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R.I.P Malick Sidibe – Mali Photographer of Youth, Women and Joy

April 16th, 2016
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    Malick Sidibé

    NYtimes. Malick Sidibe Photographer known for social reportage in Mali dies at 80.

    He attended Saturday-night parties at which young Malians, dressed to the nines, danced the twist, the rumba and the merengue to the Beatles, James Brown and Afro-Caribbean music. This was Mali’s youthquake, and Mr. Sidibé was its photographic witness.

    “For me, photography is all about youth,” he told The Daily Telegraph of London in 2008. “It’s about a happy world full of joy, not some kid crying on a street corner or a sick person.”

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  • Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist (Trailer)

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    See more photos from The Redlist

    Leila Alaoui – the Photographer was killed by Jihadists – (10 July 1982-18 January 2016)

    January 22nd, 2016
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    Photo by Leila Alaoui

    Leila’s homepage – see her works.

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    Leila Alaoui,photographer, born 10 July 1982; died 18 January 2016

    Alaoui was in Ouagadougou to work on a photography project for a women’s rights campaign called My Body My Rights for Amnesty International.

    The Artist who was killed by jihadists and what she was trying to tell the world.

    Family and colleagues pay tribute to a talented young photographer, shot dead by four heavily-armed thugs in an al-Qaeda attack on a popular café in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    The Moroccans

    See a photo from Lebanon November 2013

    Goodbye Nadine Gordimer – July 13, 2014

    July 14th, 2014

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    Nadine Gordimer dies at 90.

    Nadine’s wiki here

    Camille Lepage – Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

    May 14th, 2014
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    The Guaridan Obit
    Bearing witness, losing her life (Lens blogs NYtimes)

    French photojournalist Camille Lepage killed in Central African Republic
    French president orders immediate despatch of team to ‘shine light on circumstances of assassination’ of 26-year-old

    Seeking justice for Camille Lepage

    Camille Lepage (Portfolio)

    Remembering Camille Lepage (New Yorker – slideshow )

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    2nd week of August 2013, South Sudanese professional and amateur models gather to be cast to participate in a catwalk at Festival for Fashion and Peace (FFPA) in Juba, South Sudan. © CamilleLepage_hanslucas.com

    See more photos here -We Call it Fashion

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    See more photos here – Vanishing Young

  • I will sleep for eternity Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 RIP

    December 5th, 2013
  • “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” – Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 – RIP.

  • Jacques Derrida visits Nelson Mandela’s jail cell (youtube)

  • ~12 Mandela Quotes That Won’t Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries~ (Commondreams)

  • Zizek on Mandela

    Coetzee on Nelson Mandela (with a great photo)

    The Child is Not Dead by Ingrid Jonker

    The child is not dead
    The child lifts his fists against his mother
    Who shouts Afrika ! shouts the breath
    Of freedom and the veld
    In the locations of the cordoned heart

    The child lifts his fists against his father
    in the march of the generations
    who shouts Afrika ! shout the breath
    of righteousness and blood
    in the streets of his embattled pride

    The child is not dead not at Langa nor at Nyanga
    not at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
    nor at the police station at Philippi
    where he lies with a bullet through his brain

    The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
    on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
    the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
    the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
    this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
    the child grown to a man treks through all Africa

    the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world
    Without a pass

  • R.I.P Kofe Awooner – The Weaver Bird Read by Kwame Dawes

    September 26th, 2013

  • R.I.P Kofi Awoonor (Letter from Nairobi: “I Will Say It Before Death Comes” Posted by Teju Cole – NewYorker)

    On Saturday, September 21st, the Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor was shot dead at Nairobi’s Westgate mall by terrorists. He was one of dozens of innocent victims of the massacre, for which the Somali group Shabaab claimed responsibility. I was about a mile away during the attack, giving a reading at the National Museum. During the reading, as word of the attack filtered in, people answered their phones and checked their messages, but, onstage and oblivious, I continued taking questions from the audience, including one about “the precariousness of life in Africa.”

