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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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Reggae Nation Project – Part 1

The Reggae scene in Germany is impressive.  I had the honor of experiencing the abundance of talent and organization in Germany’s Reggae community at Reggae Nation Germany’s United for Africa concert on September 3...
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Review: Shabazz Palaces Show

From the days of the Digable Planets in the 90s untill now,’Butterfly’, now known as MC Palaceer Lazaro is still doing his funky hiphop thing. I went to check out his latest project, ‘Shabazz Palaces’ la...
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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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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...
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Community Unity Day

Berlin keeps me on my toes.  For everything I see, there are countless things that I miss like the work of Anthony Baggette of Clear Blue Water.  I made it down to Kreuzberg to catch Community Unity Day 4 at Südblock as p...
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Black in Berlin

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 ...
by Karina Griffith
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Black Milk Flow

You have to respect a performer who brings his own washcloth as if sweat would come too quick to reach the stage-supplied towel. Black Milk came to Berlin with no intentions of holding back. His band preceded him: a DJ who did ...
by denise
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To Go Beyond, Sometimes You Gotta Look Back….New Edition

Let me take you to a time before Auto-tune, when this crew of fresh-faced teens from the Boston projects first came together. Starting with Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell, the group would then be joined by best hom...
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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...
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