Arts + Culture

"Not Black Enough For Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra": A Ghanaian-American Artist Explores His Dual Identity

Citizins explores his Ghanaian-American identity in his debut solo exhibition, 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra.'

Reign Apiim becomes the human canvas of Citizins at Everyday People & Okayafrica's brunch party in NYC. (Image courtesy of Pinc)

Kojo Owusu-Kusi, AKA Citizins, explores his Ghanaian-American identity in his debut solo exhibition Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra. Opening over the weekend at New York’s Stuyvesant Mansion, the exhibit includes art and photographs from Citizins’ recent trip to Ghana.

"Outside I was embarrassed and fearful to show my ‘Africaness,’” says Citizins in a press release. “Then at the same time, fearful to show too much of my Black British and African American side at home.... Then I came across Nkrumah, Fela, Sankara, Dubois and many other Pan-Africanist leaders and then I understood that my burden was a blessing and that I had a mission. I'm stuck in this limbo and I know now that I'm here to bridge the gap.”

Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra, curated by Pinc, is on view and open to the public at the Stuyvesant Mansion in Brooklyn (375 Stuyvesant Avenue) now through December 20. Preview a selection of works featured in the exhibition below.

Keep up with Citizins on Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr.

Artwork by Citizins. All images courtesy of Pinc.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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Eswatini Is Trying To Dethrone Africa's Last Standing King

Africa's last absolute monarchy is being challenged by pro-democracy protests and an army of youths ready to fight back.