“I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.”
Frantz Fanon - Black Skin, White Masks
”—Frantz Fanon - Black Skin, White Masks (via radiolaria)
videos from the Critical Resistance and Brecht Forum event, “The World We Want is the World We Need,” 5/20/11 at Riverside Church with Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Vijay Prashad, and Angela Y. Davis
(Incomplete but amazing) videos from the Critical Resistance and Brecht Forum event, “The World We Want is the World We Need,” 5/20/11 at Riverside Church with Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Vijay Prashad, and Angela Y. Davis:
From rare-groove to rave to trip-hop and soul, Nicolette was one of the most eccentric dance vocalists of the 1990s, working with everyone from the one-shot rave act L.A. Style to electro futurists like Plaid. Born in Scotland though she was raised in Nigeria, France and Switzerland, Nicolette debuted with the single “Wicked Mathematics” after being one of the first signings by the eponymous label run by Shut Up and Dance. Her debut album, 1992’s Now Is Early showed her to be an uncommonly mature talent who wrote her own songs (some engaged in political commentary) and featured a warm, crystalline voice. Besides various vocal gigs (including Massive Attack’s Protection), Nicolette rarely recorded during the next four years. Finally in 1996, she was signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud Records. Her second album, Let No-One Live Rent Free in Your Head, appeared that same year. Nicolette also contributed an edition in Studio !K7’s DJ Kicks series.
A just-unearthed remix from British duo Cornershop features an absolutely smashing guest spot from a young M.I.A.
The version of Cornershop’s cut “Topknot,” produced back in 2004, finds M.I.A., aka Maya Arulpragasam, confidently dropping verses over a delicious South Asian groove, and affords a sneak peek at the Sri Lankan MC’s game-changing talent. “[The track] goes somewhere else with M.I.A.’s vocal rap, of course, one of the best she’s put to plastic,” Cornershop leader Tjinder Singh tells SPIN.com.
The track comes from Caveman, aka Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, who happened to working with M.I.A. on her debut album, Arular, when he crafted this version. “The whole process was very natural and born out of a genuine love of the original track, which we found very encouraging — no rupees exchanged hands,” says Singh.
Cornershop is set to drop the SPIN-approved Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast, their first studio album in eight years, on April 20 — and they’ve been gearing up for the release by digging through their archives to uncover gems like “Topknot.”
Back in the late-’90s, Cornershop paved the way for artists like M.I.A. by melding catchy dance-pop with sonic hints of Singh’s South Asian heritage and a global worldview — like on their breakthrough 1997 single, “Brimful of Asha.”
"Me and [Cornershop partner] Benedict [Ayres] have checked out M.I.A’s releases from the very start," he says. "We particularly liked the early limited 12" vinyl releases she put out with Steve Mackey at the controls. They’ve stood the test of time, and she is undeniable."
The reason why I’m not a philosopher in the classical sense of the word – maybe I’m not a philosopher at all, and in any case I’m not a good philosopher – is, that I’m not interested in the eternal, I’m not interested in what does not change, I’m not interested in what stays the same beneath the iridescent surface of appearances, I’m interested in the event. The event has hardly been a philosophical category, except maybe for the Stoics, for whom it raised a logical problem. Again it was Nietzsche, I think, who first defined philosophy as an activity that leads to an understanding of what’s happening, of what’s happening right now. In other words, we are pervaded by processes, movements and forces, which we don’t know, and it is doubtlessly the philosopher’s task to be a diagnostician of these forces, to diagnose contemporary reality.
A conversation between Michel Foucault and Moriaki Watanabe
”—A conversation between Michel Foucault and Moriaki Watanabe
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers something amazing-she is a “free agent,” with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?
UK Uncut doesn’t have leaders, a hierarchy, a PR firm or funders; it’s not violent, it’s not party-affiliated or backed, and yet in six months it’s changed the face of British politics: on the left and in the protest movement, across the mainstream media, into parliament itself, and beyond the shores of the UK, to US Uncut, Canada Uncut and even, astonishingly, Sudan Uncut.
Dan Hancox - “I Pay, You Pay, Why Doesn’t B of A?”: Are We Seeing the Birth of a Totally New Protest Movement?
”—Dan Hancox - “I Pay, You Pay, Why Doesn’t B of A?”: Are We Seeing the Birth of a Totally New Protest Movement?
Afroeurope: Zadie Smith about her mother, father and White Theeth
Best-selling British author Zadie Smith wasn’t in the news because she wrote a new book, but because she claimed her childhood home was brimful of books – but most had been borrowed from a local library by her mother and not returned. "I didn’t steal books from library, says mother of Zadie Smith," wrote the Daily mail. Her mother Yvonne Bailey-Smith, 56, agreed that her home had been full of books but insisted she bought most of them herself, spending up to £80 a time at local bookshops.