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In Defense Of The Racist Cake and The Swedish Minister

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As the disturbing images of a white woman - Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth - cutting into a cake in the shape of a grossly caricatured, African woman sped around the internets yesterday, cries of racism rang out.  The National Association of Afro-Swedes, along with activists all over the world, demanded for Adelsohn-Liljeroth's resignation. Generalized outrage ensued.

Meanwhile the Okayafrica offices were filled with  heated conversations about media depictions of race, artistic intentionality, diplomatic responsibility, and Tupac's hologram. Luckily, Africa Is A Country came through to break it all down for us. And we agree that the piece of performance art (see disturbing video above) could quite possibly be "a brilliant staging of structural racism and post-colonial existence." (For their full, insightful analysis, check here.)

By this morning Al Jazeera posted extensive interviews with Makode Linde, the artist of the cake. It's a wonder no one thought to interview him - and contextualize the piece - before the firestorm began. So much for not making assumptions based on appearance.

 

 

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

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The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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