April, 2006

  • African Film Festival returns to New York

    Posted Apr 28th, 2006 By in Events, Film/Television With | 2 Comments

    The African Film Festival returns to New York for it’s 13th installment. This year’s theme, Africa in Transition Today, explores contemporary African issues like the effects of war, personal tales of displacement, the HIV/AIDS plague, and the search for reconciliation The Festival will spotlight a wide array of U.S. premieres of internationally-acclaimed films, including Drum …

  • Liberian wins Environmental Award

    Posted Apr 24th, 2006 By in Events, General, Politics With | 2 Comments

    For those who were wondering about Google’s latest logo, this past Saturday marked Earth Day 2006. In commemoration of Earth Day and to promote environmental awareness worldwide, The Goldman Environmental Prize will be awarded today in a ceremony in San Francisco. One of the six recipients this year is Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor (36), a Liberian …

  • Actor Don Cheadle documents Uganda’s “Night Commuters”

    Posted Apr 21st, 2006 By in Events, Film/Television, Politics With | Comments Off on Actor Don Cheadle documents Uganda’s “Night Commuters”

    In May of 2005, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Crash, Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic, Boogie Nights) traveled with his family to Kampala, Uganda to attend a charity screening of his award-winning film Hotel Rwanda. The screening was held to raise money for a group of children called the “night commuters”. They are called “night commuters” because …

  • Making Mali Music

    Posted Apr 20th, 2006 By in General, Music With | Comments Off on Making Mali Music

    The NY Times recently published an excellent article on the Malian music scene and it’s growth beyond it’s borders. “A Malian music boom that began in the 1990’s, when the soulful vocalist Salif Keita and the singer-guitarist Ali Farka Touré achieved international stardom, has brought an influx of tourists, record producers and aspiring musicians seeking …

  • Ghanaian Twins get Rising Star Award nomination after feature in Black Enterprise Magazine

    Posted Apr 19th, 2006 By in Books/Magazines, General With | Comments Off on Ghanaian Twins get Rising Star Award nomination after feature in Black Enterprise Magazine

    I must give props to Black Enterprise Magazine. For as long as I can remember they have continued to deliver timely and in depth stories about issues relating to black business. The January 2006 issue was no exception. On first glance the cover story, “Great opportunities for young entrepreneurs”, was the usual feature but upon …

  • Indie Rock group and Nigerian frontman begin tour

    Posted Apr 18th, 2006 By in Events, Music With | Comments Off on Indie Rock group and Nigerian frontman begin tour

    Having won the Short List with his band TV on the Radio in 2004, Nigerian renaissance man Tunde Adebimpe is about to have another great year. His 2004 album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, earned his band praise from artists as diverse as Morrissey, Mos Def and Trent Reznor. But this was not Adebimpe’s first …

  • Nokia picks the Face of Africa for 2006

    Posted Apr 17th, 2006 By in Fashion, Film/Television With | Comments Off on Nokia picks the Face of Africa for 2006

    On April 22 the Nokia Face of Africa 2006 contest will have its final casting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Having covered 12 cities since February, the contest is in its eighth year of selecting a unique model who will reign as the Face of Africa. In countries such as Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia and Nigeria, a …

  • Converse sees RED for Africa

    Posted Apr 17th, 2006 By in Fashion With | 1 Comment

    The fight against AIDS in Africa has produced yet another initiative. Converse recently joined Armani, the Gap, American Express, and other major brands in support of Product RED. Spearheaded by everyone’s favorite African spokesman, Bono of U2, and Bobby Shriver (Chairman of DATA – Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa ), Product RED is an economic initiative …

  • Hugh Masekela past and present

    Posted Apr 14th, 2006 By in Events, Music With | Comments Off on Hugh Masekela past and present

    South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela is in concert in the USA this month. He will be promoting his latest cd “Revival”. Known throughout the world as one of Africa’s great musicians. Hugh Masekela was one of the first African artists to break into U.S. pop radio. If you’re into a more funky African sound check …

  • Western movies get African treatment

    Posted Apr 14th, 2006 By in Film/Television With | 2 Comments

    The Christian Science Monitor writes about the emergence of video jockeys (veejays) in Uganda. Emerging out of the phenomenon of homegrown video hall, the veejays act as cultural translators, providing colorful “voiceovers” of Western Movies for the native population. The veejays have gained such popularity as to become local celebrities. The unique way each veejay …

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