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"I Hated Human Zoos"—Afro-German Author on Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

At 92, Theodor Michael is one of the world's oldest Afro-Germans. In a new clip, he opens up about the racism he's faced throughout his life.

Theodor Michael is one of the world's oldest Afro-Germans. Born in 1925 , the actor and writer lived through the Second World War and had to navigate life in Nazi Germany—as a black person. Thus, the 92- year-old author possesses valuable firsthand knowledge about life in the country during those times.


In a new clip for German-based media outlet, DW, Michael speaks about the lifelong racism that he's dealt with in the country, starting from his early childhood when he was forced to appear in a human zoo.

His stories are an opening into black history that is rarely spoken about—the affects of which, are still being felt by black people in the country today. Watch the clip below.

The video is part of a larger project by DW Stories, which chronicles the black experience in Germany.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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