PIPPA BIDDLE was a wide-eyed High School student who was seduced by images of helping in Africa. On a trip to Tanzania, Pippa witnesses something that forces her to question both the endeavor and her motives.
ZINE MAGUBANE, pop culture archivist and educator, flashes back in time to unpack colonial and current images of Africa in the west. She shows their power to define and dehumanize, and reveals how little has changed over time.
BONIFACE MWANGI, once a teenager from the streets of Nairobi, started a youth-led movement for social change in Kenya, shattering the stereotype of the passive aid recipient. We follow Boniface from his fearless confrontations in Kenya to the U.S., where he travels to college campuses and presents the students with a provocative challenge.
Kenyan writer BINYAVANGA WAINAINA, who grew up in a postcolonial world full of promise, reflects on how it feels to be on the receiving end of the gaze of pity that humanitarianism brought into his world.