Browsing: Being Black

European-flavored chips, gas station Nazis, bell hooks “all about love,” the German literary establishment: in this text, Olivia Wenzel, a playwright and performer from Berlin, writes about her writing between things like these.

The publication from the series “Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte” (From Politics and Contemporary History), published by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), brings together contributions on Afrofuturism, enslavement and the cotton industry, the history of the racist “White Supremacy” movement in the USA or the novel “Underground Railroad” by the US writer Colson Whitehead, among other topics.

The debut single by Cologne rapper Leila Akinyi talks lightly and proudly about her self-image as a Black woman in Germany.

The episodes are called “Poetry Meets Soul with Jumoke Adeyanju”, “G20 Protest with Kofi Shakur” or “Exit Racism with Tupoka Ogette and Stephen Lawson” – unagitated, serious, dynamic and often poetic video/multimedia portraits of people of color and LGBTI* people who live, work, are politically, artistically, activistically active in Berlin.

The feature film tells of the summer of 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, of life and growing up as a Black child in the U.S., the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and its residents, financial scarcity and the loss of a loved one.

The lifestyle magazine from Vienna has been focusing on black life in Austria since 2014 and sees itself as a magazine by and for the second and third generation of the African diaspora. The focus is on lifestyle, art, fashion, studying and business.

Colonialism, space, post-racist future: Simone Dede Ayivi’s performance in Berlin’s Sopiehensälen tells at the same time about today, about the past and about another tomorrow, because: “It’s hard to stop rebels that time travels”.

Afrofuturist, filmmaker, and activist Amadine Gay’s documentary assembles the experiences of Francophone European Black women in the diaspora into a multi-layered collage about Blackness, art, racial discrimination, and the reappropriation of one’s own narrative.

The US-American musician Saul Williams processes racist experiences from his childhood and youth in this track.

“Young, Gifted and Black” by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippin, is a book for children that features 52 influential Black people and their accomplishments.

The Foxy Five is a feminist South African web series and has 4 episodes on YouTube so far. Triggered by the “FeesMustFall movement” in South Africa in 2015, the director realized that multiple issues around feminisms in Africa needed to be discussed and publicized.