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Afropean Notes from Black Europe

review Afropean Notes from Black Europe Afropean Notes from Black Europe Download ¸ 5 Y brown skin and my British passport still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing I set out in search of the Afropeans on a cold October morning' Afropean is an on the ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities Here is an alternative map of the continent taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura the Cape Verdean. I m deeply torn by this book which I found enthralling informative and innovative but which is also littered with the sorts of problems that arise when the methodology is really thought through The first 200 pages or so left me captivated but the book began wearing out its welcome when the many flaws became easily discernible The crux of the issues center around the fact that Pitts is a very good journalist a so so historian and an extremely poor philosopher Had he really stuck to relaying his experiences and telling the stories of the people with which he came into contact and maybe highlighted some of the historical situations as he did without attempts to proffer his own philosophical outlook the book would have been tighter and far valuable For example on pages 360 and 366 Pitts notes that blackness is a construct and therefore its value as a signifier of culture is limited nuanced and problematic On this I agree but while Pitts seems to recognize this fact in statements on pages 360 and 366 there is zero recognition of this through the rest of the book and in fact such nuance actually seems to be missing from his perspective Instead he spends most of the book picking racial fights at one point admitting he was doing so in order to have something to write about Black is not monolithic nor is Africa nor is black Europe Even the concept of Afropean can be problematic in this regard Pitts wants solidarity among black people in Europe over against the rise of nationalism but it s exactly solidarity and empathy with the majority meaning whites and the forging of racial integration that will stomp down nationalism and ignite unity across the continent This was also true of the civil rights movement in the US The goal cannot be to hunker down and get even tribal Race is thrust upon people but is not a necessary determining factor in who someone is at their core as seen by white Africans who feel African and black Europeans who feel European Race doesn t work that way Culture is created by 1 a group 2 located in the same space 3 at the same time Race is insignificant to the process aside from the fact that groups are often forced into places and times by societal ignorance such as many of the communities he meets in the book His own perspective is also at times deeply racist such as his thoughts about white and interracial groups at the Zap Mama and Public Enemy concerts or his insistence that black art if there is such a thing is vibrant while white art if there is such a thing is lifeless and dull p 133 where he refers to European museums as soulless His own ignorance seeps from these admissions but he spends much of the book laying confident claim to his many assertionsHis ignorance also extends to his thoughts on places he has no position to judge such as his ignorant stereotyping of the entirety of the American people and social situation p 212 and his philosophical depth seems wrapped up in a faux wokeness informed by twitterverse platitudes than by deeply engaged critical thought p 292There is a deep irony in a lot of this On page 330 when Pitts compares WEB Du Bois and Claude McKay Pitts seems to agree with McKay that Du Bois was really only effective as a racial propagandist while McKay was the one who really understood art and maybe therefore people But Pitts in this book in my opinion is himself guilty of a fair amount of racial propaganda and surface level thinking about the true function of race art culture and class in Europe Now I m no expert myself I m an American born white guy married to a black woman and we have lived in multiple European countries and I ve read widely on the true nature and function of race and been educated at a few universities both in America and 3 separate European countries I m no expert but I know enough from my experiences to know that Pitts is confident of some of his philosophical meanderings in the book than he should be This may sound overly critical and I wish it wasn t because I honestly genuinely enjoyed the book But I think my biggest critiue of all is that Pitts focused so much on looking for the sensational aspects of neglect and ineuality that he said far too little about the ways that these communities actually LIVE Like the Sudanese cook in Berlin who made SudaneseGerman fusion food or the people listening to music in Lisbon into long hours of the night or the people near Brussels about 15 minutes from my current home who paint and play music I wanted far about what they do and what they love to be brought in along side of the extremely important discussions regarding the ineuality aspects of race and class The book really felt by the end that it was beating a single drum rather than painting a beautiful picture and I think the book would have been stronger had it provided nuance

