Who We Are

The Emerge Project is a storytelling project that highlights the ways in which Black entrepreneurs and community leaders drive growth and development at the grassroots level in South Africa and Brazil.

All around the world, Black people tend to be seen as needy, troublesome, incapable of generating solutions without outside direction. Our project aims to show that, in fact, the opposite is true: Black people–ordinary, everyday people–are constantly building and rebuilding foundations, using their ingenuity and limited resources to change the world around them.

We use short films, photo essays, articles and blogs to show the real people and the real movements that are driving change at the grassroots level, with an initial focus on Johannesburg, South Africa and Salvador, Brazil.

Featured Videos

Articles

The Coming Great Awakening

The other day I was chatting with a South African colleague whom I had recently met. She expressed her fear and discomfort with the current state of the country, with the political instability and deepening racial tensions, among other factors. I could feel her sense...

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Raising South Africa’s Giants

An African proverb says it takes a community to raise a child, which means it’s everyone’s responsibility to take an active role in contributing to the nurturing of the child We are living in a face-paced, instant information and pressure filled world. Today’s...

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The Unsung Heroes of Africa

By this point in time and history, we all are well-versed in Africa’s problems. We can all, in every corner of the globe, recite a litany of challenges and wrongs plaguing the continent. But do we have any idea of what’s working? Can we stand up and point out all the...

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