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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South Africa | Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views

August 14, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled from “Interiors” series, 2001

By Mohamed Keita

In “Inner Views,” currently on view at The Studio Museum, South African photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of coal and gold miners, brick layers and sugar cane workers in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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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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