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An Essay on Uneven Ribs: a Prelude

by Taban Lo Liyong [from Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs ] 1 Bill Shakespeare 2 Did create a character called Caliban, 3 The unwilling servant of Prospero, 4 And this Caliban would have had Miranda 5 —She who is a marvel to behold—a girl 6 So much in need of love and for whom 7 Ferdinand […]

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By Baudouin Mouanda     Topaze is available in print as part of Chimurenga Vol.12/13 . Baudouin Mouanda is a photographer based in Brazzaville.  

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Valladolid is not Spain, but it is

By Peter James Hudson They say that Valladolid was the only town in Spain where people wept openly when Francisco Franco died. That young women only fuck their boyfriends once a week. On Tuesdays. And then only for short stints after five in the evening. While I’m not sure if it happened on a Tuesday, […]

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Gordon Parks Photo Essay

Katherine and Elridge Cleaver (Algiers, 1970)         Ethel Sharriff (Chicago, 1963) Leader of the women’s corps of the Black Muslims/ Wife of the chief of the elite guard/ daughter of the Elijah Mohammed Duke Ellington     Mrs. Jefferson (Fort Scott 1949) — All images by Gordon Parks AKA Shaft   This […]

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The Sound of Freedom

[…]For over a decade Louis Moholo has been the only surviving member of the original Blue Notes. Nick Moyake died in 1969, Mongezi Feza in 1975, Johnny Dyani in 1986, Chris McGregor and Dudu Pukwana in 1990. However, their collective recorded legacy is nearly a hundred albums and, individually and collectively, they changed jazz immeasurably […]

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