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I thought I would be a dancer as a child and that belief shaped the world and my understanding of place within it. I trained, beginning at the age of 6, in under-resourced schools taught by dedicated dancers to professional dance studios at The Alvin Ailey School. I played nowhere like I did on Marley-covered floors. Onlookers saw a sort of endless practice that surely looked like obsession, but nothing brought me more joy than a développé that stretched just a bit higher and with a bit more musicality than it had the day before. While, ultimately, I did not...

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Check out Benedicta’s work in our marketplace.  “My name is Benedicta Awere-Malik and I'm the creator of Didi Rose Jewelry. I've always loved to make things by hand. Learned to braid hair when I was 7, learned to sew at 11 and because my mother was a baker, I've always baked. I don't remember how old I was when I started testing out recipes from my mother's books but I remember frosting/decorating my first birthday cake when I was 9. Around that time, I also used to make beads from wire. This involved cutting the wires into little pieces after...

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Check out Binta’s work in our marketplace. “From a very young age, I already enjoyed working with my hands: making crafts, baking or gardening. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I had the opportunity to be introduced to and work with young Touareg artisans for a cultural event hosted at my school. (Touareg’s are a nomadic tribe from northern Niger). My initiation into the art of jewelry making began with me drawing and designing pieces. Then I started to work with local Touareg artisans in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) who were known for their skill in working with silver and...

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