Yahoo Boys: Nigeria’s Underground Conmen

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Izikhothane: South Africa’s Bizarre Money-Burning Trend

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Yahoo Boys

Young Nigerian scammers have often been called “Yahoo Boys,” because many of their hustles used to target users on Yahoo services. And they’ve embraced this identity. In the rap song “Yahooze”—which has more than 3 million views on YouTube—Nigerian singer Olu Maintain glamorizes the lifestyle of email scammers. Advanced Nigerian groups have lately increased the …

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Dominican Auto Culture

Bocina culture is synonymous with the boisterous streets of the Dominican Republic. As a generation raised by heavy-bass genres like Merengue, Mambo, Dembow, Reggaeton and EDM, it’s no wonder that Dominicans of today honor their love for music through coros. In Dominican vocabulary, a coro, is a pop-up party that draws its energy from a …

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Filipino punks living under Duterte

The war on drugs in the Philippines is relatively unspoken about in the mainstream Western media, despite the persistent violence and killings that have been occurring since Rodrigo Duterte was elected as president in 2016. Setting out to explore the effect that Duterte’s war on drugs is having today, filmmaker and visual artist Jess Kohl …

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Jendaresu-kei

In the narrow alleys of Tokyo’s ultra-trendy Harajuku district, a growing number of Japanese men who self-identify as “genderless” are boldly broadening their sartorial and cosmetic choices. With faces expertly made up, hair dyed and stylishly coifed, eyebrows plucked and painted, they sashay from one indie boutique to the next. Harajuku has become a catwalk …

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Furries Ft Collins

Being a member of the furry community comes with automatic stereotypes of sexual deviancy and social isolation. Recent accusations of ties to the alt-right are making things worse. Furries are people who have an affinity for animals with physical human traits like bipedalism and body structure. Members of this subculture typically create fursonas for themselves, …

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Vampires Malawi

The police of the African state of Malawi arrested 140 people suspected of involvement in gangs that attacked persons allegedly engaged in vampirism. The panic associated with the alleged vampire activity spanned the southern regions of the country in mid-September. Citizens of one of the poorest states of the world immediately got into gangs of …

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Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles. A cobbled-together family of Hispanic teens and young adults comprise the scene: bands, fans, production, marketing, and security interwoven into a sub-culture of thrash and noise and pits. California emerged as a hub of American punk music with L.A. considered as …

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Valeria Lukyanova

Plastic surgery and body modification is very common these days with people striving to attain the perfect look, whether it be to mimic their favorite celebrity or mask their own insecurities. But have you heard about living dolls? Subculture Safari takes looks into into the strange world of living dolls—people who spend elaborate amounts of …

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Dawg Fight

In the southwest Miami-Dade County neighborhood of West Perrine, hundreds of locals would regularly gather around a homemade back yard boxing ring to witness young men punch each other without gloves, with no medical staff on standby, and few rules to govern the fights. Billy Corben, the Miami-based filmmaker behind “Cocaine Cowboys” and “The U,” …

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Izikhothane

Izikhothane (or Skothane or Ukukhothana) refers to South African showmanship or dance battles in which individuals or groups of individuals compete against each other in front of large crowds to determine which party is wealthier. These ‘battles’ are performed using material items such as money, mobile phones, clothes, and/or alcohol. In most instances a battle …

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