Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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October 31 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 31 2014, 18:12:15

At the moment of writing this post - October 31, late afternoon - the leader of Burkina Faso may be Gen. Honoré Traoré, the army chief of staff, who declared himself president yesterday. It may, instead, be Lt.-Col. Isaac Zida, second-in-command of the presidential security regiment, who has just announced the closure of the borders. [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 31 2014, 12:00:39

The October edition of Hipster's Don't Dance's monthly chart on Africa is a Country is here! Check it below, and be sure to visit the HDD blog regularly for all their great up-to-the-timeness out of London. DJ Olu x Bance HKN records has been quiet of late but this debut single from DJ Olu's up coming mixtape is something [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 31 2014, 10:00:25

I never understood what Gil Scot Heron was talking about in his song  "New York is Killing Me" (from his last studio album I'm New Here) I understand now, it means that people so loved, admired and coveted his genius that they smothered him to death. The uniqueness that is the Harlem of yore- from [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 31 2014, 08:00:49

A few weeks ago, at the North Eastern Workshop on Southern Africa in Burlington, Vermont, I got a chance to participate in a roundtable on Digital Southern African Studies with Africa Is a Country's Sean Jacobs.  Sean asked me if I would be interested in starting a weekly series on digital African projects and I [...]

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October 30 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 30 2014, 14:00:31

I have always held that the Nigerian god is far too kind. Kind to our political leaders in spite of their wickedness, kind to our religious leaders in spite of their hypocrisy, kind to our traditional leaders in spite of their complicity in all the mess we find ourselves in. And kind to foreigners. I [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 30 2014, 12:39:21

Ça chauffe au Burkina, just like we knew it would. News came this morning that the National Assembly and the headquarters of the ruling party have gone up in flames, but it's not a great surprise. A political crisis has been looming ever since it became apparent that President Blaise Compaoré (that's him and his [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 30 2014, 11:00:56

You all know that South Asians have this "thing" about light skin, right? I don't need to go into too many details - the skin lighteners, the Bollywood films dominated by people who look like they came from, say, Northern Turkey? And even popular, multimillionaire actors like Shahrukh Khan have become shills for skin lightener [...]

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October 29 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 29 2014, 15:00:52

In 1995 filmmaker and griot Dani Kouyaté won the Golden Stallion - The award for Best Film at the pan-African film festival FESPACO - for his first feature Keïta! The Heritage of the Griot. He has since made three more feature films in addition to directing for TV and the stage as well as several [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 29 2014, 13:00:00

"I started become interested in this project, 'Legendary', back when I hung out in 42nd Street and Time Square in New York City. In the 42nd street area there was a place right across the street from the bus station on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue call Show World and it was the largest peep [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 29 2014, 11:00:13

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it," wrote Toni Morrison. Imagine a world with no Hobbits, no Aslan, no Dr. Who. These English mythologies, love them or hate them, are rampant, bold and provocative. There is a tendency for children's books set [...]

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