Call me by his name: Lil Nas X has become a queer icon in Nigeria

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Lil Nas X performs onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Lil Nas X performs onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Lil Nas X’s groundbreaking tweet on the fina

Africa Is Finally Starting to Act Independently

Europe’s intent to rule over Africa is not a new concept. From the period of colonialism until now, foreign powers have hovered mightily over the affairs of African states, lingering on after independence was granted—France, for instance, still retains a large military presence in Africa despite objections to it. Much of the damage, though, was done during the colonial era. Several African countries were stripped of their identity and culture, succumbing to that of their colonial masters’ as the

11 Books By Black Authors That Were Later Adapted Into Movies

This emotional 1992 romance novel, written by Terry McMillan, is about a group of four Black women who share a very special bond, and centers on their unique experiences with the men in their lives.

The popular 1995 adaptation starred Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon and featured an entire African American cast. And yes, it’s the movie with the iconic scene of Angela Bassett burning a car in her robe!

ESSAY | ‘Family Matters’ and Steve Urkel were my first introductions to Black America •

As a young boy in Nigeria, I was introduced to aspirational and loyal Black American friend groups through shows like “Living Single,” “Martin,” and “In the House.” Heartwarming Black family shows such as “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” taught me about not having to fit in, yet still making a difference.

And other 90s shows, such as “Moesha,” “Sister Sister,” and “Hangin’ with Mr Cooper,” pushed the funny family narrative while also dealing with serious topics such as sex, sexism, drugs and peer pres

She held her Yoruba heritage tight in one hand

The Rise of Indigenous Yoruba culture in Western entertainment today.

The 2017 Grammys marked a very prominent moment for me as a black Nigerian man of Yoruba heritage. All anybody could talk about afterwards was Beyoncé’s otherworldly performance. Cloaked in a goldish-yellow ensemble, anybody accustomed to ancient Yoruba history would have had no problem piecing together the reference behind her glittery costume, especially paired with the fact that she was heavily pregnant. “That’s goddess Os

African Women at the Grammys: Invisibility even in Diversity

Demilade Phillips makes a strong case for the several notable and talented African women who have been neglected at the Grammy Awards over the years.

In 1992, the first-ever “Grammy Award for Best Global Album” went to a white, American man. Shocking.

As the nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards swept across the world, one category of talented artists were once again overlooked. Worse yet, the token “World” category, offered to those who don't fit into the classic Caucasian-fueled genres, sti

How DENCITY is providing a safe space for women and queer skaters in Nigeria

Welcome to Generation AP, a weekly spotlight on emerging actors, writers and creatives who are on the verge of taking over.

While skateboarding may have been a dominant subculture in the U.S. for decades, in Nigeria and much of Africa it's still on a very slow ascent to the mainstream. With pioneer skateboarding communities like WAFFLESNCREAM paving the way and helping to launch the first-ever skate park in Lagos just several years ago, Nigerians are gradually being incorporated into skate cult

The ultimate guide to Lagos, Nigeria

It is so many things at once: a fashion capital, a hub for art, the home of Nollywood, Nigeria’s main tech hub, a major financial centre, and the spiritual home of Afrobeat. There is a chaotic, joyful cacophony to the city, and its residents’ entrepreneurial nature is famed. Seventy per cent of its colossal population are under the age of 35, and its youthful, energetic residents ensure Lagos offers a great night out. Get stuck into the throng at the New Afrika Shrine, or at the many beach clubs
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