African Culture

Bissap Baobab owner Marco Senghor charged with illegal citizenship

<b>Marco Senghor</b>, owner of the Mission’s Senegalese restaurant and dance club <b>Bissap Baobab</b>, has been indicted on charges that he illegally obtained his U.S. citizenship.<p>Senghor, who arrived in San Francisco from Senegal in 1989 and has owned his restaurant since 1996, said he’s sure he has “done …

San Francisco

People's Poetry and Jazz Festival celebrates African dance, music and arts in Vernon Park

The Black Writers Museum hosted its sixth annual People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival in Vernon Park on Saturday, bringing together a diverse crowd of …

African-American News

Borrowed Seasons: 9 Quotes From Modern African Poets

Africa has seen more change across its many nations over the past decades than practically any continent on earth. Lookng back at milestones which have helped reshape its narrative, the introduction to <i>The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry</i> points to events such as Nelson Mandela’s election in …

Culture

Films of Powerful Love Stories in Kenya

Kenya’s untold beauty is a hidden gem in the world of cinema, and the film industry has grown immensely, allowing creative minds to explore the theme …

Love Stories

Photos: Camels, sheep, cows on 'display' ahead of 2018 Eid

Eid-ul Adha (festival of the sacrifice) is the second annual celebration observed by Muslims the world over. The day falls on 10th of Dhul Hijjah, …

Africa

"La Negrada": The recognition of Afro-Mexican communities on the big screen

“La Negrada”, by director Jorge Perez Solano, has been a big deal since its release in Mexico on August 10th. The film that recently premiered in …

Mexico

The 'Queen' Of Saharan Song, Khaira Arby, Has Died

One of the most prized voices to come out of West Africa in recent years, the Malian singer and songwriter Khaira Arby, has died. Her death was announced by her American tour manager, Christopher Nolan, who said that she died Sunday in a Bamako hospital. She was 59 years old; the cause of her death …

Music

Festival in African griot tradition, shows Baltimore's black children 'another way'

In African culture, one of the griot’s roles is to remember stories and pass them along to future generations.But Bunjo Butler worries that those …

Black History

African Culture – 16 most interesting traditions

Kidnapping your bride<p>In the Sudanese Latuka tribe, when a man wants to marry a woman, he kidnaps her. Elderly members of his family go and ask the …

Africa

Janet Jackson Takes Over Harlem To Celebrate Black Culture And Style With New Single

New York City was the place to be this weekend as global icon Janet Jackson brought her Black Girl Magic to the Big Apple in celebration of her new …

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson’s “Made For Now” Video Is Her First In 3 Years & It’s A Party You Don’t Want To Miss — WATCH

On Friday, Aug. 17, the iconic Janet Jackson released "Made For Now," her first video in three years, and it's definitely the most epic block party …

Janet Jackson

Hajj plans jeopardised by higher fees, living costs in Egypt

<b>The number of Egyptians who will make the holy pilgrimage to Mecca has dropped by 20%, with only 64,000 of Egypt’s 80,000 hajj quota, Parliamentary</b> …

Africa

Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mmhmm'

Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?<p>Give up? Mmhmm.<p>You got it! Mmhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.<p>Once upon a time, English …

Language

Celebrating Aretha Franklin in 7 iconic songs

<b>Tributes continue to pour in from music legend, powerful global leaders and adoring fans for record Grammy winner Aretha Franklin, who died on</b> …

Music

Rachel C. Schneider on Decolonization, Sexuality, and Africa

Over the last decade, countless news stories, focusing on the difficult situation of LGBTQI people in Africa, have contributed to a Western …

Books

Friday Mixtape: Grand Union Orchestra's founder curates us a mix on the theme of migration

This week’s Friday Mixtape is a treat. An unusual addition to our usual mix of bands and creatives, this week we’ve handed the reigns over to Tony …

Songwriting

History-making 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain …

Music

How the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia can play a role in reconciliation

Ethiopia, once again, is at a crossroads. The last four months have seen jubilation and euphoria over the change and reform that the new Prime …

Africa

10 emerging WOC beauty brands we discovered at Project Beauty Expo

It’s not often that mainstream beauty-centric events center the beauty and skincare needs of brown and Black women. That’s where Project Beauty Expo, …

Skin Care

Minnesota Orchestra Honors Nelson Mandela By Bringing Music To South Africa

The Minnesota Orchestra will play one of its most important gigs of the year this month — at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa. In doing so, it will become the first major U.S. orchestra to visit that city. The performance is part of a year of celebrations recognizing the …

South Africa

Johannesburg's afrocentric chef opens restaurant to honour his heritage

Sizo Henna is one of South Africa’s top chefs – well known for discovering and celebrating African dishes on his cooking show, ‘Rustic Chakula’.<p>This …

Africa

LA’s Bizarre Museum of Jurassic Technology Celebrates 30 Years—It’s Time You Visit

Palms is a small but densely populated Los Angeles neighborhood nestled in the crook between two intersecting freeways. Near the border with Culver …

The Arts

Morocco to Malawi: Madonna's Africa-centered 60th birthday

Top United States pop star, Madonna celebrated her sixtieth birthday with a huge African theme from Marrakesh to Malawi.<p>The actress, director and …

Africa

Paradise Game wants to create a thriving community for African devs

The game developer-focused conference Devcom debuted at last year’s Gamescom (one of the largest gaming shows in the world) in Cologne, Germany. It’s back again this month from August 19 to Auguest 23, running presentations on topics like game design and publishing, as well as a show floor. This …

Business

VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties

No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul. He had extreme and contrarian …

Africa

Style Starters: The Beautiful Evolution Of Black Women And Braids

<i>In anticipation of our 2018 ESSENCE Street Style Festival , we’re excited to launch our new series, Style Starters. Each week, we’ll be highlighting</i> …

Women of Color

6 Adventurous Family Trips (That Also Have a Good Dose of Culture)

Sure, going to your in-laws’ lake house every summer is fun, but it’s high time you tried a different kind family vacation. Ideally one that is equal …

Farm-to-table

7 celebrities who have taught college classes

1/<p>Oprah Winfrey co-taught a leadership class at Northwestern.<p>Mike Windle/Getty<p>For a short stint starting in the late '90s, Oprah taught at …

Wake Forest University

Farewell to Eli Davis, a Dallas political operative and public servant who made a difference

For decades, Eli Davis seemed to be everywhere, always doing something positive.<p>Davis, 88, died Aug. 7 in Dallas. He made an immeasurable impact in …

Texas

Trini academic Liseli creates history

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2018On Sunday, August 5, Trinidadian-born Liseli Fitzpatrick crossed the stage as the first PhD in the Department of …

African-American News