The notion 'postcolony' identifies specifically a given historical trajectory -that of societies recently emerging from the experience of colonisation and the violence which the colonial relationship, par excellence, involves. To be sure, the postcolony is chaotically pluralistic, yet it has nonetheless an internal coherence. It is a specific system of signs, a particular way of fabricating simulacra or re-forming stereotypes. It is not, however, just an economy of signs in which power is mirrored and imagined self-reflectively. The postcolony is characterised by a distinctive style of political improvis- ation, by a tendency to excess and a lack of proportion as well as by distinctive ways in which identities are multiplied, transformed and put into circulation. But the postcolony is also made up of a series of corporate institutions and a political machinery which, once they are in place, constitute a distinctive regime of violence In this sense, the postcolony is a particularly revealing (and rather dramatic) stage on which are played out the wider problems of subjection and its corollary, discipline.
...In the postcolony the commandement seeks to institutionalise itself, in order to achieve legitimation and hegemony (recherche he'gmonique), in the form of a fetish. The signs, vocabulary and narratives that it produces are not meant merely to be symbols; they are officially invested with a surplus of meanings which are not negotiable and which one is officially forbidden to depart from or challenge. So as to ensure that no such challenge takes place, the champions of state power invent entire constellations of ideas; they adopt a distinct set of cultural repertoires and powerfully evocative concepts; but they also have resort, if necessary, to the systematic application of pain.The basic goal is not just to bring a specific political consciousness into being but to make it effective. We therefore need to examine the way the world of meanings thus produced is ordered, the types of institutions, the knowledges, norms and practices that structure this new 'common sense' as well as the light that the use of visual imagery and discourse throws on the nature of domination and subordination.
From Provisional Notes on the Postcolony, Achille Mbembe (1992)
"Where were you the day hiphop died? Is it too early to mourn or too late to ride?"
BEAUTIFUL BLACK JOHN
The Blogger With The Biggest Community Chest in TX - Monopoly's Got Nuthin On Him. Click on the Face.
Pick A Name, Any Name Anonymi. PLEASE Identify ThySelf
LEADERS OF ZIMBABWE'S 1ST CHIMURENGA; NEHANDA, KAGUVI & CHAMINUKA
jacked from neoformix.com
Dancing on the Moon
SUMBODI BROK AMURRYKA, WHO, WHO, WHO?
"TOWARDS AN EVER CLOSER UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONS"
Diamond from Botswana
Lead Singer of Bongo Maffin (SA)
'IF I COULD TEACH THE WORLD TO LIVE IN PERFECT HARMONY'
UN World Peace Pic, Words from Bone Thugs
H.I.M HAILE SELASSIE I
FROM LONDON TO HARARE
5 140 M, 8 272 km Location: Leicester Square, Lon, England. (Copyleft Kon Womyn)
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev 1 v 17 - 18
The Black Madonna
ANTI IRAQ WAR ART
By Mike Vallen, 2003
RAIMI GBADAMOSI, VISUAL ARTIST & SCHOLAR
"I believe in a world without borders"
"..if they desist, know well that Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Compassionate"
MALE & FEMALE CHROMOSOMES
There are about 20-30 human intersex states known.
The current women 800m world record holder Jarmila Kratochvílová, no questions of identity asked, but she looks just as if not more 'masculine' yet Semenya is also just as feminine as she.
STANISLLAWA WALASIEWICZ (STELLA WALSH), POLAND
Winner of the 100m race at the 1932 Olympics. She was forced to return her medals after the IOC found out that she a hermaphrodite.
MARIA JOSE MARTINEZ PATINO, SPAIN
The woman who battled to prove she was a woman.
SANTHI SOUNDARARJAN, INDIA
Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Asian Games who 'failed' a gender test
MARIA MUTOLA, MOZAMBIQUE
African Champion with nine international titles to her name. When she first broke onto the international scene, rumours started doing the rounds she was a man and not a woman, but there was no substance to these ridiculous claims.
SERENA WILLIAMS, USA
Tennis Champ whose name has spun the rumour mills because of her masculine appearance...Nothing but jealousy.
MARION JONES, USA
Is this a thing of beauty? One blogger suggested from the neck down Semenya and Jones look the same. Could their capabilities in strength also be somewhat similar regardless of chromosomes & sans the performance enhancers Jones took?
DERARTU TULU, ETHIOPIA
First Black African to win an Olympic Medal in Barcelona, 1992. Nawal El-Mutawakel of Morrocco was the the first African to win an Olympic Medal in 1984.
ALICE COACHMAN, USA
First Black Woman to ever compete AND win Gold at the Olympics, Berlin Games, 1936
CASTER SEMENYA WINNER OF WOMEN'S 800M IAAF GAMES 2009
FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT TO PRESIDENT
THE JOKER - THE ORIGINAL
This was originally done by an art student, Firas Khateeb before B.O was inaugerated. It was a part of a series of experimental images not as expressive of political opinion.
How To Blow Up Two Heads At Once (Ladies)
By Yinka Shonibare, 2006
THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
By Yinka Shonibare
BLACKFACE / MINSTREL FROM BAMBOOZLED
Now, this cuts DEEP!
HEATH LEDGER AS THE JOKER
FADED HIGH HOPES
OBAMA JOKER POSTER
SHEPARD FAIREY'S FAMOUS HOPE IMAGE
JAMES LILLIS "JOKE"
Style originating from Yoruba culture symbolizing the woven baskets marketwomen carry on their heads
LA VIDA HAIR SALON
The Good Hair Show
Jamelia in India
100% Human Hair indeed!
Shingi Shoniwa, Lead Singer of The Noisettes
On hair: "I keep it funky with an afro on stage so I can rock out. No way I'd have a lace-front weave like Beyonce's."
ANTM Cycle 6 repping for Nigeria
The Congolese immigrant who set herself alight in protest to Belgium's racism
Plight of the Dispossessed People
Chagos Islanders protesting outside UK Houses of Parliament '08