Friday, May 22, 2015: Top 10 Arts & Culture Must Reads


1. African Film is Having a Moment

A look at the amazing roster of films at NYC's latest African Film Festival is clear evidence that African cinema has arrived.
Source: Design Indaba

2. Growing Up LGBT in East Africa

See clips from a new documentary that shares the stories of LGBT youth in East Africa.
Source: okayafrica

3. 5 Rap Videos Shot in Africa

Made in Africa. Check out these 5 new rap videos, all of which were filmed in Africa.
Source: XXL

4. Portraits of Africa Taken from the Sky

Majestic and beautiful are a couple of words that describe these awesome images of Africa taken from the air.
Source: CNN

5. Dandy Queens': A New Editorial Points a Lens at the Female Black Dandy

You've heard about the phenomenon of dandyism in Africa, particularly with the Congo's Sapeurs, but now women are getting in on the act. Check out a recent editorial that showcases the women who like to dress like high-style gentlemen.
Source: okayafrica

6. Cannes Review: 'Mediterranea' Brings Plight of African Migrants to Big Screen

A timely new film at Cannes focuses on the often untold stories of the African migrant experience in Europe.
Source: France 24

7. Out Look

Learn about the work of acclaimed South African artist, Zanele Muholi, whose first major American exhibition is opening at the Brooklyn Museum.
Source: The New Yorker

8. African Contemporary Art Under the Hammer...and the Spotlight

It's time for Bonham's annual contemporary African art sale, and it's expected to be a season of stellar sales for this exploding segment of the art world.
Source: RFI

9. Making Blockbusters in a Nation Without Cinemas

Creativity cannot be deterred. Even without cinemas to distribute their work, film makers in Cameroon are actively producing new works.
Source: CNN

10. Jazz Muso Somi is on a Mission to Educate America About African Music

Meet Somi, a US based singer of Ugandan-Rwandese descent, who uses her music as a form of ambassdorship between Africa and the US.
Source: Destiny Connect