“Key & Peele” (the comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) are considered the next generation of top black comedians (that’s a link to The New York Times endorsement). Their sketch comedy show on the American channel Comedy Central is supposed to take over from where Dave Chappelle left things when he went on vacation to Durban, South Africa. They’ve received the endorsement of Barack Obama (they’ve done sketches about Obama’s “anger translator” Luther which is really funny). In mainstream newspaper profiles they’re described as not treating “social issues with kid gloves,” “send(ing) up race, class and culture while holding the attention of a young, diverse demographic” and skewering black and white characters alike. Not everyone agrees. On Salon.com, Karina Richardson writes that “Key and Peele address (the) tension and frustration (in how the world sees black people and how black people see themselves) by juxtaposing black identities, their own and their characters’, with black caricatures in popular culture.” However, she claims, “the show’s largest flaw is its preoccupation with translating a particular black experience for liberal white sensibilities. Its eagerness to avoid offense hangs over every tepid sketch about race, sketches already laboring under excessive gentleness and lack of imagination. In each sketch black people are impeded by their own blackness, or more specifically black men cling to an idea of black masculinity, one that Key and Peele suggest is a needless performance.” Anyway, they’ve just scored a second season. Which is a good way to introduce the sketch above. Not sure I find this sketch–with its bad accents–funny (my post from a while ago refers). But maybe that’s the point?
I had told many half-truths before, but those little lies were cute compared to this, the first time I told a big lie.
The Jacob Zuma years were especially damaging for re-introducing South Africans to political leaders who did not fear shame.
Today marks ten years since Aimé Césaire’s death. What would he have thought about the state of the former French colonies today?
Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.
The Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar aims to show that music is much more than a collection of tunes.
The murder of Abu Asvat has clouded Winnie Mandela’s legacy. Their deep friendship symbolized what could have been in the struggle for freedom.
Striving to be both European and black requires some specific forms of double consciousness — Paul Gilroy in The Black Atlantic.
What use are academic categories when they reinforce conservative concepts scholars seek to challenge?
Does Julius Malema’s EFF in South Africa do better by its local party machinery–especially its women officials–than the ANC
Uber’s usual tricks — to provoke price wars in an attempt to increase their share of markets, evade taxes, and undermine workers’ rights — are alive and well in Africa.
How black women shaped black nationalist and internationalist movements in the twentieth century US.
Land reform dominates public debate in South Africa. But it comes with a lack of data and a clear policy.
It is key that peacemaking in the CAR prioritize inclusion of minorities, especially Muslim and Peuhl Central Africans.
New York’s Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute seeks to “document and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures.”
When rain falls on a leopard, it does not wash off his spots. The same can’t be said of Kenya’s media and the opposition after Uhuru Kenyatta’s crackdown.
Social media group-think derails any chance for a progressive political movement.
30 years ago, free speech advocates were more willing to tolerate far-right voices than oppose them. It’s now happening again.
Is the US military on its way to Ghana to set up base? What do Ghanaians think.
Living in the city that hosted the 1884 conference where Western powers divided up Africa for themselves