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What would a truly walkable city look like? | Cities | The Guardian
The obsession with self-driving cars and dockless cycles means pedestrians are often overlooked. But if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we ignore an essential part of what makes a city great
cities  roadsafety  cycling  uk  usa  africa  walkforlife  walking  walk2work  cars  safety  design 
29 days ago by allaboutgeorge
How to Draw a Black Guy
"The first tip is really easy, but people always struggle with it. Listen close. Avoid drawing these three types of characters (even if you're clever)."
art  comics  creativity  black  african  africa  howto 
march 2018 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali About 'The Monk of Mokha'
One day I walked into a specialty coffee shop and had a cup of naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region. I tasted blueberries, honeysuckle, and it had a sweet lingering aftertaste. The barista spoke to me about where it was grown, the elevation, varietal, how it was processed — but most of all, how their direct relationship to these growers make it possible for the farmers to make more money and live a better life. That part of it really became my entry point into the world of coffee.
coffee  drinking  africa  food  farming  culture  writing  nonfiction  books 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Young designer aims to promote Egyptians' African roots
Unlike Shandaweely, who is proud of the African heritage of Egypt, most Egyptians do not fully understand that — geographically and culturally — they have African roots and that they are Africans. Some people may prefer to call themselves Arab or Middle Eastern, rather than African.

However, the Egyptian government has recently been trying to strengthen its ties with other African countries as well as introduce African art to the Egyptian public.
africa  egypt  fashion  beauty  history  arabic  middleeast 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
More than a legend: Timbuktu a cultural wonder - San Jose Mercury News
RT : 70 countries & finally wrote my first travel piece on Timbuktu & the Festival au Desert! Photos & videos too
travel  Timbuktu  Africa  Mali  from twitter
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
WE ARE ALL AFRICAN NOW | More Intelligent Life
It is not the Rastafarian return to the Rift Valley that comes to mind as I listen, genetically elegant though it now seems, but the first hunter-gatherers making it through the Gate of Tears and heading for every point in our world.
science  evolution  africa  genealogy  research  nationalism  race 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Royal Pingdom » Mobile web usage highest in Asia and Africa
"In every single one where mobile web usage makes up an unusually high share, Nokia’s Symbian OS completely dominates. In some countries more than 90% of the mobile web traffic comes from Symbian phones."
mobile  data  twitter  africa  statistics  nigeria  nokia  symbian  blackberry  asia  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Review - The Mysteries of Meroe - NYTimes.com
"The greater surprise is the culture of Meroe itself, derived from Ancient Egypt and yet profoundly different"
africa  from twitter
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anthropology Matters, Vol 11, No 2 (2009) -- Being cool or being good: researching mobile phones in Mozambique by Julie Soleil Archambault (SOAS)
Drawing on my fieldwork experience in Inhambane, southern Mozambique, where I conducted research on mobile phone use amongst youth, my paper tackles issues of acceptance and rejection. As I sought to gain acceptance amongst youth I found myself participating in various controversial and, at times, dangerous activities that made me the victim of intense gossip and outright rejection by some. The fact that I came to the field accompanied by my husband and daughter only made matters worse. In this paper, I present the challenges of “being cool”, while also “being good”, and the repercussions of my research choices on my social standing. I then discuss how, instead of compromising my research, this predicament had a positive outcome by revealing social dynamics that might otherwise have remained hidden, namely the importance of concealment and the ambiguous role mobile phones play in deceit.
mobile  africa  research  science  social  behavior  ethics  family  story 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Business | Africa's mobile banking revolution
While countries like Kenya, South Africa and much of North Africa are approaching 100% mobile penetration, in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, and Rwanda it is less than 30%.

Low incomes, illiteracy and large signal black spots are all obstacles to the sale and use of mobile phones. Taxes, which can be as high as 30% in countries like Tanzania and Uganda, are also a disincentive.
business  internet  mobile  africa  finance  marketing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Mobile money to poor seen $5 billion market in 2012 | Reuters
The scope of mobile financial services in these markets has grown quickly from simple cash transfers by text message to payments for everything from a taxi ride to a utility bill.

There are about one billion people in emerging markets who have cellphones, but no bank accounts. CGAP expects that number to rise to 1.7 billion to 2012, with around one in five of them picking up mobile money -- and creating the $5 billion market.

Most optimistic researchers expect more than a billion people in emerging markets to start using mobile money within a few years, while some are more cautious than CGAP.
mobile  finance  bank  money  africa  technology  business  corporations 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
African immigrants help shape Portland's small black community - Breaking News From Oregon & Portland - OregonLive.com
"African American is birth and tradition, but it's also who people say you are," she says. "It's not enough to be African, because that's just who you are by yourself. If you are African American, then you are part of a community."
race  portland  black  oregon  africa  food  immigration  identity  community 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Where the prayer caller sounds a timeless note - Los Angeles Times
[...] When the last foot slides into the last sandal and the mosque empties, Abdel Fattah locks the doors, descends the steps, turns the corner and walks past vegetable bins and meat dangling on a butcher's hook. The alley fills with sound: the mattress makers beating cotton; the boys gathering tin and garbage; the broom seller, weighted down as if balancing a clutch of rifles, yelling out his prices.

