Vitiligo – The “Michael Jackson Disease”

Vitiligo, a.k.a. the “Michael Jackson disease,” affects around 0.5-1% of the world’s population. Most commonly reported in India, where an estimated 8.8% of the population suffer from some form of the disease, this non-treatable skin condition is caused by the depigmentation of the skin. The condition causes one’s body to suffer from “milky” patches throughout…

Elephants Mourn the Death of a Matriarch

    Animal behaviorists and biologists are continually learning about the degree of intelligence that animals possess. The list of intelligent animals that often come to mind include chimpanzees, dolphins, and dogs. Some may have heard the phrase, “an elephant never forgets.” Along with having amazing memory, pachyderms have recently demonstrated emotional behavior that came…

“African Catwalk” Explores Africa’s Growing Fashion Industry

    Renowned Swedish photographer Pers-Anders Petterson brilliantly chronicles the vibrant, rapidly growing world of the African fashion scene from 2010-2016 in his acclaimed book, African Catwalk. The 168 page book contains 80 color illustrations carefully selected from his vast library of images. Petterson wanted to challenge stereotypes and dispel myths about both the African…

Braids and Birth Control: Hairdressers Provide Free Family Planning Advice in Guinea

  Five salons since 2012 have been offering more than just a beautiful head full of braids; these Conakry, Guinea, businesses are sharing information with their customers about contraception. This idea is new for many of their patrons. With Guinea women having an average of five children, and the lowest contraceptive use rates in the…