Category Afro-Diaspora

Before police shot him, mentally ill Portsmouth man looked “mean” and “hostile,” ex-officer testifies | Courts & Crime | pilotonline.com

Before police shot him, mentally ill Portsmouth man looked “mean” and “hostile,” ex-officer testifies | Courts & Crime | pilotonline.com – Franklin stopped and sat back down at the table as more officers arrived. To Williams, Franklin’s decision to approach him in an “aggressive” manner with an item in his hand amounted to a threat. […]

Woman ‘discovers’ her color at age 36: Viviane Duarte only questioned her own racial identity when asked her personal thoughts on difficulties black women face

Note from BW of Brazil: This story is so very typically Brazilian. It’s stories as this one that demonstrate why there are so many stories on this blog detailing the journey of Brazil’s African descendants in coming to assume a black identity. When it is reported that Brazil’s population could be anywhere from 16 million […]

RIP: Prince Buster / Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (24 May 1938 – 8 September 2016)

PRINCE BUSTER – DISCOGRAPHY: (Ska/Rocksteady Singer) | Subcultz — Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (born 24 May 1938, Kingston, Jamaica), better known by the stage name Prince Buster, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. Prince Buster, one of the founders and leaders of the ska music scene that originated from jamaica. Reggaediscography presents the most complete […]

Philadelphia man acquitted of ’91 murder in less than an hour after retrial Innocence Project

Philadelphia man acquitted of ’91 murder in less than an hour after retrial Innocence Project – “We are extremely relieved that this very long nightmare is finally over for Mr. Wright and his family. DNA testing proved not only that Mr. Wright is absolutely innocent but also that law enforcement fabricated evidence against him,” said […]

Common Space – #ShekuBayoh: Family react with anger to Kenny MacAskill “hunting Police Scotland” remarks

Common Space – Sheku Bayoh: Family react with anger to Kenny MacAskill “hunting Police Scotland” remarks – Writing for a police magazine, Police Professional, MacAskill said: “An assumption of institutional racism and homicide are alluded to without awaiting the outcome of complex and highly thorough investigations into a specific incident. “The fact that the police […]

Haiti: Passage of Darkness

Are there really zombies in Haiti? Wade Davis devotes two long sections to this question. He first looks at the popular views and then explores cases where there have been some attempts to carefully and more scientifically determine the status of suspected cases. His key candidate for zombiehood is Clairvius Narcisse. In spring, 1962 Narcisse […]

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 […]