Meet the People Who Gave Birth to Hipsterism — Hint: They Aren’t White Kids from Williamsburg



An excerpt from the book, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness by Rebecca Walker, excerpt via Alternet.org …
The Hipster  by Dayo Olopade
Mali in the 1960s was a hip place. It should not have been so: Bamako, the capital, anchors a landlocked wedge of West African desert and grass. Yet the country’s unusually young, urban population spent the first decade of Mali’s freedom from French colonial rule smoking Marlboros and drinking locally brewed Castle lagers, doing the eyebrow-raising things that hipsters do. A decade later, a dysfunctional, militarized government would force a sudden good-bye to all that, but for the boom years, Bamako boomed, and a young photographer named Malick Sidibé took its pulse. … Read the rest here

Meet the People Who Gave Birth to Hipsterism — Hint: They Aren’t White Kids from Williamsburg

An excerpt from the book, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness by Rebecca Walker, excerpt via Alternet.org

The Hipster  by Dayo Olopade

Mali in the 1960s was a hip place. It should not have been so: Bamako, the capital, anchors a landlocked wedge of West African desert and grass. Yet the country’s unusually young, urban population spent the first decade of Mali’s freedom from French colonial rule smoking Marlboros and drinking locally brewed Castle lagers, doing the eyebrow-raising things that hipsters do. A decade later, a dysfunctional, militarized government would force a sudden good-bye to all that, but for the boom years, Bamako boomed, and a young photographer named Malick Sidibé took its pulse. … Read the rest here

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