New Items for Sale in the Museum Store
By Orijin Boutique
The cultural disconnect between the people of the African Diaspora is not one that can be sustained through one method. Food, music and other cultural factors are all used to unite African-Americans to Africans to Caribbean’s and so on. What about unity through fashion? The founder of Orijin Culture sought to tie Black people back to their roots through his fashion boutique, Orijin. After living in the United States, Britain and Ghana, it registered to the founder of Orijin Culture, that Black people, no matter where in the world they might be, had one very powerful bond, Africa. With this thought in mind, the entrepreneur, opened the Orijin Boutique to give identity through fashion to the people of the African Diaspora. The Alkebulan Bag, which gets its name from the original name for the continent of Africa, is a vintage style unisex bag sourced from 100% cowhide leather. It serves as both a satchel and a backpack and comes in two sizes, standard and large. Currently, it is exclusively sold in California only at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
Compiled by Philip Cushway
Edited by Michael Warr
Photography by Victoria Smith
If words are weapons then poetry is a bow and arrow shooting swiftly and missing no targets. All too often, poetry is overshadowed by chants and speeches in the spoken realm of protest. Of Poetry and Protest” From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, an anthology of poems featuring works from 43 African American poets, connects the struggle for Civil Rights to the current fight against the systemic targeting and unjust killing of black boys and men in the United States. Accompanied by a brief biographical essay written by each poet with their photographic portrait, Of Poetry and Protest is thorough and striking in its ability to move and compel the reader to confront one of the most challenging issues of our times through works of poetry beautifully crafted and edited by the Museum of the African Diaspora’s very own Michael Warr.
Large Fulani Earrings
By Fulaba Jewelry
Haby Barry’s dream of bringing high end African jewelry to consumers everywhere was sparked by a compliment she received on a pair of Guinea crafted earrings in Harlem one day. Since then, the first generation Guinean has started and self-financed Fubala Jewelry, an online boutique that specializes in jewelry inspired and created by the Fulani people of Conakry, Guinea. The Fulani people, a nomadic and Muslim community living mostly in West Africa, adorn themselves with such extravagant jewelry because of their constant travels and regard the jewlery as their form of cultural art. The Fulani women often acquire their adornments through marriage or a death in the family. The earrings, shown in size large are copper dipped in 22 karat gold. You can find them here at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, CA.
By Candice Cox
The opening of the National Museum of African-American History in Washington D.C this past fall meant a lot to African-Americans across the nation, but to Candice Cox the opening meant something completely different. A jewelry designer hailing from East Oakland, Cox was discovered by a museum representative while at a trade show in Las Vegas. Before she knew it, she had 81 of her own jewelry pieces for sale at the museum’s gift shop. Each piece is handcrafted in Oakland and is inspired by African visual culture and heavily uses geometric shapes to produce electrifyingly refreshing necklaces, earrings and body jewelry. Find her stuff at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, CA.