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Animals And African Warriors For Sale At Joburg's Airport

Gallery of the problematic animals and African warriors for sale at Joburg airport's international terminal.


International airports tend to essentialize their local "culture" better than any travel agent's office could ever hope to. Beefeaters lead arriving passengers to the luggage carousel at London's Heathrow airport, yellow cabs and red apples illustrate the fast-paced vibe of the Big Apple at New York City's JFK airport, and when you hit the international terminal at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo airport you better believe you're practically on a wild safari complete with every problematic image of Africa under the hot magical sun. Take all of Bono's charities, all travel articles about Africa, and all Hollywood film renditions of the African warrior and combine them in one place with price tags: this is O.R. Tambo's international terminal. I could ramble on about how these images fit neatly into the long lineage of Africa's subjugation, but that'd be trite. We all know why Tarzan and The Lion King aren't cool, but it's still funny/troubling to check out the various absurd products that culminate into the commoditization of Africa; everything from a furry bottle of Wild Africa Cream Liqueur, to posters advertising a "Safari Toy Drive" (whatever that is). Above is a slideshow of images I took on my iPhone while waiting for a return flight to NYC.

 

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Check Out the Trailer for Beyoncé's Upcoming Documentary 'Making the Gift'

The ABC special will offer a behind the scenes look at the making of the album "The Lion King: The Gift" and features Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and more.

Beyoncé is set to take fans inside the making of her latest album The Lion King: The Gift, with the upcoming ABC special Making the Gift, a documentary that chronicles the process of producing the album which she described as "a love letter to Africa."

The announcement came yesterday, when ABC shared the trailer of the special on their social media, even changing their Twitter name to "ABeyC" to mark the occasion. Beyoncé also shared the clip on Instagram—the surprise announcement has unsurprisingly spurred excited reactions from fans online.

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The Lion King: A Music Story | Presented by Disney

We take you behind the scenes to find out just how big an impact 'The Lion King' and African music has had on the global music space.

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Twenty-five years later and the music of The Lion King still holds up. The live-action remake of the beloved Disney film has only further affirmed this, with folks still more than ready to sing along to its grand and unforgettable soundtrack. Since it first came out, African artists have carved out an indelible space in the international music scene, and the universal appeal of the Lion King's music is a testament to that.

African music is worldwide. From Johannesburg to São Paulo to New York City, we caught up with the likes of music composer Lebo M, veteran actor Dr. John Kani, choral director Khaya Mthethwa and artist Rincon Sapiência, for a new video to discuss the rising popularity of African music and culture in mainstream media and its global impact.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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