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MELODRAMA-RAMA: ABSORBING DELIGHT

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The Telugu film RRR is an incredible mixture of genres, influences, and ideas: a historical epic with obvious ahistorical qualities, a combat-heavy actioner with exuberant song-and-dance numbers, a homosocial friendship drama with recognizably romantic montages. Strong notes of melodrama accent its potent blend.

From Tasteful Rude
On September 20, 2022
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The Death of Diana Spencer

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25 years of public mourning

From Popula
On August 31, 2022
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Corporate Media: Stop Taking Fossil Fuel Money

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a long-overdue reckoning

From Popula
On July 6, 2022
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What Would “Cultural Sovereignty” Mean for Taiwan in an Age of Digital Media?

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Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te made comments at the recent National Culture Congress earlier this month that might strike as somewhat unusual.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 22, 2022
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Questions for My Ailing Country

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A young police officer is standing with a woman I assume to be his mother. She is praying for him loudly, at a major junction on the streets of a Lagos suburb; speaking in tongues unashamedly while passers-by stare, some in admiration, others, not so much.

From Olongo Africa
On June 27, 2022
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I took a tricycle to the hospital

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I hardly leave my house, but I had to go there; I was going abroad and needed to be double vaxxed before traveling.

From Popula
On June 2, 2022
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A Nigerian Poet’s Dangerous Amorous Episodes

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In the traditions that established earlier voices in modern Africa poetry, sociopolitical maladies have remained an arch theme. In the words of Omafune Onoge, what rocks African poetry most is the crisis of consciousness.

From Olongo Africa
On May 24, 2022
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The West Sees the World

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on transnational media and the war in Ukraine

From Popula
On April 25, 2022
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Not A Laafin Matter: Lamidi Ọláyíwọlá Àtàndá Adéyẹmí (1938-2022)

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When news broke late on 22nd April 2022, that Ọba Ọláyíwọlá Adéyẹmí III, the Aláàfin of Ọ̀yọ́, had joined his ancestors at the ripe old age of 83, there was a sense in the entire Yorùbá speaking world that a truly regnant king had departed the realm.

From Olongo Africa
On April 25, 2022
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a big faith in goodness and beauty and power of moral uprising

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an email from a friend in Gdansk

From Popula
On April 12, 2022
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Emergency in Mariupol

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We can’t just observe a bloody theater online.

From Popula
On March 4, 2022
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Release Fahad Shah

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Arrested yet again, in press freedom crackdown in Kashmir

From Popula
On March 3, 2022
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Africans trying to exit Ukraine battle racism

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Thousands of Africans from countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Somalia and other countries languish under the disproportionate cold of eastern Europe as they wait at transit points and the border.

From Olongo Africa
On March 2, 2022
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