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AfroPunk Johannesburg puts the city on the map of global black culture

First headlining act Solange canceled her performance, inciting a social-media backlash. Then summer rain muddied the day and sent festivalgoers rushing for shelter. Yet AfroPunk Johannesburg pressed on, proving that it was more than a concert and now something closer to a movement, determined to include its new African followers. Over Dec. 30-31, AfroPunk’s inaugural festival in Johannesburg celebrated alternative Africa—and introduced the city to a global black culture. New fans. (EPA-EFE/Cornell Tukiri)Johannesburg is the fifth city to host AfroPunk, after Paris, London, Atlanta and its home base of New York. It was the first time the festival came to Africa, where a nascent alternative culture has created a digital community easily recognizable by an embrace of a form of Afro-Futurism. “The move to Johannesburg is a natural fit in line with AfroPunk’s desire to make connections throughout the diaspora, creating bonds between those with a shared mindset,” organizers said in a statem..

3 Hairstylists On Braids, Cultural Appropriation and Media's Erasure of Black Women

"When other cultures are respected and acknowledged for their traditions and we aren't, it becomes a deeper issue that needs to be spoken about."Bantu knots. Cornrows. Box braids. Whatever you've known them as, the vast family of braided hairstyles has been around far longer than beauty trends, hashtags and Kardashians. For some of us, braids bring back nostalgic memories of intimacy, family and self-identity through artistic expression. However, over the past few years, traditionally Black, braided hairstyles — specifically on other races — have hit a mainstream nerve, evoking an uncomfortable, ever-present question for those both within and outside the African Diaspora: Is this cultural appropriation? While the conversation isn't an easy one to have, it is necessary given the media's all-too-often problematic regard for (or neglect of) Black hair. "Braids started in Africa and can be traced back to Egypt as far as 3500 BC. Braiding is also a way to maintain our h..

African food: A gastronomic trend, AfroPunk Johannesburg [This is Culture]

In this week’s culture segment we take a look at African gastronomy and the AfroPunk festival. African cuisine has grown from home favourites to a culinary delight worldwide, thanks to the African chefs determined to highlight traditional spices and taste. Meanwhile, The first AfroPunk festival was recently held in the continent. AfroPunk’s inaugural festival in Johannesburg celebrated alternative Africa and introduced the city to a global black culture. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Richard E Grant robbed at cash machine in South Africa

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Ethiopia: Addis in the Eyes of African Youth Visitors

By Leulseged WorkuPeace and security are the major challenges of Africa. When there is peace and security there is prosperity. In this regard, the youth will be direct beneficiaries form the economy. More job opportunity will be created and they will in turn support their community. The role of youth to speed up the socio economic and political life of a society is inevitable. This is especially true for the growing economy of Africa where the majority of the population is young. Lately, the 15th YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) Connect Camp, that aspire to invest in the next generation of African leaders through training in facilitating leadership, mentorship, networking and professional envelopment opportunities for social change was successfully concluded here in Addis Ababa, at the Embassy of the United States of America. On which seventeen young African leaders who came from Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Sudan were attended..

Africa: Balopi Relishes Miss Africa Title

By Omphile NtakhwanaGaborone — Twenty-one-year old Gaseangwe Balopi from Tonota has made the country proud by winning the second edition of Miss Africa 2017 hosted by Cross River state in Calabar, Nigeria on December 28. In an interview, Balopi said she first heard of Miss Africa from a friend in 2016 but decided not to pursue it then because it came too soon and she believed she was not prepared for it. "But last year I decided to join because of the longing and burning desire to make a difference in the world and the rest is history," she said. Balopi came back P350 000 richer as well as owning a Ford Edge Sport Utility vehicle. She indicated that before her historic milestone, she was among Miss Botswana 2016 finalists and that was where her love for pageantry and modelling journey began. "I have been featured on Elle magazine SA, Legit SA, shot with Sun goddess at SA fashion week and many more," said Balopi adding that she was honoured to have represented Botswana at the prestigiou..

Meet the DJ changing the South African nightclub scene

Cape Town born Kalo Canterbury, better known in the social scenes as K-$ is a vibrant party starter, who’s turntables skills are enjoyed throughout the streets of Braamfontein. Making her debut along the Joburg streets, K-$ played at the Jose Cuervo Seize the City event. Involved in the emergence of the DIY culture, this Capetonian explains how the cool kids party in the city of Joburg. On Sunday, 3 December a crowd of Jozi’s young influential seized the city with Jose Cuervo, the world’s number one tequila, at an underground party held at The Station in Newtown. Tapping into the legacy of 90s rave culture, the gathering saw the youth rebelling against the norm and taking nightlife culture into their own hands. K-$ at the Jose Cuervo Seize The City event. Picture: Dune Tilley Grime and gqom beats pounded through the abandoned concrete space, while neon strobe lights lit up flashes of danger tape and yellow road barriers. Jose Cuervo cocktails were served from behind caged bars, and rou..

Success can be measured in the number of international airport connections served by multistop...

As an overseer of all security for U.N. peacekeeping missions around the world, Ken Payumo must make at least one stop each year in seven sub-Saharan African countries, from Liberia to South Sudan. When booking flights, he has several choices — none of them pretty. To fly to the Central African Republic from Chad — neighboring countries — Payumo has to pick up a flight from Chad’s capital N’Djamena to Paris, then from Paris to Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Sometimes, Royal Air Maroc comes through with just a layover in Casablanca. But once in-country and ready to return to the U.S., it’s a “hodgepodge” of options, according to Payumo: Air Maroc again from Bangui to Casablanca to Paris, before he can fly into JFK. Or a two-stop flight to Newark, New Jersey, on Ethiopian Air for $1,300 — if he’s lucky. That may finally change. Encouraged by the International Air Transport Association and the African Union, executives of African airlines are gaining ground against the r..

Kwanzaa comes to Boathouse Row

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Kwanzaa, a cultural holiday observed for seven days beginning Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 1. Neither a religious nor a political holiday, Kwanzaa was established in 1996 by noted Black American scholar and activist Maulana Karenga to introduce and spread “Nguzo Saba,” which in Swahili means the seven principles that he developed from his ongoing African culture studies. Translated, these are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics (building Black businesses), purpose, creativity and faith. A candle is lit on each day to celebrate each principle. On the last day, a Black candle is lit and gifts are shared. According to The Associated Press, the name “Kwanzaa” is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, the most widely spoken African language. However, Kwanzaa, the holiday, did not exist in Africa. “Kwanzaa is a celebration of the family which first forms us, names..

Bengaluru's window to Africa

Over a dozen young African girls, flaunted their beauty and talent in the Miss Africa Bangalore beauty contest which was held in Banaswadi recently. Organised by One Team Africa, an organisation that aims to bring all Africans in Bengaluru together, the contest is the first of its kind in the city. Contestants, who were mostly students, walked the ramp with different attires including traditional wear, which showed the diversity of the African continent. Speaking about the objective behind this initiative, Deborah Mbathe, one of the organisers said, "Africa is mistaken to be a country. Seldom do people understand the fact that it is a continent with about 54 countries. Africans in Bangalore are from different nations with different traditions and culture. Hence, this is an effort to provide them an opportunity to get together, showcase their talents and represent their countries as well." Eleven contestants qualified for the final round after a number of challenges. The first one was c..

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