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Monday, October 6th, 2014

Who profits from the production of blackface?

That time of the year is coming up again and the contested Dutch blackface figure Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is still with us. Some tried to turn blackface into brownface (only in the Netherlands) while others are still trying to convince us that Black Pete sets a fine example for black people. In any case, anti-blackface protestors

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

#WhiteHistoryMonth: What Britain did in Kenya

The following is the full text of a letter written by David Larder to the Guardian newspaper last year, following the court settlement which saw the UK government pay out £2,670 to each of the 5,228 elderly...

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

David Cameron’s Libya Doctrine

The British media has, in the last few weeks, been working through allegations that the nation’s secret services helped Gaddafi’s spies track down Libyan dissidents. On 21 April the Mail on Sunday published documents discovered in Libyan...

Friday, March 16th, 2012

#Kony2012 and British media

To British eyes the polished, high-gloss viral campaign of Invisible Children's 26 minute video--with its high-end production, fast paced edits and expensive motion graphics--clearly favors the grabby style of American political campaign imagery, a style that is...

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Witchcraft and the British Media

Yesterday, Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi, were convicted of killing Magalie’s younger brother Kristy, who was fifteen. Kristy and his two sisters had travelled from Paris to visit his older sister in Newham, East London...

Monday, July 25th, 2011

What white faces did to the Mau Mau

Looks like toothfish won’t save the British Foreign Office this time. The judge presiding over the matter, Justice McCombe, has ruled that the four Kenyan claimants, Jane Muthoni Mara, Paulo Muoka Nzili, Ndiku Mutua and Wambugu Wa...

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Music Break

1970 Britain, Jamaican duo Bob and Marcia‘s cover of “Young, Gifted and Black” climbs to no. 5 on the UK charts. They’re featured in a recent BBC documentary on the influence of reggae on 1970s British music...

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

‘Insurrection’

Single released April 11th, which is the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots that levelled much of the town centre that both Linton and I call home. DJ Haitus.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

‘Tales from the Sahel’

This coming Friday Maal and British playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah will begin their UK tour of “Tales of the Sahel.” Maal and Kwei-Armah “… will spend the six performances talking, the conversation interspersed with songs from Maal and...

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The Good Patrician

Al Jazeera’s Kamal Santamaria interviews David  Cameron onYoutube: questions are submitted by viewers, as part of the Youtube World View Program, where one “world leader” is interviewed every month. First question, submitted on video:

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Gaddafi like ‘… a depressed Nigerian grandmother at a wedding’

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,...

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Wedding Announcements

I needed an excuse to post that picture and this audio since. Via David Lane.

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Zuma takes London

Jacob Zuma is on a state visit to the UK. Some elements of the British media, not known for tact, bring up his polygamy, rape charges (he was acquitted, I know) and the corruption allegations (it was...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Wole Soyinka Loves Bean Pies

Today “The Guardian” published a hysterical interview with Africa’s first Nobel literature winner, where he accused British Muslims of being breeding grounds for terrorists and then unfavorably compared them to the American Nation of Islam. He goes on...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Yinka Shonibare on Being An Artist

Short video interview with the Nigerian artist whose work explores race colonialism and also insists on the MBE behind his name. His work is currently on show at the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / JJC, “WE ARE AFRICANS”

Hip hop meets twentieth century black Atlantic identity politics.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY: GANG CULTURE IN BRITAIN

The work of Adam Patterson who photographed young gang members in South London, some them the children of African immigrants.