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Allen & Fifth's Retro Nigerian & Ghanaian TV Show Tees

New York/Lagos-based urban lifestyle brand Allen & Fifth release a line of t-shirts inspired by 80s/90s Nigerian and Ghanaian TV shows.

Allen & Fifth is an urban lifestyle brand that says they draw their inspiration from African pop culture with a "western twist." Based between New York and Lagos, the label tells us they see themselves as an intersection for the to cities. "Allen & Fifth represents two distinct cultures, Lagos and New York, both fast paced cities with so much life and energy to tap from," they told us over email. "We like to think, we're where these two worlds meet."


With their latest collection the label pays homage to West African TV shows from the 80s and 90s, including the Nigerian drama Willy Willy and the Ghanaian detective series Inspector Bediako. "[The tees] pay tribute to African entertainment at its best," they told us, "in hopes that this will spark an interest among Africans to curate our rich and growing culture." The label also says their allover print tee represents Nigeria's three major tribes. For their Chale! design they collaborated with Ivory + Ebony. Their Caro tee is a play on Starboy, L.A.X, and Wizkid's song of the same name and the "Coco Made me do it" meme.

Keep up with Allen & Fifth on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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