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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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Euro Hipster

Hipster has pretty much turned into a meaningless term that people use to describe cool-looking people that annoy them.  It is assumed that these people have nothing going on besides their next American Apparel order, making ...
by denise
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Those who arrive on the Wednesday…

The last few Bundestreffen have taken place in Helmarshausen in Hessen (just north of Kassel). The entire youth hostel is booked out and for four days Black people from all over Germany are invited to participate in workshops, ...
by Sharon Dodua Otoo
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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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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...
by denise
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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...
by denise
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Heard & Seen @ Blaze

After a successful premiere in London’s West End, and sold out tours in the UK and the Netherlands, Blaze The Show started its world tour here in Berlin. Bringing together 12 of the most talented street- and breakdancer...
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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Leave It On The Floor

I had my world torn open by the documentary, Paris is Burning in the early 90’s.  All of a sudden a movie gave voice to a silenced subculture of black gay ball culture.  This culture has saved lives, nourished artists a...
by denise
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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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