racism

  • Racism explained to an alien

    Dear alien, first of all, it was quite a humorous experience to find out you also call us “aliens”. In English, we have come up with the name “humans” for our species. What about you, have you also chosen a random name for yourselves? To be honest, I’m not...
  • Yama Lasmar Dooni – Asma Othmani

    Asma Othmani, a Tunisian singer, took an old traditional Tunisian song of the Mizwad genre called “Yama Lasmar Douni” (“Oh brown is bad”) and made a new interpretation of it adding a piece of spoken word called “Tounes Alwen” (“Tunis of Colors”) written by Jihed Cherni,...
  • A selective racism

    The world is living one of the worst migration crisis in history. This topic is constantly on the political agenda, with national governments and international organizations addressing it in their speeches and policies. While prejudice against immigrants was somewhat hidden in the arguments for the exit of the United...
  • Discrimination from within

    In 2016, a 24-year-old Portuguese filmmaker named Leonor Teles won the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival for best short film, becoming the youngest person ever to receive the award. This in and of itself should have been news in Portugal. The real reason was the topic of...
  • Racism in Portugal against African descendants

    This article is the first in a 4-part series about racial discrimination in Portugal and Brazil. On 13 April 2017, Portugal’s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, travelled to Senegal. He visited the House of Slaves in Gorée Island and took advantage of the opportunity to condemn slavery. He stated...
  • An open letter to racists

    “The trouble around difference is really about privilege & power-the existence of privilege & the lopsided distribution of power that keeps it going. The trouble is rooted in a legacy that we all inherited, and while we’re here it belongs to us. It isn’t our fault. It wasn’t caused...
  • What I wish they had told me: reconciling my black identity with my white Western surrounding

    I wish growing up that someone had told me that it is okay that I will never be the norm. That in my half hearted attempts to be part of the norm the inevitable “failure” of looking, acting, thinking and behaving like the norm was not in actual fact...
  • Race – Prince

    Considered one of the best and most versatile artists of all time, Prince definitely left a huge hole in the music industry when he passed away last 21st April due to a fentanyl overdose. His music heritage will remain vivid in his fans and colleagues who adored him in...
  • District 9 – Neill Blomkamp

    What if an alien spaceship landed over Johannesburg, and instead of conquering the planet the stranded visitors ended up victims of a new, inter-planetarian Apartheid? One of the most sensational and original films of 2009, South African science fiction mockumentary DISTRICT 9, avoids all the genre clichés and delivers...
  • Je Suis…Islamophobe?

    The senselessness of the attacks in Paris have been accompanied by outpourings of grief, ardent messages of support, and a sea of red, white and blue on Facebook and Twitter. France has been wracked by one of the worst European terrorist attacks in recent history, which left 129 dead...
  • A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

    It was February 7, 1964 when hit song Change Is Gonna Come was first performed by singer and song writer Sam Cooke and quickly became one of the American civil right movement anthems. It’s easy to understand why, even before hearing the lyrics. The title says it all: change is what humans have been...
  • Alvin Ailey: Dance for Rights

    “ We talk too much of black art when we should be talking about art, just art. Black composers must be free to write rondos and fugues, not only protest songs. I use Ellington and I want to use more of his music, but it’s music.” With these words...
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    Black, Brown and White

    Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958) has been an African-American idol for the first 20 years of his career. He began as a blues singer, songwriter and guitarrist, but he reached the pinnacle of success in the 1950s becoming the leading figure of the American folk music revival. ‘Black, Brown and...
  • Billie Holiday performing at Downbeat, New York, in 1947. William P. Gottlieb/Wikimedia Commons

    “Strange Fruit”- Billie Holiday

    First recorded by the famous jazz singer Billie Holiday, ‘Strange Fruit’ is a song about the lynching of black people in Southern America in the first half of the 20th Century. It was first written as a poem by teacher Abel Meerpol and was then was published in 1937....