These images are taken from a photo essay, which is a portrait of the community of Senegalese immigrants who live and work on 116th Street, between Fredrick Douglass and Malcolm X Boulevard. In 1966, a cycle of droughts in the Baol-Baol region of Senegal led to a great migration out of the country. These migrants were primarily disciples of Cheik Amandu Bamba, the founder of the Islamic Murid Brotherhood. In the 80s many Murid disciples began to resettle in Harlem, New York. Initially their primary source of income was street peddling and taxi driving. By the 90s, many entrepreneurs began to create their “main street in America” along 116thStreet. Today “Little Senegal” is thriving despite a history of discrimination and now threats of gentrification. When some one from Senegal travels to America, one of their first stops is 116th Street because everything and anyone you could want from Senegal can be found on this street.
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My colleague Sophie was talking about starting her business in Africa at lunch time (Wellness Centre) and said it's very difficult to do business with Africans because they steal and she will have to hire some staff from Sri Lanka. I disagreed and ended up getting very political at lunch and was told to calm down in the end - and I wasn't even that crazy. I can't stand when Africans bad mouth other africans to non-African's. WTF???? Why would she say that? We are so lazy...we don't want to create a change in our community. She said if she were to train up Cameroonians her business would open in three years and she needs to make profit - it's not a charity. This is why all the fancy restaurants/hotels in Ug are managed by foreigners. No one wants to take that step. I hate that!! Two glasses of wine and I showed my true colours. I shouldn't drink when I'm with work people!!!!
Oh dear! If they see the Red, Black and Green in you they’ll run a mile! What a depressing example of self-hate - all Africans steal? N***a please! If there is a lack of trained personnel then from a business point of view I can see that you would need the skilled workers. But why not include training schemes in your business so you don’t have to fly-in your staff and you begin to generate meaningful change on the ground? Cha…