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review Afropean Notes from Black Europe Afropean Notes from Black Europe Download ¸ 5 'Afropean Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity A continent of Algerian flea markets Surinamese shamanism German Reggae and Moorish castles Yes all this was part of Europe too and these were people and places it needed to understand and embrace if it wanted fully functional societies And Black Europeans too need to demand the right to document and disseminate our stories With m. I purchased this book on first sight during a visit to Daunt Books in London last September as the topic was of great interest to me As an African American who has traveled to western Europe 2 4 times a year for the past 13 years visited seven countries and intends to retire there by the end of this decade I feel very comfortable and well treated as an American tourist but I also recognize that my experience is very different from Blacks from Africa and the Caribbean particularly recent ones who are often viewed very differently than I am I have also largely failed to connect with Black Europeans save for those in the Netherlands of Afro Surinamese descent who often mistake me from one of them and greet me in Dutch because of our similar mixed racial backgrounds and appearance I read this book in order to gain greater insight about the Black communities in Europe and their experiences living there as native born citizens and recent immigrantsThe television presenter photographer and author Johny Pitts is an Englishman with a particularly uniue background as his father is a Brooklyn born singer in the moderately successful RB group The Fantastics who met Johny s Irish mother in a club in the town of Sheffield in South Yorkshire He grew up within two cultures that he could not completely identify with due to his mixed race and he was subjected to racist abuse during his childhood As he reached adulthood he became interested in the experiences of Blacks living in Europe After years of saving money he embarked on a five month journey in October of 2010 or 2011 I believe to discover everyday and better known Afropeans living in major cities in Europe to learn about their personal experiences and to determine what they all shared as members of the African diaspora living outside of their ancestral landsAccording to Pitts the term Afropean was a 1990s creation of a Belgian Congolese artist Marie Daulne and the American musician David Byrne and it is the name of his blog which he uses as a forum for himself and others to share stories photographs and personal accounts of what it means to be Black in Europe Afropean begins with a description of Sheffield and Pitts experiences growing up there and the journey begins with a Eurostar train ride from London to Paris Pitts and the reader who is made to feel like a travel companion and confidant of the author throughout the book join a small group of middle class African Americans on a tour of Black Paris which was notable for the often boorish and prejudicial attitudes of the tourists toward their poorer and less polished Black brothers and sisters He spends most of his time in Clichy Sous Bois a well known banlieue suburb which is in close geographic proximity to the French capital but isolated from it due to poor transportation to central Paris poverty and a high concentration of African immigrants which left Pitts dispirited in comparison to his experiences in the city A short SNCF French Railways train takes him to Brussels and a visit to a much diverse and welcoming community in the Belgian capital and subseuent rail journeys take him to Amsterdam Berlin Stockholm Marseille and the French Riviera and Lisbon He also makes a brief airplane journey to Moscow whose citizens have become extremely hostile and violent towards African university students after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he escaped serious injury or death after he chose not to enter the car of a Muscovite who wanted to give him a ridePitts describes several vibrant multicultural communities where Blacks and Whites live harmoniously such as Ch teau Rouge in Paris Matong in Brussels and the area that houses the Young African Artist Market in Berlin He also travels to impoverished and segregated neighborhoods including the Bijlmer section of Amsterdam and Cova da Moura a favela on the outskirts of Lisbon in addition to Clichy Sous Bois He also describes how the people living in the communities came to live there their experiences in their countries and notable Afropeans from these areas past and present including the soul jazz duo Les Nubians Otto and Hermina Huiswoud who were members of the Harlem Renaissance but emigrated to Amsterdam after World War II due to their communist activities and British author Caryl Phillips who he met for the first time in Brussels He also describes the experiences and homes of famous people who lived in these areas particularly authors James Baldwin and Claude McKay along with the notorious Congolese dictator Joseph Mobutu Afropean was an enlightening look into the lives and struggles of ordinary and famous Black Europeans and I enjoyed the journey I took alongside its author I ll follow his online blog in order to learn about my Afropean future brothers and sisters and copy him by making of an effort to engage ones I encounter during my future visits to the continent Rayleigh Through Time year for the past 13 Biggles Flies East years visited seven countries and intends to retire there by the end of this decade I feel very comfortable and well treated as an American tourist but I also recognize that my experience is very different from Blacks from Africa and the Caribbean particularly recent ones who are often viewed very differently than I am I have also largely failed to connect with Black Europeans save for those in the Netherlands of Afro Surinamese descent who often mistake me from one of them and greet me in Dutch because of our similar mixed racial backgrounds and appearance I read this book in order to gain greater insight about the Black communities in Europe and their experiences living there as native born citizens and recent immigrantsThe television presenter photographer and author Johny Pitts is an Englishman with a particularly uniue background as his father is a Brooklyn born singer in the moderately successful RB group The Fantastics who met Johny s Irish mother in a club in the town of Sheffield in South Yorkshire He grew up within two cultures that he could not completely identify with due to his mixed race and he was subjected to racist abuse during his childhood As he reached adulthood he became interested in the experiences of Blacks living in Europe After Letters to Chloe years of saving money he embarked on a five month journey in October of 2010 or 2011 I believe to discover everyday and better known Afropeans living in major cities in Europe to learn about their personal experiences and to determine what they all shared as members of the African diaspora living outside of their ancestral landsAccording to Pitts the term Afropean was a 1990s creation of a Belgian Congolese artist Marie Daulne and the American musician David Byrne and it is the name of his blog which he uses as a forum for himself and others to share stories photographs and personal accounts of what it means to be Black in Europe Afropean begins with a description of Sheffield and Pitts experiences growing up there and the journey begins with a Eurostar train ride from London to Paris Pitts and the reader who is made to feel like a travel companion and confidant of the author throughout the book join a small group of middle class African Americans on a tour of Black Paris which was notable for the often boorish and prejudicial attitudes of the tourists toward their poorer and less polished Black brothers and sisters He spends most of his time in Clichy Sous Bois a well known banlieue suburb which is in close geographic proximity to the French capital but isolated from it due to poor transportation to central Paris poverty and a high concentration of African immigrants which left Pitts dispirited in comparison to his experiences in the city A short SNCF French Railways train takes him to Brussels and a visit to a much diverse and welcoming community in the Belgian capital and subseuent rail journeys take him to Amsterdam Berlin Stockholm Marseille and the French Riviera and Lisbon He also makes a brief airplane journey to Moscow whose citizens have become extremely hostile and violent towards African university students after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and he escaped serious injury or death after he chose not to enter the car of a Muscovite who wanted to give him a ridePitts describes several vibrant multicultural communities where Blacks and Whites live harmoniously such as Ch teau Rouge in Paris Matong in Brussels and the area that houses the Young African Artist Market in Berlin He also travels to impoverished and segregated neighborhoods including the Bijlmer section of Amsterdam and Cova da Moura a favela on the outskirts of Lisbon in addition to Clichy Sous Bois He also describes how the people living in the communities came to live there their experiences in their countries and notable Afropeans from these areas past and present including the soul jazz duo Les Nubians Otto and Hermina Huiswoud who were members of the Harlem Renaissance but emigrated to Amsterdam after World War II due to their communist activities and British author Caryl Phillips who he met for the first time in Brussels He also describes the experiences and homes of famous people who lived in these areas particularly authors James Baldwin and Claude McKay along with the notorious Congolese dictator Joseph Mobutu Afropean was an enlightening look into the lives and struggles of ordinary and famous Black Europeans and I enjoyed the journey I took alongside its author I ll follow his online blog in order to learn about my Afropean future brothers and sisters and copy him by making of an effort to engage ones I encounter during my future visits to the continent

