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Video: Ntone Edjabe's African Discourse

"Discourse on Africa is geared towards simplicity, everything must be simple, 'he's a poor black man, he's a victim,' like there has to be a simple story, in a way this is what signifies Africa and global consciousness," Cameroonian publisher, Ntone Edjabe explains on CNN (above). "The moment you bring a degree of complexity to it, it kind of throws people off, they just don't know where to look anymore” he adds. Edjabe is the publisher of an avant-garde pan-African literary journal, Chimurenga, which Simon Kuper, writing in the Financial Times, dubbed to be better than The New Yorker. The influential journal - which canvasses submissions from writers across Africa and beyond - tries to add complexity and nuance to the study of life and art forms on the continent. The latest issue takes the form of a retrospective newspaper published during the ‘xenophobic attacks’ which took place in South Africa in 2008. Check out Chimurenga’s website.


 

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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