Ethiopia | One Girl’s Fight to Learn: An Interview with Writer Maaza Mengiste

April 1, 2013 · 1 Comment 

Maaza Mengiste. Girls Issue

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South Africa | Kimberly Burge on Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu

April 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment 


Phola (center) with the girls of the Amazw’Entombi (Voices of the Girls) Writing Club in South Africa.

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Guyana | The Girl with the Notebook

April 1, 2013 · 5 Comments 


A school girl from Harrare, Ethiopia.

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Zimbabwe | Your Name Is My Name

February 5, 2011 · 3 Comments 

Panashe and friends.

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Ghana | Chester Higgins: Girl From Tamale

August 10, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Girl from Tamale, GhanaTamale, Ghana. 1973

of note continues its FOCUS series with photographer Chester Higgins, Jr.

of note: Can you take us through this image? What was the story behind capturing it?

Chester Higgins: It was early one morning in the northern town of Tamale in Ghana. I took a walk to the local bus station. I lingered, leaning against the wall and watching the rush as people jumped into and off open busses. Using the camera lens, I scanned and waited, and then among the throng, this little young girl appeared. Using body language, I asked her to stop so that I could photograph her. She complied. Because of her age and spirit, she reminded me of my young daughter, Nataki, left behind in Brooklyn. When I noticed her plucked eyebrows, I suddenly imagined her at the center of a big loving family.

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Ethiopia | Merkato in the Making

July 1, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

e·merg·ing: an OF NOTE series following groundbreakers in the making

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US | A Weusi Reunion at Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Center

February 19, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Weusi Artist Gaylord Hassan stands in front of his artwork at the Dwyer Cultural Center

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Fela! Jolts Broadway

December 2, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

By Heather Bent Tamir

Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a mold breaker, a musical innovator, and political firebrand. He didn’t just march to his own beat; he invented it. That beat was Afrobeat, a beguiling blend of jazz, funk, pop, and African rhythms that is now jolting Broadway like a thunderclap. Big, bold, and African but with no cinematic bloodlines (like Lion King), no well-known musical score, and no celebrities on the marquee, ‘Fela!’ on Broadway is proof that there is no pat formula for first-rate entertainment. Read more

Ethiopia | Kebedech Tekleab: Creating an Ethiopian Narrative in America

August 23, 2009 · 3 Comments 

serenitySerenity, 1993 © Kebedech Tekleab 

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They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe

August 17, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

By Tanya Watts

“They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe,” 
Courtesy of the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe, currently on view at the Harlem-based Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is a welcomed wake up call to the myopia of a very American view of the black experience.

Dissonant and peaceful, vivacious and lifeless, spiritual and whimsical, the portraits on display both speak across cultures and pinpoint a specificity of migratory moments. Traipsing through local migrant neighborhoods that are affected by global policies; tracing migratory patterns with imperial and colonial undertones; and translating stories of hope for a better life despite harsh current realities are the huge undertakings of They Won’t Budge.

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