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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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Black International Film Festival

Last weekend I ventured out of my corner of the city to check out the Black International Film Festival in Rathaus Shöneberg and  left impressed and inspired.  The festival featured artist performances, seminars, and films f...
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Arriving In The Future. Stories of Home and Exile

Witnessed the series is excited to announce a call for submissions in creative writing and artwork for Arriving In The Future. Stories of Home and Exile Edited by Asoka Esuruoso and Philipp Khabo Köpsell Arriving in the futu...
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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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LIVING IN GERMANY, CAN I REALLY DO THIS?

Living in Germany, occasionally I suffer from bouts of homesickness. Missing home varies from day to day but it’s usually tied to an unpleasant experience and how hormonal I am. Today was a day when I thought briefly, I shou...
by nicole
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Swedish Minister of Culture celebrating with ”n*g*er cake”

5 Ways To Eat Your Racist Cake & Have It Too

Today, Sweden got put on the map with a viral-ready, documented display of obvious racism and obliviousness. Source The whole scene can’t get worse.  It is like a racist nightmare: They are all laughing! It is like they ...
by denise
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“Kaffee macht schön!”

Call it an occupational hazard of someone already drawn to research and write about the historical links between beauty, race, and power, but I have begun to observe a strange phenomenon on the streets of Berlin… Here, where ...
by Rochelle Rowe
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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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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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Review: Chocó

I totally understand why the director of Chocó, Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza, cried while introducing the movie’s premiere at the Berlinale.  He spoke about the fact that this was the first time that a story about Afro-C...
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