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Pictoons: Animated in Senegal

Pictoon’s studio in Dakar is quite rustic, but the production quality coming out of Africa’s only animation house devoted to long-format films is world-class. Founder and Artistic Director, Pierre Sauvalle, says when he shows Pictoon’s work to foreigners, they often don’t believe it comes from Africa, assuming goods produced in Africa must be inferior. Pictoon’s […]

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Made in Lesotho

Jennifer Chen, Managing Director of Shining Century’s factory in Lesotho, is setting her sights on competing with China. Shining Century employs 1,500 people and makes garments for Old Navy, GAP and other well-known brands. Lesotho was considered a tremendous AGOA success story, but in January 2005, WTO released China from quotas, putting at risk all […]

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Ruff ‘N Tumble in Nigeria

Adenike Ogunlesi decided to make some pajamas for her kids, and soon friends and relatives were asking her to make some for their children. Next came skirts, shirts, pants, and more. Today, she has a factory and several franchises. At the time she started, almost all children’s clothing in Nigeria was imported. Nigerians of any […]

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Touch Adventure

In Zambia,Touch Adventure, a specialist in white water rafting and cultural tours, is part of a movement to diversify traditional tourism offerings in Africa. Founder Ndaba Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean adventure seeker who worked as a river rafting guide, says when he looked at starting his business, he realized the political climate in his country was […]

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1,000 Coffee Cups in Uganda

1000 Cups Coffee House offers some unusual blends, from a lemon grass infused coffee to a traditional roast that is lightly toasted in clay pots. The owner, Michael Kijjambu, notes of his special blends, ‘These do appeal to the young, free-spending Ugandans.’ Noting that Uganda’s President Museveni has promoted Ugandan coffee at shops in South […]

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My Life, My Hustle: Anthony Morris

Filmmaker Anthony Marshall introduces us to Brooklyn real estate agent and family man Anthony Morris. Marshall highlights the life of a black professional juggling family life and personal aspiration within a demanding industry. Anthony shares the story of a background that was less than ideal but he does not dwell on that. Through a demanding […]

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Burning in the Sun

In this remixed short version of the feature project, 26-year-old charmer Daniel Dembele is equal parts West Africaan and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels […]

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BMX

Set against the urban landscape of Bronx, New York, BmX is the story of Rob, a twenty-something extreme BMX bike riding enthusiast balancing a less than stellar financial position with the overwhelming desire to be the next best extreme BMX biker. Rob’s dreams of course do not lay themselves in a straight line to success […]

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Dr. Al’s Rebels: Part One

Photographer David Barclay Moore turns his still camera in for video as he explores the life of a black male couple running a soft-ball team and raising three young children. Nigel and his husband Dr. Al, the team sponsor, share fathers day and a day of sport in the park discussing their relationship, the uniqueness […]