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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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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...
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Color Coded Cat Calls

As I was riding from Mitte to  Prenzlauer Berg last night feeling giddy from the warmth of the night I came across the sight that always brings me to my senses.  A group of young boys standing on the corner looking at me with...
by denise
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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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NEIN, ICH BIN DEIN VATER!!

“Nein, Ich bin Dein Vater!” is the German translation of Darth Vader’s epic movie line from Star Wars. I am a bit of a movie nerd so I instantly noticed how the movie experience here in good ol’ Europe differed from bac...
by nicole
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A Filmmaker in Berlin

For my entire life I have had an affinity for many dramatic arts. At an early age movies drove me in ways I would later discover to my everyday passion and mission. I believe that facing the challenges of making an idea come t...
by Nick Paratore
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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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Dirty Danny Brown

The problem with talent is that you can’t control who gets it. Which means you may not like what people choose to do with it, but you can’t deny it.  I kept telling myself that during the Danny Brown set at the Spl...
by denise
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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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Carnival à la Berlin…

Surprising the things you may encounter by following your nose around your vibrant Berlin neighbourhood. The Raphy and I stumbled upon a carnival (!!) and a beautiful one at that. This gorgeous event, took place over three days...
by Rochelle Rowe
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