- Angela Davis, activist, author, educator
Happy 70th birthday to one of my favourite sheroes ever!
For my fellow grad students:
Your discipline is connected to someone else’s destiny.
As we prepare to go back to school….
Guillame Caron - Magic Women
Artist, Guillaume Caron, reclaims the racial slur ‘coloured’ and replaces it with colourful, in this series of stunning portraits celebrating ‘African beauty’.
All of the works in the series are produced using mixed media, with tropical colours driftingfrom the faces and bodies of these gorgeous women as if their natural beauty and raw sensuality has put a spell on the artist.
For more information on Guillaume Caron and his work here: http://www.guillaumecaron.com/
Following the Civil War, black Americans, through employment as musicians playing European music in military bands, developed new musical styles such as ragtime and what would become known as jazz. In developing this latter musical form, African Americans contributed knowledge of the sophisticated polyrhythmic structure of the dance and folk music of peoples across western and sub-Saharan Africa. Together, these musical forms had a wide-ranging and profound influence over the development of music within the United States and around the world during the 20th century.
Remembering the influence of black artists in American music.
For many African communities, markets still play a pivotal role in our daily lives. Markets are not only a center of activity - from bustle to hustle - but are a place for people to shop, socialize and have stimulating interactions. Located in the country’s capital city, Mozambique’s Xipamanine market is one such place.
Let lovely ladies at Nzualo Na’ Khumalo introduce to a place that’s much more than the negative search results it gets.
If you Google the word “Xipamanine” a lot of references might be thrown at you. Some words will pop right up: “Crowded”, “ disorganized”, “cluttered”, “filthy”, etc.
"Don’t let it fool you, Xipamanine is unique business center. Like most informal markets, it is a world of its own. It is famous for its supersize, but in our opinion it is all the noise and excentric organization that make it unique.
People scream, dance, yell, do anything to get your attention. They’re here to sell. You’re there to buy. Here you can purchase anything from clothing, to construction material, school supplies, food, traditional medicine and even live animals like goats.
The people here are brave. This is people who weren’t afraid to take the little they had to build an empire. People who dared to put themselves out there. People who took the shot.
From mothers to grandfathers, everyone here is striving for something better.
People just like us. That’s why it made sense for us to go there, to trace our inspiration and bring that piece of our soul into Back to the roots.
This is where our grandparents and parents purchased their goods before the existence of Shopping malls with defined infrastructures. It is also where young folks like us come to buy the latest fashion or food to feed their families.
We wanted to showcase in a more honest way the unique feeling and vibe of the market. Our pictures are not edited, for this reason.
We wanted to bring the rawness of its beauty; the texture of its environment; the loudness of people and animals.
FEEL IT, SEE IT, SMEEL IT!!!
This is Xipamanine!”