Is this the year that African music will conquer the United States?

Whether it’s through hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 radio or Internet memes, Drake is a ubiquitous presence on our cultural landscape. Yet for all of his inescapable hits in the past few years (“Hotline Bling,” “Started From the Bottom,” guesting on Rihanna’s “Work,” to name a few), it was only in May that Drake finally topped… Read More Is this the year that African music will conquer the United States?

The Moroccans by Leila Alaoui – in pictures

Leila Alaoui was a French-Moroccan photographer and video artist. For her series, The Moroccans, she traveled the country with her mobile photo studio to capture the ethnic and cultural diversity of Morocco. Leila was killed on assignment in Burkina Faso on 15 January. See the rest of the pictures here. See Leila Alaoui’s website here.

Betrothed: A marriage of cultures in “Familiar.”

BY HILTON ALS Photo by Geordie Wood, The New Yorker All this talk about diversity—in newspapers, on college campuses, at the Oscars—can be hard on a liberal white guy. How’s a sensitive Caucasian man—no Trumpite—supposed to deal with so much political climate change, so many “other” demands? Take women, for instance. They want equal pay.… Read More Betrothed: A marriage of cultures in “Familiar.”

New African Food Series Launched for National Nutrition Month

For National Nutrition Month, NativSol Kitchen teams of with Nigeria-based creative firm—Genii Games to launch “NativSol Food Series” on March 4. NativSol Food Series will educate children and families on the nutritional benefits of African heritage food. “With fast food spots seen as ‘social status’ symbols popping up in cities across Africa, we will see an increase in diet-related… Read More New African Food Series Launched for National Nutrition Month

Behind the masks in West Africa

CULTURE, ART, FOOD & DRINKS Photographer Selim Harbi was drawn to West Africa for its culture and its handicrafts — specifically, its masks. When he visited the region in 2014, he spent time asking people all about the masks: their meanings, the tribes they belonged to, the symbolism behind them. READ MORE. Why ‘outstanding’ and ‘affordable’ African art… Read More Behind the masks in West Africa