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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

A new film is all about DSK’s naked belly; Nafissatou Diallo as minor prop

Three years ago, New York was gripped by the legal battle between then-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the woman who accused him of rape—she turned out to be the maid, who had come in to clean his room at the exclusive Sofitel Hotel. Africa is a Country wrote a ton of analysis on the case

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“Law and Order: SVU” does DSK

In case you missed it, the cop and lawyers show, “Law and Order,” opened its 13th season last week with a transparent plot based on the Dominique Strauss Kahn rape case.  They didn’t even try hard:  Roberto...

Monday, July 18th, 2011

DSK, the maid from Guinea and ‘agency’

Robert Thornton is an anthropologist who teaches at Wits University in South Africa. He also maintains  a blog: An Anthropologist in South Africa. In this guest post, he gives his take on Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the Guinean-American hotel...

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

James Matthews being James Matthews

The film, Diaries of a Dissident Poet, follows poet James Matthews around Cape Town, tracking him during a year, from his 83rd to 84th birthday. It opens with a small celebration of his 83rd at the District...

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Let’s talk about #cancelColbert

I think Colbert’s stunt itself was incredibly annoying especially as his satire is often based in a smug ironic whiteness--and yes, smug people, I get that it's a character and that's how it's being presented. This doesn't...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Why are historians suddenly looking at Sweden’s colonial past?

It is, to a surprisingly large extent, a story that’s been going on since the Second World War. Sweden–it is said–is different from the rest of Europe. After all, “The world’s conscience” (as newspapers in the West...

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Artifact Restitution and the Silken Gag of Co-operation

It was so successful it had to be hunted down, packed up and sent out again. The travelling exhibition Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria (tiresomely renamed “African Masterpieces” — but that’s another story) has come to...

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 50

As the OG of #Musicbreaks I'm responsible for stuff like jazz, leaving the more energetic genres (hip hop, global base, kwaiti and Naija derivative pop) to the much younger AIAC co-conspirators. So here's 10 tunes/artists...

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Dirk Coetzee is Dead: The legacies of Apartheid’s death squads and the TRC

Dirk Coetzee was one of an infamous group of police and law officials responsible for some of the apartheid government’s most egregious human rights violations, ranking among the likes of Eugene de Kock (known as “Prime Evil”)...

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

‘Banana republic’

World Soccer magazine explains Russian football’s anti-racism strategies: Anzhi Makhachkala have expressed their disappointment over an “idiotic” banana throwing incident involving recent signing Christopher Samba. The Congolese defender had a banana thrown at him from the stands...

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The Hall of Shame

Before Boima rides us out this year with West Africa’s best dance tunes, we couldn’t resist including a post with some of the lowlights of 2011. Colonial Themed Weddings New South Africans can’t help themselves. The white...

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Year of Frantz Fanon

Four moments which rocked France this year were the cases against rapper Youssoupha and IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the unveiling of the Paris exhibiton Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage, curated by former French footballer Lilian...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

African media and gay rights

Though Western media used to be egregious with their gay stereotypes, they’ve gotten better over time. Though there are slippages. Here‘s an example.  Anyway, gross stereotypes about gay people are generally not acceptable on the airwaves, on...

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Maid in Public: Nafissatou Diallo Speaks

By now, anyone who’s been following the case knows that Nafissatou Diallo’s exclusive interviews with Newsweek and the US television network, ABC, have changed the manner in which ‘the maid from Guinea’ has been portrayed by news...

Friday, May 27th, 2011

When You Refuse, You Say ‘No!’

Gregory Mann Guest Blogger I had to buy The New York Post this week. It’s something I never do because, as the letters page reminded me, it’s something of a Zionist rag. But Tuesday the cover caught...

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The maid from Guinea

When we’re not besieged by news about how still IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on suicide watch, how his various French supporters claim the whole thing is a conspiracy (he won’t get to run for President anymore),...

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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