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The Most Disturbing thing I’ve Ever Seen
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The Most Disturbing thing I’ve Ever Seen

Posted July 30th, 2013 by in Blog, Culture, Health & Vitality

This is soooo disturbing, it made me chill to the bone. You’ve been warned. On the kind of morning when you walk out of your home to see your neighbor’s grown man son sobbing into another man’s arms, you feel the isolation of urbanism when you can’t ask if he’s ok even if he’s your […]

Egusi, the Organic West African Miracle Food
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Egusi, the Organic West African Miracle Food

Posted July 23rd, 2013 by in African Foods are Healthy, AFRiCKA, Blog, Food Politics, Health & Vitality, Medical Anthropology

I have always loved egusi more than any other Yoruba soup. If I could eat it with my other Naija favorite, plantain (raw, baked, fried, boiled), every day, I’d be in heaven.  But it tastes much better with eba (dried, fermented cassava) or iyan (pounded yam) But what is Egusi, really?   Egusi (“Citrullus Lanatus”) […]

The 256-Year-Old Herbalist
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The 256-Year-Old Herbalist

Posted July 11th, 2013 by in Articles, Health & Vitality, Spirituality

Source: virsmai.com According to the official records, herbalist Li Ching-Yuen was born in China in 1677 (although he himself claimed that he was born in 1736). Throughout his long life, he constantly practiced herbalism and martial arts. In 1930, the New York Times newspaper printed an article in which they published official Chinese government documents […]

What Makes Fashion African?
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What Makes Fashion African?

Posted July 9th, 2013 by in AFRiCKA, Articles, Blog, Business

As designers from Africa ease into permanence in the global fashion industry, and the words “African Fashion” are pandied about like “pure” water on Lagos streets, the meaning behind the words seems to be lost in the faux batik chic flashing lights. In the last three to five years, on every major European designer label, there […]

The Man Who Had No Water
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The Man Who Had No Water

Posted July 2nd, 2013 by in Blog, Business, Race, Racist in Brooklyn

So I reluctantly got off my butt last night to walk all the way to Park Slope for some vitamins. It was life or death, otherwise I would have stayed with my vegan ice cream and Bollywood film.  I was happy to find what I needed at a steal and left the co-op with my […]

Falling Down in the Subway
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Falling Down in the Subway

Posted July 2nd, 2013 by in Blog, Subway Stories

A woman fell in the train today. Actually she fell between the train and the platform so that her right leg went into the space between the platform and train. Scary. I found myself gasping dramatically, watching in anticipation as two brothers helped her up. I was alerted to the fall when one of them […]

Racist or Crazy?
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Racist or Crazy?

Posted June 20th, 2013 by in Blog, Race, Subway Stories

A woman spat on the train today. It didn’t interest me as much as the people sitting around me who spoke about it for the rest of my ride. She had spent the last several minutes covering her ears and closing her eyes, actually looking somewhat peaceful. The guy sitting right next to me was […]