New Items for Sale in the Museum Store
By Orijin Boutique
At the heart of the Orijin Culture fashion brand lies the question: How has African culture impacted the entire world and how can we use it as a unifier across societies? Orijin Culture celebrates the beauty of Africa and the African Diaspora by informing and connecting people through wearable art. Orijin Culture’s founder launched his “Alkebulan” unisex bag sourced from 100% cowhide leather in 2016 and has now partnered with MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora) to feature the bags in the museum. You can purchase the Alkebulan bag at the Museum of the African Diaspora’s museum store.
“I can’t change the world, but I believe I can have a positive impact on one person to motivate another person, to influence change. I believe you, and I can inspire the WORLD.” – Founder, Orijin.
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.