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review Afropean Notes from Black Europe Afropean Notes from Black Europe Download ¸ 5 Shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy and Rinkeby the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris which gave birth to the 2005 riots all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own stor. I was sort of English almost British kind of European I started to seek out answers about my European identity in relation to my black experience After ten years scraping together enough money to take time off work Johnny Pitts left his childhood home in Sheffield in search of Europe s black communities A backpacker on a budget Pitts couldn t afford the contemporary euivalent of a grand tour so this isn t a comprehensive look at ethnic minority experiences across Europe it s partial but still forceful and insightful Pitts brings in an array of factual background material but his writing s often impressionistic than analytical although he does provide a framework for thinking about his project in the opening chapters Instead he expertly mingles the literary and the political with personal uestions of identity Staying in cheap hotels and hostels he has a close encounter with racism in the Parisian suburbs unexpectedly meets writers Linton Kwesi Johnson and Caryl Philips and visits locations significant to James Baldwin Franz Fanon and Claude McKay ultimately producing this intelligent accessible piece that recently won the Jhalak Prize previously held by authors like Renni Eddo Lodge and Guy Gunaratne His website Afropean Travels in Black Adventures in Black Europe is a great continuation of his project that brings in a range of voices and perspectives from across Europe Ambitious Love years scraping together enough money to take time off work Johnny Pitts left his childhood home in Sheffield in search of Europe s black communities A backpacker on a budget Pitts couldn t afford the contemporary euivalent of a grand tour so this isn t a comprehensive look at ethnic minority experiences across Europe it s partial but still forceful and insightful Pitts brings in an array of factual background material but his writing s often impressionistic than analytical although he does provide a framework for thinking about his project in the opening chapters Instead he expertly mingles the literary and the political with personal uestions of identity Staying in cheap hotels and hostels he has a close encounter with racism in the Parisian suburbs unexpectedly meets writers Linton Kwesi Johnson and Caryl Philips and visits locations significant to James Baldwin Franz Fanon and Claude McKay ultimately producing this intelligent accessible piece that recently won the Jhalak Prize previously held by authors like Renni Eddo Lodge and Guy Gunaratne His website Afropean Travels in Black Adventures in Black Europe is a great continuation of his project that brings in a range of voices and perspectives from across Europe

