A roundup of some recent stories, photos, blogs, articles, etc. to inspire us towards better visual and written storytelling:
How would the US media report the Eric Garner case if it happened in another country? This is part of a series of articles that Slate produces called “If it happened there.” It challenges the assumptions we make about what we read in Western news sources. This story should also make us think again about how we frame the stories we tell about and for international development. Poverty and injustice are not unique to developing nations. We should not frame them as if they are. While the Eric Garner and Mike Brown cases are more devastating than inspiring, they can’t go ignored on a blog like this. To paraphrase Mayor De Blasio, the fact that people are rallying around the statement “Black Lives Matter,” reflects a sad reality. It is a statement that should be obvious.
Despite these harsh realities, there are still some great things happening around the world.
And if you still feel like you need to take a shower after reliving the BandAid 30, here’s a link to the classic gem from 2012: Africa for Norway. Let’s let local artists do what they do best (and without the ego that comes with the white man’s charity single burden).