Photographer Aida Muluneh Explores Masks and Face-Painting

Ethiopia-born photographer Aida Muluneh’s works explore and upend perceptions of masks and face-painting by invoking the traditional and incorporating the global. Muluneh, who founded the Addis Foto Fest, seeks to use her photos to respond to everything from stereotypes, biased media depictions of Africans and African Americans, and even the imagery of war. Her work can be seen within the “Being: New Photography 2018” exhibition …

“Black Panther” Pays Homage to Several African Cultures

Marvel’s “Black Panther” costume designers Ruth Carter and Hannah Beachler pay homage to several African cultures through their work in the film. It was a process aided by extensive research. The film’s primary (and fictional) location, Wakanda is a kingdom of different tribes and Carter drew inspiration from contemporary designers, from the “wool collection of South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo’s Maxhosa range, to the tailoring …

The Silo Hotel, Cape Town

An opulent dreamscape of refracted light tops the city's forthcoming contemporary art museum

Walking into the three-room Royal Suite on the ninth floor of Cape Town’s Silo Hotel is a little like entering a physical manifestation of “Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes.” Your dropped jaw is followed by a grin, and as the golden sun bursting through the floor-to-ceiling windows dances across the colorful space, you join in. It becomes easy to understand why Paul Simon …

App That Teaches Africa’s Two Most Spoken Languages

Super-popular app Duolingo already offers lessons for commonly spoken languages like French, Portuguese and Spanish, but users had been asking about another important language—and the company listened. Spoken in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Comoros islands and in parts in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, Swahili is now available to learn via your phone. Zulu will be next and …

How Early Humans Migrated From Africa

Three recently published papers suggest that “modern non-Africans originate from a single out-of-Africa migration.” This is believed because the three studies analyzed genomes from 787 people who come from over 270 populations all over the world—and the similarities across the board mean that there was probably a single exit from Africa. Fascinatingly, it’s believed that our ancestors began splitting up into separate groups some 200,000 …