Zimbabwe's Dollar Crisis Rages, Even With Its Dictator Gone

A crippling shortage of foreign exchange is forcing more and more private firms to shut down, shattering hopes of a post-Mugabe turnaround.

She Fought for Black South African Rights Before Apartheid

Charlotte Maxeke fought for the rights of women and Black South Africans long before the notion of equality was considered.

Straight Outta Lesotho: The Best Shepherd Rhyme Spitter in the Biz

Morena Leraba, a shepherd by trade, is doing his damnedest to put his country on the rap map.

The African Chieftain Tour That Saved Botswana

Three Botswanan leaders thwarted ruthless imperialist Cecil Rhodes with an unheard-of tactic — a goodwill PR tour of Britain.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

Two Centuries Before Mandela, This Xhosa Hero Died Escaping Robben Island

Written out of history books by the British, the warrior-prophet Makhanda is making a belated comeback.

These Cool AF Jackets Reimagine Iconic African Blankets

An accidental fashion designer took his inspiration from history — and Aristotle — to reimagine an iconic textile.

A Fair-Trade Model With a Spicy Kick Rises in Landlocked Africa

Black Mamba’s fair-trade, organic business model could be the answer for Swaziland’s small-scale farmers.

I Was Robbed at Gunpoint in a South African Township

What was supposed to be a good news assignment suddenly became a very, very bad one.

Mozambique's Tasty Formula for Relaxation

Dining like a Mozambican includes franguinho, magumba and an ocean breeze.

When James Brown Conquered Zambia

The American singer became an irresistible icon in the southern African nation after he performed there in 1970.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

The Mysterious Plane Crash That Shook Apartheid-Era Southern Africa

Three decades after a plane crash killed Mozambique’s President Samora Machel, unanswered questions linger.

Zambia Faces a Humanitarian Disaster

A sharp uptick in Congolese refugees is coinciding with a cutback in foreign aid, leaving Zambia on the brink of its own humanitarian crisis.

Sign up for the weekly newsletter!