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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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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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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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Review: Portrait of Jason

The original master material of Clarke's was lost for over 45 years, and thanks in part to Milestone Pictures Kickstarter campaign, a restored print was premiered at the film festival in Berlin to sold- out audiences. One has t...
by Karina Griffith
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Sweet Sensory Overload

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the dancehall so I forgot the amount of energy required to be fully present at a solid sound system show.  Major Lazer is as solid as a sound system gets and in true form, the...
by denise
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Rebelle (War Witch)

Shielding his face from the abrupt violence on screen, my companion whispered to me, “Is this entire film about child soldiers?” He excused himself and left the Kino.  I was alone in my balcony seats with the War Witch. Se...
by Karina Griffith
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Colonising [Germany] in Reverse

Wat a joyful news, Miss Mattie, I feel like me heart gwine burs Jamaica people colonizin Englan in Reverse By de hundred, by de tousan From country and from town, By de ship-load, by de plane load Jamica is Englan boun. Dem a p...
by Rochelle Rowe
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Glimpses of Splash

Here is a visual synopsis of all the goodness that was to be seen at this year’s Splash hip-hop festival.  The music comes from Kiko King and Creative Maze of Airbender Music. Artists like MF Doom, Aesop Rocky, De LA Sou...
by denise
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Berlinale Blackness

A curated guide of 22 films at the Berlinale that offer a variety of stories from around the world featuring people of color.
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Blackface Is Back

Europeans are not above the stain of racism. We always knew that but recently there have been instances where they wore their racism with belligerent pride and called it tradition. The first “tradition” comes from T...
by denise
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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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