Monday, April 22nd, 2013

It may be time for Mother Jones to update its Celebrity Map of Africa

UPDATED: Airports in some African countries can’t keep up with entertainers (and celebrities) either visiting for big pay days (that’s the case especially for rappers and R&B stars, and Kim K), to rehabilitate their images via PR junkets, make appearances in nightclubs, or to connect with themselves. You can create a template it seems for

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Goksin Sipahioglu

One of the highlights of a recent trip to Istanbul–dominated by run-ins with operatives of a secretive Turkish political group–was a quick stop at the Istanbul Modern. What I remember most were a set of photographs taken...

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Black at Beşiktas

I finally got around to reading the piece (in The New Yorker ) about football culture among fanatical supporters of Beşiktas, one of the three big three clubs in Istanbul, Turkey, by the writer Elif Batuman. Unfortunately you need...

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Strawberries and Peri-Peri

The website of South Africa’s ruling party was down for a minute after hackers took it over. The site is back up again. But given that lately ANC leaders make no distinction between political office and running businesses,...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Flying Overseas

I am not cool like Theophelius London. I don’t wear nice, patterned shirts. Solange Knowles* doesn’t want to hang out with me. But sometimes I fly overseas. * Bonus fact: My 5-year old is cool: Solange is...