Kente Workshop at a Washington, D.C. Boys & Girls Club

This video is from a special workshop that Kwasi Asare presented for the Arts Facet of Old Dominion Virginia Chapter, the Links, at a Washington, D.C. Boys & Girls Club. The workshop was part of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program developed by the Links organization. This kind of workshop is particularly … More Kente Workshop at a Washington, D.C. Boys & Girls Club

The Weaver

Artist Joshua Mays describes this beautiful painting as “Advance possibility through advanced perspective.” I was immediately drawn to the painting, of course, because of its title.  It has a feeling and an energy that expresses something of what I experience as a Kente weaver, which ties into the idea of the African Creation myth of … More The Weaver

The power of African queens

Ghana’s formidable ‘queen mothers’ rise up 26 FEB 2016 00:00 VERONIQUE MISTIAEN LinkedInTwitterGoogle+FacebookEmail Women chiefs are playing an increasingly important role in the country’s development, advocating for women’s and children’s rights. The women came from the far corners of the country by the dozen, from traffic-choked Accra, bustling market towns and remote rural villages – … More The power of African queens

Kente: Not just any cloth   By JESSICA ACHBERGER Kente cloth is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation.  The Ashanti Empire or Confederacy, which was located in what is today Ghana, first emerged in West Africa during the seventeenth century.  The Ashanti are members of the Akan people who speak the Akan or Ashanti dialect.  The word … More Kente: Not just any cloth