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South Africans Celebrate Legendary Artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu’s Honorary Doctoral Degree

"We may now call her Dr. Esther Mahlangu."

The legendary artist, who is known for her colorful graphics, received an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Johannesburg on Monday night.

"We recognize Esther Mahlangu for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator," said Professor Federico Freschi, the executive dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the university.


Mahlangu, 83, carved her own lane in the arts industry by referencing her Ndebele culture in her graphics. Her work is celebrated by South Africans and the world alike.

One of her most celebrated international accolades is the creation of the BMW Art Car, first in 1991 and again in 2017, which made her the first woman and African to ever embellish the car. She was commissioned by the automobile giant to create artwork on the BMW 525i and the 7 Series.

Below are some tweets from Mahlangu's graduation and reactions from her fans.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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