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A Celebration of African Heritage and Health

By Sarah Dwyer | February 12, 2013

African Heritage Potluck Dinner

A few days ago, you couldn’t find my kitchen table as I anticipated correctly that every corner was covered by bowls and dishes of leafy greens, cabbages, millet, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, and layers of injera – the traditional whole-grain flatbread of Ethiopia. These were just some of the menu items I planned for an African heritage potluck I hosted to commemorate African Heritage & Health Week. Read More

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Street Culture In Motion: Interview With Swedish Filmmaker Teddy Goitom

By Cyndi Amaya | June 6, 2012

Photo: StockTown

Photo: StockTown

It’s often said that the way to get a real grasp of a new culture is to take a look at its street culture. In a country’s streets is where you’ll most likely find its true popular culture, what interests its people, its local art, and its most genuine food. Very often, it’s from the streets where the hottest new movements come from and the first to witness a phenomenon in its original street stage are sometimes only a privileged few.

But one media company is working to change that “privileged few” concept and are drawing attention to street culture from all around the world in hopes to educate people of new countries, cultures, and arts through curated videos that anyone can view online. That company is STOCKTOWN and one of the masterminds behind STOCKTOWN.com is Swedish filmmaker Teddy Goitom.

Teddy along with other film friends and enthusiasts created STOCKTOWN, a curated video magazine for culture in motion and since its recent start has continued to grow in popularity, eliminating the boundaries and cultural walls between countries forming a worldwide community of viewers. Just recently, STOCKTOWN was proud to announce their launch of the newly renovated site and in honor of Swedish National Day today, we want to bring attention to this awesome video web site that was born on the shores of Sweden with a one-on-one interview with this Teddy Goitom himself.

Check out our interview with Teddy below and if you’re in New York today you can see STOCKTOWN in action at Show & Tell NYC, where they will screen their Stocktown X South Africa film followed by Show & Tell session of curated videos, a visit from legendary street photographer Jamel Shabazz, and various DJ performances. Click here for more details. Read More

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Helping African Agriculture, One Garden At A Time

By Allana Mortell | April 12, 2012

Photo:  Oxfam International

Photo: Oxfam International

Finding a backyard with a garden can be a blessing and often a rarity for many homeowners in the United States. However, take a gander over to Africa and not only will you see things in a different light but you will find one of the biggest and newest initiatives taking place in the Western Hemisphere. “A Thousand Gardens in Africa,” is the latest from the Slow Food Movement and the plan is, in itself, self-explanatory. The mission: to build 1,000 gardens in 26 different countries throughout Africa.

Slow Food USA, the national non-profit organization dedicated to the slow food movement is teaming up with Slow Food International to carry out this enormous project. Throughout different countries in the Terre Madre region, including Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Morocco, Slow Food International advocates are working on building three different garden models in various African communities and villages. Read More

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Drought in Africa Has Spread to Sahel

By Jeannette | April 3, 2012

Photo: European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Photo: European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

By: Justin Chan

News of the famine and drought in Africa has not been promising. Since last summer, region after region has fallen victim to the drought that first affected Ethiopia and Somalia, next spread to the Sudan and is now affecting countries in the Sahel region.

According to CNN, like other recent social media campaigns, UNICEF recently took to the internet to promote a crusade it calls #SahelNOW. It has asked users of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media to share a video that addresses the scarcity of food that affects approximately 1 million children that live in the region. The Sahel is a relatively obscure strip of land located near the Sahara Desert and experiences frequent droughts. Along with countries like Senegal and Chad, it currently faces a number of dire circumstances, including poverty, drought and displacement. At least 10 million people are in danger of dying of starvation. Read More

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Five Dollar Food Challenge: “Fataya” at Patisserie des Ambassades

By Jeannette | March 30, 2012

fataya

By: Justin Chan

Harlem has always been known for its soul food, but many immigrant communities are diversifying the neighborhood’s food culture. Mexican and Cuban restaurants have flooded Spanish Harlem, while halal stands occupy busy roads and hope to draw in some potential customers. Food in Harlem, contrary to popular belief, is not one-dimensional. In fact, it is far from it.

While Latin and South Asian foods have always been popular cuisines in the city, I decided to look for something more in tune with the neighborhood’s African roots. Harlem, after all, has been home to the African American community for decades, so it was only fitting that I looked for a spot that closely reflected its heritage. As I wandered through the neighborhood for an hour or so, I passed by several restaurants that offered many different kinds of cuisines, but none seemed to serve anything that I could buy for my Five Dollar Food Challenge.

My journey seemed hopeless until I made my way down Frederick Douglass Boulevard and arrived at 118th Street. At that point, I had finally reached a restaurant, or rather a cafe, that served cheap yet delicious grub. Patisserie des Ambassades is a small and deceivingly upscale Senegalese eatery that differs from nearby holes in the walls in its decor and atmosphere. Read More

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Teaching Kenyan Children How To Soar: A Look at Flying Kites

By admin | March 14, 2012

Rahab and friends

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Flying Kites is a unique initiative that emphasizes the fact that Third World Kenyan children do matter. Many moons ago, the founders of Flying Kites volunteered at orphanages in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. With a set-up that ‘wasn’t effective’ and was a shameful way to treat children, Leila de Bruyne, Toby Storie-Pugh and Justine Axelsson developed Flying Kites. As their initiative to change grew into an organization, they wanted to ensure that we all see children as children and not label them as orphans.

The organization seeks to showcase the potential that children of Kenya have. With headquarters in Brooklyn, and a children’s home in Kinangop, Kenya the expansive agriculture-like land and room to run freely, the children of Flying Kites will ‘one day change the world.’ The home houses 150 children living in ten separate houses, students are educated and have the potential to flourish with a perfect view of The Aberdare Mountains in view.

Flying Kites focuses on not only providing these children with a home and education, but also instilling leadership, living, and cooking skills that can help them succeed in the future. We had the great opportunity to speak with Leila, Founder and Director of Marketing at Flying Kites to learn a little bit more about the organization. Read More

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Swedish 9-Year-Old Milla Martin Raises Money for Famine Victims with Cinnamon Buns

By admin | March 12, 2012

Milla Martin

By: Cyndi Amaya

While many times we see or hear news about atrocities in other countries, most of us can be accused of apathy due to our lack of effort to actually try and help. When news broke out of the famine in the Horn of Africa, many chipped in with donations for the famine victims upon hearing of the millions that would be affected.

Even our own Marcus Samuelsson hosted a brunch in this own home to raise fund for the afflicted which was then brought directly to those suffering by his lovely wife Maya.

Aside from his strong philanthropic leaning, clearly Marcus’ strong ties and origin from Ethiopia would draw his attention and earnest to help. But few times do we see someone with no direct connection pitch in to help remedy a situation (Kony campaign aside).

Thankfully, this was not the case for 9-year-old Milla Martin from Sweden. So moved from news stories and photographs of children, like herself, starving in Africa, Milla launched her own campaign to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia. Through the sales of her cinnamon buns and calling for hundreds of Swedish children to join in the campaign, Milla was able to collect more than 200.000 Kronor (about $35,000) to help the starving children in Africa.

I was able to connect with Milla and her father, Henrik for a quick interview on how she started her bake sale fundraising. Check out Milla’s story in her own words… Read More

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