Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

All of Africa, Served at Serengeti Kitchen | NY Times

All of Africa, Served at Serengeti Kitchen | NY Times

By TEJAL RAO “Africa has been totally misunderstood,” said Doughba Caranda-Martin III, the owner of a tea shop in Harlem. “We have so many complex flavors and delicacies, and I want to investigate all of them.” Yes, all of them. At Serengeti Kitchen, the restaurant he plans to open on 125th Street in early November, […]


At Tsion Cafe in Harlem, Food From Ethiopia via Israel | NY Times

At Tsion Cafe in Harlem, Food From Ethiopia via Israel | NY Times

By Ligaya Mishan On one side lie eggs scrambled with lox over a drape of injera, the sour, springy Ethiopian flatbread as thin and pliant as a crepe and perforated like coral. On the other side, challah French toast, its egg coating spiked with awaze, a meld of earthy-hot berbere and tej, or Ethiopian honey […]


The Loiza Festival – The Recap

The Loiza Festival – The Recap

Photography by Mario Carrion “That’s real commitment. These guys are staying put,” affirmed Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder and Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), one of the Festival’s presenters. She referred to the sea of umbrellas moving to the sound of drums at this year’s “Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a […]


The Afro-Latino Festival NYC – The Recap

The Afro-Latino Festival NYC - The Recap

“This is a safe space for black and brown people,” affirmed Princess Nokia before sending a shout-out to Oshun, the neo-soul hip-hop duo with a cult following that performed hours before on the same stage at the Afro-Latino Festival NYC. The exchange captured the essence of the Festival’s 4th edition, where art and culture became […]


06/12/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace – Irka Mateo

06/12/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace – Irka Mateo

Irka Mateo sings and writes “Mestizo Music” songs inspired by the Taino/Afro/European folk traditions of her native Dominican Republic, the Caribbean and Latin America. Her love of the peasant population– bearers of the ancient culture –led her to travel ten years in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic uncovering and documenting over thirteen genres […]


05/23/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace – Frank Malloy IV

05/23/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace – Frank Malloy IV

Frank Malloy IV Monday, May 23 6:30pm doors, 7pm show Performance takes place in the Palace Foyer FREE with RSVP, seating limited to 100. As a West African Drumming instructor for UPCA, and Musical Director at the Harambee Dance Company, Frank takes a unique approach to composing music by using rhythms of the African diaspora […]


05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

Sweet Spot Festival + OKAY AFRICA present ELECTRAFRIQUE #Harlem MAY 21, 2016 from 2-9PM Solomon And Kuff (2331 12th Ave) w/ RICH MEDINA, DJ UNDERDOG & NATIVE SUN It’s FREE community affair! Bring the family out for a day of great music, dance, Food & Artisan Vendors, Kids Art Workshops, Free Yoga & SO much […]


Ginger Roots: From Guinea to Harlem | NY City Lens

Ginger Roots: From Guinea to Harlem | NY City Lens

By Natasa Bansagi A financial adviser and a biomedical engineer may seem like unlikely co-founders of a juice business. But dig a little into their roots and it makes total sense. Mohammed and Ibrahima (Rahim) Diallo grew up drinking a West African ginger juice in Guinea. In West Africa, and in America, finding a consistent […]


Call for Models: Afro-Latina Portrait Series

Call for Models: Afro-Latina Portrait Series

Are you a Latina living in New York City who identifies with your blackness? Do you use terms such as, “Afro-Latina, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Cuban etc…” to express who you are and to speak to the memory and existence of your African ancestry? Afro-Dominican photographer, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina also known as The Earth Warrior is working on an […]


Africa Kine in Harlem Returns to Its Humble Roots | NY Times

Africa Kine in Harlem Returns to Its Humble Roots | NY Times

By Ligaya Mishan The restaurant was once named Africa, as if embracing an entire continent, when in fact the focus was on the cooking of the western coast, mainly Senegal. Samba Niang and Kine (pronounced kee-nay) Mar, natives of Dakar, opened its doors two decades ago on the northern side of West 116th Street in […]


