What is an African?

I remember when Gwyneth Paltrow's Ad in Vanity Fair for AIDS awareness first came on, I was pretty astonished that someone greenlighted this.  It seems like in the world of campaigns for Africa, anything goes. Well, I stumbled upon this little retort, complete with a rebuff message.  Its both smart and funny and shows how even though Paltrow is claiming to be African, she won't have to deal with all the unfun stuff like poverty, disease [insert calamity here]. She'll just wipe off the paint when she's done with the shoot and peace.  I like this quote from Alternet article in my previous post about Race:

"...it's easy for white hippie-hipsters to wear keffiyehs, because they
would never be mistaken as a terrorist. Or groove to Tupac's music
without ever fighting against poverty or the prison system. But what,
both literally and figuratively, are we buying into?"             

                                                                                                                                          

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3 comments

  • The Malawian Connection

    So I just realized that my post about Malawi and my post about William Kamkwamba are both about Malawi, coincidentally. Herein lies my point about perceptions about Africa. Which story garners international headlines? Madonna adopts a baby orphan from …

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  • great post. more please!

    pia
  • hmmm, alternet, you make a good point………..

    All Things Bright and Beautiful

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