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Laolu Senbanjo (Photo by Jide Alakija via Ditmas Park Corner)

Laolu Senbanjo, a Human Rights Lawyer Turned Artist

African, Brooklyn, Culture August 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Laolu Senbanjo, a former human rights lawyer in Nigeria and now an artist and musician in Ditmas Park, talks to Ditmas Park Corner about being Nigerian in Brooklyn, how his Yoruba heritage influences his work and his new art exhibit.

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

Celebrating African Culture in Westchester County

African, Black, Culture, Metro Area August 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

The 2nd Annual Festival of African Cultures, a collaboration between the organization Thirst for Water and the city of Mount Vernon, was held in the Westchester County city on August 8.

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival in El Barrio

The Loiza Festival was held in El Barrio July 24-26.

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

African, Bronx, History July 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

On an episode of CUNY TV’s Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV, journalist Pamela Newkirk talks about the subject of her book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga.” Benga, a young man taken from the Congo, ended up at the Monkey House of the Bronx Zoo.

Nigerian artist Moses Tuki recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art. Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Making Art from Scrap: A Nigerian Student Sculpts

African, Culture, Long Island, Manhattan July 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Moses Tuki, a Nigerian artist, made a giant sculpture from bike shop scrap and other cast-offs, using a “breakthrough” to avoid welding, Tribeca Trib reports.

Couple Brings Traditional South African Meat Snack to U.S.

Couple Brings Traditional South African Meat Snack to U.S.

African, Featured Posts, Food, Video July 9, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Warren and Nicolle Pala make biltong out of their New Jersey factory using techniques from their native South Africa and ingredients found stateside.

Artist Adrian Roman (Photo by Dorian Geiger for Voices of NY)

Behind the Mask: Artists Explore Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latino Heritage

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Puerto Rican artists explore the history and mythology of vejigante masks.

South African independence day celebration (Photo via Afrikanspot

South Africans Mark Independence Day in Riverside Park

African, Manhattan, Video May 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

South Africans in New York celebrated 21 years of their country’s independence with a picnic in Riverside Park last month, while keeping in mind what the event organizer called the “senseless killing of foreigners” in South Africa, reports Afrikanspot.

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Thanking the Elders through Dance

Members of the DanceAfrica troupe and the Balé Folclórico da Bahia explored Afro-Brazilian roots and traditions at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn May 19.

Ramatu Ahmed

A Celebration of African Women

African, Bronx, Video, Women May 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Ramatu Ahmed of African Life Center tells Afrikanspot about the importance of the organization’s first African Women’s Day Celebration.

Hempstead High School students rally on school grounds (Photo by Rashed Mian via Long Island Press)

A Year Later, LI High School Rallies to ‘Bring Back our Girls’

African, Education, Long Island April 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Students and staff at Hempstead High School remembered the Nigerian school girls abducted by Boko Haram at a rally held on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping.

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Hear from members of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble about how they keep their cultural heritage alive.

Remembering Kenya’s Students in NYC: #AfricanLivesMatter

Remembering Kenya’s Students in NYC: #AfricanLivesMatter

African, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Voices' Picks April 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm

In Union Square, people gathered April 11 to remember the students killed at Garissa University, and proclaimed that #AfricanLivesMatter.

Family of Hakeem Kuta Wants Answers

Family of Hakeem Kuta Wants Answers

African, Bronx, Video April 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

In a video from AfrikanSpot, the family of Hakeem Kuta wants to know what happened on the rooftop of the Bronx apartment building before the teenager fell.

“Consider the legacy,” one of the many elements in the Ark of Return memorial at U.N. Plaza. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Memorial to Slavery’s Victims Unveiled

African, African American, Caribbean, History, Manhattan April 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

“The Ark of Return,” a memorial to slavery’s victims, was recently unveiled at the United Nations Visitors Plaza, Caribbean Life reports.