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Hassan Hajjaj Photographs Moroccan Biker Women In 'Kesh Angels'

Hassan Hajjaj photographs Moroccan biker women in his debut New York exhibition 'Kesh Angels' on display at the Taymour Grahne Gallery through March 8th.

The stunning photos featured above of colourfully veiled women on motorbikes are part of Kesh Angels, the debut New York exhibition from the Moroccan-born/UK-based consistently phenomenal Hassan Hajjaj. The self-taught photographer, whose aesthetic is the striking result of a North African heritage combined with an education rooted in the worlds of London hip-hop, reggae, and club scenes, has over the years developed his own brand of visually stunning Morocco-centric pop art. In his latest series, Hajjaj continues to offer an alternate perspective on femininity in Morocco, one that embraces vibrant colours along with individuality and attitude. Kesh Angels, a tribute to the biker culture of young women in Morocco, nods to the African studio photography tradition established by Malian legends Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibé. Hajjaj, who uses found objects such as Pepsi cans as material, frames his photos with elements of consumerist culture. The Kesh Angels exhibit, accompanied by a book on the last decade of Hajjaj’s work, is now on display at New York's Taymour Grahne Gallery through March 8th. Hajjaj's three-channel video installation, My Rock Stars, Volume I (2012), is currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through July 20th.

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Tiffany Haddish Wins Her First Emmy for Hosting Saturday Night Live

A well-deserved win!

The Emmy's 2018 Creative Arts Awards were this past weekend, and it was a history-making moment for black talent.

Tiffany Haddish nabbed her first Emmy—Best Guest Actress in a Comedy—for her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live, Variety reports.

Presenter Tichina Arnold accepted her award on Haddish's behalf as she could not attend Saturday's ceremony.

"Tiffany couldn't be here tonight. But, guess what, Tiffany! I've got your award girl!" Arnold jokes.

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Kais Saied is Set to Become Tunisia's Next President

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A 15-Year-Old Nigerian Student Lends Her Voice to the Fight Against Boko Haram With Graphic Novel

Aisha Mustapha's graphic novel about her experiences under Boko Haram was published today for International Day of the Girl.

Aisha Mustapha, is a 15-year-old student from Nigeria, using her voice to tell her own story. The young writer recently penned a graphic novel about her experience fleeing Boko Haram, locating her family and trying to further her education. It's a heavy subject, obviously, but with her graphic novel, she offers a voice for young people directly affected by the crisis in Northern Nigeria.

The book was published today to mark the International Day of the Girl, a day established by the United Nations in 2011 to "highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights."

Aisha's talent for storytelling has previously been highlighted in Assembly, a by-girls-for-girls publication by the Malala Fund that brought Aisha's graphic novel to life, premiering it today in conjunction with International Day of the GIrl. Tess Thomas, Assembly's editor, elaborated on the purpose of the publication saying, "We believe in the power of girls' voices to generate change. Our publication provides girls with a platform so their opinions and experiences can inform decisions about their futures."

Aisha's words were illustrated by artist Simone Martin-Newberry, who had this to say about the process of creating the visuals for the graphic novel: "I was very moved by Aisha's story, and really wanted to treat it sensitively and do it justice with my illustrations. My aim was to capture the real emotions and actions of the story, but also keep my artwork bright and colorful and full of pattern, to help reflect Aisha's amazing youthful spirit."

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