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This Nigerian Painter Just Won a MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Los Angeles-based Nigerian painter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, is the winner of a 2017 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

Lauded Nigerian-American painter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, is one of 24 winners of the 2017 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.


The yearly fellowship, awards $625,000 to professionals across multiple disciplines, including historians, musicians, architects, visual artists, and more who have "shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." The award is paid out over five years. Past winners include Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Nigozi Adichie and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Crosby, who studied biology and art in undergrad, was recognized for "visualizing the complexities of globalization and transnational identity in works that layer paint, photographic imagery, prints, and collage elements."

Other notable recipients include, New York-based photographer Dawoud Bey, and country singer Rhiannon Giddens of the Grammy award winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Check out the full list of winners via NPR.

Watch Crosby talk about her work in the video below.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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