkey's "Town Chic"

    We absolutely loved Justin Polkey's recent work with Solange's vibrant and amazing cover with ELLE South Africa that we had to revisit his recent September editorial for G&W magazine called "Town Chic." The spread juxtaposes high fashion with a back drop of ordinary Xhosa life, resulting is a ve[...]
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    AVON: Empowering Africa's Women

    American cosmetic household brand Avon, has not had much to celebrate lately with plunging share prices,  however the brand is finding hope in a new consumer niche in none other than South Africa. In 2011 Avon's sales in South Africa increased by a whopping 29%, whereas its global sales grew only [...]
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    Cop the Look: Solange for Elle SA Cover

    Stylist and fashion editor Asanda Sizani had this to say of  Solange “She walked in dressed in a tangerine blazer, fuchsia wide-leg pants and bright lips. She was warm, open and friendly. After a meeting with Jackie(editor), she quickly selected the pieces she loved the most. My highlight was Sola[...]
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    Good Read: Coconut

    Among the current crop of writers in South Africa, Kopano Matlwa stands uniquely head and shoulders above the rest. This grounded twenty-two year old author of provocative novel Coconut about black South African youths’ loss of identity in their highly Westernised nation highlights what can happen t[...]
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    Man Pass Man Produced- Jovi

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    K'naan - Hurt Me Tomorrow

    In 34 years on this Earth, K’NAAN‘s seen more trouble and strife than most of us will, hopefully, in our lifetimes. I mean, the man did live in Mogadishu during the Somali Civil War. Love, however, is the great equalizer, and no amount of perspective can shield one from the pain of heartbreak; o[...]
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    Nneka, Babatunde & Chiliscote – La Historia es Nuestra

    Recorded in Germany, “La Historia es Nuestra” (The History is Ours) is a collaborative track by Nigerian-Soul/Hip-Hop singer, Nneka, fellow Nigerian rapper, Babatunde and Chilean rapper/filmmaker, Chiliscote dedicated to the youth in Chile and all over the world, struggling for education and a bri[...]
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    Solange Knowles - Losing You

    The long awaited single of Solange Knowles is out, and with a gorgeous backdrop set in South Africa and the famous Congolese "Les Sapeur" by her side the song was catchy and fun as well.
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    The Muffinz - Ghetto

    The Muffinz is an up-and-coming five-piece ensemble from Johannesburg, South Africa. They describe themselves as “an urban indie jazz band, mixing up the beautiful sounds of light afro jazz, soul, pop and a lil’ touch of genius to create a new type of band.” ‘Ghetto’ is the catchy first single fro[...]
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    BrymO - We All Need Something

    “We All Need Something” is a song written by Nigerian artist BrymO in the wake of the loss, the violence and the financial instability wracking the country. The video was directed by Jassy Generation in Lagos, Nigeria. BrymO highlights that as Nigerians we all need something, we can either focus on [...]
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    Youssoupha - Les Disques de Mon Père

    From one of the most thought-provoking, intelligent, and controversial rappers on the thriving French urban scene, Les Disques de Mon Père is likely to appeal as much to fans of old school soukous as to new school hip hop heads, with a lovely video that prompted us to watch Baloji's for Indépendan[...]
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    Sometimes in April

    Starring Idris Elba, Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, written and directed by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The story centers on two brothers: Honoré Butera, working for Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, and Augustin Mugan[...]
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    Tsotsi

    Captivating audiences worldwide, this Oscar winning compelling story of crime and redemption has earned countless other awards around the globe. On the edges of Johannesburg, Tsotsi's life has no meaning beyond survival. One night, in desperation, Tsotsi steals a woman's car. But as he is driving of[...]
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    The Gods Must Be Crazy

    Kalahari bushman Xi (played by genuine bushman N!xau) is as surprised as the rest of his tibe when a Coke bottle, thrown from a passing plane, lands in the middle of their village. This "gift from the gods" proves to be a mixed blessing when the tribesmen fight over it and eventually use it for a we[...]
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    The United States of Africa: Beyond HIp Hop

    The feature documentary United States of Africa follows African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi as he crafts a new album that shines a light on black revolutionary leaders - from Kwame Nkrumah to Thomas Sankara, from Malcolm X to Cheikh Antah Diop-who fought for the dignity of the African people, and f[...]
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    Sisters In Law

    A modest new documentary from the West African nation of Cameroon has been getting rave reviews at some of the world's most prestigious film festivals. It's an unlikely story of how two women are taking on crimes against women, often fighting deeply entrenched attitudes and a male-dominated power st[...]
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    Contemporary African Artist, Gerard Quenum's "Dolls Never Die"

