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Photos: James Barnor 'Ever Young'

Photos from one of the greats of African photography.

Legendary Ghanaian photographer James Barnor has shot gorgeous fashion spreads, as well as remarkable scenes from life on the continent and abroad for over 50 years. While National Geographic snapped photos of lions, Barnor captured an amazing array of images that are crucial to a broader understanding of Ghana's past and present. For the first time in Ghana, a retrospective of his work will be on exhibit at Accra's Silverbird Lounge June 30-July 2. For more info on the event go here. To view more of Barnor's photos go here.

James Barnor is one of the first photojournalist from Ghana who lived his passion for photography by embarking on his entrepreneurial venture of taking portraiture style pictures of his subjects in his makeshift tiny studio in Jamestown, Accra, which he dubbed “Ever Young,“ where he would later return to after gaining international notoriety, to establish the first color lab that would bring color photographs to the Black Star Nation of Ghana.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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