Ladies and gentlemen

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An influential artist of African heritage made some recordings implying that his compatriots shouldn’t aim to be described as “ladies” or “gentlemen”. The rationale behind his message was that being a “lady” or a “gentleman” were ideas that originated in European cultures. Since Europeans were complicit in colonising and enslaving Africans, it wasn’t a good […]

Paparazzi and pacts

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Ethnographic photographers have claimed in the past that folks from some rural African communities told them they regarded photos as a way of “stealing parts of their souls”. This notion could come across as extreme, but on another level, there is something ghoulish about the inclination of paparazzi to test boundaries by taking snaps of […]

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