Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opened at Brooklyn’s Jenkins Johnson Gallery on Saturday, Feburary 29. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng’s ZION video installation, based on the artists’s 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.
“In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities,” reads a press release. “There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons.”
In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.
The exhibition also includes works from Modisakeng’s 2017 series Passage, which debuted during the 2017 Venice Biennale. It’s described as “a meditation on slavery’s dismemberment of African identity and its enduring erasure of personal histories.”
More broadly Modisakeng’s work addresses “race, forced migration, the deep divides of post-apartheid South Africa, the post-colonial African continent, and the Global Black Diaspora as a whole” and has previously graced several shows and institutions, including the South African National Gallery, the Dak’Art Biennale and more. His statue honoring Nelson Mandela is set to be unveiled later this year at the Nelson Mandela Park in Amsterdam.
(Photo courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery)
Wife Of Ghanaian Street Dancer, Jeffery Frimpong, Dies Along With Her Unborn Son
Pregnant YouTube star Nicole Thea has died along with her unborn son Reign in unknown circumstances.
A statement to the dancer’s Instagram account this morning broke the news that Miss Thea, 24, who was eight months pregnant with her son, had passed away on Saturday morning.
The statement read: ‘To all Nicole’s friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning.’
The street dancer turned influencer, who lived in London with her partner, was nearing her due date and had been sharing her pregnancy journey with her 123k Instagram followers and her YouTube channel.
Her partner, street dancer Global Boga, 20, whose real name is Jeffery Frimpong, posted a video of himself dancing with a pram early on Saturday and had shared in a post the week before that he believed his son was arriving ‘on a Monday’.
Miss Thea’s cause of death is not yet known. She had previously stated in a video that she was having a ‘good pregnancy’.
The statement posted to her Instagram page also added that her partner Boga had made the decision to publish pre-recorded Youtube videos she had filmed for her channel.
It read: ‘Nicole pre-scheduled a few YouTube videos and Boga has made the decision to allow them to be aired.
‘As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened.’
‘Thank you her mum RIP My beautiful baby girl Nicnac and my grandson Reign, I will miss you for the rest of my life until we meet again in eternal heaven. Xxx’
A video on July 8 showed Miss Thea’s boyfriend and brothers rating her maternity outfits.
Miss Thea had 73,300 followers on Youtube with videos about her life, pregnancy and boyfriend.
In a recent video the star said that she had been having ‘a good pregnancy’ and spoke about how her partner Boga had stayed ‘so calm’ throughout her morning sickness.
She added: ‘The worst thing about my pregnancy is i’m so out of breath 24/7.
‘I could walk from here to the end of the room and I feel like i’m dying. I went to my midwife and I was like oh my god is this normal? She was like “yeah you’re carrying a child”‘.
The pair announced the pregnancy in April with an Instagram post captioned: ‘We can’t hide this any longer, secrets out.. GOD gave us the biggest blessing yet. I’m finally creating a beautiful little human inside of me.
‘Can’t believe this bubba will be half of me and half of the loml. Honestly, has been the best support EVER and GOD made no mistakes making him the father.
‘We are already obsessed with you our little miracle baby. Thank you for choosing us to be your parents and best friends.’
The last video posted to Miss Thea’s Youtube featured her sharing a behind the scenes look at a pregnancy shoot in a bath full of milk – it was posted the hour before news of her death was announced on her Instagram account.
Nollywood Actor, Linda Osifo, Covers VL Magazine July 2020 Issue
LAGOS STATE – July 12, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Dedicated to all health workers all over the world putting their lives on the line to save lives and on its cover for July 2020, Vergeria Life (VL) Magazine host Nollywood actor “Linda Osifo”, who, in an exclusive interview, talked current projects , thoughts on the covid – 19 pandemic and many more. This edition also embodies amazing stories and articles surrounding social life and business.
“I know these are trying times as the pandemic is still on but nevertheless, we would definitely see this through with God on our side and also by following safety precautions given to us by the WHO. I would like to encourage everyone to keep staying safe as this is the only option we have. I pray God will always provide for our needs and protect us, this is not the time to be sad or feel neglected, always reach out to people.” She said
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Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ Gets New Music Video In Honor Of International Reggae Day
A new music video for Bob Marley’s classic song “No Woman, No Cry” was released Wednesday in honor of International Reggae Day. Directed by Kristian Mercado Figueroa, the seven-minute visual depicts a family divided by country, with a mother struggling to raise her children on her own in Jamaica and a father working tirelessly as a taxi driver in New York in order to provide for his family back home. It’s a stirring depiction of how poverty also forces loved ones apart in order to make ends meet.
In addition to the video, the Bob Marley estate also recently released a 6-track EP, Why Should I | Exodus, featuring remixes, dub versions, and a 12″ extended version of the title track. The EP is available on streaming now.
On July 24th, the 1984 compilation album Legend will be re-released as a limited-edition picture disc, presenting the LP’s original front cover with a previously unseen image of Marley. The album features some of Marley’s most recognizable songs, including “One Love/People Get Ready,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Is This Love,” “Jammin’,” “Could You Be Loved” and “Three Little Birds.”
Earlier, Marley’s 1977 Live at the Rainbow concert was streamed in full on the reggae legend’s official YouTube channel.
Freedom Jacob Caesar Reveals His Billionaire Status In New Video With Floyd Mayweather
GREATER ACCRA – June 25, 2020 – The new Prince of Africa, Nana Kwame Bediako, also known as Freedom Jacob Caesar flaunts his billionaire status in new video. ”My most favorite number is zero. So, we went from 6 to 9 zeros, capital 9 zeros”, he revealed. Captioned ”The 7 Characters of Freedom Jacob Caesar”, the 124-second-long video sees big gun, Nana Kwame Bediako, swanking a fraction of his wealth and many achievements.
The video, which is meant to capture the magnitude of Freedom’s being and activities is organized into a total of 8 elements. It features a myriad of top flight celebrities and personalities in the frame of Floyd Mayweather, Diddy, Akon, Naomi Campbell, George Weah, D’Banj etc., with no shortage of opulence in its many scenes.
Freedom Jacob Caesar is a Ghanaian estate developer, philanthropist and visionary who has changed the skyline of Ghana with his landmark developments, ushering in a grand template for Africa. Freedom’s projects address the challenges of what he sees as the ”New Africa” – one that desires the resources and conveniences of the developed world while maintaining a unique African identity.
”The 7 Characters of Freedom Jacob Caesar” is a visual voyage through the many facets of Nana Kwame Bediako’s work, passion and dedication.
Connect with Freedom Jacob Caesar on his social media networks:
FACEBOOK: Freedom Jacob Caesar
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