Robert Vinson’s biography of Albert Luthuli hints at how liberation histories might be reframed to better address the problems of the present.
David Graeber (1961-2020) started his career as a scholar studying Madagascar and that informed what became his popular ideas about anarchism, debt, and globalization.
Nelson Mandela’s life teaches us that being quarantined is not the end of politics, but for the regeneration of politics.
COVID-19 isn’t simply a medical or epidemiological crisis; it is a crisis of sovereignty.
Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Lines of Descent (2014) argues that W. E. B. Du Bois’s two years as a graduate student in Berlin vitally informed his views on race and politics.
Nthikeng Mohlele’s novel Small Things (2013) provides a rejoinder to J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), depicting a black man’s perspective on the failures of South Africa’s transition.
Political ‘tribalism’ has for far too long been seen as an African problem. It is also an American problem, reflecting parallel legacies of colonialism.
‘Alienation and Freedom,’ a massive collection of Frantz Fanon’s works, reveals his intellectual and political motivations, but also proves him enigmatic and inscrutable as ever.
White supremacy always relies on an international interdependence as Trump’s support for white extremists in South Africa shows.
In 1978, exiled South African writer and leftist Alex La Guma traveled to the Soviet Union and wrote a book about it. A new, critical annotated edition is out now.
Frantz Fanon remains vital not only for his bracing anti-racism and anti-colonialism, but equally for the less-recognized, empathetic politics of solidarity he cultivated and exemplified.
Survival is an album with a purpose. Released in 1979, it is Bob Marley’s most political recording.