Category Africana

Adam Simmons: Uncovering the #African Presence in #Medieval #Europe | The Public Medievalist

  Uncovering the African Presence in Medieval Europe | The Public Medievalist — Robert de Clari was a French knight who was part of the ill-fated Fourth Crusade. In his account of the Crusade, Conquest of Constantinople (which he wrote around 1216), he offers a tantalizing account of the presence of Africans in medieval Europe. […]

To White Folks That Have Never Seen Super Light Skinned Negros Before

So, this is me. No makeup, no sorcery. This picture is a few years old. Nothing has changed. I suppose what they really mean when they think/say that I’m not black is that I don’t inspire their racist fears about black people. Or they could mean that black people don’t have certain looks. Not REAL […]

Zanj Rebellion – Wikipedia

Zanj Rebellion – The Zanj Rebellion or the Negro Rebellion was the culmination of series of small revolts. It took place near the city of Basra, located in present-day southern Iraq, over a period of fifteen years (AD 869–883). The insurrection is believed to have involved enslaved Bantus (Zanj) that had originally been captured from […]

John Molyneux: Picasso and African Art

Underpinning much racist ideology is the notion that the development of civilization was basically a European or western phenomenon. In reality, civilization – living in cities, literacy, law etc. – developed first in three main areas, none of them in Europe: the middle eastern fertile crescent (Iraq to Egypt), northwestern India and southeast China. Moreover […]

Diwaniyya: Eunuchs in the Imperial Harem

The roles of the eunuch on a day-to-day basis included locking and unlocking the doors of the harem, keeping watch over those who entered and left, and ensuring that outsiders did not enter. Upon recruitment and initiation into the harem eunuchs were trained in a “school for eunuchs” where they were taught, “their practical duties, […]

I became a black woman in Spokane. But, Rachel Dolezal, I was a black girl first | Alicia Walters | Comment is free | The Guardian

Dolezal’s specious claims to black ancestry and faux black identity could not have been sustained and she would not have been able to pass if black womanhood were seen and understood as more than skin – or weave – deep. Wearing black womanhood was apparently even enough for Dolezal’s “fellow” black leaders in Spokane, Washington, […]

The Color of Feminism | The Women’s International Perspective

For many years women all over the world have been fighting for their rights. As I was discussing gender equality with some classmates, I realised how Western women have achieved a lot compared to women in my country. And while wage equality is one of the priorities of some Western feminists, it is not the […]

Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben joins the ancestors | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, transitioned on to the ancestral realm Thursday (March 19) at approximately 3:30 a.m. Those close to him said he had stopped eating and drinking several […]

The day I called Malcolm X to fight racism in Birmingham’s white only pubs – Mirror Online

“We went to the Blue Gate Pub,” says the dad-of-two. “It was notorious in those days for racism. Black people were only served in the bar room and weren’t allowed in the lounge or smoke room. “Indian and Asian people were only served out of glasses with a handle. The plain glasses were for white […]

Queen Quet & De Gullah Cunneckshun Gwine tru SC! | Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet left a standing room only crowd at True Uhuru Books in North Charleston, SC on the first weekend in February to begin this week with residencies in South Carolina school districts. She has stopped at Johns Island’s Haut Gap Middle School and is currently presenting at several schools in the Florence County School […]

Tasha Thomas, Girlfriend Of John Crawford III, Killed In Car Crash | Global Grind

Autopsies will be performed Friday on Thomas and Bailey, a coroner’s official said. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. Bailey was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he later died. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.   via Tasha Thomas, Girlfriend Of John Crawford III, Killed In Car Crash | Global Grind.

On PBS, Rapper Nas is shown a receipt for the sale of his ancestors | I Love Black People

According to the Atlanta BlackStar, Nas revealed the information on the Television Critics Association panel. Regarding the finding, Nas stated, “First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, that guy owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his […]

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass

This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the Fourth of July. It is the birth day of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. This, to you, as what the Passover was to the emancipated people of God. It carries your minds back to the day, and to the act of your great […]

Beyond blackface: emancipation through the struggle against Black pete, Dutch racism and Afrophobia | New Urban CollectiveNew Urban Collective

Every December 5th the Dutch celebrate ‘Sinterklaas’, a feast rooted in Middle Age folklore. The legend goes that Saint Nicholas travels from Spain in the Netherlands every year with his steamboat to reward the children who have behaved well with presents and punish those who have behaved naughty. The old, wise and kind white saint […]

The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons | Music |

“Although Sun Ra had links to the masons,” says Cherry, “there’s no evidence that he was ever a member of a particular Prince Hall lodge.” Cherry thinks it likely that Sun Ra was a member of a fraternal order called the Knights of Pythias, another secretive organisation who meet in lodges, and who also claim […]

Thomas Fuller African ”slave” And Mathematician.

