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Africa is a Country digest: Blogging gold of 2014

Over the years we’ve developed a somewhat undeserved reputation as purveyors of angry hatchet-jobs. We do our share of take-downs, but most of our content isn’t really like that, even…..

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France is no longer needed

Pratt Institute professor Ellery Washington writing in The New York Times: In the spring of 1984, during an interview for The Paris Review, a nearly 60-year-old Baldwin was asked why…..

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Chinua Achebe: A Poet of Global Encounters

The first time I met Chinua Achebe I had just started teaching at Bard College, where I had been hired as Director of Africana Studies. I saw Chinua one evening…..

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The Global Imagination of James Baldwin

In February this year a first-rate group of scholars gathered in New York City to debate the legacy of the twentieth century American writer and critic, James Baldwin (1924-1987). I…..