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Stromae = √Black + √White

juin 24, 2014


I was among the some 11 650 people who gathered at the Bell Centre to see Stromae on June 18th. What is it about him that I find so irresistible? Warm and cold I’ve always thought that electro music was  for party animals and being the nerdy type, I never thought I could relate to Stromae. Things […]

Olivia and Jai; the story of an embittered Mixed-race man

mai 23, 2014


Olivia and Jai! This book is one of the reasons why I want to start blogging again! I had to pay tribute to a story that robbed me off my sleep since I would read it until 2 A.M. at times! What captivated me was the first dialogue between the two main characters, Olivia O’Rourke […]

Samian kicks off First Peoples’ Festival

août 7, 2011


Two days ago I attended an uber-cultural event; the First Peoples’ Festival. To kick off the Festival, the organizers chose Samian, a Métis artist (half Quebecker, half Algonquin) who raps in Algonquin. For an hour and half, Samian has celebrated his culture with a jovial public opened to diversity. One of the most symbolic moments […]

Beyoncé posing as Black or White? Now it’s Officiel!

mars 26, 2011


In its latest issue, the French magazine Officiel Paris, displays few pictures of Beyoncé, painted black, supposedly to make her look African. (See all the pictures from the March issue of  Officiel Paris here.) Ironic because in 2008, l’Oreal was accused of digitally bleaching the same Beyonce to make her look white. It has emerged […]

Natasha Atlas: an Afro-European breeze in America

octobre 30, 2010


African nights Not too long ago, « Nuits d’Afrique » sent my a Facebook invitation to attend a concert of Natasha Atlas in Montreal. Natasha is a British-Egyptian singer with a tiny little drop of Jewish blood. Having lived in Belgium, the United Kingdom and Turkey, she incorporates various styles in her songs – a bit of underground, rap, […]

Chinafrique vs. Francafrique: repetition or reforms?

septembre 5, 2010


The book I’m currently reading is untitled  « La Chinafrique ». I don’t like the cover because the African looks like a moden slave and the Chinese appears to be the new colonist. I guess that is exactly what the authors of the book (Serge Michel and Michel Beuret, two French journalists) wanted to bring out. While […]

If a lime tree can bear an orange, what box to trick?

août 14, 2010


They are black. She is white. They are of a darker hue with dark frizzy hair. She is a blue eyed infant with blond loose curls. This is the story of Ben and Angela, two black parents who gave birth to a white baby called Nmachi, which means « Beauty of God ». Over a week ago, […]