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Nothing Will Stop This Zimbabwean Man From Breakdancing—Not Even His Wheelchair

Blessing Fire was told by doctors that he would never walk normally, but now he’s head of an award-winning breakdance crew.

ZIMBABWEBlessing Fire was born with a condition that causes him to walk with a limp, as a child he was told by doctors that he would have to use a wheelchair, but now he’s head of an award-winning Zimbabwean dancing crew.

Blessing fell in love with breakdancing while watching his older brother—a professional gymnast—practice his tumbles and tricks. When he shared his passion with his family his parents worried that he would further damage his legs.

But Blessing persisted.

“It was the only thing that gave me a lot of joy and peace inside of me”, he says in a video with BBC.

For more on Blessing's journey, check out the video below.

Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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