Khoe-San: Most Ancient Branch of Anatomically Modern Humans

Genetically, culturally and ethically the Khoe-San have something special to add to this world.  The largest genomic study ever conducted among Khoe and San groups reveals that these groups from southern Africa are descendants of the earliest diversification event in the history of all humans some 100,000 years ago, well before the ‘out-of-Africa’ migration of […]

Black Anarchists and Pan-Afrikanists: An Interview with Philip A. Howard

  Dr. