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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o and the Mexicans

“How much does the Oscar belong to Mexico?” a reporter asked actress Lupita Nyong’o the day after the 2014 Academy Awards. Her answer “It all belongs to me.” A few months earlier, when “12 Years a Slave” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, she was more diplomatic. She explained that she was born in Mexico, that her

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Debating Afrocolombianidad

Most people outside Colombia know about the country’s African population through the music of groups like Latin Grammy winners Choquibtown, with their references (see here and here) to Chocó, a Colombian state populated by a majority of...

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The Nordic Connection

New music from Finland and Sweden.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Serge Ibaka is Spanish

Listening to the Spanish commentaries in this video summary (and reading some biographies on the net), you’d be forgiven to believe Brazzaville-born NBA basketball player Serge ‘Air Congo’ Ibaka is from the DRC. But that’s on the...

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Who Are We?

My man Gary Younge, New York-based feature writer and columnist for The Guardian, has a new book out on 21st century identity politics: Who are We–And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? The clips above and below,...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

FILM EVENTS / ‘MY FATHER THE LUO’

If you’re in New York City tonight, go see Polish director Tomasz Magierski’s documentary, “My Father the Luo.” The film revolves around Roma Ndolo, a young Kenyan-Polish woman and her attempts to connect to her father’s homeland....

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