While we would like to go full steam year round, the fact that we have day jobs (for example, I work as a professor), means we have to take a break from the site every summer. To recharge our batteries. Officially we went on break Friday, July 16th (we set up you up with a Sierra Leone-connected mix). However, in honor of one of our patron saints, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (not the Hollywood version, but the more radical, contradictory Mandela) whose birthday it is today (he would have been 98 years old), we’re making the break official. Don’t worry, we’ll cook up some stuff for the fall and we’ll be back on September 1. In the meantime, you can go potter around the website and catch up on our archive. If you have really bad withdrawal symptoms, check in occasionally at our social media media (Facebook here, here and here, Instagram and Twitter here, here and here). See you in the Fall.
Dennis Brutus described Arthur Nortje as “perhaps the best South African poet of our time.”
The ideal South African is not the citizen but the consumer, and this is impressed upon children immediately when some are sent to private schools.
Africans’ lack of knowledge about our own shared refugee experiences continues to fuel hate and discrimination on the continent.
Imagine if African films could enjoy shooting and editing on the continent, uninhibited by national and international politics.
Ideas for how to pressure Uganda’s “M-Pigs” to become elected representatives who actually serve in the public interest.
Lateef K. Jakande, also known as Baba Kekere, was the first civilian governor of Nigeria’s Lagos State.
What is one particular place when represented photographically?
Over the past decade, support from Western Christian groups have become an increasingly dominant force in Israel’s relationships with Africa.
Director Taiwo Egunjobi disavows Nollywood’s penchant for crass comedies and maudlin dramas.
Trevor Madondo achieved a certain immortality in Zimbabwean cricketing lore precisely for the way in which he confronted cricket’s history as an instrument of empire.
Dieudo Hamadi’s film ‘Downstream to Kinshasa’ is a powerful antidote to the DRC’s collective amnesia around the Six-Day War and its aftermath.
No amount of clean technology, industrial growth or boosts to GDP will avert the economic and climate crises inextricable to profit-driven extraction.
The performative documentary ‘Sun of the Soil’ restores the historical record of the ‘great king’ of Mali, Mansa Musa.
Drug use among young people in Nairobi’s slums is on the rise. Youth also face arbitrary arrests by the police, resulting in jail time which turns them into hardcore criminals in a vicious cycle.
How economic disparities, inequities, and opportunities occur side by side in Lesotho.
Tracing the music, from 1978 to the 2000s, that defined the rule of former Kenyan president Daniel Torotich Arap Moi.
On surviving the Khartoum massacre and trying to make sense of what remains from Sudan’s revolution.
Thomas Sankara has emerged as both a lesson on the uncertainties of revolutionary change and the possibilities for people-centered development for the present and future.