live in africa

One weird moment of Trevor Noah’s book is when he, himself, asks of his mother:“Why choose to bring a mixed race child into this shit at a time when it is illegal?”

He wasn’t an accident. He was planned. The mom spoke to this white Swiss guy (that she liked, but maybe wasn’t in love with) and talked him into having a kid with her. 

No, seriously, his parents could have gone to jail for what they had done. The mom didn’t care. She wanted a baby. 

You think: “Well, why not pick a black guy? At least then it’s not illegal.”

But the mother was a rebel of epic proportions. 

The mom was more interesting than Trevor was in this book, even. And I like Trevor.

People have given Trevor Noah a hard time ever since he took over The Daily Show, but he totally scored a huge win on last night’s show with Tomi Lahren from The Blaze. While she jabbered on at top speed and bitched about BLM and Colin Kaepernick, Trevor remained calm, collected, poised, and allowed her to hoist herself by her own ignorant petard. As I’ve seen some people point out on Twitter, I don’t think she may fully realize that Trevor is a biracial man from South Africa who had to be zealously protected by his mother because his birth actually violated apartheid laws. He could have easily been killed as a child due to his identity as biracial.

If you haven’t seen the full interview, I urge you to seek it out, it’s remarkable. 

ARTNOIR + Black Lives Matter: Black Futures Month || ANSWER TIME on February 14th, 10am (PST) || 1pm (EST)

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ARTNOIR is excited to be collaborating with Black Lives Matter on their Black Futures Month project during Black History Month. This project is designed to inspire people during this challenging social & political climate through art and the written word to dream about tomorrow today. 

Each day in February, Black Lives Matter will release an original piece of art and an accompanying written piece to reclaim Black History Month and demonstrate the importance of using art as both an inspiration and an organizing tool. Artists from around the world have been commissioned to use their genius to promulgate the conversation about systemic racism and violence against Black people.

Today we are thrilled to co-host an interactive Q&A with visual artist Delano Dunn, digital all-rounder Babusi Nyoni and organizer/writer Miski Noor for a candid and spirited conversation via Tumblr’s Answer Time series. 

Our conversation explores how visual art and writing can serve as a platform to discuss pressing issues that impact Black communities throughout the diaspora from education to immigration.

Send us your questions and join the conversation live on  February 14th, 10am (PST) || 1pm (EST) on our Tumblr site.

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LAPD officers will not face charges in death of Charly “Africa” Keunang on Skid Row

  • Three Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed a black homeless man on downtown’s Skid Row in March 2015 will not be charged.
  • The DA’s report concludes the officers were justified because the man, Charly Keunang, reached for one of the officers’ guns during the struggle.
  • The shooting of Keunang became a national story in 2015 after the incident was caught on video by a bystander. 
  • The video, as cited by bystanders and reporters who claim to have seen it, didn’t back up the LAPD’s contention that Keunang grabbed for one of the officers’ guns. 
  • At one point, per bystanders, police tased Keunangbefore he was shot.
  • The charges being dropped were largely based on video from the officers’ body cameras.
  • However, journalist Jeff Sharlet noted in a series of tweets the footage doesn’t show Keunang grabbing for the gun. Read more

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“Through contemporary eyes, the static shots and urban milieus of Black Girl seem to solidify Sembène’s filmmaking as an aesthetic neighbor to the emotionally-walloping neorealism of the Italian De Sica. Black Girl may not evoke the immediate adoration of something as universally beloved as De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, although the latter film’s deft interweaving of personal-is-political social commentary with the rueful, everyday messiness of the lives of the marginalized working class began a storytelling tradition that is gloriously carried on by Sembène. Black Girl has all the skillful stylistic simplicity of your typical piece of neorealism but also packs a sharper bite and it’s electrifying to watch Sembène craft a twisty drama with the piano-chord tautness of a thriller that is nonetheless coated in such a rare and wryly intimate form of humanity.”

Read more: OUSMANE SEMBÈNE’S BLACK GIRL IS ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST IMPORTANT CINEMATIC EVENTS by Matthew Eng

Tomi Lahren bitched out Trevor Noah (young black dude who suffered through literal apartheid) on live TV about not knowing what racism truly was. Then chewed out Syrian refugees for “running away.”

The sad scenario: “She’s delusional, racist and truly means this.”

The saddest scenario: “She’s sane, and faking it for a book deal and right wing speech tour money.”

I still can’t work out scenario is more depressing. 

What kind of shadowy manipulator actually goes on the cover of Time Magazine admitting he’s a shadowy manipulator?
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Trevor Noah on Steve Bannon.

Seriously, though. Thomas Cromwell would roll over in his grave at this man’s sheer and utter amateurishness.

YOU DON’T LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE A MASTERMIND. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE A MASTERMIND. READ HILARY MANTEL, YOU FOOL. 

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“You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? [Boy] I’ll swallow you whole.”

- Warsan Shire