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Wole Soyinka, in an interview in The (London) Times” on the “theatricality of politics”:

Some leaders “exceed what the playwright can invent”. He gives the example of the Sudanese leader, Omar Bashir, who “guilty of sending his soldiers out raping, massacring, poisoning wells in Darfur, then goes on television with a spear and a robe that probably doesn’t even belong to his tribal culture, and prances around saying, ‘They’re trying to recolonise us’. After that, what do you want to put on stage? It cripples you. How can you match that level of theatricality? How can you match Mugabe’s moustache?

Soyinka also has something to say about Barack Obama (“I know you think he’s Kenyan, but I know he’s half Yoruba, like me. I’m waiting for the DNA tests.”) and his friend, Derek Walcott, who recently was the subject of a smear campaign at Oxford University (“There but for the grace of God go I. It can happen to any of us, especially in countries like Amercia, where you can be sued for admiring a student’s skirt.”)

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In 1963, James Baldwin, accompanied by a television crew, visited San Francisco to discover “… the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.”

At one point, Baldwin talking to young people, says:

“There will be a Negro president of this country but it will not be the country that we are sitting in now.”

Via: DIVA at San Francisco State University

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The US President gets some pointers from Brian Lara, the West Indian cricket legend. Unfortunately, with that stance Obama will be scoring ducks every time.

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That’s what Michelle Obama is to the American right. My 3 year old and Katha Pollit disagrees.

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“… On Easter Sunday, 1939, the contralto Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial [in the US capital, Washington DC]. The Daughters of the American Revolution had refused to let her appear at Constitution Hall, Washington’s largest concert venue, because of the color of her skin. In response, Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the D.A.R., and President Roosevelt gave permission for a concert on the Mall. Seventy-five thousand people gathered to watch Anderson perform.

The seventeenth anniversary of that event was yesterday. An appreciation of Anderson’s career and the historical significance of that event (Barack Obama chose Aretha Franklin to sing “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” at his inauguration–the song Anderson’s performing in the newsreel footage above) by Alex Ross in The New Yorker

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I was in a waiting room with my wife when she pointed to a story in our local rightwing tabloid, The New York Post:

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