“For me it’s about recognizing that great art comes in all kinds of forms.”
Donald Trump’s War On African Women
Under the Global Gag Rule, medical professionals cannot counsel a woman to seek an abortion — even in cases where it will save her life.
The Nigerian, Feminist Designer who Flouts Convention
Building a fashion empire in a country that’s still conservative about sexuality and female agency.
Nina Simone’s Three Years of Freedom
At Guernica, Katherina Grace Thomas turns a lens on the years Nina Simone spent in Liberia in the mid-1970s.
Young African Artists Lead Nuanced Conversation about Race in America
Taiye Selasi, Yaa Gyasi, and Toyin Ojin Odutola expand notions of blackness with layered, nuanced artwork.
How the Congo Is Working to Protect Both Its Coastline and Its People
A small group of park rangers help protect Congo’s wetlands from poachers and smugglers.
Decolonizing Education in South Africa
South African students of color are working to improve the conditions of education in a country that, twenty years after apartheid, is still rigged for the white minority.
Twilight of the Sawfish
When a West African symbol vanishes, its loss is felt in the ocean — and on land.
On Being Eritrean
In her essay in Pacific Standard, Rahawa Haile writes about identity, the anxiety of origins, and the search for a grounded life in unstable, isolating locales. Born to Eritrean parents, Haile grew up in Miami, Florida, speaking English and Tigrinya in a low land of built of hurricane deposits that felt doomed to rising sea levels. […]
When Conservation Threatens Indigenous Peoples
But the Maasai of Loliondo are not alone in disputing these supposed benefits. Worldwide, 8 million square miles—a landmass almost as large as the entire African continent—have been classified as protected areas by governments and conservation groups. In turn, the locals have mostly been pushed off their lands. Though no one formally counts people displaced […]