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 >>
Last September, the family of Jimma Reat, a Sudanese immigrant who was killed after a 911 operator told him and his companions to return to Denver after they'd escaped a racially motivated attack, filed suit against the City of Denver. Since then, a judge issued a ruling that limited the scope of th ... 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 >>
Earlier this year, we told you about the tragic death of Jimma Reat, a Sudanese immigrant who was killed after a 911 operator told him and his companions to return to Denver after escaping a racially motivated attack. Now, his estate, among others, is suing the city over the incident, alleging that ... 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 >>
There's nothing worse for a pot-smoking music fan than to find your concert joints crumbled into a broken mess at the bottom of your favorite hiding spot. All that work rolling them beforehand, stashing them in your hat and making it through security is gone, and you've got to spend the rest ... 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 >>
Ray LaMontagne and his backing band, the Pariah Dogs, visit the Boulder Theater for an eTown show Thursday, August 12, five days before before his fourth album, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise hits stores. The live radio show taping hosted by Nick and Helen Forester also includes music and ... More >>
The twists and turns of Cloud 9 will take you there and back again.
Either/Orchestra blows through the Horn of Africa.
The Urban Bush Women join forces with Compagnie Jant-Bi.
Animals get funny at the Pet Comedy Challenge.
A Seoul survivor.
A dance troupe shimmies for literacy in Ethiopia.
For Ghanaian immigrants, there's no place like home.
An Afro-Portuguese Odyssey (Putumayo)