Author: Soumaya

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So Long a Letter

  Mariama Ba revered education. Not surprising since she was born into an educated Muslim family in which her father was the first minister of health in Senegal. Her father insisted she focus her...


Miguel Algarin Poetry

I came from a family where culture prevailed. My folks gave me a love of culture. So there is nothing surprising about Shakespeare being in my life. It would be surprising if he weren’t....


Haitian Novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis

The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.- Jacques Stephen Alexis Brought up into one of Haiti’s literary families, Jacques  Stephen Alexis’s father,...


Namsa Leuba Guinean Photographer

Namsa Leuba is a Swiss and Guinean visual artist noted for her colorful marination of African supernatural folktales and unique interpretations of the human body. Her bold work in exhibiting traditional Guinean ceremonies such as exorcism; which had...


David Goldblatt South African Photographer

Known for his visual documentation of apartheid in South Africa and of the beauty of his homeland, David Goldblatt is an internationally noted photographer. His vision in pictures has been showcased in monochrome and...


Zanele Muholi South African Photographer

I love photography. Especially when it’s enveloped in resonant storytelling. I’ve been exploring African photographers in depth recently and hopefully you find their stories as captivating as I have. Zanele Muholi is an electrifying...


African Actors in France

African actors in France that have made notable achievements in the film world.Here are some of the better knows ones. Enjoy! Hubert Koundé Born on December 30, 1970, in Benin, Koundé  is a French...


African Cinema Discussion at TIFF

Here’s an intriguing talk on a short film titled Mwansa the Great and  contemporary African movies.The discussion was one of many  held during at the Toronto International Film Festival-Lightbox. Enjoy!


Check out the trailer for Half of A Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s enthralling prize-winning novel has been translated into the silver screen by Nigerian-born British playwright, Biyi Bandele. This heart wrenching drama illuminates the personal stories of the indignities and atrocities suffered during the Nigerian Civil War....


Lupita Nyong’o’s Interests

Get to know Lupita Nyong’o a little bit more! Submitted via Harper’s Bazaar   LUPITA NYONG’O SHARES HER CULTURAL OBSESSIONS The Oscar-winning actress shares what she’s currently reading and watching.   MUSEUMS I love...