Link List #115: Somalia’s first female mayor, Belgium’s Congolese community, and how Morocco is already living in the future

This week we’ve been reading about the first woman to be appointed to the role of mayor in the city of Beledweyne, the photographer capturing Belgium’s Congolese community, and the renovation of the London Art Deco cinema that once hosted shows by Buddy Holly and The Beatles.

  • Dazed Digital posits that soon the rest of the world may be looking to Morocco for tips on survival in this article that highlights the country’s recent achievements in sustainability.
  • The Granada Cinema in Walthamstow, London was once a venue that welcomed the like of Jonny Cash, The Beatles, and Buddy Holly to its stage. After years of dereliction and decay, the Art Deco structure is finally being renovated into a comedy venue operated by Soho Theatre, The Guardian reports.
  • The city of Beledweyne in central Somalia appointed Safiya Hassan Sheikh Ali Jimale as the country’s first female mayor this week. She will join the ranks of four other female mayors across Africa in countries including Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Find out more on Africanews.
  • Always Be My Maybe is a new film written by stand-up comic Ali Wong and Fresh of the Boat lead Randall Park. Aiming to address the underrepresentation of Asian-American heroes, love stories, and sex scenes in mainstream Hollywood movies, the film will make its Netflix premiere today. Find out more in The New York Times.
  • It’s Nice That dives into the work of photographer Rebecca Fertinel, whose recently published book documents the warm and joyous Congolese community in Belgium.
  • From the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, National Geographic rounds up the top thirteen places to visit to learn about African-American history and culture.

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Text: Emily May