    Gerard Quenum is a contemporary African artist born in the small west African country of Benin in 1971 with an extraordinary nack for creating gems out of discarded materials combining them with natural elements such as wood and earth. Through his art, he weaves stories of the history of Africa an[...]
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    Travel: The Brazilian Experience

    Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, with a population of about 200 million people. Part of the famous Amazon Rainforest is located in Brazil, in the state of Manaus. The language spoken is Brazilian Portuguese, and its currency is the ‘Real’. The capital of Brazil is Brasilia, and [...]
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    Bridging Traditional Home Architecture with Modern Aesthetics

    South African Architecture company Elmo Swat, show that traditional thatched roofs  very popular in rural Africa will always be in style and are here to stay. In remodelling this three bedroom thatched cottage in Durban, the designers added a new bedroom, two studies and an entertainment space with [...]
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    Cameroon Cuisine: Ndolé

    African cuisine exhibits great diversity and superb taste. Recipes featuring vegetables and traditional spices are very popular and make for sumptuous meals. One such meal is ‘Ndole’ from the South of Cameroon. This dish originated in the coastal region of Douala but is a celebrated delicacy for peo[...]
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    Editor's Note: Echoes of the Diaspora

      What Does Africlectic Stand for and Who is the Africlectist? “Africlectic” is a combination of two words,  ‘African’ + ‘Eclectic’. Who is the Africlectist? You are a multidimensional person of the African Diaspora whose true essence is greatly influenced by the rich cultural divers[...]
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    CANCER: Black Women’s Health Imperative

    Many events in our lives bring us together: a joyous occasion, family reunions, or catching up with a good friend etc. At the same time many unfortunate circumstances also bring people together such as the death of a loved one. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Black women. 'N[...]
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    Stella Style: The Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

    Snuggle up in style with beautiful Ankara prints, slouchy sweaters  and tailored shirts with Stella Jean’s Fall/Winter 2012 Collection! The emerging Haitian-Italian designer incorporates bold patterns and prints with a preppy flavour for this season, inspiring us to put on our oversized glasses and [...]
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    Breast Cancer Awareness: The Magic of Mangoes

      October is Breast Cancer Month, and here at Africlectic we would like to share little tips you can apply to help take care of your body. Many of us may like to have mangoes, but how much? Did you know a medium size mango-  about 3.5 g is fully packed with vitamins ranging from C, B,[...]
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    Crossing Borders: The Rise of Hip Hop in Africa

    From producer/director Yanick Letourneau comes the feature documentary, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop. Released in Canada, the USA, and South Africa, the film follows rapper Didier Awadi as he tours 40 countries, outlining the tragic defeats of various African leaders who were thwarted i[...]
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    David Adjaye Designs the Museum of African American History

    Meet  the most talked about architect in the Diaspora right now - David Adjaye. In April, the Smithsonian Institution announced that the Freelon ,Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup will be designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. David Adjaye, a 43-year-old Ghanian archite[...]
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    Haute Jewelry: Anita Quansah

    The fabulous West African jewelry designer extraordinaire, Anita Quansah is in a lane of her own when it comes to making some of the most exquisite and sophisticated fine jewelry out right now. After graduating from  Chelsea College of Art and Design, Anita worked with some big names like  - Chris[...]
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    Quick & Easy Samosas

    Samosas: An East African Delight! Fun Fact: At the White House, the Obamas menu included Chicken Samosas alongside yogurt dip when they hosted a dinner for India the  Envoy and other Ambassadors. Samosas are a very common fast food snack in East Africa, especially Kenya.   Ingredients:[...]
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    Ty Ogunkoya Models John Galliano's Fall/Winter 2012 Ad Campaign

    The Fall/Winter 2012 Ad Campaign by Galliano was just recently released and sultry Nigerian model Ty Ogunkoya was at the center of the collection's promotional spread. Galliano's collection harkens back to 1970s retro style and Ty is an absolute eye turner in these photos.  
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    Book Review: On Black Sister’s Street by Chika Unigwe

     Reviewed by  Carolyne Muthoni Njihia for Africlectic Magazine After coming across this book a few times on the shelves, I finally decided to pick up ‘On Black Sisters’ Street’ by Chika Unigwe, a Belgian based writer of Nigerian origin. Having read some good reviews, I’m glad I did. In brief, [...]
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    Make Up Lines for Black Women

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    West Elm's South Africa Collection a Definite Win

    International décor company West Elm teamed up with sixteen South African artisans to create a colorful and vibrant design collection grounded in traditional arts and timeless in motif. Speaking to Elle Décor, creative director Vanessa Holden said: “There are influences from so many different b[...]