Events

Turn up for a Cause at the 14+ Foundation Annual Benefit After Party

Join us on October 6th for the 14+ Foundation Annual Benefit After party. Use our code "okay14plus" for $25 off your ticket.

On October 6th we’ll be teaming up with our friends at 14+ Foundation and Everyday People for the 14+ Foundation Annual Benefit after party. 14+ Foundation will host its annual cocktail benefit to support children’s education in Africa. The evening will be hosted by 14+ Co-Founders, Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf, and special guests Solange Knowles, artist Rashid Johnson and architect Annabelle Selldorf.


14+ Foundation was founded by Mizzi and Wulf and is focused on empowering children through education, volunteerism, and meaningful and sustainable engagement with their communities. Proceeds from the benefit will support the design and construction of 14+ Foundation’s Mwabwindo School, a primary school opening in January 2018, as well as their other projects and initiatives on the continent.

Join us after the cocktail at 8:30pm at Vandal in Bowery for the14+ Foundation Annual Benefit after party with special guests from the benefit featuring tunes provided by  DJ Moma.

Click here to buy tickets to the 14+ Foundation Annual Benefit after party and get a $25 discount by using our code “okay14plus”. Tickets are $100 and grant you access to the open bar and appetizers all night long.

Check out 14+ Foundation’s site here to to learn more.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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