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It has been nearly two years since Kehinde Wiley traveled to Israel with the intention of creating the fifth installment of his World Stage series, The World Stage: Israel. On March 9, 2012, the show will make its New York debut at the Jewish Museum, running through July 29, 2012. World Stage: Israel features 14 of Wiley’s signature larger- than- life portraits, accompanied by 11 hand-selected papercuts and textiles from the Museum’s private collection, that serve as both historically and culturally referential to Wiley portraits. Rounding out the exhibition is a short film, directed by Dwayne Rodgers (see video below), chronicling Wiley’s process and introducing the mostly brown and black men (primarily self-identified Ethiopian-Israelis) featured in Wiley’s paintings and currently residing in Israel.

Throughout the exhibition, Kehinde Wiley’s paintings, both ornate and ambivalent, carry the burden of context straight out of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Lod, onto the walls of the Jewish Museum. His clear intent to contribute to discourses of displacement and marginality is showcased in fair breadth. Topics of globalization and hybridity are underscored by the contrast of the sheer scale of the portraits to their simultaneous envelopment by the abounding backgrounds. Nonetheless, that was just how the works spoke to us… what say it to you?

The show is Wiley just being Wiley and is sure to be just as impactful as most of his work to date.  Go check it out. The museum is free to the public every Saturday from 11am -5:45pm. Be sure to also check out Kehinde Wiley’s site where there is a solid selection of paintings from all five of the ‘World Stage’ (China, India/Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Brazil and Israel) collections to date.

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NYC: Kehinde Wiley/ The World Stage: Israel

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Photos: Here's What Happened at Daily Paper & Free the Youth's Design Talk for Accra's Young Creatives

Founders of the popular brands discussed all things African streetwear in a conversation facilitated by OkayAfrica and moderator Amarachi Nwosu.

Last week, Amsterdam-based, African-owned streetwear brand Daily Paper and Ghanaian streetwear label Free the Youth held a talk for young creatives at the Mhoseenu design studio in Accra, Ghana.

Moderated by Melanin Unscripted creator Amarachi Nwosu and presented in partnership with OkayAfrica, the design-based conversation explored everything from sustainable practices in manufacturing, to the overall evolution of streetwear globally. The founders of Free the Youth, which was been called Ghana's number one streetwear brand, expanded on how they've been able to build their audience, and shared details about their community-based initiatives.

They event, which took place at the Daily Paper Pop-up Store in Accra last Friday, drew a fashionable and creative-minded crowd ready to partake in a design discussion between West Africa and Europe.

Check out some of the action that took place at the Daily Paper x FYT event below, with photos by Abena Boamah.

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14 Cultural Events You Can't Miss this December in South Africa

OkayAfrica's guide to must-see events during South Africa's festive season.

South Africans will tell you that December is not just a month, it's an entire lifestyle. From beginning to end, it's about being immersed in a ton of activity with friends and family as well as any new folk you meet along the way. Whether you're looking to turn up to some good music or watch some provocative theater, our guide to just 14 cultural events happening in South Africa this December, has something for everyone.

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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Austrian-Nigerian Designer Kenneth Ize Makes Spectacular Debut at Paris Fashion Week

The designer topped off his debut by having supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the runway.

Last night, Austrian-Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize debuted at Paris Fashion week and put on an undeniably spectacular show.

The designer wowed with his Autumn/Winter '20 collection and then topped it all off by having international supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the run way last and bring the show to a close.

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