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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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Chandra Brooks

We are starting our profiles of artists in Berlin with Chandra Brooks, an American who has been living and working in Europe for over 15 years.  Her work as a visual artist has been widely recognized and acclaimed.  Recently ...
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The Coup Was Worth It

Berlin is hard to survive when the summer ends and endless dark days begin. The Coup just came through to bring us a bit of brightness and a lot of funk. Years ago when I first heard “5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO” a...
by denise
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Street Art Gallery

I grew up in Brooklyn in the eighties and the street art in Berlin is reminiscent of the NY in the infamous pre-cleanup era. Street art is everywhere as tags (which I sort of hate) or larger, more intricate works. In Prenzlauer...
by denise
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The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being

Sometimes I don’t know what I dislike more, being proud of your culture or NOT being proud. It reminds me of what Hamlet said, “to be or not to be, that is the question.” This issue comes up in my mind every time I sp...
by chester
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Reggae Nation Germany: Dr Volkanikman

The Reggae Nation Project – Part 2 Dr. Volkanikman talks about his introduction and connection to reggae music, growing up in Berlin and giving back to the community through reggae music and his project Action-No Words.  ...
by denise
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Heard & Seen @ Diamond D

Diamond D brings true turntableism to Berlin. Recorded at Bohannon on September 23, 2011.   Diamond D is an original hip-hop producer & DJ who has been on the scene since the 80’s.  It was a pleasure to watch hi...
by denise
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A Lesson on Connecting to Berlin: Aloe Blacc

When I went to The do-Over yesterday, I was not sure what I would find. The party lists itself as a backyard-styled barbecue/party and that is exactly what it was. Even though I was surrounded by people who looked like they wer...
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Splash Festival

After years of living in Berlin and traveling back to the states for festivals, I finally had my first German music festival experience.  Since my opportunity to go to the Splash Festival came up spontaneously, I had to be in ...
by denise
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Diamond D

In 1996 my hiphop education was swift and thorough as everything I needed to know was on one mixtape a DJ friend gave me.  On it, among the likes of the Alcoholics, the Beatnuts, Jeru the Damaja, the Notorious B.I.G, Method Ma...
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