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I have written a short story about a dark-skinned boy, and I should probably explain why I am posting it now (if you’re not interested in that, you can skip straight to it, below).

The background to this story is that Daniel Kaluuya, the star of the current box-office smash “Get Out”, recently gave an interview to GQ Magazine in which he made the following observation:

“When I’m around black people I’m made to feel ‘other’ because I’m dark-skinned,” Mr. Kaluuya said. “I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going ‘You’re too black.’”

“I come to America and they say, ‘You’re not black enough…I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned.” …


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By Musa Okwonga
Illustration by Daniel Zender

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If you’re a black person who has ever visited a place where there aren’t many other black people, then you will be familiar with The Nod. The Nod is just that: An almost imperceptible lowering of the head toward any other black person you might encounter on your travels through, say, Slovakia or Russia.

Yet The Nod is also so much more than that: It’s a swift yet intimate statement of ethnic solidarity. …


Swipe culture is tinderizing our lives

By Musa Okwonga

Walking over to yet another automated checkout, a small amount of shopping in hand, I realize: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It Will Be Swiped. There are some people who prefer to have their goods scanned by a clerk, but I’m somehow always in a hurry, and so, with a handful of swipes and the quick swish of my card, I’m gone.

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Musa Okwonga

Poet, sportswriter; author, musician; journalist, broadcaster, communications adviser. BBC, The FT, MSN, ESPN on #MUFC, The Blizzard, The Independent and more.

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