So Far So Great

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I‘m writing you today from São Paulo, Brazil. Prior to arriving here, I spent 6 days in Rio de Janeiro. A stunning city which has everything going for it. Natural beauty, culture, weather, beautiful people, size, and some of the most interesting beaches I have ever been to. Rio is a city I have been dreaming of going to for almost two decades. Now that I have been I can say that does not disappoint. I had high expectations and they were all exceeded in the past week.

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Next week I will have the privilege of spending another couple of days in that city, but first I will explore what São Paulo, the New York of South America has to offer.

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Review: The Great Tamer *****

Last weekend my partner and I went to Dimitris Papaioannou’s latest production ‘The Great Tamer’, at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. The show starts slowly with repetitive actions but picks up speed and does not bore. The overall feeling I got was that there was some kind of storyline that was just beyond my grasp. However, this did not bother me in the slightest. Instead I watched how bodies were pulled out of the ground, were dissected, and buried. Body parts from various actors were used to form one whole new person. How astronauts walked on stage as if it was a moon landscape and how several references were made to famous paintings. Coincidence? I think not.

THE GREAT TAMER (2017) / a new work by Dimitris Papaioannou / trailer from Dimitris Papaioannou on Vimeo.

The audience laughed at various moments, and seemed at times to be as wonderfully lost in the work as I was. The ending seemed to complete the circle. Almost leading us back to the beginning before fading to black.

Check out the trailer or better yet, go see Papaioannou’s work for your self. Its worth it. I promise.

A Diversifying Hollywood. Finally

It has taken a long time. And they are late, but Hollywood has finally produced a film that portrays Africa in a positive, in fact very good light. It is a fictional African country of course, but it is a step forward. The American actor Chadwick Boseman plays the Black Panther. The Black Panther is the superhero protector of Wakanda, a fictional country somewhere between Ethiopia, Sudan, The DRC, and Kenya.

The Black Panther is in the same universe as some of the other well-known Marvel super heroes, The Avengers and the X-Men. To have a black super hero finally be in the spotlight and have a stand alone story line of his own feels good. First Luke Cage and now Black Panther. It looks like Hollywood is finally truly diversifying. It’s a start. Lets hope the trend sets in.

Looking for Dutch Caribbean Gay and Bi men

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Hey guys!

As you probably know, this year I pursue an masters degree in Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. My thesis project examines some aspects of the sexual health of Dutch Caribbean men who live in the Netherlands and have sex with other men. In the context of this research project, I want to talk with gay and bisexual guys (and everything in between) from the Dutch Caribbean about attitudes towards sex and safe sex practices. If you would like to talk to me, or know someone who might, please let me know. It will be anonymous and won’t take much of your time. Please also feel free to share this message on Twitter and Facebook.

e-mail: joel.illidge@outlook.com

Thanks so much for your help!