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Correct me if I am (politically) wrong: “Real” Art, Elitism and White Delusions of Grandeur

Posted  April 8, 2013  by  Sharon Dodua Otoo

White cultural producers are fighting to retain their privileges: to date they still occupy dominant positions in the German art industry and therefore presumably experience the mere existence of political correctness as a threat.

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Berlin Boombox

the things i am thinking while smiling politely…

Posted  March 11, 2013  by  denise

Dodua Otoo’s writing is efficient and brutal with a journal-like quality. This writing style effortlessly explores complex issues like white supremacy in intimate relationships, cultural colonialism, immigration, the mine-field of divorce and universal human failure. None of these issues are at the center of the story, yet are weaved through everything that happens. Her narrative gives us a sneak peek into the unsaid and often felt universe of a black woman in Berlin.

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Black in Berlin

Posted  February 25, 2013  by  Karina Griffith

Last week’s premiere event was a great inauguration. “The Politics of Community” was the overarching theme, but after a wonderful introduction to give some academic context, Taylor expertly guided our discussion forth and back to other areas of concern. Topics ranged from politically correct vocabulary (one beautiful Black women rejects both terms “race” and “mixed” to describe herself), to how German administrative forms fail to reflect the diverse background of some Berliners (how can you communicate that your place of birth, ethnicity and place of residence are are varied when there is only one box to check?) to how the emphasis on Germany’s Nazi past leaves little room to address the atrocities of colonialism that foreshadowed it.

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Berlin Boombox

The Berlinale Breakdown

Posted  February 21, 2013  by  denise

My mind is a whirl of movies and my pupils are still dilated. Most of the filmmakers in the Berlinale Blackness films were coming from outside of the culture that they wanted to represent. This means that they would be naturally attracted to the most striking elements of the society that they were discovering and may not have had the cultural fluency to appreciate the subtler aspects of that society.

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7 Things You Can Do To Make Your Art Less Racist – A comprehensive How-To-Guide

Posted  February 20, 2013  by  Sandrine Micossé-Aikins

Many renowned artists were racists and/or sexists. This is not your fault. But it becomes your problem, too, if you elect to continue their legacy as if they had not been dehumanising the majority of the people on the planet.

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That F*cking Sara

  That F*cking Sara is a DJ living & spinning in Berlin. Raised in Denmark, Sara talks about her introduction and connection to hip-hop and how she got her infamous name. It is evident through her skills that she has ...
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Leave It On The Floor

I had my world torn open by the documentary, Paris is Burning in the early 90’s.  All of a sudden a movie gave voice to a silenced subculture of black gay ball culture.  This culture has saved lives, nourished artists a...
by denise
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“Everybody wants to be black on a saturday night…but not on tuesday!!”

After six years of living in Berlin, I thought maybe it was time I check out the Christopher Street Day Parade. I went pretty late and I think maybe I missed most of the assless pants and latex. Apart from the music trucks whic...
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Looking Back: Afrika Bambaataa

Perhaps once you were in the Tresor room, bouncing to some bangin’ beats by Jeff Mills, or out ravin’ to hardcore at a Teknival and wondering what a NY DJ who first coined the term “hip hop” has to do with techn...
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Looking Back: The Rock Steady Crew

Remember West Side Story? You might have thought the notion of dancing street gangs in NY was pretty ridiculous, but once upon a time that was the case. Breaking, not to be confused with the media sellout term “breakdancing,...
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Heard & Seen @ Black Milk

The hip-hop in Berlin is up close and personal. The Bohannon has a basement feel and minimal separation between performer and audience. Check out how Black Milk and his crew bring it at the their concert at the Bohannon. This i...
by denise
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Swedish Minister of Culture celebrating with ”n*g*er cake”

5 Ways To Eat Your Racist Cake & Have It Too

Today, Sweden got put on the map with a viral-ready, documented display of obvious racism and obliviousness. Source The whole scene can’t get worse.  It is like a racist nightmare: They are all laughing! It is like they ...
by denise
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the things i am thinking while smiling politely…

Dodua Otoo's writing is efficient and brutal with a journal-like quality. This writing style effortlessly explores complex issues like white supremacy in intimate relationships, cultural colonialism, immigration, the mine-field...
by denise
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Video: Erykah Badu @ Made

I ended up spontaneously visiting the US this summer and lamented the fact that I would miss the Erykah Badu concert on August 4th.  I’ve seen her perform and knew that she would bring her improvisational and inspired sp...
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