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Monday, August 19th, 2013

Täschligate*

Retired pop legend Tina Turner, a long-time resident of Zürich’s ‘Goldküste’ (Gold Coast)–the coveted area of marvelous villas on the lake of Zürich–had much to celebrate this year: she got married to her long-time companion Erwin Bach, a former music label executive, during a lavish ceremony at her lake-side villa ‘Algonquin.’  Most of the local ‘Cervalat

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Zulu Metrosexuals

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about “Black Dandies” and the presence of new academic identities in US institutions. But anyone hear about Zulu Metrosexuals, and the ways in which the Zulu—men in particular—have similarly used dress...

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Oprah and Kristof: What don’t they have in common?

In the first sentence of my recent essay in Harvard’s Transition Magazine, I declared that I did not want to write about Nicholas Kristof because his writing was boringly predictable. But I also did not want to write about...

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The Invisible Christians of #Kony2012

In the last few days every journalist (or outraged blogger) covering #Kony2012 has been so busy reporting on what the bloggers have been saying and putting together salad after salad of African (and therefore authentic, true etc)...

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Oprah Winfrey’s expensive South African education

Earlier this month the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls held its first graduation. 72 of the original 75 girls walked down the aisle, to much applause and with good reason. The young women worked hard, and...

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

In Praise of Wangari Maathai

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

“IS BAD HAIR DIFFERENT FOR BLACK WOMEN THAN FOR WHITE WOMAN”?

More examples of the race essentialism that passes for public talk in the United States. Larry King (bad interviewer, friend of power) and Tyra Banks (the next generation Oprah Winfrey) talk “natural hair”–only black people use hair...