Great takedown of the Newsweek ebola cover By Laura Seay and Kim Yi Dionne in the Washington Post: Newsweek’s use of a chimpanzee to represent a scientifically invalid story about an African disease is a classic case of othering. It suggests that African immigrants are to be feared, and that apes — and African immigrants who […]

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Wronging Rights has WTF Fridays, Africa as a Country has The Bullshit Files, so I think reviving my long ago abandoned #AfriFAIL is the only option possible. The reason that I couldn’t resist doing this is because there is just way too much ridiculousness out there when it comes to Western pop culture trying to […]

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Muso Okwonga reflects on Godfrey Bloom’s racial outburst against aid to African countries: The first thing is that I think that Godfrey Bloom’s comments, for which he subsequently expressed regret, are spectacularly racist. To dismiss Africa, a continent of over fifty nations, as “bongo bongo land”, is to conjure an image of several million generic […]

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Last week I wandered into the SOHO canyons to buy my wife a gift. Since we’ve been in New York, we’ve spent every weekend exploring the different burrows of New York. For whatever reason, we’ve ended up finding ourselves in the heart of SOHO. Every. Weekend. My wife needed a new wallet. I headed straight […]

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Dodai Stewart at Jezebel has a great piece on cultural appropriation in pop culture. Stewarts arguments against cultural appropriation apply to aid and development critique. In the above titled piece, Stewart digs into Miley Cyrus’s latest music video and her uncharacteristic adoption of black urban culture. I couldn’t help but draw parallels in her arguments […]

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