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First Official Trailer of “Finding Fela” Documentary.
To anyone familiar with Nigeria politics, Afrobeat music and revolutionary post-colonial ideologies in Africa, Fela Anikulapo Kuti needs no introduction.
Hailed as a revolutionary by some and a rebel by others, Fela Kuti was a powerful and dangerous mixture of the two. For many, his music was and still is arguably the most relevant and most poignant testimony of the corrupt state of Nigerian affairs since the oil-rich country became independent from Britain in 1960. His Afrobeat rhythms, black pride and African consciousness, mixed with his defiant attitude, as well as his charm and charisma, made Fela both a hero and a target. From the everyday person to the elite, Fela’s music struck a chord (and in some cases a nerve or two) with people all over Nigeria, and beyond.
In Finding Fela, filmmaker Alex Gibney explores Fela Kuti’s pioneering legacy painting a portrait of a man who has succeeded in achieving his self-fulfilled prophecy, highlighted through his self-appointed name ‘Anikulapo’, of living forever.
Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.
- Maya Angelou
The story makes the headlines; the people pay attention-they tweet and share and spread the hashtags. Interest wanes, attention’s diverted. The story dies out. But it doesn’t. To the people involved, it doesn’t.
On April 15th of this year, Boko Haram, an alleged* terrorist organization in northern Nigeria, kidnapped 230 girls from the Chibok Government Secondary School. The Nigerian government’s…
A must-read novel by author Ayana Mathis! Have you read this book before? #SummerReadingList #LiveUnchained
Good morning! Hopefully Ms. Spalding can brighten your day with her lovely voice.
Remember, you are black gold!
These photos were taken during her trips to Cameroon, her home country, and Kenya.
Inside EXODUS GOODS.
There are some places you don’t have to set foot in to know are beautiful.
Nestled in New Orleans’ French Quarter, this concept boutique stocked with unique and colourful goods, and a charming interior that looks tactfully unfinished, is the brain child of designer sisters Lizzy and Darlene Okpo and fellow creative Armina Mussa.
518 Conti Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Ajepomaa Gallery (www.ajepomaagallerygh.com) is a Ghanaian label by a young amazing designer. I had the pleasure of shooting for their new Zoti line which incorporates delicious prints in pastels and the perfect mix of fabrics and patterns.
African designers are really doing it. I’m so proud!
Photographer: Marcus Hessenberg
MUA: Commes Chez soi
Photographer: Thandiwe Muriu
Makeup Artist: Cultured Ego
Model: Anok Kuol
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Paper Queen Alice (2010) by mixed media artist Brianna McCarthy. This beautiful collage is one of the many collages featured in the Paper Queens collection. Follow @macabrii for more beautiful & inspiring artwork! [ Double tap if you’d like to see more of her work on our page. ]
Two (2009) by mixed media artist Brianna McCarthy. We are so in love her work. Watercolor was used as the medium for this lovely piece. Make sure to follow @macabrii & be inspired.