African Studies scholars write for the gate-keepers, to prove our own legitimacy, for the stimulation of conferences and the relief of rising recognition by algorithms.
The Nigerian drama “Òlòtūré,” about sex work and sex trafficking in the country’s commercial capital, which premiered on Netflix, is mostly uncomfortable. And not in a good way.
Influence exhilarates. It also makes people nervous. Writers, artists, scholars, researchers—we all seem to want to be “influential.” Less often do we want to admit to being “influenced.”
The drummer Gilbert Matthews was a visionary of South African jazz. The silences on his passing from official quarters are discordant.
It is unfair to expect coherent politics from Naira Marley or his fans, the Marlians. We should, instead, chastise the Nigerian state for stifling its people and keeping its young perpetually waiting.
A new film explores the perspectives of Sudanese-American artists navigating their relationships and responsibilities to the revolution back home.
The viral sensation “Jerusalema” and its dance challenge reveals a deeper longing and desire to re-imagine the world.
In the first part of a two-part post, the author challenges conventional progressive approaches to “race,” finding them to be untenable with non-racialism.
Beyonce offered me escapism in my childhood. But now I see the contradictions and shortcomings in her claimed radicalness.
The legend of Nelson Mandela was built years before his lengthy jail sentence catapulted him to global fame.
Somali-Canadian writers lay bare the harsh realities of being Black, migrant and Muslim in multicultural and ostensibly tolerant Toronto.
Tanzanian universities are beginning to tackle “sextortion.” Will new policies and attention to sexual harassment on campuses make a difference?
How African literature is taught reveals a depressing lack of knowledge concerning North African writers and their works.
The new short film "Ifé" is a moving story about the delights and difficulties of human relationships.
Journalist Vincent Bevins’ new book, The Jakarta Method, shows that some of the 20th century’s ugliest episodes are still unfolding.
The burial of African languages by Africans themselves has ensured our total immersion into colonial culture.
Beyoncé, 'The Lion King,' 'Coming to America,' and the complicated politics of African representation in Black American cultural production.
Three prominent curators on how they are (re-)situating their respective curatorial practices in relation to the political moment.
It took time to digest Beyonce's Black Is King. Conclusion: it fails to deliver us. Instead, it's just another capitalist construction of the world.