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Picturing Africa: LagosPhoto

Picturing Africa: LagosPhoto

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 am

Check out Guernica Magazine’s special feature on LagosPhoto – described as “a new annual photography festival aimed at ‘representing African sensibilities’” and showcasing the Africa of “industry and intellect.”
As LagosPhoto founder Azu Nwagbogu tells in this interview, “[Photography is] the …

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Ghana ThinkTank

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 am
Ghana ThinkTank

Source: Christopher Robbins via COLORLINES

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 2006, the project is brilliant and simple: it’s a global network that collects problems from the “first world” and submits them to think tanks in the “third world”: in Cuba, the think tank is a three-generation family, in El Salvador a rural radio station, in Ghana a group of bike mechanics. The project then returns to the first-world community to implement the suggested solutions.”

Read more in this COLORLINES interview with one of the founders of Ghana ThinkTank.

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No One Can Tell I’m a Muslim: All-American Muslim Debuts

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 am

Here is a response to the debut of TLC’s latest reality series – All-American Muslim. This show is certainly an ocean away from the ethno-stereotyping from reality TV shows such as Jersey Shore. However, does it risk being diluted by …

Ethno-Sploitation Reality TV

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 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 …

Where’s the we in Fashion, Satorialist?

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 am

From the blog Of Another Fashion , an important post on the consumerist culture of fashion – and it’s exclusive nature. Nice work!
Last month, The Sartorialist (Scott Schuman) relaunched his Vintage Photo series. The first series was constructed as a …

I Am Nobody’s Nig***

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 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 …

“Home, Strange Home”

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 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.

Worldtown Hearsay :: The Year in Race

July 14, 2015 – 12:00 am

From our friends at ColorLines, a video by Jorge Rivas documenting “The Year in Race – Disasters, Deportations, and DREAMS Rising.” It’s a bleak portrait of the frustrations abound in 2010 from Tea Party antics to DREAM Act defeat – …