Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State

DR Congo - C. Africa

Ira Dworkin | Release date: 12 Jun 2017

In his 1903 hit “Congo Love Song,” James Weldon Johnson recounts a sweet if seemingly generic romance between two young Africans. While the song’s title may appear consistent with that narrative, it also invokes the site of King Leopold II of Belgium’s brutal coloni...

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Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds

Nigeria - W. Africa

Yemisi Aribisala | Release date: 10 Nov 2016

“One of the most enduring myths on the Nigerian Femme Fatale – mammy-water, ‘winch’ or husband-snatcher – has to do with the cooking of fish stew …A woman can do what she likes with a man when she knows how to satisfy his appetite for food. “Longth...

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