120, "You Are Next," celebrates the artist's power to capture, convey, and make visible the particularities of marginalized or misrepresented identity.
's arresting images play with tropes of nostalgia and hope while defying a century of photographic stereotypes of Ethiopia; filmmaker
offers an intimate, raw look at street life on a Harlem corner;
(cover artist) takes performances of black burden and respectability to the breaking point for his body, and his audience; and the late
's stark, life-sized portraits both illustrate the rich cultural diversity of Morocco and aim to de-exoticize her subjects.
Also, two pillars of the African literary tradition weigh in on "the language question."
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
decries the "literary identity theft" of Europhone African literature, while
(in a previously unpublished, typewritten essay) explains that his ideas are
and "African in conception," though he writes in English. Plus, news from the
Foundation! All contributors in this issue nimbly navigate what philosopher
calls "a geography of circulation and mobility" in his explication of what it is to be Afropolitan. With fiction by
Regina N. Bradley
; poetry by
David Ishaya Osu
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In a post-screening talkback, filmmaker
about his depiction of life on a Harlem street corner in the film "Field Niggas," and about responses to his work from his subjects, and the public.
"When I shoot, I never use a flash and often times I have to tell people like, yo, walk with me down to the light. Walk with me into the light, into the storefront. But I remember driving home one night. I was like, yo, how many people did I tell to walk with me into the light tonight? Like it sound like something Christ would say to someone. You know what I mean? So then I was like, yo, this is camera ministry."
- Khalik Allah
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