Bachmann-Preisträgerin Sharon Dodua Otoo
Eine deutsche Frühstücksszene mit Anklängen an Loriot: Die britische Autorin Sharon Dodua Otoo gewinnt den Hauptpreis bei den 40. Tagen der deutschsprachigen Literatur. Das Publikum favorisierte Stefanie Sargnagel.
“Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin”, heißt der Text, für den Sharon Dodua Otoo den mit 25.000 Euro dotierten Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis im österreichischen Klagenfurt gewonnen hat. Herr Gröttrup ist ein reichlich pedantischer deutscher Rentner, der seiner Ehefrau das Leben nicht nur beim Frühstück schwer macht.MEHR…
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Howard University is hosting a new exhibition that sheds light on the lives and stories of black people in Germany. The exhibition, titled Homestory Deutschland: Black Biographies in Historical and in Present Times, profiles black people from the past three centuries of German history, sharing both their struggles and success stories. Many individuals profiled in the exhibit dealt with racism, and both tales of “ordinary” and prominent black figures are told. Biographies include those of an Afro-German actor and a woman who stood up for her rights, among others.
The exhibit is sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington and designed by the Initiative of Black People in Germany. At the opening ceremony on February 4, German Deputy Chief of Mission Philipp Ackermann spoke to a crowd of over 100 people about the importance of telling the stories of black people in Germany. Read more…
At the opening ceremony, BGHRA President, Rosemarie Peña, delivered greetings and remarks.
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Read: Rosemarie Peña’s Comments at Launch Ceremony
The first comprehensive documentation of the sounds and images of black people in Europe pre-1927
Recordings on phonograph cylinders, gramophone discs and films, with both still and moving images, feature people of African descent in Europe from the earliest years of the recording industry and continued after the First World War. The contribution of these pioneering personalities on the modern mass media has not been noticed – recognition is overdue. Music, spoken word and dance, from all styles, categories, languages and natal lands provide a lost but rich resource. Many artefacts may be lost forever, but this project traces the surviving evidence.
Collected in two 12 x 12 inch coffee table book with more than 500 full-colour pages, here is a multitude of documents, artefacts and curiosities, from passport applications, personal memorabilia and letters, to sheet music, newspaper ads and fabulous poster art, complemented by contemporary postcards and images of wax cylinders and disc records. In more than 100 chapters the life and times of these pioneering entertainers, musicians and linguists comes to life, from early film and sound examples to best-selling 78 rpm records, from ‘human zoos’ and minstrel shows to ethnological documentation and portraits of the (sometimes dubious) movers and shakers in European showbusiness of the time.
The team of internationally recognized experts, compilers and authors responsible for this project includes biographer Horst J.P. Bergmeier of the Netherlands, historian Jeffrey Green from the United Kingdom, discographer Dr. Rainer E. Lotz from Germany, researcher Howard Rye from the United Kingdom and sound engineer Christian Zwarg from Germany.