Saturday, January 03, 2004

WHAT WE NEED IS A GREAT BIG BAIN MARIE, BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE THE WORLD AND ALL WE'VE GOT: America and Russia are very different places. In the US, black artists embrace and reclaim "Nigga", while in the former Soviet Union, the (apparently) first black artist ever to have a hit in Moscow has created an alternative: Mudio Mukutu Pierre Narcisse says "A lot of people called me, a lot of people thanked me. This one friend from Cameroon said, 'Thank you!' I asked him 'What for?' He tells me, 'Well, they used to call us niggers and now they call us chocolate boys!'"

We're not sure that we'd see that as much of a leap forward ourselves.


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