Monday, August 12th, 2013

When Jean-Michel Basquiat went to Africa

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the first American artist of African descent to achieve international stardom, often referenced Africa or the African diaspora in his work. Take, for example, 1983′s “The Nile” (a painting that featured nods to Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Nile and the Nuba in Sudan) and “Gold Griot” (1984). So recently when I found a copy

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Five for the weekend. First up, via AfriPOP!, Nomsa Mazwai’s new video for her song ‘Nguwe.’ (The video comes with a translation.) Then, Vox Sambou (below) and The Narcicyst tell how they read ‘Article 14′ and its relation...

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Music Break / Nomadic Massive

New video for the Montreal-based all-star (and all-country) band Nomadic Massive. Not sure why they haven’t got a bigger following.

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

‘Haiti in Africa’

Sketch by the UK comedy sketch group, “The Unexpected Items,” filmed in front of the School of Oriental and African Studies (yes, that still what it’s called). H/T: Konwomyn.

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Black Spartacus

The people of the oldest independent African republic in the Caribbean are voting today to pick a new president. But the result are already predetermined. The most popular party and its leader has been illegally prevented from...

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The Public Archive

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Pirates for Haiti

Last week Congo’s government announced it would pledge $2.5 million to relief efforts in Haiti.  As Texas in Africa noted, pledging is not the same as actually handing the money over. Just ask the Western governments. (Incidentally to...

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Wax Poetics “Africa Issue” and Other Links

* I just got the Wax Poetics Africa Issue in the mail.  Though the issue may give the impression that good music stopped being produced in Africa since the 1970s–in part it reads like a tribute issue...

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Fifty People, One Question

What would you like to happen today? By Benjamin Reece and Tung Bach Ly filmed in New Orleans in 2008. Fifty People, One Question

Monday, October 5th, 2009


Bill Clinton turns revisionist historian (as quoted in a story in “The New York Times” this morning: “I hated it,” Mr. Clinton said of the economic sanctions he enforced during his presidency. “But when you have people...