The Mic Movement
amplifying art in berlin & beyond



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

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.

Full Story »

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.

Full Story »

Articles

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.

Full Story »

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.

Full Story »

Articles

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.

Full Story »

 
 

 

Blaze – The Dancers

Blaze – The Street Dance Show features dancers from around the world. Blaze has auditions in every country giving dancers the opportunity to be in a large-scale street dance production. Dancers bring an intense passion to...
by denise
0

 
 

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
2

 
 

It’s The First American Buffet Charlie Brown

One person’s clever marketing is another person’s propaganda. Such would be the case for one of America’s coolest national food orgies, Thanksgiving, the others being 4th of July (grill parties) and Halloween ...
by chester
0

 

 

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.  ...
by denise
0

 
 

Big Country

The United States of America. It is a country which exists in virtually all places, so ubiquitous, in fact, that traces of its influence can be found everywhere, from Danish television to Australian radio. The US is considered ...
by blue
0

 
 

Review: Shabazz Palaces Show

From the days of the Digable Planets in the 90s untill now,’Butterfly’, now known as MC Palaceer Lazaro is still doing his funky hiphop thing. I went to check out his latest project, ‘Shabazz Palaces’ la...
by lecia
 

 

 

Art & Politics

“Art and politics are my two favorite things in the world,” said my German artist friend a week ago upon returning from the Pope demonstrations. At first, the statement confused me. To me, art was something that transcended...
by rachel
2

 
 

African Roots

I am weary when I receive compliments here because they are usually precursors for the inevitable question that is usually the first thing most Germans ask me, often before they ask my name. “Where are you from?” O...
by denise
0

 
 

Why Everyone Hates America.

Because the USA is like that popular girl in high school, you know the one that all the boys liked. The one that acted all goody two shoes even though she smoked in the bathroom. She is a lie.  People rave about her fashion se...
by denise
0