Saturday, August 7th, 2010
That’s the only way to explain the “career” of the really bad rapper, Bangs (Sudan-born, Australian-based), that includes doing TV commercials, being mocked as “The 11th Hottest Rapper in the Game,” getting interviewed by hip hop journalists, and having a distribution deal. Here‘s some background if you missed this mess. And Bangs, who mimics 50 Cent
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
In early March 2010, members of H-Net Africa, an academic listserv, received a posting from one Moshe Terdman announcing the launch of a new blog called “Islam in Africa Watch.” Terdman claimed that “the knowledge about Islam...
Monday, April 12th, 2010
On Sunday “The New York Times” published a photo essay on the daily lives of the approximately 300 immigrants from the Darfur region of Sudan who live in Kensington, Brooklyn. The images are by Dave Sanders, “a...
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Sudanese voters go to the polls from Sunday, 11 April through 13 April. The election results seems a foregone conclusion. Omar Al-Bashir will probably win given his control of state media, opposition parties are boycotting the elections...
Monday, December 28th, 2009
Just before Christmas “The New York Times ” led its sports section with a story about Ater Majok, a future University of Connecticut baskeball player born in Sudan but educated in Australia and the US, with the...
Friday, November 27th, 2009
Since it is Friday, I might as well put up a few music videos. First up is the Kano remix of The Very Best’s “Julia” (remember earlier this year’s excellent “The Warm Heart of Africa” album?):
Friday, November 13th, 2009
Remember the Sudanese woman who was arrested and tried for wearing a jeans? Now this: Nigerian star Stephen Worgu, who plays in Sudan, has been convicted of drinking alcohol and has been sentenced to be flogged. Worgu...
Friday, September 25th, 2009
The Onion lampoons US-based Darfur-focused pressure groups. One question to the panel: How can the people of Darfur thank Americans? Best response: “I would like a clay pot.”
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
These celebrities want to gamble and hang out. So they say they want to save Africans.
Friday, August 7th, 2009
A former graduate student of mine, Will, runs an irreverent blog KABOBFEST on matters pertaining to the Middle East and the Arab Diaspora. Earlier this week, Will gave his take on the case of the Sudanese media...