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Black Queens Came To Afrochella Dressed To Impress | MadameNoire

This weekend Ghana hosted their annual Afrochella festival, a celebration of the different types of African cultures through music, food, fashion and much more. In contrast to Coachella, Afrochella is an entirely black experience where every attendee has a feeling of solidarity. This year’s theme is Year of the Return of the African Diaspora, so many African-Americans traveled to Ghana to experience the greatness that is the blackest festival ever. “It’s amazing,” Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for people who don’t feel like they connect to any culture other than American culture. If […]

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Africa makes a scene: Best contemporary art fairs of 2020 | Al Jazeera

From South Africa to Morocco, fairs including new and established creatives are drawing art lovers and buyers alike. African art has been having a very long moment. Over the past 10 years, contemporary artists from the continent – from the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui to Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu to South African photographer Zanele Muholi – have continued to build their names on the international stage. African artists have been presenting in major museums and galleries across Europe and the United States, while increasing numbers of African countries have shown at the prestigious Venice Biennale, including Ghana’s critically-acclaimed debut this […]

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How African American folklore saved the cultural memory and history of slaves | The Conversation

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, The Conversation IVANCHINA ANNA/Shutterstock. Featured Image over the world, community stories, customs and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This folkore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too. The year 1619 marked the beginning of African American history, with the arrival of the first slave ship in Jamestown, Virginia. Slavery put African Americans not only in physical shackles. They were prevented from gaining any type of knowledge, including learning to read or write […]

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