Safari Brings Somali Cuisine to Harlem | NY Times

Safari Brings Somali Cuisine to Harlem | NY Times

By Ligaya Mishan On the menu, it is called the Federation Combo: to one side, basmati rice in sunrise shades of orange and gold, with dark tears of stewed raisins on top; to the other, linguine as creamy as Alfredo. In Somalia, the noodles and grains would be more than neighbors, mixed happily together. But […]


Monday Mood Music: Ibeyi X Havana Cultural

Monday Mood Music: Ibeyi X Havana Cultural

Seriously, if you have not heard Ibeyi’s debut album you are missing out on something truly transcendent. The French-Cuban sister duo chop it up with the good folks at Havana Cultura and give you an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Ibeyi takes traditional Yoruban chanting and infuses it with hip-hop, electronic […]


Spread Love: The Ibeyi Mixtape

Spread Love: The Ibeyi Mixtape

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Much love goes to Ibeyi and their record label, XL Recordings, for a simply masterful campaign in advance of their forthcoming debut album, which drops February 17th. After releasing really creative visuals for songs Oya, River, and Ghosts they follow up with an expansive and well-executed mixtape that includes some of […]


1/17/15: El Callejón de Hamel @ The Shabazz Center

1/17/15: El Callejón de Hamel @ The Shabazz Center

Salvador González Escalona is one of Cuba’s top artists with global recognition. His primary interest in in African cultural heritage in Cuba and the Americas. In the crisis-ridden 1990s, without any official assistance and with no money, he created what is today the most celebrated work of public art in Havana, in the neighborhood of […]


Put You On: Ibeyi

Put You On: Ibeyi

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) This is that Black Magic music. That straight from the motherland via Cuba, next-generation negro spirituals. This is Neo-Diasporan Soul music. It is hauntingly beautiful and simply sublime.


The Weekend: The Soul of Uganda Uptown

The Weekend: The Soul of Uganda Uptown

Come bask in this beautiful African culture, mingle and drink, and have the opportunity to take home these rare pieces of work made by women from the Bujagali village in Uganda. You will have the opportunity to buy items at the event with 100% of the proceeds going to the S.O.U.L. Foundation to support education […]


Spread Love: Finding Fela In Theaters 8/1

Spread Love: Finding Fela In Theaters 8/1

Fela Kuti was the African continent’s answer to Bob Marley. Fela was an unflinching and vociferous critic of Nigeria’s ruling elites. In fact, he never hesitated to call out the unjust and corrupt rulers by name on many of his classic songs. The powers that be in responded in kind. In 1977, government forces attacked […]


Catch The Film Tey @ MIST Harlem

Catch The Film Tey @ MIST Harlem

TEY by French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis, stars poet, actor, songwriter performer, Saul Williams, who is making his comeback to cinema in this beautiful and poetic film. Since its premiere in Berlin last year Tey has traveled to over 50 festivals around the world and has won over two dozen prizes including the Emerging Masters award […]


Kickstarter Spotlight: Let the Spirit Move You – The Documentary by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Kickstarter Spotlight: Let the Spirit Move You - The Documentary by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

About Let the Spirit Move You: The Documentary Let the Spirit Move You is a celebration of ancestral belief systems that are a proud and important part of our cultural legacy as African descendants. The documentary focuses on the African based spiritual traditions that continue in Puerto Rico grounded in ancestral worship – espiristmo. Because […]


Put You On: Negro – The Documentary Series

Put You On: Negro - The Documentary Series

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay folks, I am going to let everyone, Latinos and non-Latinos alike, in on a little secret. Latino is NOT a race. It is an identity made up of various races, cultures and many nationalities. A Latino can look like a pre-bleaching Sammy Sosa or Andy Garcia. Got that? Here is […]


Black in Latin America Tonight on PBS

Black in Latin America, a new four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest production from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., writer and presenter of the acclaimed PBS series African American Lives 1 (2006), Oprah’s Roots (2007), African American Lives 2 (2008), Looking for Lincoln […]

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