Mario Tama, a staff photographer for Getty Images, first caught my eye a few months ago with this disturbing photo above taken in what the caption calls Rio de Janeiro’s “Cracolandia” (Read: “Crackland” or “Dope City”). In addition to the complexity of his layered compositions, the ‘daily life’ photos he’s been filing from Brazil ever since are compeling for their potential to offer a counterpoint to the state and corporate sponsor-sanctioned glossy imagery of the World Cup.
“I realized all the male rappers must have a track in which they talk about girls and their clothes, blaming girls for everything happening around us,” said 19-year-old Mayam Mahmoud, an Egyptian rapper. “That wasn’t right. So I rapped about girls and the problems they face.” -policymic.com
Maya Angelou – Angel/ American Original.
Maya Angelou (/ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/; born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
A mother to many without.
The Elder by Aileen Muhammad & Nathan Ross Freeman. Two Philadelphia natives meet at Salem College in Winston Salem. Nathan Ross Freeman is Aileen Muhammad’s poetry and screenwriting professor. She believes he is her blood brother by some accidental occurrence. He says maybe in another life. She begins to write stories. He shares his and here they are. The threads that weave the fabric of these stories, the entry into the avenue of the muse and the poetic conjures are startling and satisfying.
Cover art for The Elder by Syed Hosain.
Pope Francis’s visit to the Middle East.
He stopped to pray at the graffiti-covered Palestinian side of the ‘separation wall’—and invited Peres and Abbas to meet at his ‘home.’ -via The Daily Beast.
Queen Elizabeth meets students during a trip to Lagos, Nigeria in 1955.
Back in the late 1800s, European powers were rushing to carve up the “magnificent African cake” for its rich natural resources, expanding territory as quickly as possible. Though Britain officially colonized Nigeria from 1900 to 1960, its presence was felt in the region as early as the 1800s.
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989) is welcomed home from London on August 1, 1951 by his wife Edna Mae (1915-2002) and his sister Evelyn Robinson Nelson (1919-2009). Mr. Robinson was returning home after a loss to British champion Randy Turpin. He told reporters upon arrival, “It’ll be a different story when I fight Randy Turpin again next month.” He won the rematch against Mr. Turpin just one month later in New York City. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.