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To Infinity and Beyond: African Women Who Are Leading the Way In Aviation and Space Travel

Here's a list of African women who are transforming the fields of space travel and aviation.

Whether it was upon learning about Amelia Earhart in elementary school, your first transformative viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the inevitable magnetic pull of a penchant for otherworldly beings like David Bowie, we’ve always had a collective fascination with what awaits us above the clouds. While this is a universal interest, men have always been at the forefront of space travel and aviation—save for Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley in the Alien franchise—despite women harboring lofty curiosities of their own.

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Literature

The Okayafrica 2016 Year-End Book List

We look back at the biggest, baddest books of 2016 by African and Diasporan writers.

We’ve been wanting to wish 2016 good riddance almost immediately upon its arrival and now it’s nearly time. But before we bring out the von Trapp children to bid it adieu, let us acknowledge something that didn’t disappoint us in 2016: books.

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Film

Cinema Africa: Tony Okungbowa On His Los Angeles Indie Romance, 'Echo Park'

Tony Okungbowa talks 'Echo Park,' his ever-growing list of job titles and African visibility on screen in this week's Cinema Africa.

Photo of Tony Okungbowa. Courtesy of Array.
Echo Park, Amanda Marsalis’ directorial debut, is a film that pays homage to the East Los Angeles neighborhood of its namesake. Just as British expat Alex finds himself coming to terms with the fact that he’ll have to leave town due to his career dreams fizzling out, disenchanted new neighborhood resident Sophie walks into his life by way of a craigslist ad for his couch. The two go on to pursue a fleeting “no-risk situation” that turns into a meaningful relationship neither had anticipated.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014 and is set to be released by Ava DuVernay’s distribution company ARRAY both in theaters and on Netflix on April 15th.

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Film

Cinema Africa: Miguel Llansó On Directing Ethiopia's Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi Film, 'Crumbs'

Okayafrica sits down with Miguel Llanso, the director of the Ethiopian post-apocalyptic sci-fi film, 'Crumbs.'

Daniel Tadesse in Crumbs

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