From denouncing racism to destabilising systems: the changing focus of black artists

Tonya Nelson examines the changing responses of black artists to racism since the Civil Rights Era Read More

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Obama-ology

by Sabo Kpade Talks of an Obama biopic have been dismissed as too hasty – the cinematic equivalent of burial rites performed in anticipation of the subject’s death. One could say the same about any number of works of art with him as inspiration. Wiser to wait for when his tenure is over, when the… Read More

SketchFactor for the Middle East: Israel Is a ‘Good Country’ in a ‘Bad Neighbourhood’

by Zishad Lak This year we saw SketchFactor, an app which rates the ‘sketchiness’ of a neighbourhood to help individuals avoid ‘undesirable’ areas, reach the finals of New York’s Big Apps competition. Unsurprisingly, when we start to unpack what ‘sketchy’ actually means, the race implications become evident. The 47-second preview of Obama’s interview with the… Read More

What Will Nigeria Owe America Now?

by Atane Ofiaja Calamity befalling Nigeria is now the norm. Who could have envisioned regular bombings in Abuja, the nation’s capital? This is where we are, my Nigeria almost seems unrecognizable. New York City has been where I’ve lived for my entire adult life, but Nigeria is still home. Fond memories as a child in… Read More

A Public Life of Intimate Violence

Touched by Patsey’s struggles in the Oscar winning film ’12 Years a Slave’, Karen Williams describes how the film helped her to recognise and articulate the depths of latter day racism in her own ‘Public Life of Intimate Violence’  I have spent decades challenging women to have public lives, and for dark women to insist on their right to it, even with the abuse… Read More

Film Review: Mother of George

by David Kwaw Mensah For the purposes of this review I am trying to find flaws in director and fashion photographer Andrew Dosunmu’s sumptuous second feature, Mother of George, but I have to admit that this is turning into an arduous struggle. You see, it’s not that the film is perfect; it’s just that it… Read More