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Yinka Shonibare’s ‘American Library’ Designed to Start a Conversation About Immigration

The most recent addition to the art collection at The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College is a series of books. The museum acquired “The American Library (Activists)” by Yinka Shonibare, a large-scale installation of 234 books wrapped in the artist’s signature Dutch wax print fabric. The spines of most of the books feature the name of a first or second generation American writer inscribed......

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The Afro-Modernist: Identity, Architecture & Sexuality (Part Four)

Sexuality and Hair We are now on essay number four in the series, The Afro-modernist: Identity, Architecture, and Sexuality. The first essay explored architecture in the African space while the second and third addressed the idea of being African through ‘identity’. We now delve into sexuality via beauty through hair. I want to examine us—we; African women. How do we perceive our beauty......

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Is the Internet Changing the Way Africans Listen to Music?

We presently live in a world of Bluetooth, smartphones, smart speakers, tablets and laptops. The boom of the 21st-century media technology is changing how we consume information, film and music. With smart gadgets and digital applications, we can efficiently multitask and switch between activities, and this might be affecting the way we listen to music. Admittedly, music consumption has increased significantly due to......

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In Context: this past was waiting for me

From August 30 till September 29, 2018, Goodman Gallery will present In Context: this past was waiting for me, a group exhibition by leading contemporary artists, Ghada Amer, Yto Barrada, Lisa Brice, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Regina José Galindo, Yuki Kihara, Grada Kilomba, Wangechi Mutu, Misheck Masamvu, Shirin Neshat, Mickalene Thomas, Naama Tsabar, Kara Walker and Carrie Mae Weems. Curated by Liza Essers and Emma Laurence,......

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Remembering Fela in 5 Songs

Since Fela’s Remembrance Day, much has been written about the Afrobeat icon and his music. And though he died in Lagos on August 2, 1997, he still is widely recognised as one of the most important political figures of post-colonial Nigeria, for his unapologetic criticism of both the military and civilian governments. This made him a constant target of military dictatorship. Most importantly,......

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Taiwo Ajai-Lycett- A Legend of the Reel (Part 2)

We present the concluding part of the interview with celebrated veteran actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, first published on Friday, August 3, 2018. Read more: Taiwo Ajai-Lycett- A Legend of the Reel (Part 1) You came back to Nigeria when the standards weren’t as high as those in the UK and acting wasn’t so popular, how can you compare the difference then and now, and is......

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Taiwo Ajai-Lycett- A Legend of the Reel (Part 1)

For decades, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett has thrilled millions all over the world. In this exclusive with Oliver Enwonwu, she talks about her journey including the defining moments that shaped her life and career. When you were at about 19 years old, you left Nigeria for England to study. Please tell us about this early period in your life including your successes and the difficulties......

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