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#ICANTBREATHE

One morning last semester at John Jay College in New York City, I asked my students how many of them had ever been stopped by the police. All of them…..

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Mindy Kaling isn’t Responsible for Being Your Diversity Councillor

I got together with Nadia Misir and Derica Shields for an AIAC Roundtable to discuss why Mindy Kaling went batshit when she was asked, at the recent SXSW, why there are no other characters of colour in senior positions of authority (ie. other doctors) on her show, The Mindy Project. After saying that such inquiries about diversity are “insulting”, she reminded reporters that she is a “fucking Indian woman” with her “own fucking network television show”. Kaling, who is generally non-confrontational on most political issues, defended her creative decisions this way: “And I’m like, oh wait, it’s not like I’m running a country, I’m not a political figure. I’m someone who’s writing a show and I want to use funny people. And it feels like it diminishes the incredibly funny women who do come on my show.”

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France is no longer needed

Pratt Institute professor Ellery Washington writing in The New York Times: In the spring of 1984, during an interview for The Paris Review, a nearly 60-year-old Baldwin was asked why…..

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Marcus Garvey’s Africa

Late last year I had the opportunity to review College of William and Mary History Professor Robert Vinson’s remarkable new book, The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation…..

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McDonald’s Baobab Tree

These days, it’s not uncommon to see Western fast food chains alongside local favorites in the post-colony. Lagos, for example, has its Nigerian fast food chains (Mr. Biggs, Chicken Republic,…..

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Film / Africans in America

Beautifully shot vignette of life among the mostly poor residents of The Fred Factory Gardens Project Houses in the majority African-American town of Spencer, Oklahoma. Filmed by Trevor Tweeten and…..

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Street Photographer

Charlie Ahearn’s new documentary of Brooklyn photographer Jamal Shabazz screening on June 26 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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The Motherland

The documentary film, Blacks Without Borders: Chasing the American Dream on Foreign Soil (2008, directed and produced by Stafford U. Bailey. Co-produced by Judy Thayer-Bailey)–which tells the story of a group…..