In this episode, we pay tribute to bell hooks, the black feminist writer  who died on 15 December 2021 and was a huge influence on justice  movements in Berlin and around the world.

We also discuss the boycott of the Sydney Festival in solidarity with  Palestine, as part of the global campaign for a cultural and economic boycott of Israel.

This episode’s guest is Doris Ghannam, member of BDS Berlin (

This episode is produced and presented by Axmed Maxamed ( and Tom Wills (

The studio engineer for is Franziska Duchemin.

This episode’s playlist is:

Lil’ Kim - Queen Bitch

Ice Cube - We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up

Barkaa - OUR Lives Matter

Young Fathers - Toy

Axmed’s recommended reading/viewing is:

Book: ‘Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations’ - bell hooks

Book: ‘Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh: Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure in Lil’ Kim’s Lyricism’ - Greg Thomas

Article: ‘Hardcore Honey: bell hooks Goes on the Down Low with Lil’ Kim’ - bell hooks

Video: ‘Teaching to Transgress Today: Theory and Practice In and Outside the Classroom’ (

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