While we would like to go full steam year round, the fact that we have day jobs (for example, I work as a professor), means we have to take a break from the site every summer. To recharge our batteries. Officially we went on break Friday, July 16th (we set up you up with a Sierra Leone-connected mix). However, in honor of one of our patron saints, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (not the Hollywood version, but the more radical, contradictory Mandela) whose birthday it is today (he would have been 98 years old), we’re making the break official. Don’t worry, we’ll cook up some stuff for the fall and we’ll be back on September 1. In the meantime, you can go potter around the website and catch up on our archive. If you have really bad withdrawal symptoms, check in occasionally at our social media media (Facebook here, here and here, Instagram and Twitter here, here and here). See you in the Fall.
Influence exhilarates. It also makes people nervous. Writers, artists, scholars, researchers—we all seem to want to be “influential.” Less often do we want to admit to being “influenced.”
The stories of African immigrants to the United States tell vivid tales of unimaginable anti-Blackness through foreign terrain, and systematic dehumanization and degradation.
How managing COVID-19 and other crises necessitates Africa’s structural transformation, and what we can learn from the early post-independence development projects.
This week on AIAC: Wangui Kimari and Benjamin Fogel on the politics of anti-corruption, and then the particular case of Tanzania with Sabatho Nyamsenda and Elisa Greco. Stream live on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter.
Communities that live and work in African woodlands must become central to conservation efforts.
Kenya’s 2010 Constitution put limits on men’s dominance of public institutions, including parliament. Since then, men have done everything to sabotage it, but also to scrap it altogether.
South Africa’s biggest city is ground zero for debates about the long-term effectiveness and constitutionality of militarized urban policing and how we imagine the post-COVID city.
Women in southern Kaduna recently marched clad and unclad to demand an end to deadly violence. Suddenly, the customs surrounding the repression of the female body no longer mattered.
Addressing antisemitism in anti-Zionist politics and what Africans can do about the occupation.
Growing xenophobic nationalism in South Africa is a danger to African people across the continent.
How an environmental catastrophe catalyzed major anti-government mobilizations in Mauritius.
The drummer Gilbert Matthews was a visionary of South African jazz. The silences on his passing from official quarters are discordant.
It is unfair to expect coherent politics from Naira Marley or his fans, the Marlians. We should, instead, chastise the Nigerian state for stifling its people and keeping its young perpetually waiting.
Arresting and jailing Kenya’s poor isn’t working to cut crime or protect people’s rights. We need something else.
A new film explores the perspectives of Sudanese-American artists navigating their relationships and responsibilities to the revolution back home.
The anti-Black Lives Matter backlash in South Africa highlights the growing ideological convergence between the far right and conservatives.
The viral sensation “Jerusalema” and its dance challenge reveals a deeper longing and desire to re-imagine the world.
In the first part of a two-part post, the author challenges conventional progressive approaches to “race,” finding them to be untenable with non-racialism.
No sul de Angola, para além do infindável ciclo de seca, a crise humanitária cresce por causa de razões não climatológicas.