Friday, August 12th, 2011

Song and Dance

By Dan Moshenberg Tuesday, August 9, 2011, was the annual celebration, in South Africa, of National Women’s Day. This public holiday commemorates August 9, 1956, the women’s march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, in protest of the infamous pass laws. That day 20,000 or so women famously, and heroically, chanted, shouted, screamed: “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo!”.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Life and Times of Harry Belafonte

Apart from his role in American racial and class struggles from the 1950s onwards, Harry Belafonte (now 83) played a central role in popularizing struggles for justice on the African continent, especially against white racism in South...

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Putting up with being insulted by Malema

The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) keeps bringing it. This is not the handwringing of The Daily Maverick (another, more commercial online news portal from there) passing for insight. Most of the op-eds on SACSIS...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Jennifer Hudson is no Winnie Mandela

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Oh Canada

A long, long time ago when there was still Apartheid, I needed a passport to travel by bus from Cape Town to Durban in South Africa. That meant going through the “independent homeland” of Transkei in South...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Animal Farm

In Cape Town this January, Ken Salo invited Jessica and I to presentations by summer abroad students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They were presenting their findings on urban inequalities in the city. A group...

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The Bang Bang Club

Not a ringing endorsement from film critic Jeanette Catsoulis in The New York Times for “The Bang Bang Club,” the new feature film based on the real-life adventures of four white South African photographers making their reputations...

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

It’s Time To Be Offended

If the murder of Andries Tatane is a watershed moment in public perceptions of state violence after Apartheid, it is also teaching us a thing or two about South Africa’s media. Had this police murder happened in...

Monday, February 28th, 2011

‘Not Everything Was Cool Back Then’

Commercial for Kinky Afro, a weekly retro radio show of 80s pop on the bland Cape Town radio station Good Hope fm. (Not sure if the show exists anymore.) Links to two more spots for the campaign–watch...

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Found Objects, No. 11

Poster by the London Anti-Apartheid Movement produced in late 1969 / 1970. I haven’t seen any of the 2011 Cricket World Cup matches. They’re not on TV here and Willow TV charges too much to watch it...

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Nastio Mosquito’s ‘African Mind’

The Angolan artist and provocateur Nastio Mosquito’s striking, new, animated film, “My African Mind,” recently described by Frieze magazine’s correspondent “… perhaps the most powerful piece the Biennial.” The film “… uses...

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Interview: Filmmaker Yoruba Richen

Updated: Check out this brand new AIAC interview with Yoruba Richen director of the documentary film, “Promised Land,” about postapartheid land politics in South Africa. It was shot by brand new AIAC contributor, Anni Lynskaer (Danish journalist;...

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Film: ‘The Killing Of The Imam’ I chanced upon this 10-minute short film, “The Killing of the Imam,” which recounts the murder of Muslim cleric, journalist (he founded the newspaper “Muslim News” in 1960) and political activist (he was closely linked to...

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Europe’s Apartheid

In a recent interview on French television to promote his new book “Sortir de la Grande Nuit: Essai sur l’Afrique Décolonisée,” Johannesburg-based political philosopher Achille Mbembe suggested that Europe “seems to be gripped by an enormous desire...

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Going to see David Goldblatt’s photographs on the Upper East Side

When you take the 6-train north, and get off on 96th and Lexington, the tributaries of late summer green on Park and Madison Avenues lead you towards Central Park. Two blocks east of the station, and the...

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The Pass Office

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Vintage Bigotry, South African Edition

John Oliver, a “correspondent” for the comedy news show, “The Daily with Jon Stewart,” has been filing these really funny, but also very illuminating–in fact the best–pieces of journalism from the World Cup in South Africa the...

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Review: “Next Stop … Soweto”

Recently I reviewed the new 3-part Strutt Records compilation, “Next Stop … Soweto,” for The National. The album series are re-releases of rare 45s and other recordings from 1960s and 1970s South Africa. The first installment showcases “Township Sounds from...

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

ESPN observes Youth Day

I went to ESPN’s website to check WC scores and was surprised to find two short videos on its soccer homepage commemorating the June 16, 1976 student uprising in Soweto. A day which is now recognized as...

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Glass Houses

An Israeli newspaper last week revealed (more celebrated) that Judge Richard Goldstone,  the Jewish South African judge–who was the primary author of a UN report in September last year that charged Israel and Hamas with war crimes...

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

‘Boers and Bantus’

This is a find. A while back the “History” page of the Dutch TV channel, VPRO–one of my favorite sites–posted some classic video from a show, “Boeren en Bantoes” (Boers and Bantus) from a 1960 program by...

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

People’s Culture

Priceless footage of 1980s Community Arts Project in Durban, which, according to one of the founders, artist Bruno Brincat, was “… an idealistic arts project that was ahead of its time and got nixed by...

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Driving with Fanon

I am dying to see this film, “Driving with Fanon,” by Steve Kwena Mokwena, a Johannesburg-based artist.  (I first met Steve in London in 2003. Very talented man.)  I should have a copy soon and will report...

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Apartheid in Arizona

What’s up with John McCain’s home state? The state legislature has just passed an immigration law that basically targets the state’s Latino population for random stops and demands of their ID’s. As my man, Siddhartha Mitter, remarked...

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Truth and Reconciliation

In Argentina members of that country’s military dictatorship that conducted a “dirty war”) against its people way back in 1978 still go to jail for their crimes (this week actually), while in South Africa Apartheid’s generals and...

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Israel and Apartheid South Africa

The reported pressure of the South African Zionist Federation on a Johannesburg synagogue to bar Judge Richard Goldstone, deemed an enemy of Israel, from his grandson’s barmitzvah as well as the news that students at the University...

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010


I was at a friend’s house, paging through “Annie Liebovitz at Work,” in which the photographer recounts details of famous shoots. I was struck by this passage of a visit Liebovitz took to Apartheid South Africa in...

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The Struggle for South Africa

“Have You Heard from Johannesburg?,” an eight and a half-hour, seven part film series by acclaimed director Connie Field about the global movement against Apartheid starts a two-week run at the Film Forum in Manhattan tomorrow. (At...

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Event: Ethics and Writing in the New South Africa

“Ethics and Writing in the ‘New South Africa’ “ by Lily Saint Ph.D. Program in English CUNY Graduate Center Fifteen years after the end of apartheid, many charge that the ANC government has been devastatingly disappointing. Yet...

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