Abdel Fattah will return to the mosque in a few hours, slipping back into the cool half-light, his voice lifting over rooftops.
egypt  cairo  islam  religion  africa  middleeast  music  ritual  aging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Special Report: China In Africa | Fast Company
"An unfathomably vast terrain comprising 49 nations, the sub-Sahara represents nearly one-fifth of the earth's landmass. Yet its total economy is tinier than Florida's. Here, 300 million people get by on less than $1 a day."
activism  africa  china  economics  environment  globalization  usa 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
El Oso » Blog Archive » Thoughts on Media Attention, Development, Ninjas, and Chivas
"We should be learning new languages, we should be introducing our friends in one country to our friends in another. And we should always drink at least three mojitos when we do."
world  nigeria  japan  ninjas  media  attention  identity  war  drinking  cinema  film  africa  globalization 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IOL: Truth in humour?
"I don't believe in black on black violence because everybody robs and kills people...It's not black on black but broke on broke, when people rob each other."
humor  comedy  poverty  crime  chrisrock  quotes  southafrica  africa  interviews 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Boys Grow Up To Be Jihadis
“Terrorism is really a collective decision, not an individual one. It’s about kinship and friendship.”
iraq  islam  journalism  news  politics  psychology  religion  social  terrorism  violence  men  identity  africa  morocco  spain  war  middleeast  immigration  europe 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Ireland Learns to Adapt to a Population Growth Spurt - New York Times
“The benign outlook is that we have tackled our services and, like Switzerland or Luxembourg, we have great wealth and a great quality of life. The smaller countries can do it right.”
ireland  culture  immigration  europe  africa 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Improvement in Life Seen in Sub-Saharan Africa - New York Times
"We have seen significant strides for democratic liberty and practices in the last 10 or 15 years. It is also a fact that in most of their countries, average citizens have not seen a significant improvement in their material circumstances [...]"
africa  polls  african  politics 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Zimbabwe, Fewer Affairs And Less HIV - washingtonpost.com
"Many researchers now suspect that economic vitality -- expressed in rising truck traffic, burgeoning bar scenes and widening income disparity -- encourage the behaviors that fuel a sexually transmitted epidemic."
sex  africa  hiv  aids  economics  behavior  disease  health  relationships 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists - New York Times
“Some are so greedy they will do anything to restore the confidence of their intended victim, including pose with a fish on their head or have milk poured over them while holding a sign with a silly message.”
africa  internet  humor  books  nonfiction  communication  african  behavior  email  reputation 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Humans Have Spread Globally, and Evolved Locally - New York Times
"[W]e know now there are enough genetic differences between people from different parts of the world that you can classify people in groups that correspond to popular notions of race."
evolution  race  racism  science  research  africa  african  asia  asian  europe  australia 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC.ca Arts - Winnie Mandela denied entry to Canada for arts gala
"Celebrities with criminal records can apply for a minister's permit and still get into the country, AS WAS THE CASE WITH MARTHA STEWART." (Caps mine. Ahem.)
canada  southafrica  art  dance  africa  crime  wtf 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A life out of the newsroom – and into the news | csmonitor.com
"On a wickedly cold Chicago day eight years ago, I walked to work, made my way through the newsroom cubicles, entered my editor's office, gave her three weeks' notice, and then sat down at my desk."
writing  work  jobs  europe  travel  chicago  asia  africa  identity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Ghawar, Going, Gone... | MetaFilter
"Think about what it would be like if you had to take a 5% pay cut every year for the rest of your life, that may help."
oil  energy  saudiarabia  usa  corporations  africa  china  india  refinery  sustainable 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Exponent: Study finds many immigrants among black college students
"(I) am somewhat offended when people see me as merely filling a quota. I came from a country where I am in the majority, so it is still hard for me to wrap my mind around the many differences people seem to focus on in this country."
immigration  education  black  college  africa  usa  identity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Soul of Morocco - New York Times
“If people can visit a medersa and listen in several languages to discussions of Sufi poetry, calligraphy and music, they will have understood something about the soul of Islam. And the soul of Fez.”
morocco  africa  travel  islam  religion  judaism  diversity  music 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears - Dinaw Mengestu - Books - Review - New York Times
"[T]heir memory game: name an African dictator, then recall the country and the year he seized power. Bukassa. Mobutu. Amin. They have memorized the details of some 30 African coups. When the coups stop, Joe declares, so will their game."
reviews  africa  books  fiction  immigration  usa 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Tim Adams travels to Johannesburg to meet the controversial writer Rian Malan | Magazine | The Observer
