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5 Aug

The Digital and Black Hair: Technology & African Material Culture

Screenprinted floor tiles. I reproduced two patterns in Adobe Illustrator, one straight, one curved. These module allow me to create infinite braided designs. NM   NONTSIKELELO MUTITI: THE DIGITAL AND BLACK HAIR  The term Ruka in the Shona language is used to describe the processes of braiding whilst also being assigned to the production methods of weaving and knitting. These analogous processes are closely related to the development of coding languages and computation. As an artist and educator I situate African Hair Braiding within...
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26 Jul

Esperanza Spalding is Writing & Recording “Exposure” Over 3 Day FB Livestream

by Winston Cook-Wilson | SPIN Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter and jazz bassist extraordinaire (and now Harvard Professor!), has announced her new album, though she hasn’t written any songs. On September 12 at 12 p.m. Eastern, Spalding will begin writing and recording her next album, aptly titled Exposure–move over, Robert Fripp–limiting herself to a 77-hour timeframe and live-streaming the entire thing. (Yes, that includes the sleep breaks). The audience will be able to chat comments to Spalding during the process. There will be other...
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8 Jul

Honda Scooter Commercials w/ Devo, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Grace Jones & Adam Ant

by Dangerous Minds In the mid-1980s Honda had a series of quite dauntingly cool musicians hawking their scooters. They had particularly playful, sexy commercial in which Adam Ant and Grace Jones flirt with each other and then presumably fuck because they are so preposterously vital and attractive. Others featured DEVO, Berlin, Lou Reed, and Miles fucking Davis. The Adam Ant/Grace Jones ad was “racy” enough that there was an edited version. In the full version Jones bites Ant’s ear, an act that...
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25 Aug

Industry First: 8 September Magazine Covers Feature Black Women

by Taryn Finley Huffington Post Black Voices Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Misty Copeland, Queen Latifah, Ciara, Kerry Washington, Willow Smith and Amandla Stenberg are serving all of the black girl magic on their respective covers. For print publications, the September issue is among the most highly-regarded issues of the year and is usually the industry's most anticipated release.  For at least eight black celebrated women to be recognized on its covers during magazines' most significant month is not just special, it's monumental. Though these...
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17 Apr

iROKOtv Is the African Netflix

Image credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei / Getty Images $3 a month gets you thousands of hours of Nigerian and Ghanaian films. by Rawiya Kameir The FADER Nigeria's film industry releases something like 1,000 films every year, making it almost twice as prolific as Hollywood and second only to Bollywood, size-wise. Films like Last Flight To Abuja and The Return of Jenifa can be relatively low-budget, running more on pure drama and soap opera-like narratives than fancy cinematography. But as Nollywood's audience and repute has...
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9 Feb

“My Body Full of Stars”: Afrofuturism Project Explores ‘Black Mythocracy’ Through Essay & Music

by  Jennifer Sefa-Boakye | OkayAfrica Irish-Nigerian writer and sociologist Emma Dabiri recently reached out to us with a new project she’s been working on about Afrofuturism. The multi-media piece, My Body Full Of Stars, explores the use of Afrofuturist aesthetics in music as a tool for rewriting history and imagining the future. Consisting of an essay by Dabiri and an hour-long mixtape curated by music journalist and producer Ian McQuaid, the project presents a sonic framework that allows for Afrofuturist readings of music from the continent and across...
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