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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Belonging–why South Africans refuse to let Africa in

Any African who has ever tried to visit South Africa will know that the country is not an easy entry destination. South African embassies across the continent are almost as difficult to access as those of the UK and the United States. They are characterised by long queues, inordinate amounts of paperwork, and officials who

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Expat

"Even though I’m an immigrant, (my music) mirrors what a lot of African Americans experience because it’s such a black story. I’ve found inspiration from that community and they embrace me and allow me to do their...

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Vecinos. Neighbours. A Short Film on African Migrants in Barcelona

The short film below was part of a residency I completed at Jiwar, Creation and Society based in Gracia, Barcelona, funded by The Africa Centre and the Spanish Embassy of South Africa. I focus my artistic practice...

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Rob Ford and Canada’s “Somali Problem”

No matter where in the world you are, by now you have likely heard about Toronto mayor (to some a human trainwreck) Rob Ford and the infamous video in which he appears to smoke crack cocaine while...

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The Curious Tale of Victor Vinnetou

Mbuyisa Makhubo was the teenager captured in Sam Nzima’s iconic photo of June 16, 1976 -fleeing the bullets of the apartheid police on a street in Soweto, South Africa and carrying the murdered Hector Peterson in his...

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Boogie Down Nima in the Bronx

For almost two decades now, the Bronx has been the focus of much of New York’s newest wave of Africans moving to the United States. Films such as Little Senegal, Bronx Princess, and Prince of Broadway, have...

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

UPDATE: Silicon Valley and its Awkward Relationship with “Africa”

Immigration is almost always about the hustle. Whether you are a professor, a student, or a musician, you have to work hard to both pay rent and deal with a plethora of patronizing ignorance. And being an...

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Promised Land

Last Thursday we blogged about Israel’s intention to deport African asylum seekers back to unnamed African countries in exchange for “benefit packages”–basically weapons. Now comes the news that last night Israel repatriated–for the first time–14 Eritrean asylum seekers back...

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Autonomy in Barcelona: the Mount Zion community

Between the 19th and early 20th century, Barcelona’s Poblenou neighborhood became the site of a fascinating transformation. Factories, processing plants and small stores blossomed as industrialization turned the swampy marshes on the banks of the Besòs River into a...

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Tsofa: A documentary film about Congolese immigrants in Romania

Congolese (Brazzaville) filmmaker Rufin Mbou Mikima has uploaded* his latest documentary “Tsofa” to YouTube. The film tells the story of a group of Congolese men, many of them highly qualified university graduates who got offered a 600...

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Malitia Malimob, rap music and the less glamorous stories of African migration to the United States

The new “Africa Rising” narrative propagated largely by a globally-connected middle and upper class diaspora, often obscures the grittier stories of the African immigrant experience. This is partly due to an instinct among African immigrants to want to counter...

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

How does it feel to be an African asylum seeker in Europe

“Bon voyage” (“Have a nice trip”), a Swiss animated short movie by Fabio Friedli, seeks to convey how it feels to be an African asylum seeker in Switzerland, and it does so by capturing the experience in...

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Photographing Afcon 2013 in Yeoville, Johannesburg

On a recent trip to Johannesburg (which is in Gauteng Province), a couple of friends decided to invade a Congolese restaurant in Yeoville; Kin Malebo on 31 Raleigh Street in Yeoville. The game was between DR Congo...

Monday, June 25th, 2012

African Asylum Seekers in Israel

Guest Post by Anonymous* If you follow current headlines, you may have noticed a seemingly new conflict arising in the Middle East. Recent migratory trends in Israel have led to new challenges beyond the decades long occupation...

Monday, April 9th, 2012

‘Restless City’ at the 19th New York African Film Festival

Towards the final scenes of Restless City, Jessye Norman’s solo soprano voice scales the great buildings and the conveyor belts of vehicles, between all of which a small red scooter navigates, carrying the slim bodies of Djibril...

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Film: “Imagining Emanuel”

Leo Goldsmith and Rachael Rakes, film editors at Brooklyn Rail, write about the documentary film “Imagining Emanuel” (trailer above), which recently played at the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight in New York City:

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

‘An extra day to be black’

I know we’re already seven days into March, but visual artist Michael Paul Britto’s request for ‘an extra day to be black’ in mainstream media outlets, still holds. (For those in the dark, he is ripping into Black...

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Inbox

It has come to this. Don’t focus too much on the ‘your scholarship’ line. An email from an American lawyer in my inbox: I am writing to request your help in a matter based on your scholarship...

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Found Objects No.19

Born in London to a Moroccan mother and an Iraqi father, Tala Hadid completed her 12-minute short thesis film Your Dark Hair Ihsan in 2005. Recorded in Morocco and its Rif Mountains, the film was awarded the Cinecolor/Kodak...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The French Algerian Massacre

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the “French-Algerian Massacre,” when at least 200 Algerians living in Paris were killed by French police and another 11,000 or so were arrested while protesting for Algerian independence from France. Nabila...

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

A Sitcom Waiting to Happen

Non-Arabic speaking peoples have a tendency to lump “Arabs” together, as though racial and economic hierarchies don’t impact us as they do the rest of the world. The fact is, orientalism is common even in SWANA (South...

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

‘Things that bug me about Kenya(ns)’

The first thing that comes to mind is our unquestioning admiration and obsession with wealthy people. Our newspapers and magazines are chock-full of personal interviews of rich people. In these interviews, people born with silver spoons in...

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Dakar Hustle

Video for spoken word from Senegalese rapper Keyti–remember him? Keyti was one of the stars of Ben Herson’s 2009 documentary film about hip hop and politics in the Senegalese capital, “Democracy in Dakar.”  The video is directed...

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

“The African-Filipino Occupation”

Very much in the fashion of other democratic states, some Israelis have decided to take up the cause against social ills such as unemployment, crime and disease. How do they plan to do it? Not by addressing...

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Falcon of Qatar

The Spring Issue of Middle East arts magazine, Bidoun, is about sports. This includes a piece on “Kenyan long- and middle-distance runners who have found infamy and fortune as Arabized athletes in the Gulf” on $1000 a...

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Motherland

The documentary film, Blacks Without Borders: Chasing the American Dream on Foreign Soil (2008, directed and produced by Stafford U. Bailey. Co-produced by Judy Thayer-Bailey)–which tells the story of a group of African-American professionals who immigrate to South...

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

‘Coming to America’

Writer Teju Cole– he has a new novel, “Open City”–talks and writes about identity and immigration to The New Yorker.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

‘Moore Street’

http://vimeo.com/10523895

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Joseph’s Journey

Al-Jazeera follows Joseph, a Liberian man on his journey to New York City. He gets randomly selected in the US green card lottery system. The 22-minute film is currently showing on their English language broadcast station. (Most...

Friday, December 10th, 2010

“New Europeans”

The Photographers’ Gallery, the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography, recently named the shortlisted artists for its annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Now in its 15th year, the prize will be on display from 2 April...

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