Awesome Africa



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Combs from Tanzania

Top: Wood comb, 20th century

2nd row: Swahili comb, 20th century

3rd row: Shambaa comb, 20th century

Bottom: Bone comb, 19th century

(Source: originsoftheafrocomb.co.uk)

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Hank Willis Thomas. Kama Mama, Kama Binti.
© 1971.

"Like Mom"

Hank Willis Thomas. Kama Mama, Kama Binti.

© 1971.

"Like Mom"

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WHO ARE KOREANS?

North and South Korean people share thousands of years of history and culture. Outsiders tend to focus on their vast differences post-1948, as influenced by Russia (and the Soviet Union before), China, the United States, and Japan. 
Rather than to look for differences, this project is about the human things that young people from both sides of the Korean peninsula share while living in South Korea. 

The aim isn’t to look for distinction; it is to notice the human similarity. I will not identify the birthplace or names of my friends to protect those who have defected from the North. 
I do not claim to understand the pain and suffering and heartbreak brought on by the fratricidal Korean Civil War. I have listened to my friends from both societies and stitched these portraits together as my reaction. This project is merely an observation by a 외국인 in South Korea. 
위 사진: 남한 비무장 지대에서 바라본 북한의 선전 마을
한국인은 어떤 사람인가?
북한과 남한 사람들은 천여년 간 역사와 문화를 공유해 왔다. 외부인들은 러시아 (구 소련), 중국, 미국, 일본의 영향을 받은 1948년 이후의 두 나라의 큰 차이점들에만 초점을 두는 경향이 있다.
이 프로젝트는 차이점보다는 한반도 양 나라의 젊은이들이 남한에 살면서 공유하는 인간적인 면들에 더 관련되어 있다.
목표는 차이점이 아닌 인간적 유사성을 찾고자 하는 것이다. 북한에서 귀순한 이들을 보호하기 위해 친구들의 고향이나 이름은 밝히지 않을 것이다.
필자는 민족 사이의 싸움이었던 한국전쟁이 초래한 고통과 괴로움을 스스로가 이해한다고 주장하지 않는다. 남한과 북한 두 사회 출신 친구들의 이야기를 각각 들었고 다음의 사진들을 필자의 반응으로 모아 보았다. 이 프로젝트는 단지 남한에서 지낸 외국인으로부터의 관찰일 뿐이다

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African countries attracted artists and activists. Pictured in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are Maya Angelou (b. 1928); Malcolm X (1925–1965); novelist, journalist, playwright, scriptwriter/producer Julian Mayfield (1928–1985); and Sylvia Boone (1941–1993), who became the first African-American woman to get tenure at Yale. Angelou and Boone lived in Ghana.
Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.  [source]

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African countries attracted artists and activists. Pictured in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are Maya Angelou (b. 1928); Malcolm X (1925–1965); novelist, journalist, playwright, scriptwriter/producer Julian Mayfield (1928–1985); and Sylvia Boone (1941–1993), who became the first African-American woman to get tenure at Yale. Angelou and Boone lived in Ghana.

Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.  [source]

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Leaving Tanzania.

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Maybe we can finally get rid of that BBC stock image of ‘veils of Muslim world’.

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Maybe we can finally get rid of that BBC stock image of ‘veils of Muslim world’.

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Dar Es Salaam postcards

Although often dismissed as tourist kitsch, in the hands of a talent like Greyson J. Mugisha, the Tingatinga style achieves clarity of structure and form, with wonderful use of color and line.

Picked these up at the Serena Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, August 2012.

Image credits: 1. Birds, Animals with Tortoise (Ndege, wanyama na Kobe); 2. Cheetah with Birds (Duma na Ndege). Both by Greyson J. Mugisha, Manyatta Arts

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African Students Who Invented Anti-Malaria Soap, Awarded $25,000

AFRICANGLOBE – Two African students have created a malaria-repellant soap using local herbs, and have won, consequently, a $25,000 Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) award.
The GSVC is the only international competition of Social Business Plans, dedicated to students, young graduates, and entrepreneurs with high social and/or environmental startups.
Moctar Dembélé who hails from Burkina Faso and Gérard Niyondiko, from Burundi, are the first non American born/citizen, to win the Global Social Venture Competition. [Read more.]


Yeahhh, Burundi!

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soulbrotherv2:

African Students Who Invented Anti-Malaria Soap, Awarded $25,000

AFRICANGLOBE – Two African students have created a malaria-repellant soap using local herbs, and have won, consequently, a $25,000 Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) award.

The GSVC is the only international competition of Social Business Plans, dedicated to students, young graduates, and entrepreneurs with high social and/or environmental startups.

Moctar Dembélé who hails from Burkina Faso and Gérard Niyondiko, from Burundi, are the first non American born/citizen, to win the Global Social Venture Competition. [Read more.]

Yeahhh, Burundi!

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“Can you feel the love tonight” scene based loosely on/inspired by Pug’s design of human!Simba, which I really like :D

/FUCKING EXPLODES

/SCREAMING

WOW HOTTIES

Human versions. Yes, this is cool.

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I’d like you to meet my platonic friends.

Here in Zanzibar, it is not uncommon for me to hear:

"hey baby"

"come here"

"hey beautiful"

"are you married?"

"Got a man back home? If you do, I’ll be your man here"

"I love you!"

"I like girls like you"

every time I leave my house. I promise that I’m not making this up. There’s always an awkward stare, an unwanted lip lick or a blatant grab of my behind. I’m not saying this to feed my own self confidence. Goodness knows I’m already confident enough on my own.

But the point of this post is to talk about my friends Jon and Erik. Jon and Erik are both males and I consider them to be pretty good friends here in Zanzi. I realized the other day why I actually like them. It isn’t because they’re awesome conversationalists. It isn’t because they’ve got the world’s most interesting stories to tell. It isn’t because I’m sexually attracted to them. It is because they’ve never come on to me.

Jon- Did in fact like a friend of mine but after she left, has continued to talk to me and text me just to say hi. We’ve danced together at parties and clubs with just a simple kiss on the cheek for farewells. He’s asked me if I had a boyfriend because he thought the idea of a *double date* would be fun.

Erik- met him on the beach playing cards and drinking way too much rum. He’s called me to tell me that he’ll be in town and he’d like to hang out since then. He gives wonderful hugs and doesn’t expect anything else. He’s a funny guy who gets a good portion of his living off of tourists that roam the beach looking for something to blow their money on. I’ve protected him from getting arrested by telling the police that we’d been friends for years. We like each other. In a completely platonic way.

Now I come from a background in the United States where my body type isn’t considered desirable. I’m a bigger girl. Granted, I’ve never been short of at least a suitor or two, I’ve never had the onslaught of men chasing me like I do here in Zanzibar. It’s not something I’m used to, nor is it something that I particularly like. So I just want to send out a thank you. Thank you to all of my platonic friends. Thank you to guys who maybe do want to be a little more than friends but don’t yell it out because you think you’re entitled to it. I appreciate it.