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Afro-Emoji Created for Africans to Express Their Characters, Languages and Phrases on Social Media

Posted On: March 05, 2016

Last month a set of Afro-Emojis were launched for Africans, primarly West Africans and Nigerians to express their characterized phrases and slangs, stemming from their language. The emojis were created for all social media and messaging platforms. The Afro-Emojs equip Africans across their countries a voice to communicate in digital text, using carictures with phrases like "E make brain" (It makes sense).

The app was created by iManagement Consulting and spearheaded by Ayoola Daramola who calls the emojis “modern African hieroglyph."

"We, as Africans, definitely have an idiosyncratic way of communicating with one another," Daramola asserted in a statement. 

And elborated about the wide range population of Africa and trying to unify it.

"This is really a fun, accessible graphic depiction of that. For a continent of almost 1 billion, we are woefully represented and this really grated with me, so I decided to do something about it."

Ayoola went on to reveal the changes in tech communications in Africa, its growth and wanting to be a part of it. 

"I was also inspired by the rate at which mobile adoption in Africa is so rapid, so aggressive. The way Africans communicate, both at home and abroad, is really changing very quickly."

Afro-Emojis are designed in sets with the first launch geared mostly for West Africans. This is not the first time an emoji has been created, in 2014 Oju Africa was launched in an effort to diversify and accomodate different tones in carictures. From there Apple and WhatsApp revised their emojis and presented a variations of skin tones for their consumers. 

iManagement Consulting, however saw a need for the Afro-Emojis and a representation for Africans based on their cultures, facial expressions, characters, phrases and etc. 

Ayoola Daramola explained how the personalities of Africans vary based on cultures and self expression. 

"There are so many cultural nuances and mannerisms from across the continent, what we're looking to do with Afro Emoji is portray them in pictorial form and package them in a way that millions can use and share."

Also, their tones and emphasis. 

"Africans bring noise and exuberance and a saying to practically everything we do."

The Afro-Emoji app is available at the Apple Store and Google Play. 

 

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Grammy Nominated Singer, Alvin Garrett Makes a Student's Dream Come True From Alabama and Performs With Him

Posted On: March 04, 2016

Jaedan Henderson is a seventh grader at Phillips middle school in Alabama who loves to sing and based one the news' report interview, his mother revealed he was singing before he started talking as a baby. Jaedan's biggest inspiration and icon in music is Grammy nominated singer, Alvin Garrett.

For his school Black History Month show and program, Jaedan Henderson performed Garrett's powerful and enriching song, 'By Myself' which is about believing in yourself and maintaining that belief, even when others don't. Alvin who is from Alabama caught wind of Henderson's performance and how he shook his school down singing the song. Alvin Garrett surprised Jaedan when he showed up at his school and performed with him. 

The experience affirmed how the stage is mighty platform for Alvin Garrett who was encouraged and decided to become Henderson's mentor, and take him under his wings to teach him about songwriting and school him in music. Of course, Jaedan was elated and you could see it all in his smile during the news report of it below. 

WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL - WBRC.com

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Cambridge University Will Host United Kingdom's First Ever Hip Hop Conference

Posted On: March 01, 2016

Cambridge University has been noted for being institutionally racist and lacking in educational programs in modifying diversity. Well this year will be different and the university will be holding its first ever Hip Hop conference in the United Kingdom.

The conference is titled, "It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At" and will consist of scholars from across the world to debate and discuss their analyst of the genre. Also give their interpretation of creatives in Hip Hop and their work from Rakim to Future and how it has evolved. 

The event will be held in June, hosted by by Cambridge musicologist James Butterworth, with topics examining all aspects of Hip Hop from linguistics, gender roles, musicology and more.

Below are some of the questions the panels of scholars are reuired to answer: 

"How can an emphasis on ‘where you’re at’ help us to understand the ethics and aesthetics of Hip Hop?"

"What relevance does the privileging of orientation have to the development of Hip Hop studies as an interdisciplinary field?"

"What is the role of negation in the construction of Hip Hop’s various histories, its cultural politics, and its re-territorialisation?"

The conference is facing some controversy since most of the panel will be White, who have to examine lyrics with the words 'n*gga.'

Organizers are concern and will try to make the panel more diverse but also expressed the need for the conference at the school and how there's been courses about the subject of Hip Hop at Cambridge and other universities in UK. 

“You may be surprised that many music faculties at UK universities offer courses in Hip Hop,” Butterworth revealed to Times Education. “Cambridge has a course in Hip Hop, and I have taught a course at the University of Oxford on hip hop that is a compulsory module for all first-year music students.”

Things that make you raise an eyebrow. The panel should consist of those who have knowledge, experience, wisdom and etc. in Hip Hop and because it is a mutli-diverse culture, the panel should be as such. 

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