Here’s some things I did not have the time to blog about properly or link to this past week:

* Barack and Michelle Obama had to pose 135 times with visiting dignitaries to the UN General Assembly last week, like Jacob Zuma and Mrs Zuma (that’s all the information the White House released on her) above. Actually there’s no point to this item. I just wanted to post the picture.

* Everybody and their goalkeeper is making films about the 2010 World Cup. Because it is in Africa. Even Will.I.am is involved.

* Kenyan journalist, Kassim Mohammed, goes to investigate piracy in Somalia, gets invited to a pirate base, and, before he knew it, is taken hostage [link].

* Fazila Farouk on the “cute” G20.

* “Watching wildlife with white people.”

* J Period and K’Naan’s “The Messangers” is a mixtape honoring Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Fela. [Link]

* “Evidence vs Dogma in Darfur” [Link]

* Not everyone–well really Village Voice music critic, Rob Harvilla–can see the genius of BLK JKS.

* If you’re in New York City, on October 19 philosopher Anthony Appiah will interview Chinua Achebe on the publication of his first new book in more than 20 years “The Education of a British-Protected Child,” a collection of autobiographical essays at the 92nd Street Y.



Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

  1. Great picture. Did you see Stacy Mabhija looking like a wedding cake next to Carla Bruni last month? I have to say JZ is developing a pattern here: MaKhumalo the senior wife trotted out for African leaders and the younger two for the rest of the world.

    1. Yes I saw both the Zuma and Mugabe interviews with Amampour and was stunned(I shouldn't be, I know) at how poorly prepped she was. JZ effortessly evaded her and she couldn't pin down aclearly unprepared and disjointed Mugabe.

      It would be folly to dismiss JZ. It's evident from his history – largely self taught, master recruiter for Umkhonto, effective ANC intelligence chief and essentially Mbeki's godfather in the internicine ANC jockeying leading to powe in 1994. I think Gevisser's portrait of him in the Mbeki biography is astue and perceptive.

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