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These Fine Art Versions of Popular Memes are the Best Thing On the Internet This Week

Alim Umusi is the visual artist transforming your favorite memes into fine art paintings.

I've always thought that memes were works of art. They're like inside jokes that just about everyone is in on, and they seemingly never stop being funny. Memes are pretty much the Internet's greatest achievement.


If you happen to share my enthusiasm for memes, then you'll appreciate the work of Alim Smith, the Deleware-born visual artist transforming some of the Internet's most memorable memes into actual art.

Thanks to him we now have an abstract painting of the Jordan crying face.

Smith's Picasso-inspired creations have basically won the Internet. Take a moment to appreciate the meme masterpieces below, and check out more of Smith's work via his website.

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Photo courtesy of xNasozi.

#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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Photo: Daniel Dorsa.

The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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