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This inspiring play shows how a child’s imagination can thrive — even in war

After last fall’s sold-out shows, playwright and performer Ifrah Mansour is bringing back her solo work How to Have Fun in a Civil War this week. By Sheila Regan |… Read more »

Hopes of Minnesota’s film industry ride on ‘Mogadishu’

The pilot was shot in the Twin Cities this fall, and a decision to base the show here would pump tens of millions into the local economy — and make… Read more »

One-woman show looks at war through child’s eyes

Ifrah Mansour’s performances of “How to Have Fun in a Civil War” feature a fabric puppet she calls “grandma.” Mansour is a Somalian refugee artist, photographed on abandoned railroad tracks… Read more »

A boy-and-his-dog story, with a cultural twist

Barkhad Abdirahman stars in Musa Syeed’s drama “A Stray” set in and around the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Image courtesy Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul By Euan Kerr… Read more »

Rocky future for Somalia’s ancient cave art

A Somali archaeologist exhibits a primitive rock portray, considered one of a galaxy of vibrant animal and human sketches to adorn the caves within the rocky hills of this arid… Read more »

5 Somali-British Poets You Need To Know About

Aisha Gani Senior News Reporter, BuzzFeed UK June 5, 2016   Rebecca Hendin / BuzzFeed When Beyoncé’s Lemonade premiered, not only did the unapologetically black and female hour-long video album… Read more »

Former Minnesotan Barkhad Abdi’s Hollywood life is heating up again

The former Minnesotan – and Oscar nominee – is riding high again with a powerful new role in the drone-warfare film “Eye in the Sky.” Barkhad Abdi in “Eye in… Read more »

The girl who said ‘no’ to marriage

 Balkissa Chaibou   By Sarah Buckley BBC News  | 19 February 2016 | Magazine Balkissa Chaibou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but when she was 12 she was shocked to learn she… Read more »

Muna Omar: Somaliland writer grasping at the star

Thursday February 4, 2016 Among Kenya’s finest parliamentary debaters today — and there are just about a handful in the National Assembly — is Meru women’s representative, or if we… Read more »

Arts and Culture Academy opens in the Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

Somalia is celebrating the International Mother Language Day. The event took place in Mogadishu and brought together Somalis from all corners of the country, with the hope of reviving arts… Read more »