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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

‘Landing on A Hundred’: An Interview with Cody ChesnuTT

The Yoruba have a word–tutu–for cool. Robert Farris Thompson describes it in his book Flash of the Spirit: “As we become noble, fully realizing the spark of creative goodness God endowed us with, we find the confidence to cope with all kinds of situations. This is Ashe. This is character. This is mystic coolness. All

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Moonwalk

Last month Kevin-Prince Boateng, the AC Milan midfielder and Ghana international, promised that if his team won Italy’s Serie A, he would perform a Michael Jackson dance routine in full costume in front of the club’s thousands...

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,...

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The King of Zamunda

Photographer Henry Leutwyler‘s images of artifacts from Michael Jackson’s Neverland estate–the place where  Jackson lived and chose to “model his private life on Peter Pan and the Lost Boys”–is worth checking out online. (It’s also on display if...

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS / MIXTAPES, EMIGRATION, RACE, BINGO, JACKSON FIVE, GENDER VIOLENCE, DANCEHALL, AFRICOM, CHRIS HANI, JULIUS MALEMA, AND BRICK CITY

A busy week on the personal front (more on that another time) so that means a lot of stuff gets the speed blog treatment. * First up, a link to the “Parts of Africa” hip hop mix:...

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Jesse Jackson and the Ivorian Crisis

Jesse Jackson, whose brand of black politics has been displaced momentarily with the emergence of Barack Obama, was in the news recently after he was crowned a prince in Cote d’Ivoire. Because the Agne had crown the...