'If you had told me then that I would wind up back in Johannesburg writing Afrikaans music, it would have been a completely insane and incomprehensible idea. But then you write songs for the same reason you write anything.'
africa  songwriting  journalism  southafrica 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Comment is free: Stop apologising!
"The point of history is not to cherry-pick incidents through which we can tell ourselves how much better we are than our forebears. Ancestor-hatred is no more productive an activity than ancestor-worship."
history  politics  power  debates  africa  uk  usa 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Senegal's Lent fasts evoke Islam's Ramadan | In Depth | Reuters
"Even if one's family becomes Catholic, they're linked through many community connections to many, many Muslims.'
religion  ritual  relationships  christianity  islam  africa  senegal  spirituality  food 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Reuters AlertNet - AIDS hits US blacks harder than other groups - CDC
"Blacks do not engage in riskier sexual behavior than other groups but high HIV rates meant African Americans who have sex with other African Americans were more likely to contract HIV than people within other ethnic groups."
hiv  aids  black  usa  race  health  sex  african  africa  social 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Speeding HIV's Deadly Spread - washingtonpost.com
"A model of multiple sexual relationships presented at a Princeton University conference in May showed that a small increase in the average number of concurrent sexual partners -- from 1.68 to 1.86 -- had profound effects [...]"
sex  aids  hiv  statistics  research  africa  botswana 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - By Ishmael Beah - Books - Review - New York Times
"Beah tells a story of a messenger sent by the rebels. All his fingers had been amputated except his thumbs. In more peaceful times, Sierra Leoneans used to give one another a thumbs-up sign that meant 'one love' (a gestural echo of the reggae song) [..]"
africa  writing  nonfiction  war  memory 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: At Axis of Episcopal Split, an Anti-Gay Nigerian
“This man came up to me after a service, in New York I think, and said, ‘Oh, good to see you bishop, this is my partner of many years,’ ” he recalled. “I said, ‘Oh!’ I jumped back.”
gay  religion  christianity  episcopalian  identity  africa  nigeria  relationships  marriage 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Africa | Libyan women consider the veil
"I respect girls who wear the cloak but it's a personal conviction. I like fashion and I don't feel that looking attractive, and wearing the veil interferes with Islam. Most young girls my age wear the veil in a trendy way."
islam  religion  libya  africa  fashion  women  public  identity  aesthetics 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
BBC: Westerners 'are more promiscuous'
"This suggests social factors such as poverty, mobility and gender equality may be a stronger factor in sexual ill-health than promiscuity."
africa  culture  health  news  polyamory  relationships  sex  gender  hiv  feminism  poverty 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Secret Lover' Campaign Has Swaziland Abuzz About AIDS
"This tiny kingdom's new anti-AIDS campaign arrived without warning one day in July, featuring a slogan both unusually explicit and dripping with implied accusations: Makhwapheni Uyabulala."
hiv  aids  africa  swaziland  public  health  marketing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wizard of the Crow - By Ngugi wa Thiong’o - Books - Review
“The life of even the least among us should be sacred, and it will not do for any region or community to keep silent when the people of another region and community are being slaughtered. The wealth of science, technology and arts should enrich peoples.
books  africa  story  politics  power  protest  humor  novels  society 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Bloomberg.com: Catholic Hierarchy Lack of Diversity Fails to Reflect Africa's
"Many view the pope's engagement with secular Europe as one of the least successful parts of his papacy. Although electing an Italian might feel like a step backward, there are some who are looking for precisely that.''
europe  religion  christianity  africa  latinamerica 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
ChiTrib: Catholicism stirs cultural challenge in Africa
"The whole thrust of inculturation is effective proclamation of the gospel. Jesus talked to people in terms that were familiar to them. In contemporary evangelization we're trying to do the same thing--express the gospel in a way it makes sense."
africa  religion  christianity  music  dance  ritual 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BBC News: Killer virus hits Angolan rituals
"For the people here not to be able to pay their last tribute and respect to deceased beloved ones, that's particularly hard. And the whole issue of the social, cultural and anthropological impact of the disease is becoming more and more important."
social  death  africa  disease  tradition 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Women's Voices Rise as Rwanda Reinvents Itself
"I used to see politics as something bad. It's what caused our problems and made me a refugee for so long. But now I want to have a seat at the table."
women  men  rwanda  africa  politics 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BBC: Ethiopia concert honours Marley
"It was a dream of Bob Marley and it is a dream of the family to bury him in Ethiopia. As we believe in what is to be, must be, it will happen in due course."
reggae  africa  music 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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