The Afropolitan Network

Its been amazing watching the progress on the continent the last few years. After being there for over a year, I was so impressed by the advances. I got to travel to Zambia, made a 15 hour visit of Adis Abbaba, Ethiopia and took a days long drive through a bao-boab filled valley in Tanzania. Wow. I'm back home in my other home California, but man I miss Africa!

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I miss the colors, the sounds, the cadence of people's voices, the fruit! Things are looking up for the Continent--no matter what you've been told. 

When I first saw the new cover of Vogue with Lebron James and Gisele Bunndchen, it took me about 1.5 seconds to think it was offensive, then I realized that I thought it was offensive and tried to figure out why. Then when I couldn't put my finger on it (other than theres a big scary looking black man, mouth agape, grabbing a fragile looking bloned white woman reinforcing centuries-old fears of black men) I tried to convince myself that it really wasn't offensive. 

Then I saw this on the satire page on Huffington Post:

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Kingkong

And I felt it was offensive again.

Questions:

1) Why is his mouth open like he is about to swallow her? That alone would have changed the tone of the pic

2) Why is she in appearing to be just landing on the ground, perhaps she has just been tossed from over his shoulder. 

3) Its just bad composition.

update:  *sigh* here's another one -

Original

 

Afropolitans

Nov 11 2007 | 0 comments

The article that started it all.

This much forwarded article is an insightful look at a culture and identity that is formed by the children of first generation African immigrants to the West. Not completely African or American/British/French they are a complex fusion.

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Tazama

Nov 10 2007 | 1 comments

Oakland, CA --- Yes! This blog is debuting as a call to arms for those of us of African descent, globally especially, in the cradle of mankind. Let’s shine the light on the uplifting and highlight the immense beauty
and creativity that exists in Africa.  Let’s be Doers and movers and not
pointers and loiters. So to all black nerds, hipsters, Kenyan expats, half black, outcasts, incasts, too smart, too radical, sublime, subprime, over achievers, slackers, lazybones, crybabies, baby-mamas, thinkers, socialites, those who fight, and those who can’t be bothered, Africa's future is already here.