For the past few months, a group of young creatives have been working non-stop to put together the ultimate celebrational day: Citizens of Alkebulan Festival. On the 8th of July, the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam will be the place to be! Music, film, art, food, spokenword and so much more will be there to find and to enjoy. Explore the gardens and take everything in, because you will only get to experience this once a year.
Today, March 21st, is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which started years ago in South Africa. In 1960, on the exact same date, 69 people were shot and killed during a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid pass laws. Causing an one of the most memorable uprising and call for change.
Dear Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc etc (male) friends,
I feel like I needed to say this. So please read carefully: NO! Cosby does not have and will never have my vote or support, ever again. However, I will forever appreciate what he did as the character Mr Huxtable. The show, the writers and the character he played were responsible for the positive perception of black lives and families on TV, but lets separate the character from the actor. He was not, is not and never will be Mr Huxtable like Harrison Ford isn’t Han solo (although we would like to be believe he is ;)). Like most of us, Mr Cosby has his own life and we do not know what he does when he comes home from his job…
Alkebulan has had some negative feedback because we support our dear friend Tofik Dibi for being who he is and will always be. We were both surprised and hurt because of this. Best way to get over the hurt is to write it down. So Naoual did just that. Read her heartfelt words to a dear and now old friend…
Thursday 7 May we released the Alkebulan Project, numerous artists from various areas of Africa joined together and celebrated the release. We celebrated this fine night with music from Amartey & The Yung Bilibams, Elvira and performances of Tofik Dibi, Ouassima.A mishmash of beautiful creatures visited our event and we couldn’t be more happy about the end result:
Photos by Les Adu.
Our culture is varied and miscellaneous, it is a product of a diverse continent, which creates a talented population, that today lives and works in Africa and the African Diaspora. The music, art, literature and cultural practices have triggered interest and respect throughout the world.