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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'We Should All Be Feminists' Adapted As An eBook

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2013 Ted Talk "We Should All Be Feminists" has been adapted for publication as an eBook via Vintage Books.


2014 has proven a groundbreaking year for literary genius Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun hit the silver screen (and is finally set to open in Nigerian theaters). News broke in June that her best-selling novel Americanah was picked up by Kenyan Oscar-winning actress Lupito Nyong’o, who will bring the diasporic love story to life and also star in the film adaptation of the novel. Abreast all of this attention the Nigerian author is still keeping busy wielding her pen to produce narratives that voice the thoughts, hopes and perspectives of those often unheard of in popular mainstream literary works. Her latest textual offering takes form as a long essay adapted from her TED Talk heard 'round the world (it reached over 1 million views on youtube). The poignant speech We Should All Be Feminists was first delivered back in 2013 at TedxEuston. It experienced resurged popularity back in December after being (rather unexpectedly) sampled on Beyoncé's feminist anthem "Flawless"– though if you’ve only heard the 30-second sample on Queen Bey’s track, please do yourself a favor and watch the whole speech below.

We Should All Be Feminists grapples with what feminism means both in different cultural spheres and in the current political climate of today's society. Through recounting a number of different personal experiences both in Nigeria and the U.S, Adichie describes how she had to unlearn many oppressive understandings about gender that are weaved into the fabric of our society and fed to young girls and boys as they grow into men and woman, sending out a rallying-cry as she proclaims that "more of us should reclaim [feminism]." Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists will be available to purchase as an eBook next Tuesday, July 29th, via Vintage Books. Find out more on the release here. Until then, watch the TED Talk that inspired the publication below.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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