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Black History March: A Project By Anthony Bila

Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist teamed up with the Love Is African collective (with Loux The Vintage Guru) on 'Black History March.'

Always on our radar, JHB photographer Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist joined forces last month with recent Namibian fashion blogstar Loux The Vintage Guru on Black History March. Shot in Joburg's Alexandra, Bila's photos (above) capture the Love Is African collective (itself a collaboration between Loux the Vintage Guru and Joburg creative ensemble Khumbula), posing in vintage three piece suits and fedoras in an "ode to black history." Black History March, with its atmospheric sepia tone textures and powerful gazes, celebrates 60s style and the power of looking back, whilst embodying a critique on the brevity of Black History month. On why the series launched after Black History Month actually occurred, Bila explained:


"I purposefully launched this project a month after the Black History Month actually occurred, it’s traditionally held in February but I wanted to dispel the notion that black history needs a ‘special month’, the shortest month of all no less, dedicated to it as commemoration and remembrance of the rich incredibly vast history of Africa and it's peoples. My thoughts about black history are that it should be venerated just as any other significant part of history is, at every given opportunity. The name of the series is a double entendre. March being the month we are in and march in the sense that we soldier on, as a people moving forward but never forgetting to reflect and look back at where we have come from. Something I believe we should all do, regardless."

Black History March is the first in Anthony Bila's ongoing series commemorating various time periods in African history through words, motion picture and still photography. Take a look at the gallery above and find out more about the project here.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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