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African Culture

Freetown

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Freetown doesn't tell its story with the eloquence and understatement of Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu or the solid dramatic flourishes of Terry George's Hotel Rwanda. Still, the film depicts a part of African history that is worth knowing and sharing.

A Tanzanian Safari--and Our New Masai Friends

Gerald Eskenazi | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Gerald Eskenazi

We went to a schoolroom--which gave new meaning to a one-room schoolhouse. This had more than 60 nursery-school children. The walls were bare except for one blackboard that had the ABC's on it. Children took turns walking up to the board and reciting the alphabet. Was it just for our benefit? I wondered.

Timbuktu

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.

PAN! The Universal Call of the African Drum

Jessica Joseph | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jessica Joseph

The film tells the story of the notoriously ingenious, multicultural people of Trinidad and Tobago, who fought to hold on to their African drum and in the process created the steel-pan, the only new instrument to be invented in the 20th century.

African in America

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

What does it mean to be black in America? I faced this question early in life as a child of African immigrants. First days of school were the worst days. As teachers and peers faced difficulty pronouncing my long West African name, I struggled to understand who I was.

WATCH: Diesel+EDUN Celebrates African Fashion

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Black Voices

Africa is slowly but surely making its presence in the world of fashion. The continent has provided endless inspiration for designers, celebrities and...

'Loss of Control'

Louise Sayers | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Louise Sayers

I, on the other hand, had a more personal reason for wanting to write about my chosen topic -- "the relevance of cultural background to the application of the law" -- my interest in it having been triggered while spending time in East Africa the previous summer.

My Africa

Dee Poku-Spalding | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
Dee Poku-Spalding

When people who look like you fill the influential roles in society, the heads of state, the judges, the doctors and the bankers, nothing feels impossible or out of reach.