[] Thomas Fuller, known as the Virginia Calculator, was stolen from his native Africa at the age of fourteen and sold to a planter. When he was about seventy years old, two gentlemen, natives of Pennsylvania, viz., William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates, men of probity and respectable characters, having heard, in travelling through the neighbourhood […]

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Islam in America is rapidly expanding. It is the fastest-growing religion in the nation, and the second most practiced faith in twenty states. These demographic shifts prompted a prominent Los Angeles-based imam to comment, “Ramadan is a new American tradition.” The cleric’s forward-looking pronouncement marks Islam’s recent arrival in the US. However, this statement reveals […]

Hattie McDaniel’s Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death | Black Like Moi

McDaniel’s role in Gone With the Wind as well as additional roles that she played through the 1940s brought her the criticism of NAACP president Walter White who felt that the roles were stereotypical and derogatory. McDaniel responded to the controversy by “asserting her prerogative to accept whatever role she” chose. She also highlighted the […]

Malcolm X’s daughter on Juneteenth: ‘We’re in denial of the African holocaust’ | World news |

“We’re in denial of the African holocaust,” Shabazz said. “Most times, people don’t want to talk about it. One is often restless or termed a racist just for having compassion for the African experience, for speaking truth to the trans-Atlantic and Arab slave trades, for speaking truth to the significant omission of our history. We […]

Afri-Culture » Enough is Enough! Black Entertainers Need To Stop Using The ‘N’ Word!

The ongoing use of the N-word by today’s black entertainers has fueled its popularity among non-blacks, and things are starting to get out of hand. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to utter that word. However, I can’t deny the fact that it is significantly more hurtful when uttered by a non-black person. I […]

The stabbing of Dr. King: New documentary delves into Izola Curry mystery | theGrio

In September 1958, Dr. King was an emerging activist who was hosting a book signing for his book, “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” at Blumstein Department Store in Harlem, New York. While signing books, Dr. King was approached by a 42-year-old black woman, Izola Ware Curry, who asked if he was really Martin Luther […]

POV: Singer Robeson’s granddaughter recalls fight against racism | Neo-Griot

Neo-GriotNeo-GriotKalamu ya Salaam’s information blog About Support Subscribe Breath of Life E-DrumPOV: Singer Robeson’s granddaughter recalls fight against racism BBC6 May 2014 Singer Robeson’s granddaughterrecalls fight against racism By Vincent DowdWitness programme, BBC World ServicePaul Robeson, pictured in 1958, had his passport revoked by the US Government from 1950 – 1958Paul Robeson, pictured in 1958, […]

Africans in America/Part 4/”Diseases and Peculiarities”

If the white man attempts to oppose the Deity’s will, by trying to make the negro anything else than “the submissive knee-bender,” which the Almighty declared he should be, by trying to raise him to a level with himself, or by putting himself on an equality with the negro; or if he abuses the power […]

Allah School In Atlantis

[A.S.I.A. Journal by Saladin Quanaah’ Allah] We are pro-righteous and anti-devilishment, regardless of a person’s skin color, ethnicity, religion or nationality. If any member of our human family has the willingness to learn to be righteous, we help provide them with the education and tools to do it. This does not mean that they need […]

BBC News – Ta-Nehisi Coates starts a new reparations debate

Coates, perhaps because of his reputation as a talented, thoughtful essayist and thanks to his platform in and determined promotion by the Atlantic, has once again given the topic a serious airing for the first time in more than a decade – and the praise for his essay from the left has been near universal.Slate’s […]

Magical Negro

In March 2007, American critic David Ehrenstein used the title “Obama the ‘Magic Negro’” for an editorial he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, saying that: He’s there [Obama] to assuage white “guilt” i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a […]

Ianthe’s Inferno — The Racist Origins of Modern Clown Makeup or, just one more reason to hate clowns

In line with the tenets of nineteenth-century romantic racialism, show-men’s portrayals of black men and clowns reflected contemporary representations of white women: late-nineteenth-century scientists argued that ‘‘excessive’’ emotionalism defined women, racial ‘‘savages,’’ and children of all races. The German Darwinist Ernst Haeckel and the Americans Edward Drinker Cope and G. Stanley Hall were all proponents […]

[Exclusive] Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company’s Hijacking – Hollywood Reporter

According to the complaint, Mort, who co-wrote the feature film The Brave One and has worked on shows including Will and Grace and Roseanne, optioned Simone’s life story in 2005. That was two years after the singer behind such classics as Feeling Good and Sinner Man died. Mort says she worked for years to get […]

How did Sam Cooke really die and why did he die so young? | Black Like Moi

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, and a further three after his death. Major hits like “You Send Me”, “A Change Is Gonna Come”, “Cupid”, “Chain Gang”, “Wonderful World”, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers […]

Jet magazine to no longer print, changing to digital app  – NY Daily News

According to Publishers Information Bureau data, Jet’s total print advertising revenue has fallen in each of the last three years, dropping 24 percent to $10.3 million last year from $13.6 million in 2010.Meanwhile, total advertising revenue at consumer magazines fell about 2 percent to $19.74 billion in 2013 from $20.08 billion in 2010, according to […]