Afrikan voices raised in support of people with albinism

Thereza Phinias, a musician who is part of the Tanzania Albinism Collective. Marilena Delli On the remote East African island of Ukerewe in the middle of Lake Victoria, people with albinism whose voices have been largely unheard, are now writing and voicing their experiences into songs. Ukerewe is the largest inland island in Africa and is part of […]

Essay: Flying The Red, The Black and The Green Flag of Liberation

    Flying The Red, The Black and The Green Flag of Liberation   In the Spring of ’69 the revolution had smashed full force into Southern University New Orleans. We had taken over the school. Literally. We ran everything. Actually continued the classes and full day-to-day operations. But the nominal administration had no say […]

The first Black Samurai Yasuke gets animated series and comic book!

The hidden history of the first black Samurai, Yasuke, is re-emerging through the form of an animated series and comic book created by Deranta’ Avaloy. Titled Yasuke: Birth of A Samurai, Avaloy and team have launched a HatchFund campaign to bring to life their take on Yasuke’s story. Production on ‘Yasuke’ has already begun, but the team is […]

Kwame Nkrumah of Africa: He came to his own but his own rejected him

Reflection on the 108th birthday of the Black Star blackartdepot.com Charles Quist-Adade Sep 28, 2017 Nkrumah’s dream of African unity remains essential for total liberation and prosperity of the continent. Africans will have themselves to blame if they continue to plough their narrow furrows instead of pooling their efforts, human and material resources, in order […]

How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Craze

The athletic movements may have inspired modern break dancing Capoeira roda in the Arts and Industries Building at the 2017 Folklife Festival. (Daniel Martinez, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives) By Juan Goncalves-Borrega, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Two young men dressed in white kneel on the ground, ready to begin their duel. Eyes lock onto those of […]

Racism is behind outlandish theories about Afrika’s ancient architecture

The pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters Some of the most impressive buildings and cities ever made by humans can be found in Africa: the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, Mapungubwein South Africa, Kenya’s Gedi Ruins and Meroe in Sudan. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring of these are the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the […]

Watch Stogie T Pay Tribute to His Freedom Fighter Mother In ‘Son of a Soldier’

  Cutting edge South African lyricist Stogie T just released the visuals for his song “Son of a Soldier.” The track, which is taken from his 2016 self-titled album, sees the rapper paying homage to his mother, who was part of Umkhonto Wesizwe, the armed wing of the ANC during the fight against the oppressive apartheid government. “Son […]

23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) © UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is […]

‘My Freedom Is Mine’ — Caribbean Netizens Discuss Emancipation Day

Redemption Song Statue, Emancipation Park, Jamaica. Photo by Mark Franco, used with permission. On August 1 each year, several Caribbean territories — including Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica — commemorate Emancipation Day in honour of the day in 1834 when the British emancipated enslaved Africans. The day sparked passionate dialogue on the holiday’s meaning and the manifestation […]