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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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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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Review: Portrait of Jason

The original master material of Clarke's was lost for over 45 years, and thanks in part to Milestone Pictures Kickstarter campaign, a restored print was premiered at the film festival in Berlin to sold- out audiences. One has t...
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A Lesson on Connecting to Berlin: Aloe Blacc

When I went to The do-Over yesterday, I was not sure what I would find. The party lists itself as a backyard-styled barbecue/party and that is exactly what it was. Even though I was surrounded by people who looked like they wer...
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Dreams of a Life

Black History Month Berlin got together with the Berlin Film Society  to screen Dreams Of A Life followed by a discussion with the director, Carol Morley and the main actress, Zawe Ashton.  Dreams of a Life is about Joyce Vin...
by denise
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Lasers – Lupe Fiasco

Lasers, the new album by  Lupe Fiasco came at a hard time in my life emotionally.  I never thought that the album would be relevant to me emotionally when I started to listen but it was because Lupe has chosen to be honest ab...
by denise
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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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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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Germany’s Greece

It takes me too long to process a moment and maybe it is because I am too busy being in it, but most likely it is because I don’t understand the context of my experience until I step away.  I have to forget a little bit ...
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