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The Law and Race Film Club

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Everyone who knows me (not that many people really) is probably completely fed up with me talking their ears off about the new unit we are teaching called Law and Race.(No, I haven’t heard of it either…) Because, I think all visual media makes significant contributions to knowledge, I have included several films in the reading. In this I have been inspired by one of my own lecturers, Dr Agata Fijalkowski whose lectures included 3 films. I have never forgotten that experience. Thank you Agata!

Questions academics can ask to decolonise their classrooms

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Asking questions can create new ways of teaching and learning.

Shannon Morreira, University of Cape Town and Kathy Luckett, University of Cape Town

The curriculum is not just the “stuff” that students must learn to be knowledgeable and skilled in a particular discipline. It’s about more than just content.

Walter Rodney: Illuminating the road from mental slavery

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The first time I saw a copy of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, I was in my first year at university. The book had a yellowing yellow cover and was nestled in the armpits of one of those people we not-so fondly called, ”Aluta boys.’ The first thought on my mind was, ‘what fresh hell is this?!!!

Quiz 2: African Flags

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Black Earth Rising: Home, truth and pyromaniacs

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Black Earth Rising has finally ended, after a massive 8 weeks. For me, it was well worth every second I spent watching each hour long episode. The acting was superb. Every actor was absolutely on point. There was not a false moment. Such a strong female cast. My personal favourites… Every scene with Michaela Coel. The power trio. Lucian Msamati.  Noma Dumezweni. Abena Ayivor. A ‘cameo’ from Wale Ojo as the refugee Doctor, Tamara Tunie as the gynaecologically oversharing Eunice Clayton…

Quiz 1: African States and Capitals

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Pan-Africanism, Afrofuturism and Decolonisation: A reading list

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On the 4th of October 2018, I gave a Black History Month talk, in which I argued that the ‘celebration’ of Black History Month should be more than an act of remembrance of voices at the margins but must have bringing about radical transformations as an ultimate aim. Especially in the context of such celebration by a university and within a university. And especially in the International Decade of People of African Descent.

Loving A United Kingdom

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In 2016, two movies were released on quite a similar subject matter. ‘Loving’ starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. A special mention to director of A United Kingdom, Amma Asante.

Steven Biko: Dying for an Idea That Will Live

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Stephen (Steve) Bantu Biko was born in Kingwilliamstown, Cape Province, on 18 December 1946, the third child of his parents. His father died when Steve was four. Biko completed his high school education in Natal at the Roman Catholic Mariannhill. In 1965, he began medical school in the Non-European section of the University of Natal. And it was here that he formed the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in 1968.

FACE 2019 and You

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In light of the unparalleled success of our launch event, we the organisers of FACE, (Forever Africa Conference and Events), are now turning our hands to planning FACE 2019. [Some of the points here are included in the previous FACE post, but it occurs to me that only the strong will read that post all the way to the bottom!]