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REFRAMED: Cocoa & Color by Joshua Kissi opens at Okay Space on 10/3

Join photographer Joshua Kissi as he discusses his work with the slavery free chocolate-maker Tony's Chocolonely.

Tony's Chocolonely, the chocolate supplier aiming to eradicate modern slavery from the cocoa industry, is hosting a free kick-off party to their REFRAMED exposition. It's happening this Thursday, October 3, from 6-9pm at the Okay Space Gallery with some light bites from Gold Coast Catering, the Chocotruck and good tunes spun by Gflamee. The event will feature a discussion with Tony's Chocolonely and photographer Joshua Kissi, the creative mind behind the REFRAMED concept.


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REFRAMED shows Kissi's travels to Ghana and the Ivory Coast to document the farmers, workers and beautiful souls who cultivate some of Tony Chocolonely's world famous tasty treats. In the project, Kissi is working to, well, reframe two narratives: 1) that of Africans working in agriculture and 2) the acceptance of modern slavery and child labor in cocoa farming. Expect a lively event that honors the good work that is coming from the partnership between Kissi and Tony's Chocolonely. Come on through, it's free. RSVP here.

When: October 3, 6-9pm

Where: OkaySpace Gallery, 281 North 7th BKLYN

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Attention Paris: Don't Miss a Special Edition of 'An OkayAfrica Party'

Join us at Wanderlust for a night featuring music from Just Dizle, Tysha Cee, DJ Tunez and more.

We're excited to announce a special edition of An OkayAfrica Party taking place this Saturday on October 25th in Paris. It's all going down at Wanderlust, situated in the Cité de la Mode et du Design—a building located at the site of the old general storehouses on the quai d'Austerlitz in Paris. Artists such as DJ Stresh, Joey Starr and the Dancehall Queen have all previously performed at the venue.

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Photos: A Night of ‘Cocoa and Color’ at Okay Space for Tony’s Chocolonely and Joshua Kissi’s ‘Reframed’ Exhibition

The exhibition, currently showing at Okay Space Gallery, advocates for fair practices in the West African chocolate industry.

What happened when cocoa hero Tony's Chocolonely and creative wonder kid Joshua Kissi rolled up to the Okay Space on the same night? Chocolate-y magic and sweet enlightenment. The two entities have been working together on a project called REFRAMED: Cocoa and Color aimed at shifting the perspective on the West African cocoa farmers who make Chocolonely's delectable bars.

The project kicked off its first US exhibition with us at the Okay Space Gallery in early October, where brightly colored chocolate bars of all sizes covered the tables as attendees had their pick of a variety of Tony Chocolonely's chocolate. Anywhere you looked, there was chocolate and smiles. The only time folks stopped munching on chocolate was to take a bite of the fantastic cuisine—jollof rice, fried plantains and beef skewers—from Gold Coast Catering and plantain ice cream from Kelewele NYC. The room was packed with a diverse and wonderful crowd, excited to interact with Kissi's work and curious about learning how the chocolate brand was focused on empowering Africans and African economies. DJ GFlamee created the perfect atmosphere with tunes that highlighted the region and made a Thursday feel more like a Friday.

The highlight of the night, however, was a live Q&A session between Joshua Kissi and Dena White, Tony Chocolonely's head of marketing for the US. Kissi created the concept and took photos of the people in Ghana and the Ivory Coast working to create the chocolate the world adores. Together, they discussed the methods and importance of Tony Chololonely's fight to end slave labor in the cocoa industry. It was illuminating to have the session with the faces of those being honored surrounding us, looking on, being included in something that has long been swept under the rug.

While the chocolate has all been gobbled up, Kissi's striking photos will stay on display at the gallery until October 31st.

Check out some of the action from the event below, with photos by Polly Irungu.

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Best of the Decade: The Greatest South African Hip-Hop Songs of the 2010s

"Caracara" is easily the South African hip-hop song of the decade.

We asked several South African hip-hop heads, artists, writers and DJs to share their top five SA hip-hop songs of the decade. A majority of them included K.O's 2014 smash hit "Caracara," which features KiD X and is produced by the extremely talented Lunatik.

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Watch Bonang Matheba's Interview With The Breakfast Club

Bonang Matheba talks about her career, misconceptions about Africa and making major moves in America.

South African television personality and entrepreneur Bonang Matheba is currently in New York after recently receiving the "E! African Influencer" of the Year award in Santa Monica, California. She stopped by Power 105.1 for an interview with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club.

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