Browsing: Black history

Founded in 2002 by Ntone Edjabe, the Cape Town, South Africa-based platform of writing, art and politics has many formats.

The singer-songwriter and activist Fasia Jansen, born in Hamburg in 1929, fought all her life against racism, economic and social exploitation, against war and for emancipation and equal rights for women.

Togo, Cameroon, Tanzania, Namibia: The five-part documentary series (the intro linked here forms the first part) visits the areas on the African continent formerly colonized by Germany by force.

The online dossier of the same name recalls the emancipatory, feminist, leftist movements and struggles of 1968 by confronting the dominant, popular historical narratives with , Afro-German, African, and queer perspectives and biographies.

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.

Frantz Fanon, born in Martinique in 1925, is considered one of the most analytically incisive anti-colonial thinkers and activists. This portrait of his companion Alice Cherki, a psychotherapist and psychiatrist from Algiers, paints a contoured picture of Frantz Fannon-dense and fact-filled writing, light on its feet and narrative like an essay.

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.

A railroad underground, accessible via shafts and separate stations, built to escape racist enslavement – U.S. author Colson Whitehead literarily expands a metaphor that originally describes an informal network of abolitionists into an actual, underground rail connection.

The track by SXTN from Berlin is quite a lot at the same time – resistant, fresh, empowering, ironic, danceable and clever are just a few possible characteristics.

The term “Madgermanes” is used in Mozambique to refer to the approximately 15-20,000 people who worked as “contract workers” in the GDR between 1979 and 1991 – and were subsequently deported from the GDR, having been cheated out of most of their wages by Mozambique.