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Photographing at the International Library of African Music

  n July 2015, I visited the International Library of African Music, or ILAM, in Grahamstown, South Africa for the first time. I had approached Diane Thram, ILAM’s director, in 2013 about a proposal to photograph their 78 rpm record collection. I was looking to expand on a project to visually document every South African […]

Bongani Madondo’s Sigh: The Real Shit

  Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain That is pouring like an avalanche comin’ down the mountain – Pepper, The Butthole Surfers, Electriclarryland, 1996 eople are equal. Writers, like cooks and singers and dancers and lovers, are not. That’s just how it is. Most writers offer little in […]

Purple Reign (1958-2016)

  When I was growing into being a teenager in the early 90’s Prince was a magician. He was this crazy artist, who I could only reach through my FM radio. Nobody I knew listened to Prince, but across those airwaves I heard his magic. There are six key singles and a cover that between 1990 and […]

Beyoncé: The Event, The Spectre

  You know what I hate? What I truly despise? The assumption that Beyoncé’s fans (read “the hive”) cannot be a complex set of people who traverse space and place in multiple and complicated ways, the assumption that we are a homogenous set of automatons who have no agency, no capacity for critical thought. That […]

Watching Boys in Bands

  Of all the activities I have thrown myself into over the years, there is one that has dominated an inordinate part of my life. “As a young woman I had one, and only one, intense and ceaseless pastime …” writes author Claire Vaye Watkins.”I’ve filled my days doing this, spent all my free time […]