Arts + Culture

This Choreographer is Using African Dance to Save Lives

OkayAfrica chats with Kwame Shaka Opare, the first to receive BAM's Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship.

Across the nation, the streets can be a death trap for black youth whether your name is Kendrick or Kofi. This was nearly the case for Kwame Shaka Opare, who was raised in Washington, D.C. and New York. “Coming up in the early 90s, street culture was strong—I wanted Gucci sneakers, but my summer job didn’t pay enough, so I got involved in things I shouldn’t have been involved in,” Opare says.

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Arts + Culture

8 Ugandan Artists to Watch in 2017

8 Ugandan artists using their work to stand up against political corruption, reproductive justice, and environmental issues.

It’s safe to say that the state of global politics in 2017 have the entire world shook. Between the election of a U.S. President who is trying to whitewash America with his right-wing agenda, to many African presidents holding onto power by any means necessary, we’re all in for a ride.

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