How did bread, cheese, and dough come to mean money? | OxfordWords blog

oupacademic:

Back in the day, the hip-hop duo OutKast released a song called “Aquemini” that goes:

Street scholars that’s majoring in culinary arts, you know,
how to work the bread, cheese, and dough from scratch

This is a little André wordplay, talking about hustlers out to earn their pay. When I heard this and clocked the bread, cheese, and dough bit, I wondered — how did all these food words come to mean money?



npr:

laughingsquid:

Artist Creates Functional Chocolate LEGO Blocks

This brings playing with your food to a new level.
– Alexander

Female Science writer gets called a Wh*re for saying NO to working for free

womenrockscience:

image

This is Biologist Dr Danielle N. Lee also known as the Urban Scientist at Scientific American, she “draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups.” Biology-Online liked her work so much they wanted her to…




prepaidafrica:

Foreign-born development fantasies will make African cities a nightmare

African cities have become the world’s next property investment frontier in the post-2008 economic climate. International architects and property developers are scrambling to sell fantastical visions of new satellite cities, or in some cases entire city makeovers, to short-sighted governments.
An artist’s impression of Lagos’ new Eko Atlantic City development, currently being built on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean. According to the AfDB, 65% of continent’s population will live in cities by 2060.

Image 1 and 2: Artist’s impression of Lagos’ new Eko Atlantic City development, currently being built on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

The designs for some of Africa’s largest cities, dubbed “world-class cities”, “smart cities” and “eco cities”, are accompanied by artistic renderings suggesting visions of Dubai, Singapore or Shanghai. For instance, the plans by US-based Oz Architecture for Rwanda’s capital, Kigali (Image 3), ignore the city’s large informal urban population. A proposed new satellite city near Nairobi, Kenya, designed by New York-based SHoP Architects, promises a modernised and sanitised living environment for the middle classes. These smaller, mostly independent urban areas are far removed from the squalor and congestion of existing cities. Hope City, just east of Accra, Ghana’s capital, designed by Italian architect Paulo Brescia, is no different. African beehives inspired its large, linked buildings that contain all the facilities needed for residents and workers, thus eliminating the need to venture outdoors.

Other cities are expanding by filling in land to create new urban extensions. Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of Africa’s largest and poorest cities. Here in 2009 developers began filling the Congo River to support up-market retail and residential buildings, a process which destroyed the livelihoods of many small farmers along the river’s banks.

In Nigeria, the Lagos state government and South Energyx, a private engineering and construction firm, are creating “Eko Atlantic”, a 10-square-kilometre artificial island off the coast of Lagos, the country’s economic capital, where some 250,000 people can live and work away from the city’s congestion and pollution. When the project began in 2012, the Nigerian government demolished the floating shacks of the Makoko neighbourhood and left many residents of this fishing community homeless.

Do these new developments represent the “modernisation” of African cities? Should we be concerned about them? Yes, mostly because these urban plans ignore the realities of African cities and in many cases would directly worsen current conditions. Full city “make-overs”, such as the plan for Kigali, are leading to the removal of slum dwellers from central urban districts where income-generating opportunities and public services are concentrated.

Ed’s note: Read the whole article





goldcoastghana:

You may recognize this fabric. Its iconic design was created over fifty years ago by Vlisco textile designer Toon van de Manakker, who based the print on a 19th century Ethiopian noblewoman’s tunic. The pattern was originally one of the most important products in the Vlisco range, a beloved best-seller that has been imitated repeatedly since the sixties and continues to be produced to this day.At Vlisco, it is the consumer who names each product, which is why you may know this fabric as ‘Addis Ababa’, ‘Miriam Makeba’, ‘Mashallah’, or may simply refer to it as ‘dashiki print’—after the garment on which it has had its greatest cultural influence. What you may not know, is that one of the most popular names for the fabric, ‘Angelina’, has its roots in 1970s Ghana.In the late seventies, the popularity of the print coincided with the release of the hit song “Angelina” by legendary Ghanaian highlife group The Sweet Talks. People began referring to the printed fabric as ‘Angelina’ (after the similarly vibrant track) and the name has become so popular that even Vlisco now uses it when referring to the iconic print. If you have always wondered why it is they call it ‘Angelina’, now you know!


yagazieemezi:

Photographer: Thandiwe Muriu
Makeup Artist: Cultured Ego
Model: Anok Kuol

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic



lefrancaisetvous:

Parlez-vous football ?


(Source: modern-family-gifs)