Photo Gallery: Modelling in Botswana

  One day, about 5 years ago it dawned on me, it was pictures that I loved more than anything else, be it the ones that are drawn by a sunset on a sky or the moving ones on my TV screen or the ones that were taken with a stills camera and printed on… Read More

Nina Simone – The High Priestess of Soul

Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’  Tells the story of four different African American women. Each of the four characters represents an African American stereotype in society. “An instantly accessible analysis of the damning legacy of slavery, that made iconographic the real women we knew and would become.” –Thulani Davis My skin is black, my arms are… Read More

My name is Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Black president or Chief Priest of Shrine.

“It was when I was in a police cell at the C.I.D. (Central Intelligence Division) headquarters in Lagos; the cell I was in named “The Kalakuta Republic” by the prisoners. I found out when I went to East Africa that “Kalakuta” is a Swahili word that means “rascal.” So if rascality is going to get… Read More

Photo Gallery: Notting Hill Carnival 2013

by David Kwaw Mensah I have gone to the Notting Hill Carnival almost every year since 1997 and taken pictures there every year since 2005. On the first few occasions images were captured using my camera phone but more recently I’ve been using my digital SLR. Every year the carnival changes and the challenges, which… Read More

Janelle Monae’s Q.U.E.E.N, A Feminist Anthem?

by Shane Thomas I first heard of Monae when she guested on the Outkast song, “Call the Law”, from their most recent (and probably final) album, Idlewild. It was a track that I enjoyed, and put Monae in that radar of pop-culture trivia knowledge that might one day come in useful at a pub quiz.… Read More

Why Art Matters. Re-imagining The Great Gatsby

by Micah Yongo Cue the credits, then the music, and our numbed seats rise slowly in unison, and a room of strangers together arch their spines, stretch their legs, and spread their arms, as though for flight, as the cosy dimness finally lifts and ushers us back to reality with the sated sigh of having… Read More

Photo Gallery: Black Families and Couples From Yesteryear

Kicha‘s images represent vintage snapshots into the lives of African Americans. The good, the bad and the ugly. “Everyday Use” is a widely studied and frequently anthologized short story by Alice Walker. It was first published in 1973 as part of Walker’s short story collection, In Love and Trouble. he story is told in first… Read More

Photo Gallery: Jazz Artists of Old

What is jazz? “If you have to ask, then you’ll never know.” ~Louis Armstrong Kicha’s images represent vintage snapshots into the lives of African Americans. The good, the bad and the ugly.   Click on the images for photo descriptions Find Kicha on twitter @RollinOnARiver For more vintage photos of African Americans visit KICHA A… Read More

Photo Gallery: #BlackIsBeautiful

Alice Walker’s Definition of a “Womanist” from In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose. WOMANIST 1. From womanish.  (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color.  From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman.  Usually referring to outrageous,… Read More