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Idealize This!: The Ethics of Solidarity

September 7, 2009 – 11:43 am

Catherine Traywick
Cross-posted from Hyphen Magazine
One of the first things a (good) transnational activist learns is the practical meaning of solidarity — which, as the latest issue of New York Times Magazine illustrates, is a concept not easily grasped by even the …

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I Am Nobody’s Nig***

March 25, 2012 – 11:44 am
I Am Nobody’s Nig***

In the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence case verdict, London-based poet Dean Atta saw something that made him very angry. It was not so much an image than an idea that sparked him to pen the words “I Am Nobody’s Nig***” on his Facebook and Twitter.  The power of social media made it clear how Atta’s response resonated with so many, and a few hours later he had poem that quite literally went viral. Atta’s personal take on disassociating meaning from the word “nigger,” having it perpetuated within the Black communities it was meant to disempower in its origins gives new breath to poetry and social change. This is very much an idea that everyone knows, but few actively challenge. Here we see a new take on it, publicly.

//Rappers when you use the word “nigger”
Remember that’s one of the last words Stephen Lawrence heard
So don’t tell me it’s a reclaimed word.//

Watch the performance of “I Am Nobody’s Nig**” on Huffington Post UK .

Ghana ThinkTank

March 25, 2012 – 5:43 am
Ghana ThinkTank

In the aftermath of the Kony 2012 -White Saviourism-comes-undone period, this is the most ingenious counter-example that we’ve seen: Ghana Think Tank is purportedly “a worldwide network of think tanks creating strategies to resolve local problems in the ‘developed’ world.”
“Started in …

Axis of Light – A Portrait of Eight Artists from the Middle East and North Africa

March 12, 2012 – 6:12 am

Pia Getty’s Axis of Light presents an intimate retrospective of eight well-known Middle Eastern/North African Artists.
“The histories unfolding are marked by war and exile yet as Baalbaki serenely expresses it ‘ It is difficult to put into words but nonetheless …

Suheir Hammad’s “Into Egypt”

June 12, 2011 – 9:41 am

Watch Suheir Hammad’s highly stylised tribute/performance poem “Into Egypt”, directed/produced by Waleed Zaitar who directed and did the graphics for Slingshot hip hop.

Ethno-Sploitation Reality TV

May 22, 2011 – 9:48 am

As reality TV continues to prod the most perverse of human nature, one wonders – how much longer must we be subject to this?
This chart c/o of Vanity Fair draws out the latest trend in Reality Television – ethno-sploitation. That …

Worldtown Via Londontown :: Figures & Fictions

May 18, 2011 – 9:09 am

Photography and truth. This would be another way to place the Figures & Fictions exhibition on contemporary South African photography at the V&A museum. Figures & Fictions extends the role that photography has played as a tool used by the …

The Arab Spring

March 29, 2011 – 9:36 am

The Arab Spring continues to blossom, in sporadic and unexpected ways: Spring interrupted by the chill of westerly wind, and spring fruitful of blooms in the gardens of the East, catapulted by human movement and chants of change.
Dancer Justin Mashouf …

Notes On The Egypt We Don’t Know

January 30, 2011 – 11:37 am

Every one has a theory on what it means to be Egyptian right now. Defiant, aggrieved, oppressed, tired, agitated, fighters,vehement, fearless, revolutionaries, ready. Few seem to see the long and difficult process that led to this moment. And while I see …

LAL :: Summer Tour in Canada

July 29, 2009 – 6:25 am

LAL :: On Tour from July 30th to August 21st
Check out a date near you.

Toronto’s politically charged, electronically driven LAL are touring the country this summer.
LAL will be promoting their third studio album Deportation which was inspired by the events …

“Home, Strange Home”

July 27, 2009 – 1:08 am

Teju Cole, Nigerian born – American based writer takes on the strangeness of “return migration” to a home unknown, and the act of inventing memories of exile in The New Yorker’s special issue on Journeys.

Video pick: K’Naan’s This is Africa (T.I.A)

May 29, 2009 – 7:20 am

We know this brother has so much hype right now, but we’re giving a shout out to K’Naan, fellow Toronto-based via Somalia rapper because he’s just so darn lovable.  MTV’s taken note, and so has the NFL apparently.  His song, “Dreamer” …