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(OkayAfrica.com) – The “AfroFashion” blog Noirlinians is the brainchild of two friends interested in exploring the complex relationship between culture and identity throughout the African diaspora.

noirlinians-2Mwende Katwiwa, a Kenyan writer and community organizer, and Denisio Truitt, a Liberian fashion designer and artist, are based out of New Orleans, which they’ve dubbed “the most African city in the U.S.”

“The blog sprung from a series of conversations between us about how distinctly ‘African’ New Orleans felt from our experiences growing up as first generation or being an immigrant with strong ties to our respective cultures,” wrote Katwiwa and Truitt in an email. “Through conversations, we realized we both were in the process of exploring our current and past relationships to clothing, place and identity and the idea for teaming up for Noirlinians to push ourselves to stay on this journey of self discovery…For us this blog is very much about seeking the bits of African culture that have been preserved in this city and not in other places we’ve lived in the states.”

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