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Ishema Kane's letter and German versions of controversial "Tintin in the Congo" and "Pippi Longstocking" - (Facebook / Casterman / Oetinger)
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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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Ishema Kane's letter and German versions of controversial "Tintin in the Congo" and "Pippi Longstocking" - (Facebook / Casterman / Oetinger)

Correct me if I am (politically) wrong: “Real” Art, Elitism and White Delusions of Grandeur

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 thre...
by Sharon Dodua Otoo
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Looking Back: Afrika Bambaataa

Perhaps once you were in the Tresor room, bouncing to some bangin’ beats by Jeff Mills, or out ravin’ to hardcore at a Teknival and wondering what a NY DJ who first coined the term “hip hop” has to do with techn...
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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...
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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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The Reggae Movement Gallery

We stumbled on The Reggae Movement exhibition at Yaam last weekend and were fortunate to see the exhibition in its final days.  The images were made by Jamaican artist, Michael Thompson who goes by the name Freestylee on twi...
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Heard & Seen @ The Do-Over

I captured some images & video of the backyard styled party called The Do-Over that happened on a perfect summer day at Picknick in Berlin.  Rosa Caleta, the European & Jamaican fusion restaurant supplied the food. Am...
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Heard & Seen @ Dialogue Books

Dialogue Books just found a new home in Kruezberg, so now Berlin has 3 English Bookstores and  Dialogue is the only one that specializes in new books. Their event Conflict & Writing was intriguing  because we seem to li...
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