The book of poetry penned by Uche Ogbuji that won a 2014 Colorado Book Award is titled Ndewo, Colorado. That name should give you some idea of the gorgeous contradictions between its covers, poetry that pays homage equally to landscape and scientific concepts, penned by a computer engineer and immig ... More >>
At the time of this tiny news brief from the May 16, 1903 Glenwood Post, "hasheesh" was being blamed for all of the crime and "insanity" in Egypt. Efforts to stamp it out resulted in sixteen tons of hash being confiscated in the country for the year 1901. The population of Egypt at the time was som ... More >>
The lawn in front of the Aurora Municipal Center on East Alameda Parkway was home to the first Aurora GlobalFest on Saturday, where cultural performances, beers from around the world and international tastes from local restaurants -- from American barbecue to Nigerian curried goat -- showcased Auror ... More >>
Prud Style is named after the first tailor in Ghana, known only as "Prudence," who was considered a leader of Africa's hipster culture in the 1940s. Denver entrepreneur Dacia McPherson picked that name for a fashion company that she hopes will go global, she's turned to KickStarter to bring Prud Sty ... More >>
Since Adwoa and Sylvester Osei Ford-Wuo parked their mobile African food business at the brick-and-mortar African Bar and Grill in 2010, they've done a lot to expand Denver's ethnic food scene. And now they've done a lot more: They've opened a second location, at 18601 Green Valley Ranch Road by Den ... More >>
Egyptians? Yeah, they smoke the herb. Same with Persians, Turks, English, Austrians, French and Italians. But especially Egyptians. They love their hash. Oh, and as for Greeks? They don't smoke it at all. At least, that was the case in 1908 according to the then-Greek consulate Edward I. Nathan in ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared the weird discoveries found lurking in Facebook's "Other" archive, a message repository whose existence came as a surprise to plenty of us. We heard from lots of folks stumbling upon oddities that have been lingering for years, but few with as much variety as this reader.
We were beginning to despair of spotting any interesting womenswear -- but then we spotted singer Agau Bior boarding the D-line train this week. Keep reading to learn her favorite film genre, her style icons and where she shops. See also: - Womenswear Wednesdays: Concierge Gillian Kumm on her arti ... More >>
Dr. Charles "Baba Chuck" Davis founded DanceAfrica almost four decades ago as a unique celebration of Africa and its diaspora. For the next two weekends, DanceAfrica will partner for the third time with the forty-year-old Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble on DanceAfrica Denver, which will feature ... More >>
Since Feminism & Co.'s inception, Melinda Barlow has a been a favored speaker at the MCA Denver's engaging spring series. Associate professor of film studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Barlow is also a well-versed film and video historian and curator who focuses on contemporary women ... More >>
The only heavy-metal band in Iraq. A charter school in the most diverse square mile in America. A letter written by a Maine mayor asking Somalis to keep out. Those are the subjects of three of the six documentaries to be screened at the three-day 2012 Refugees In Focus Film Festival, which starts at ... More >>
A steady trickle of African immigrants has made the Denver metro area, and Aurora specifically, a haven for quality African cuisine. But closer to downtown, and just down from the white-hot TAXI development in RiNo, is a taste of Somalia at the Safari Cafe.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 bring their white hot melodies, thunderous vocal stylings and high vibration rhythms to the Boulder Theater tonight. But while Seun, the son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and his band are clearly the main draw this evening, you won't want to miss the opener, Atomga, a ... More >>
Did beer save the world? According to this infographic, beer has been a boon to mankind since the time of the Egyptians (who used it as medicine), an economic driver behind railroad development, commercial refrigeration and, yes, the automatic (and hypnotic) bottling process.
