“Maria Concepción Balboa Buika, commonly known as Concha Buika or simply Buika was born in Spain to parents from Equatorial Guinea. Her late father was Juan Balboa Boneke, a politician and an accomplished writer.
Buika first came on my radar 4 years ago, when a friend who worked for NPR sent me a link to an NPR article about her. I was blown away. Here was a Spanish flamenco singer that sounded radically different from other flamenco singers. Her sound was raw, unbridled and full of emotion. Upon finding out about her Equatoguinean heritage, I was even more interested in her music. Primarily because I knew nothing about the Equatoguinean diaspora and I’m always eager to know more about artists in the African Diaspora.
I have now seen Buika in concert five times, but this was the first time that I had been on an assignment to photograph her. These photos are from her Summerstage concert on June 22nd in Central Park, NYC. She’s a phenomenal talent and I implore you to see her live if you can.”
Words & text by Atane Ofiaja.
↪ Nicole Beharie "There are expectations in how you play your character as a black woman, to be sassy and the same kind of feel, as if there are no quirky black women. I struggle with those things constantly, trying to add dimension to my work, and that's the goal, too."
Zelda Wynn Valdes was the first black female fashion designer to own her own boutique. Her famous, figure hugging silhouette was worn by stars such as Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Joyce Bryant, Maria Cole, Edna Robinson and later superstars like Gladys Knight and opera diva Jessye Norman. She also designed dresses for legendary figures like Marlene Dietrich and Mae West.
Valdes came up with the costume for the Playboy Bunny which remains the same to this day.
Harriet Tubman by Pylo
Interesting Facts about Harriet Tubman:
1. Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross. She would later adopt the name “Harriet” after her mother: Harriet Ross. The surname Tubman comes from her first husband, John Tubman, who she married in 1844.
2. Harriet earned the nickname “Moses” after the prophet Moses in the Bible who led his people to freedom. In all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.”
3. Harriet wore many hats: She was an active proponent of women’s suffrage and worked alongside women such as side Susan B. Anthony. During the civil war, Harriet also worked for the Union Army as a cook, a nurse and even a spy.
4. Harriet was acquainted with leading abolitionists of the day, including John Brown who conferred with “General Tubman” about his plans to raid Harpers Ferry.
5. Harriet had one daughter, Gertie, whom she and her second husband (Nelson Davis) adopted after the Civil war.
6. Harriet suffered life-long headaches, seizures and had vivid dreams as a result of a traumatic head injury she suffered as a teenager while trying to stand up for a fellow field hand. These same symptoms gave her powerful visions that she ascribed to God and helped guide her on many trips to the North while leading others to freedom.
7. Just before Harriet’s death in 1913 she told friends and family, “I go to prepare a place for you.” She was buried with military honors in Fort Hill Cemetery in New York.