Archive | 2006

Meeting Fidel

By Olu Oguibe. Fidel Castro Ruz, the world’s longest-serving leader, officially turns 80 today. Fidel will not be celebrating as he has for as long as the world can remember, having suffered what I believe to be a stroke on July 26, the 53rd anniversary of the attack that he and hislittle brother Raul led […]

Fencing Riviera

by Henri-Michel Yéré My first fascination, my first loyalty goes to this neighbourhood. Twenty years ago when we came back from New York on a rainy day, my brother and I stared at the silent, three-story building imagining first that the whole thing belonged to us. Ten buildings of that kind, we realised, made the […]

Re-dreaming Kaapstad

by Edgar Pieterse Life as the reworking of a destiny by a freedom. She senses that freedom not at all, and knows all too well the pull, the sluggish gravity, of the first. And yet, through dreams—by way of art, of illusion, of fiction—we do, or can reinvent ourselves. (more…)

Ransom Note ?

by Adam Haupt Over two years have passed since conscious hip-hop MC and community activist Mr Devious (aka Marion van Rooy) was murdered in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town. His murder trial has yet to be concluded and his widow, Natalie van Rooy, still seems no closer to releasing a compilation of his music. This is […]

Conversation with Thomas Sayers Ellis

by Penny Dickerson Poet, essayist, and editor, Thomas Sayers Ellis is a literary threat. Harvard educated and a Brown University graduated, noted writer Elizabeth Alexander described him as, “one of our geniuses.” Despite accolades and three published poetry collections—The Good Junk (Graywolf Press, 1996), The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State Press, 2001), and The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press, 2005)—Ellis lacks […]

Naming Names

 Sean Jacobs speaks with Grant Farred about his latest book on black vernacular intellectuals In What’s My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals (University of Minnesota Press), Grant Farred extends the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci’s notion of the organic intellectual to include cultural icons Muhammad Ali and Bob Marley and cultural studies giants Stuart Hall and CLR James. In […]