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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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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.  ...
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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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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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Berlin Landscapes Gallery

Whilst residing in Berlin for the past ten years, Carl Albrecht has been soaking up all the inspiration this city has to offer. As an painter, 3d artist, producer and photographer, Berlin plays a mayor role in all his creati...
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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DJ Premiere Schools Berlin

If you love hip-hop, you know DJ Premier, the most formative hip-hop producer. He has created music for everyone from Nas, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan, KRS-One, Busta Rhymes & Gang Star to name a few.  If you are new to hip hop,...
by denise
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Don’t Change The Player. Change The Game.

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’ve been saying this a lot lately. Are you like me and tired of the 24 hour Berlin party people with all their blah-blah-blah baggage? Sick of your asshole boyfriend or girlfriend, and als...
by chester
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Looking Back: Bad Brains

              With all the social unrest going on these days, it might be good to revisit the good ol’ days of antiestablishment music.  Not the happy california flower power idealism of the 60’s hippy move...
by chester
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Congratulations! It’s Not A Girl!!!

People like to re-evaluate their lives every so often, especially when birthdays come around. I’m turning from the dirty 30’s into the “almost 40” years and I guess I can’t complain too much. IR...
by chester
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