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Maame Biney Is a Tour de Force As She Qualifies for the 500m Quarterfinal

The Ghanaian-American will be the only Olympian representing the US at her next race Tuesday.

In case you need to catch up on this weekend's exciting events at the Winter Olympics, you can't miss Maame Biney's performance as she qualifies for the 500m women's speedskating quarterfinal.

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"Des Localização." René Tavares. Photo courtesy of afrOURuban.

These 9 African Artists Share What Inspires Their Work at the afrOURban Art Exhibit

afrOURban is a collective that showcases art made by people who document the architecture, culture, and urban spaces of the continent.

In an intimate space in the Lower East Side, Kholisile Dhliwayo brings a variety of spectators who are equally curious and conversant about the pieces art hung neatly on the wall. The bright room is packed elbow to elbow with creatives and art lovers alike, speculating about what each piece means and how Dhliwayo managed to fit such great art into one room. Due to the vibrant conversation, it's clear that no one is paying attention to the live music that played throughout the night, but the free wine might also be the cause. Whatever the reason, the crowd is enjoying each other's company, while discussing the socio-political landscape of Africa.

The Zimbabwean architect is the mind behind AfrOURban—a collective that showcases art made by people who document the architecture, culture, and urban spaces of the continent. Dhliwayo feels it's time to tell a more full story about what it means to be urban and African, so he thought an art exhibit would be a great start. Art, to him, is the most natural way in which for centuries, societies have documented and expressed themselves. While there are individuals documenting this both directly and indirectly, there's no space for these ideas to come together and be discussed, particularly in the diaspora. The exhibition and collective hope to do just that—document and express the many characters of the metropole on the continent and whether these factors inform culture or are informed by it.

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