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Moustapha Bangoura

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Guinean Moustapha Bangoura trained for 22 years with Les Ballets Africains, the world’s first African dance company and the national dance ensemble of Guinea. He teaches more than 60 traditional dances and is an official cultural ambassador for his country.

Riders Against the Storm

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“Mission Accomplished,” was how Chaka felt when Riders Against the Storm (RAS) won the prestigious Band of the Year award at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. To have Hip Hop appreciated and validated by a bona fide music-loving community was exactly the purpose of RAS’ move to Austin in 2009.

Austin’s Modern Woman: Funmi Ogunro

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Her name is Olufunmilay Ogunro, but you can call her Fum Fum. The Austin native shone like a jewel as she recently wrapped production on her short film, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? NAIJA EDITION. It’s a rendition of the classic Sidney Poitier film, but this time, the family is Nigerian American.