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When Zoe Saldana was announced as the actress to depict Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, the blogosphere was in turmoil over her being unsuited for the part because she is not a "real" black actress. This illustrated that race is often convoluted with ethnicity, when in reality one can be Black and an amalgam of varying of identities (Saldana herself identifies as both black and Latina.) What are your thoughts on the matter? Does belonging to a number of different ethnic groups make one "less black"?
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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Maya Angelou
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Nuba Nour, a Nubian percussion group seeks to keep alive a heritage submerged under water.
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In Live Unchained's latest interview, we spoke with D.C.-based artist Mona El-Bayoumi about art, politics, and African-Arabs. Her thoughts are definitely worth reading and sharing.
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Chimamanda Adichie speaks at the Royal African Society's first literary festival in London. " We should not be raising our daughters to aspire to marriage; We need to teach our girls to conquer the world," she maintained.
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In the spirit of the Olympics, cheer on those 72 contending African swimmers.
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In her latest book, Bloodchild, African-American Sci-Fi novelist Octavia E. Butler, explicitly states what the theme of her novel is, and it has nothing to do with race. In this article, Andre Seewood raises the question of how does utilizing a racial lens to interpret all African-American Sci-Fi novels and movies obscure and limit focus from the more central "science" or non-racial dramatic themes in the works. What do you all think? Do all African American Sci-Fi productions have to carry racial themes?
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Sobeit Studio, a rising novice in the design industry of South Africa, introduced their “The Looking Glass” collection of 19th century British Regent style. Inspired by a trio of cultural elements, which are spelled out in the article, the piece is a pleasant proof that there's a goldmine of cultural heritage in Africa that we can resonate to. 


http://www.anotherafrica.net/design/figuratively-speaking
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Collage, multi-media installation, sculpture with multiple materials – see how the “10 female artists you should know about” suggested by Essence push the boundary of modern art by combine every possible elements in both forms and contents.

http://photos.essence.com/galleries/10_female_artists_you_should_know_about#!335751
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