April 24, 2015


This Side of Creation is the companion blog for ODE. It covers a variety of topics including the history, the diversity, the culture, the music, the food, the art and the craft of Africa and Diaspora.



Week in Review... April 20-25, 2015


Confer... with global fashion professionals at the Fashion Africa Conference this Friday, April 24th. Participate in discussion around the fashion revolution occurring in Africa. Network with designers, manufacturers, sourcing experts and various social enterprises doing work on the continent. If you're in London, be sure to check it out.

Celebrate... Earth Day 2015! If you're in DC, check out Broccoli City Festival. The festival's mission is to promote living a healthier more environmentally sustainable lifestyle in cool and relevant ways and empower people to make informed decisions about their health and environment. Come out for musical performances, yoga and fitness instruction, food vendors, body wellness center, live art gallery, educational information, pop-up marketplace and more. Stop by and see us in the marketplace!

Create... your art. Chale Wote, the annual street art festival based in Accra, Ghana is seeking submissions for this year's event. Calling all artists! Send your proposals to accra.alt@gmail.com by May 8th!

Shop... ethically and sustainably-produced clothing from Studio 189 at Opening Ceremony. Studio 189 is a social enterprise created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. Their latest collection features amazing, colorful batik prints created by  artisans in Ghana. Shop these handmade pieces for both women and men at Opening Ceremony and the Studio 189 online shop. 

Eat... at Chef Marcus Samuelson's new Harlem restaurant StreetbirdNYC. Streetbird's main attraction is rotisserie chicken, but the menu is inspired by global street with everything from fried rice and noodles, piri piri catfish, and doro wat and injera on the list. The eatery is located at 2149 Frederick Douglass BLVD, NYC just steps from the 116 Street stop on the C and B trains. 


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