May, 19 marks the birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz widely known as Malcolm X, born in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. Malcolm X is regarded as one of the most preeminent and influential leaders of the black rights movement in America. We remember Malcolm X with his 10 quotes selected from speeches, debates and interviews.
Kenyan Rich Allela and Nigerian Dapel Kureng collaborate in a stunning but controversial depiction of Mekatilili; a Kenyan heroine known for her courage and trust in the singular course of freedom
In true Obama fashion the former president has chosen Kehinde Wiley an African American artist known for his bold portrayals to create his official presidential portrait.
“Slavery is not a thing of the past. Today we talk about modern slavery and human trafficking; the push back on multi-lateralism and human rights; about race, identity and culture; and the challenges on how we can co-exist together,” says UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.
There is a demand for the return of stolen artefacts to the continent. Over 3,000 bronze statues were stolen from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ovọnramwẹn Nọgbaisi after the British invaded Benin Kingdom and killed its inhabitants by sending a punitive force of 1,200 soldiers.
Today we celebrate the birth of Marcus Garvey, a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement.
The image that classically characterises 16 June 1976 is that of a tearful Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying a slain 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, flanked by a hysterical Antoinette Sithole, Hector’s sister, taken by Sam Nzama is a marker of history. Nzama’s image is unambiguous and intact. The role of the visual image has ceased to be iconographic. In these hyper-visual times, digital technology has lent greater complexity to our relationship with images writes Kagiso Mnisi.
Africans cannot appropriate white standards of beauty as white standards of beauty are imposed on us, writes Kylie Kiunguyu.
It’s been 20 years since the Notorious B.I.G. was tragically shot and killed on March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles. He was just 24. Christopher Wallace, or Biggie Smalls, as he was also known, left a lasting legacy. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, undoubtedly a lyrical genius.