  • Telegraph Obit

    Book blogger Kinna Reads congratulated Professor Awoonor for his command of language, saying “He spoke Fanti as fluently as Ewe”. Professor Awoonor’s early poetry was heavily influenced by the dirge-singing traditions of his native Ewe tribe.

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    Kwame Dawes Reads The Weaver Bird
    The Weaver Bird
    By Kofi Awoonor

    The weaver bird built in our house
    And laid its eggs on our only tree.
    We did not send it away.
    We watched the building of the nest
    And supervised the egg-laying.
    And the weaver returned in the guise of the owner.
    Preaching salvation to us that owned the house.
    They say it came from the west
    Where the storms at sea had felled the gulls
    And the fishers dried their nets by lantern light.
    Its sermon is the divination of ourselves
    And our new horizon limits at its nest.
    But we cannot join the prayers and answers of the
    communicants.
    We look for new homes every day.
    For new altars we strive to re-build
    The old shrines defiled by the weaver’s excrement.

  • Nelson Mandela – Reads The Child IS Not Dead by Ingrid Jonker

    July 18th, 2013

    Nelson Mandela recited a poem by Ingrid Jonker.

    Who is Ingrid Jonker? (see previous post)

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    Chinua Achebe – Literature was His Weapon

    March 22nd, 2013

    “To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.”
    ― Chinua Achebe

    “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
    ― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

    There was a country (via)

    Novelist Chinua Achebe dies he was 82.

    Nigerian author recognised for key role in developing African literature has died in Boston, where he was working as a professor

  • Novelist Poet in Pictures (slideshow)

    The impatient idealist says: “Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.” But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.’ Chinua Achebe

  • Read his bio from his wiki.

    Paris Review -Interview

    Nigerian author Chinua Achebe talks about slavery,colonialism, Africa and the African diaspora. (youtube)

    Bill Moyers’ interview (youtube)

    Update: Achebe was a staunch partisan of the Palestine struggle and helped cultural institutions in Palestine. (via Ana Valdez)

    The Child is Not Dead – Ingrid Jonker

    August 12th, 2012
  • Ingrid Jonker - was a South African poet. Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into other languages. Jonker has reached iconic status in South Africa and is often called the South African Sylvia Plath, owing to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life.

    See also African history online

  • Song of the Grave Digger see a photo of her on the beach and read her poem.

  • Black Butterflies is a Dutch film about the life of South-African poet Ingrid Jonker.

    The film focused on her messy life and not enough on her early development as a poet.

  • Nelson Mandela recited a poem by Ingrid Jonker.

    The Child is Not Dead

    The child is not dead
    The child lifts his fists against his mother
    Who shouts Afrika ! shouts the breath
    Of freedom and the veld
    In the locations of the cordoned heart

    The child lifts his fists against his father
    in the march of the generations
    who shouts Afrika ! shout the breath
    of righteousness and blood
    in the streets of his embattled pride

    The child is not dead not at Langa nor at Nyanga
    not at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
    nor at the police station at Philippi
    where he lies with a bullet through his brain

    The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
    on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
    the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
    the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
    this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
    the child grown to a man treks through all Africa

    the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world
    Without a pass

    Robin Rhode & Roger Ballen – S. Africa

    March 26th, 2011


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    Robin Rhode
    Born 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa
    Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

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    Roger Ballen homepage

    Interview with Roger Ballen (Lens culture)

    Roger Ballen Shadow Chamber (Slightly Lucid)

    Roger Ballen was born in New York City, New York, USA in 1950. He has lived in Johannesburg South Africa since the 1970s. Beginning by documenting the small dorps or villages of rural South Africa, Ballen’s photography moved on in the late 1980s and early 1990s to their inhabitants; through the late 1990s Ballen’s work progressed. By the mid 1990’s his subjects began to act where previously his pictures, however troubling, fell firmly into the category of documentary photography, his work then moved into the realms of fiction. His fifth book ‘Outland’ produced by Phaidon Press in 2001 was the result. (Wiki)