african music

The Sensational ‘Voice’ of South Africa

Eve M. Ferguson

Mahlasela, in his youthful days as a composer and performer, served as a determined and forceful rallying figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Today, he continues to be acknowledged as a global messenger of peace and compassion. Mahlasela has seen his share of hardship, as he was held in solitary confinement and repeatedly harassed by police during the racially charged era for the “crime” of writing protest music calling for freedom and human dignity. 

A Different Story: The State of Black Immigrant Tales in the Digital Age

Sophia Dorval

the state of first and second generation narratives in the African diaspora is sorely lacking in comparison.  The dominant Black voice in mainstream cinema and television is overwhelmingly American.  It is no secret that nuanced portraits of Black immigrants and the experience of their offspring in mainstream media are few and far between. During the Reagan era, the sitcoms The Cosby Show and A Different World would occasionally feature characters from the Caribbean or South Africa, particularly during the country’s apartheid years.  

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