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • Afropean Notes from Black Europe
  • Johny Pitts
  • English
  • 12 December 2019
  • 9780141984728

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  1. says: E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) review Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Johny Pitts

    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) Now I'm openly biased when I say I loved this book Having studied European Studies with French and Spanish I could probably count the number of works by and or centered Black Europeans that I studied throughout my 4 years of study on one hand

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) I purchased this book on first sight during a visit to Daunt Books in London last September as the topic was of great interest to me As an African American who has traveled to western Europe 2 4 times a year for the past 13 years visited seven countries and intends to retire there by the end of this decade I feel very comfortable and well treated as an American tourist but I also recognize that my experience is very different fro

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) review Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Johny Pitts Johny Pitts ´ 5 Summary 76th book for 2019An enjoyable informative UK black backpackers trip through Western Europe While I enjoyed the book I would have liked deeper and broader overview there is nothing on Eastern Europe—Russia gets a mention—and nothing on Italy or Greece For instance the only entry to Germany was Berlin where Pitts seemed to have divided time between Left Radicals and the Jamaican community I know there was

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    Johny Pitts ´ 5 Summary E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) I bought this book when it was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize earlier this year since my purchase it went to win this prize I doubt there could

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) review Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Johny Pitts Johny Pitts ´ 5 Summary I'm deeply torn by this book which I found enthralling informative and innovative but which is also littered wi

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    review Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Johny Pitts Johny Pitts ´ 5 Summary E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) I enjoyed this book on many levels I am a fan of factual literature but sometimes factual books can feel like they came from the same template research findings drawing conclusions I think its called the translation methodThis book is very different I was expecting to read about the history of black people in Europe including stati

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) “ I was sort of English almost British kind of European I started to seek out answers about my European identity in relation to my black experience” After ten years scraping together enough money to take time off work Johnny Pitts left his childhood home in Sheffield in search of Europe’s black communities A backpacker on a budget Pitts couldn’t afford the contemporary euivalent of a grand tour so this isn’t

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) Johny Pitts ´ 5 Summary I really like Johny Pitts and loved the photographs in this book The whole premise for this book is really interesting travelling Europe and visiting areas where higher numbers of Black people live and trying to understand their experience in different countries and cities I though this book was really interesting and I loved some parts of it especially the bit where he has dinner with Caryl Phillips and Linton Kwesi Johnson tha

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) I always dreamed of writing a book like this one day But Johny got there first and has done it far better than anything I had dream

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    E–pub/E–book (Afropean Notes from Black Europe) There are abnormally high mental health issues among black communities in Europe but my travels had been largely sustained by a very steadfast sanity which so many black men and women had managed to maintain despite often

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