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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Mindy Kaling isn’t Responsible for Being Your Diversity Councillor

I got together with Nadia Misir and Derica Shields for an AIAC Roundtable to discuss why Mindy Kaling went batshit when she was asked, at the recent SXSW, why there are no other characters of colour in senior positions of authority (ie. other doctors) on her show, The Mindy Project. After saying that such inquiries about diversity...

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

The Komla Dumor I knew

A friend who knew I was once a broadcast journalist with Joy FM recently asked me whether I had any pictures with Komla Dumor (KD). My response was “unfortunately not, and I am not going to Photoshop...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Refugee Voyeurism, German Style

What do a model, the former bassist of a rightist rock band, a fantasy writer who has several times expressed her admiration for Thilo Sarrazin (the Bundesbank executive, who questioned whether migrants were ‘unfit or unwilling to integrated’...

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Who’s Been Sleeping in My House?

South African television is fascinating. Every evening, as part of an ongoing anthropological investigation into the workings of the South African national consciousness, I take my dinner with an episode of 7de Laan (7th Avenue), a popular Afrikaans soap...

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Al Jazeera Goes French

Once again, the Qatari media company, Al Jazeera has announced it is in the advanced stages of launching a French-language news network. It has already confirmed a 5-hour news block to be aired on its English language...

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

What’s new in South America? Blackface is okay in Peru

Peruvian media have revived the debate regarding Negro Mama, a popular character of the prime time TV show El Especial del Humor. The show, aired on one of the country’s main TV channels, Frecuencia Latina, features actor Jose...

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

‘Nigeria’s own Donald Trump’

MTV Base, the music channel’s African subsidiary carried on satellite TV, have been making these upbeat video features, where a group of upwardly mobile young Africans–most based on the continent–interview leading businesspeople, entertainers and a few public...

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

‘Slavery, The Game’

While watching out for Fifa 12, I got distracted by this Youtube “commercial” for  another video game, “Slavery: The Game.”  Within days it had half a million views. Watch the trailer above. It just seemed to absurd...

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Youssef Chahine’s Cairo

The late, great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine shot this drama/documentary/biography on Cairo for television in 1991. As brilliant and beautiful a depiction of the city as any, Chahine infused the story with his usual political narratives–power, wealth, poverty, racial...

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Lion King Moment

Great scene from ABC’s “Modern Family,” a comedy series about a very traditional family. The scene is featured on Sphere of Influence, a blog about stereotypes, by one of my students, Loren Lynch. Check out the blog.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Debating Sexuality in South Africa

As @ekapa correctly noted in his comment on my post about “Homophobia as National Sport” in South Africa, “… depressing as this is its a symptom/result of the increasingly vocal and visible African and Coloured...

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

A presenter on a Christian TV show in Nigeria gets prank-called. First by someone pretending to be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air who is now saved and then by a Star Wars fan (“My inspiration in...

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

COONERY

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / BONGEZIWE MABANDLA

Playing live on TV morning show in South Africa. This guy is good.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

THE “MAKEOVER” OF CASTER SEMENYA