The hipsters at Vice.TV produce original video reporting–which sways between brilliant and annoying. They’ve also become more important now that CNN has signed a deal with them to put Vice content on CNN’s platforms.

About being brilliant or annoying or both at the same time, go check out their most recent “report” on Liberia which you can watch in 8 parts at their website.

I have tried not to say something anything about the Liberia episode since I first saw it online last month. Some other US based blogs heavy on African content have:  like Yale political scientist, Chris Blattman and Journey Without Maps (they both hated it), or My Heart’s in Accra (he swings both ways as well as Scarlett Lion (she can’t see it in Liberia; slow internet), to name a few.

My comment is short: All I can say is if you’re going to check out a substantive piece of writing or video on recent developments in Liberia, I’d rather read the two-part “Letter from Liberia” by Zadie Smith (no relation to Vice’s Shane Smith).

Please don’t let these guys near Congo.

Further Reading

Laundering Isabel dos Santos

“African corruption” is only African as regards its victims. Its perpetrators are institutions and individuals from across the globe who are willing to loot without conscience as they watch their offshore accounts grow.

Fela enshrined

Fela Kuti’s friend, Carlos Moore, the black Cuban emigre writer, is the subject of a film about their at times difficult relationship. The result is complex.

On Safari

We are not just marking the end of 2019, but also the end of a momentous, if frustrating decade for building a more humane, caring future for Africans.

Time travelin’

The Chimurenga arts collective explores the relevance of FESTAC, a near forgotten, epic black arts festival held in Nigeria in the mid-1970s, for our age.