To put it simply, there are a lot of black people in Germany
– African immigrants, native born and black people who are transplants from
other countries, including the U.S. And has
a result, Germany is rapidly becoming one of the most diverse, multi-ethnic
and cultural countries in Europe, like France and Spain, which have been for generations.
Because of this seismic shift, one of the results is a new
online news and information program, AfrikAkzent
TV, which is produced by the German multi-media group, Media Innovation Center Babelsberg.
The makers of AfrikAkzent say that their goal is to “target
the public to act against intolerance, racism, prejudice and the media’s spread of false
images about Africa and people of African origin (and) give an insight into the
life and work of Africans and Afro-Germans in Germany – establishing a clear
antithesis to the popular media representations.”
They further go on to say that they want to “combat
the ignorance about Africa and people of African descent characterized among
other things by the coverage in the German media. Our contributions would
counteract and show that Africa is not only dominated by hunger, wars and
corruption, music and dance.“
The series, which started in August 2012, is a monthly 15-minute program which can be seen on
Vimeo here in the States, and on the series’ website HERE.
Here’s a look at a recent episode, and, yes, the show is
in German (and briefly in French) with no English subtitles. But believe me, you
can, for the most part, grasp what’s going on.