Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half

The story begins with the return of one half of a pair of twins to her small hometown in Louisiana. The Vignes girls, as identical in appearance as they are opposite in character, begin inseparable and end worlds apart. Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half tells the strange story of their lives, and those of their daughters.

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Queer Afropolitanism in Germany: SchwarzRund

This essay is the last in a four-part series on Afropolitanism and literature. SchwarzRund’s intervention in the Afropolitan literary market thus stands out not only because of the setting and language of the novel, but also because of its evidently intersectional approach.

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JJ Bola
Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined

As I read the book, I had the feeling that its main target audience is young boys who struggle with the expectations of having to be tough guys. Bola mentions that he wrote “Mask Off” precisely because he himself would have wished for just this book in his youth.

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M-Street Renaming Festival

On the 23rd of August 2020, on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the seventh M-Street Renaming Festival took place on Hausvogteiplatz in Berlin. M-Street is set to be renamed to honour the philosopher Anton Wilhelm Amo, Germany’s first Black university scholar.

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