Ein wichtiges Buch

Netzschau „Mit Afropäisch betritt ein leidenschaftlicher Autor die Bühne, der eine schwarze Welt sichtbar macht, die sonst vielen verborgen geblieben wäre“
Ein wichtiges Buch
Der traditionelle Notting-Hill-Karneval in London wurde von einer afro-karibischen Community ins Leben gerufen

Foto: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

„But that aside, this is an important book and I have no doubt Pitts will soon become an important writer. Afropean shows us that people with black and brown skin colour who live in Europe, while proud of their own cultural heritages, often want feel a part of this continent too. Accepted. Treated like everyone else. Like other Europeans. This book aims to bring black Europe to the rest of Europe. To spark a mutual conversation. I have no doubt it will do just that.“ Evening Standard

A Beautiful Study Of Black Identity

„Pitts, a TV presenter and photographer as well as a writer, sets out to explore “black Europe from the street up”, with the idea of being Afropean as “something of a utopian alternative to the doom and gloom that has surrounded the black image in Europe in recent years”. Dissatisfied with the limits imposed on his identity and the framing of his black experience, he is a nomadic writer in search of his tribe, who claims membership of a collective black community in Europe that offers a sense of belonging more nourishing than the reductive nationalism of individual European countries. But what is it to be Afropean? Armed with a computer and camera, the Sheffield-born son of a white English mother and African American father spent five months on the road in search of an African Oz in Europe.“ The Guardian

Black Europe From The Street Up

„At the end of Afropean, Johny Pitts stands at Europa Point in Gibraltar and tries to make out Africa through the fog. “Everything was monochrome,” he says, “and I could barely see a few metres in front of me.” He turns and walks back to the “tumultuous old continent” he now recognises as his own“ The Telegraph

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Eine Reise durch Europa

Eine Reise durch Europa

Leseprobe In Paris folgt Pitts den Spuren Baldwins, in Berlin trifft er Rastafarians, in Moskau besucht er die einstige Patrice-Lumumba-Universität. Dabei wird deutlich, dass Europas Gegenwart stark von seiner kolonialen Vergangenheit gezeichnet ist
Warum Afropäisch?

Warum Afropäisch?

Essay Vor einigen Jahren verwechselte mich ein Fremder im Abendzug nach Frankfurt mit jemandem, den er in der Vorwoche gesehen hatte. Der Augenblick dauerte nur Sekunden, aber er sollte als Katalysator für eine Reise der (Selbst-)Entdeckung dienen
Europäische Identität

Europäische Identität

Biografie Johny Pitts, geboren in Sheffield, ist Autor, Fotograf und Journalist. Für sein Engagement für eine afropäische Identität wurde er vielfach ausgezeichnet. 2020 erhielt er den Jhalak Prize für sein neues Buch „Afropäisch“

Afropäisch | Trailer

Video Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities


Afropäisch | Trailer

Video Growing up in Sheffield to a white working-class mother and African-American father, author Johny Pitts found it difficult to relate with those around him


Afropäisch | Vortrag

Video Johny Pitts is the founder of Afropean.com, an online user-generated journal which is part of the Guardian’s ‘Africa Network’. In October 2018, Pitts organised the Looking B(l)ack Symposium at the Bozar cultural centre in Brussels


Afropäisch | Lesung

Video Johny Pitts reads from his insightful book, Afropean: Notes from Black Europe. This genre-defying nonfiction book is on the shortlist for the Jhalak Prize 2020