The basic ideal at the heart of the American political project is the gradual redemption of founding promises enshrined in law through popular struggle and political process. The Declaration of Independence (1776) stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The U.S. Constitution (1787) declared: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice…, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Our columnist Taye Negussie (PhD) answers some of the
perplexing questions many of us ponder: what is totalitarianism? What are the features most commonly attributed to authoritarian regimes? And, most importantly, how is it possible for totalitarian regimes to subjugate so large a mass of citizens depriving them of their independent individual thought?
Our art and entertainment editor Zela Gayle looks into the life of Alesandra Seutin, a Zimbabwean born choreographer and artistic director known for her distinctly theatrical choreographic and movement vocabulary which combines physical theatre, innovative scenography, text and dance
Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1980, the year her country got its independence, to a family where dance was a tradition. So when the family moved to Brussels, she began learning Hip-Hop dance from her older brother who danced in groups, and who trained Alesandra constantly since she was eight. Four years later Alesandra was introduced to the formal world of Ballet.