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These Kenyan Runners Just Dominated the 2017 Boston Marathon

Kenyan runners Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat both take first place in their respective races for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

The results for the 121st Boston Marathon are in—and Kenya takes first in both the men and women's races.


Geoffrey Kirui won with an unoffical time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds, pulling away from American runner Galen Rupp with about two miles to go, according to USA Today.

Edna Kiplagat made Boston Marathon debut and took the women's race in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 52 seconds. The Kenyan policewoman pulled ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds. Kiplagat adds this to her wins in London, New York and Los Angeles.

"When I was running, my body was feeling good, Kiplagat says to the Associated Press. "I tried to push more, hard and I saw my (rivals) were not picking up the pace."

Congratulations, Geoffrey and Edna!

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Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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