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The year 2007 was one of no return for me. Having previously visited it every year and a half, the last time I went to Cameroon was that Christmas, as the first shockwaves of the financial crisis were emerging. It's this time frame that serves as the nexus of Cameroonian newcomer Imbolo Mbue's much-awaited novel Behold the Dreamers. Originally entitled The Longings of Jende Jonga, Mbue’s first title deftly explores themes of migration, family, social...
Field Niggas Directed by Khalik Allah Opens October 16 at the Made in NY Media Center Comprised almost entirely of slo-mo shots of the homeless (and some neighborhood denizens) living at the 125th Street/Lexington Avenue section of Harlem, Khalik Allah's Field Niggas could easily be accused of exploiting and aestheticizing its subjects. Yet Allah's simple yet effective documentary methods prevent FN from succumbing to poverty tourism. The most significant method divides sound from image: Allah recorded audio...
Minions, those ubiquitous animated creatures currently making their mark on pop culture via their very own film, seem to provide a pretty good cover for drug smuggling. At least that's what one narcotics ring based out of Harlem and Brooklyn thought, as a few of its members were recently busted for smuggling $225,000 worth of cocaine from Puerto Rico by way of a few stuffed toys, including the popular minion.  Gothamist reports that the drug ring, which had...
Recent studies have shown that, in this era of rising housing costs and growing inequality, it is actually impossible to be an artist in New York City without being one of those starving kinds. But for once, there's actually good news if you're an artist in New York: the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is now taking lottery entrants for affordable artist housing at Artspace PS109. Studios start at $494 per month, and two-bedroom apartments...

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