AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Rise of Grace Mugabe of Zimbabwe

Anybody watching political developments in Zimbabwe can’t miss First Lady Grace Mugabe’s entry into national politics as a presidential candidate. It is not uncommon that First Lady’s are part of the political process, in fact engagement in politics is part of the First Lady’s job description. It is required that the wife of the president

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

When Jezebel Wanted to make Saartjie Baartman Relevant to Millenials #EpicFail

You know how feminists worry that feminism is dead, and that young women are dismissing the possibility of fashioning powerful, self-directed, and critical subjectivities, and instead framing themselves as idiot sexpots? Because of this fear, publications and...

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Why debating and getting rid of Zwarte Piet won’t be a priority in Belgium

Why is the discussion surrounding Zwarte Piet getting far less traction in Belgium than it does in the Netherlands? For me, it boils down to one issue: racism in Belgium is endemic, and it is not taken...

Friday, November 14th, 2014

#MyDressMyChoice

On Monday, in Nairobi, a woman walking past a taxi rank was, first, catcalled and, then, attacked and stripped. A passerby videotaped the event, posted it to jambonewspot, and then it went, if not viral, spiral. The...

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Bob Geldof doesn’t need to do a #BandAid30 for Ebola. African musicians made a song already

Bob Geldof is going to put out another Band Aid single, another rehash of  the grotesque “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” with slightly altered lyrics. We’ve written about the problematic politics of such songs in detail before....

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