Brett Davidson In a documentary broadcast recently on the BBC, the British DJ Scott Mills travels to Uganda and reports on the rampant homophobia there. (That’s Mills, above, in a still from the film with Ugandan gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha.) Technically, Uganda may not be the very worst place to be gay. Homosexuality can get […]
One of the myriad references thrown into this part-imitation, part-rant by sharp, madcap British comedian Charlie Brooker (on his BBC show), of the Brother Leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s most recent utterings, style, as well as of Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and their friends in the West, like Tony Blair, for example. (We’ve tried to catalogue […]
So, the BBC has unveiled this trailer, titled “The World Cup from the Rainbow Nation,” to promote its coverage of the 2010 World Cup. As The Guardian notes, the clip features “a montage of African wildlife and cultural scenes mixed with shots of the teams and players” that will compete in South Africa during the […]
The BBC debuts a new TV series this month, “Welcome to Lagos,” on the “ingenuity” of poor people in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.The Observer‘s acting arts editor, Akin Ojumu, who is also a fan of David Cameron’s ideas about black men and responsibility, likes it. Sokari at Blacklooks, who observes that suddenly a flurry of […]
Apparently Jennifer Hudson had to lose 60 pounds to star as Winnie Mandela in a planned biopic. Mandela was a leading figure in South African politics in the late 20th century and who was married to former South African president throughout his 27-year imprisonment. They divorced five years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Winnie […]
Nigeria’s been without a President for at least two months. The incumbent, Umaru Yar’Adua, is in Saudi Arabia getting treatment for a heart condition. So the country’s effectively been without a leader all this time. This is in a context where the Nigeria’s now been placed on the US’s list of countries identified with terrorism […]
Great series of images by photojournalist Marc Hofer of a small group of skateboarders in the Ugandan capital Kampala who built their own skate park complete with ramps after one of them got introduced to skateboarding by a visiting European tourist. (Not all foreign visitors to Uganda, by the way, go there with bad intentions).