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After the World Cup is gone

Do we need a book on the 2010 World Cup already? That’s the first question I asked Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann, editors of the brand new volume, Africa’s World Cup (University…..

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“Just like in a science fiction movie”

The Mtsweni family lives in a squatter camp in Mamelodi township outside Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Seventeen year old Lerato, who goes by Moskito, tells young German director Benjamin Kahlmeyer: “It’s not a…..

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Magnificent

Earlier this week ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, including one for music during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, like the video–played at the start of broadcasts and…..

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Shameless Self-Promotion

A piece I wrote was published in The New York Times–on January 1, 2011–as part of an op-ed feature “Around the World in 12 Months (in 2010).” My recollections of…..

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Music Break

In case you missed it, here is one the stars of the 2010 World Cup, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, making his debut as Baby Jet, in the video for Castro’s “African…..

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Streets is Watching

Oh no she didn’t. (Shakira gets asked about the origins of “Waka Waka” about 30 seconds into this press conference during the World Cup in South Africa.) Seriously, who didn’t…..

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Obrigado, Pelé

What if Pelé had scored his final goal for Brazil, against Argentina? That’s the premise of 1284, the new short film starring 69-year old Pelé himself, which is ultimately a…..

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Le Lion Indomptable

As we all know, The Indomitable Lions were the first team to be ousted from this year’s World Cup. As they play their final match in South Africa against Holland,…..