Looking for Langston (1998), Directed by Isaac Julien. 

Looking for Langston (1998), Directed by Isaac Julien. 

The Audubon Ballroom stage after the murder of Malcolm X. Circles on backdrop mark bullet holes.

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom when someone in the 400-person audience yelled, “Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!” As Malcolm X and his bodyguards tried to quell the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun; two other men charged the stage firing semi-automatic handguns. Malcolm X was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Phyllis Galembo, from Maske, 2010.

A Haitian Vodou pilgrim possessed by spirits bathes in the sacred mud pool on Thursday July 24, Saint James Day.

Haitian Vodou follower in a mud pool during the Plain du Nord festival. 

Haitian Vodou followers in a mud pool in a ceremony during the Plain Du Nord Festival.

Haitian Vodou followers pray in a mud pool in a ceremony during the Plain Du Nord Festival July 24, 2008.

Göran Hugo Olsson, Black Panther Party headquarters, Harlem, 1967-1975. 

Göran Hugo Olsson, Angela Davis and Bo Holmström in The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-75.

"Our lives are a battlefield on which is fought a continuous war between the forces that are pledged to confirm our humanity and those determined to dismantle it; those who strive to build a protective wall around it, and those who wish to pull it down; those who seek to mould it and those committed to breaking it up; those who aim to open our eyes, to make us see the light and look to tomorrow […] and those who wish to lull us into closing our eyes."

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o



Pieter Hugo, Meriam ‘Mary’ Tlali, who spent her entire adult life working as a maid for my grandmother, Kroonstad, 2011.

Tracey Rose, “Exterminate all the Brutes”, a scene from La Nave Madre, 2013.

Guy Tillim, Kunhinga Portraits, 2002.

Zanele Muholi, Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, 2007.