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Okayafrica Seeks Editorial Interns In NYC

To apply for Okayafrica's editorial internship, email interns@okayafrica.com with a resume, cover letter and 3 writing examples.

We're looking for aspiring journalists in the NYC area to join our editorial team. To apply for Okayafrica's editorial internship send links to three writing samples, a short cover letter explaining what you'd like to get from the internship and a resume to interns@okayafrica.com.


Our intern program is an intensive immersion into the world of online publishing and cultural journalism and will benefit applicants planning a career in media. You will participate in everything from editorial planning and reporting to image research and assisting on photo shoots.

Requirements:

-While we can accommodate your schedule, you must be NYC-based and able to commute to our Brooklyn office.

-You must have a strong writing background with some exciting clips.

-Blogging and social media experience is a plus.

-This position is specifically aimed at people with an interest in new music, art, politics and culture from around Africa and the diaspora.

-The internship is unpaid but college credit is available.

To apply, email interns@okayafrica.com with a resume, cover letter and 3 writing examples. Deadline to apply is April 15th.

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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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