Jo'Burg Event: Hip-Hop Goes Back To The City

Seventeen thousand and counting – the Back To The City Festival is set to grow its numbers all for the love of hip-hop. The festival is a true celebration of hip-hop, hailing every aspect of the global culture with a steady South African fingerprint. Gathered under Johannesburg’s M1 highway in the city’s Newtown district will be graffiti artists, fashion designers, dance crews, BMXers and even entrepreneurs who will participate in […]

 

NoViolet Bulawayo Gifts Fellowship to Writer Yewande Omotoso

Demonstrating a benevolence that is not often seen or appreciated in the seemingly competitive world of novel-writing, the winner of the first Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo, has gifted her colleague, and runner-up, Yewande Omotoso, the £10,000 fellowship that was part of her reward. Bulawayo won the Etisalat prize for her book We Need New Names and with it she won a four-month residency at the University of East […]

 

...In Search of the Carefree Black Girl

I think I’ve found the perfect image and unselfconscious expression of what the Carefree Black Girl looks like in this decade. She’s on my Facebook feed; a photograph of a young woman who I only know slightly but who is a model and student. She has that slim body, dark skin, good bone structure and natural hair that announces she’s part of the arty-party crowd in Cape Town. She is […]

 

Ghanaian Writer Nicole Amarteifio on Creating the Hit Web Series, 'An African City'

A new web series about five young, dynamic women living in Accra, Ghana is getting tons of buzz and being hailed as the African version of “Girlfriends,” and “Sex and the City.” Starring actresses Nana Mensah, Esosa Edosomwan, Marie Humbert, MaameYaa Boafo, and Maame Adjei, “An African City” follows the friends as they navigate returning back home from living abroad, friendship, and relationships. Amarteifio spoke with AfriPOP! about how the […]

 

South African Film 'Four Corners' Trailer + Q&A With Star Lindiwe Matshikiza

Four Corners is South Africa’s official submission to the Academy Awards for 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film. A multi-thread, coming of age crime drama centred around a 13-year-old chess prodigy set in volatile South African sub culture, it weaves universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption. We had a chat about the highly-anticipated film with lead actress Lindiwe Matshikiza (pictured above). What about the role of Leila […]

 

Twitter Chat with Writer, Zeba Blay on Being Raised African, Not Black

Join us for a Twitter chat this coming Monday 3/24 with Zeba Blay on her article “I Was Raised To Honor My African-ness And Avoid Becoming Black With A Capital B” There were a lot of reactions to Lupita Nyong’o’s historic win at this year’s Academy Awards — pride, elation, hope, and, for many African Americans, a resounding sense of relief. A black woman had won this prestigious, coveted award, […]

 

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Women We Love Who Are Funny (And African)

So maybe Lorne Michaels does think women who aren’t named Tina Fey can be funny after all. The recent brouhaha about black American female comedians being asked to audition for spots on Saturday Night Live has pointed out the lack of diversity (and complacency in it) in the mainstream entertainment industry. But, on Youtube, women of all races have been thriving with not only clips of their stand-up comedy sets […]

 

 
 
 

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AfriPOP! Q&A: South African Designer Zano Sithetho (Photos)

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This Year, Let's Travel Africa More

Let’s travel Africa a whole lot more—can we do that in 2014? If you’re on the continent this year, make sure you travel and do touristy things even if it’s in your own country. I live in one of the best places to travel—the country that has me wrapped around its little finger—South Africa. If you’re lucky enough to live here, you have your choice of experiences. Be it mountains, […]

 

Tributes: Remembering the African Writers We Lost in 2013

“A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness.” from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. If we learned anything from Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu earlier this month it was the importance of stories. We listened to anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada talk about his friend “Madala” and gained some insight into the man beyond the cultural icon. We learned about the truly African […]

 

The 2013 African Literature Highlights

It’s been another exciting year for literature on the continent. Authors have continued to challenge the bounds of their creativity and prove that the generic term “African literature” is something of a misnomer. Here are some of our favorite moments of 2013: The ubiquity of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2013 was easily Chimamanda’s most prolific yeah. Her novel Americanah, effectively a love story that explores the experience of living in America […]

 

South African Actor Ezra Mabengeza on Portraying Patrice Lumumba in New Play

“The day will come when history will speak… Africa will write its own history… it will be a history of glory and dignity.” Patrice Lumumba South African actor Ezra Mabengeza stars in director Rico Speight’s new production of A Season in the Congo by Aime Cesaire, returning to New York City this week. The play chronicles the life and tragic death of the Republic of Congo’s first Prime Minister, Patrice […]