Blackface, Staple of Arab Comedy, Faces Surge of Criticism

CAIRO — On the Libyan comedy show, the punch line was in the baby carriage. An elevator door slams shut, separating the mother — an actress in blackface — from her babies. A hidden camera shows unsuspecting passengers trapped inside with the baby carriage. “Watch my babies!” the mother calls out in mock horror. But […]

Zimbabwe Will Repeal Laws Banning Cannabis Cultivation

Seeking to bolster revenue and exports, Zimbabwe will repeal its laws that prohibit the production of cannabis. The announcement came Tuesday from the country’s Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, who said that the reform will allow farmers to grow industrial hemp to export. Ultimately, the goal is for hemp to replace tobacco as the southern Africa […]

Nancy Pelosi Sends Rep. Ilhan Omar Back To Africa — And Goes With Her

This is a pretty good burn from Nancy Pelosi and Ilhan Omar! Via Newsweek: The women were in Ghana to mark The Year of the Return 2019, an invitation by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to the world’s African Diaspora to visit the lands and people to which they are ancestrally connected. Pelosi addressed Ghana’s Parliament […]

Reagan Called Africans ‘Monkeys’ in Call With Nixon, Tape Reveals

Ronald Reagan was the governor of California in 1971 when he phoned the White House to vent his political frustration to President Richard M. Nixon and, according to a newly released audio recording, called African people “monkeys” in a slur that sparked laughter from the president of the United States. The previously undisclosed exchange took […]

Lupita Nyong’o on Narrating a Wildlife Documentary

When the producer Simon Fuller reached out to Lupita Nyong’o to gauge her interest in narrating his latest project — a wildlife documentary directed by John Downer — the Kenyan-Mexican actress was intrigued. But once she watched the first two episodes, she was sold. Ms. Nyong’o understood that these shows can be mundane and repetitive, […]

Alabama Historians: The Last Known Slave Ship Has Been Found

Over the years, the hunt for the remains of the last ship known to have brought enslaved people into the United States has been fraught with a mix of tumult and hope. There was a discovery last year of wreckage that, after much excitement and international headlines, was determined a false alarm. Hopes were raised, […]

When, if Ever, Is It Unethical to Visit a Country?

What should one consider when choosing where to travel? Every destination offers its own appealing reasons for visiting — from its food to its people, from its cities to its historical sites — and there are always the more practical concerns that weigh down any traveler (costs, visas, seasons, flight routes, internet access). But the […]

Cape Town: The Wondrous Winelands at the Edge of the World

“Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.” These prophetic words, written by Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck, in his diary on February 2, 1659, marked the birth of wine production in South Africa. Van Riebeeck arrived from Holland in 1652 as […]