Controversial

Op-Ed: Can Beyoncé Be Problematic?

Was Queen Bey’s African-themed baby shower cultural appropriation or at the very least, problematic somehow?

Following Beyoncé's African-themed baby shower, many have been left wondering whether the queen can ever be accused of cultural appropriation. I mean, even if Beyoncé is one of your faves (isn't she everyone's?) she shouldn’t be exempt from the scrutiny we heap on everyone else. Surely, even our faves can be problematic sometimes.

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Controversial

In Conversation with Laolu Senbanjo on Damien Hirst and Cultural Appropriation

We follow up exclusively with Laolu Senbanjo on his open letter to Damien Hirst, who is accused of appropriating Ife bronze heads.

DIASPORA—Nigerian visual artist, Laolu Senbanjo, shared with OkayAfrica an open letter yesterday as a response to British artist, Damien Hirst, calling him out for copying and appropriating Nigerian art in his latest exhibition currently on view at the Venice Biennale.

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Arts + Culture

15 African Artists To Follow On Instagram Now

A list of 15 African artists who are captivating us with their gallery-worthy Instagram feeds.

Gone are the days when you had to visit a gallery or museum—where works by black artists are usually underrepresented—to see the latest in fine art. Some of the most striking visual art is literally at our fingertips—a well curated Instagram feed can be a pathway to some of the best in what the contemporary art world has to offer. The social media site has made various forms of global art much more accessible.

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