African immigration to the United States is on the rise, and first-generation African Americans are engaging with black American culture in new and interesting ways.
Enter 26-year-old Ghanaian-born New York artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah. When he witnessed a friend being teased by a group of men for wearing a kente cloth, he decided it could be an opportunity to educate;
“I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture… They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’ I saw this incident as an opportunity to educate people about who we are, and what we stand for through my art… Africa isn’t only about what the media portrays on television [it is] a continent rich in history, diversity and traditions.”
Owusu-Ansah reimagined top black American entertainers in traditional African dress and gave them traditional African names. The drawings have been liked thousands of time on his Instagram account and shared thousands of times on social media.
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