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If You Think Africans Are Not Creative, Think Again

The world is missing out on a great chance to learn from African creatives worldwide, simply because they don't think they exist.  Let me rephrase this: unfortunately on average stereotypes on African women and men, outnumber the actual truths…
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First timers: African Soap Opera Lands in Brazil

Recently I have been trying to keep up with African television despite being in Italy and I remember a conversation had with the director of the Italian Festival for Africa, Cleophas Adrien Dioma. He mentioned how stereotypes also arrive to…
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Why Black Movies Make Me Cry

It might be just me but it happened more than once, I watch while a life story is re-proposed on TV. And like it happens with the stages of grief, I get conflicting feelings. It happened some weeks ago when I watched The Help. It happened few…
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Arab Spring Didn't Change Much for Women

Two years after the Arab Spring, how are things different for women? The question was asked to 25 women in the Arab world whose testimonies were filmed and put on the Thomson Reuters website. The news agency is still calling for women to send…
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Day Ten: Field of Hope

This is how my day started: up after dawn, I tune on Aljazeera to start the daily injection of news. The first video on the live streaming is called Field Of Hope. Coming out of the speaker is an unfamiliar language mixed to some French. On…
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Watched: Welcome (2009)

PLOT: Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of…