Dating back to the time of the Egyptians, beer has benefited man (beer was prescribed as a medicine, naturally.) Through the modern age, beer was an economic driver behind railroad development, commercial refrigeration, and yes, the automatic (and hypnotic) bottling process. Below is an infographi ... More >>
DJ Cavem, the local O.G. (organic gardener), has been literally feeding the community through events geared toward the "green" movement for years. Using a hip-hop agenda (even rocking with a children's choir), Cavem has broadened his audience to include discussions that involve enhancing the communi ... More >>
Youn Malual.Update below: While suspects have either been captured or named in the holiday-season slayings of Andrea Roan and Elia Anastacio, there have been no such developments released in the December 26 murder of Youn Malual. Meanwhile, the extended Sudanese community is continuing to ra ... More >>
Flickr photoThere's something so sweet about sweet. The cavemen knew it, and were willing to risk limbs and whatever other body parts weren't covered in hair in order to grab honey from beehives. Over many, many thousands of years, the preferred form of sweet evolved from honey to all kinds o ... More >>
Peter Hessler.Colorado-based writer Peter Hessler, best known for his articles and books on China, won a MacArthur Fellowship. Colloquially called the "genius" grant, the $500,000 award, paid out over five years, is a blank check for the recipient to pursue his or her creative ambitions. For ... More >>
Mark MangerThe owners of African Grill and Bar serve dinner with an education.I love it when an unfamiliar cuisine forces me out of my comfort zone, sending me into a post-dinner frenzy of research as I try to understand a culture through what it eats. When I first sat down at African Grill ... More >>
You've probably driven past the Ethiopian Restaurant dozens of times without giving it a second glance -- unless it was to scope out the green, yellow and red paint adorning the entire building. But if you stop and go inside for a meal, we're certain you'll never overlook this spot again.
Courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat-GazetteMore than a thousand blackbirds, grackles and starlings fell from the sky on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. So far, there has been no official explanation for the avian precipitation, but we thought we'd look to other unexpected things falling fro ... More >>
"There's No Place Like Home for Somali Refugees in Greeley," a November 2008 feature by ex-Westword staffer Lisa Rab, told the tale of the Somali community in Northern Colorado, and those members who'd lost jobs in what Rab described in a followup post as "a clash over prayer breaks at the JB ... More >>
The twists and turns of Cloud 9 will take you there and back again.
Last fall, Nigerian-born Ifiok Etuk began to transform the space at 2044 Clinton Street, Unit B, in Aurora into his own workplace, his own restaurant. The result is Hessini Roots International Cafe, a unique space that fuses soul food, African food and Mexican food into a veritable world tour of cui ... More >>
It's been a mighty tough year or so for Lisa Rab, one of the staff writers laid off at Westword yesterday. She came to Denver from the Cleveland Scene, a onetime Village Voice Media property whose assets were sold to another firm and its archives taken offline. Hence, her award-winning work for the ... More >>
Now is a great time to enter the banking industry, wouldn't you say? As our economy collapses, some unlucky schmuck still has to make cold calls from the vacant desks at the newly merged WaMu Chase Wachovias of America, asking customers to entrust their savings to the corporate titans who so recentl ... More >>
A logo from the Ethiopians for Obama website. This fall, Tsilat Petros will vote in her first American presidential election. She’s 29 and has lived in the United States since she was a young girl but only became a citizen three years ago. Now she’s one of dozens of Ethiopian immigrants in Den ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Sometimes, you can judge a book by it's cover -- or an album, at least. A look at thirteen soul-blues albums, a genre that's mastered the art of capturing the record's flavor with a perfect cover.
Animals get funny at the Pet Comedy Challenge.
The letter, received by fax last week, read like countless others before it. “ATTENTION: Director/CEO,” it began. “I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to the tune of Twelve Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$12.8m) which we want to keep safely overs ... More >>
As my friend who told me about the event noted, were it not for the neatly manicured grass in Del Mar Park this past Saturday, you wouldn’t have been able to tell you weren’t in Ghana. Because, while everyone else in the city was busy greeting September with college football, the Asanteman Asso ... More >>
A dance troupe shimmies for literacy in Ethiopia.
The farming techniques of Africa are being handed down from one generation to the next on a tiny farm in East Aurora. Each day, Somali Bantu parents are there with their young children, planting seeds, tending crops or harvesting a small bit of produce. Their profits are meager, but the tradition is ... More >>
As we wrote about in “Pot of Gold," Joseph Brodsky, coffee buyer for the Denver-based boutique coffee roaster Novo Coffee, traveled to Ethiopia last October to search out the African origins of the Panamanian Geisha coffee bean, widely considered one of the best coffees in the world. When the tri ... More >>
An Afro-Portuguese Odyssey (Putumayo)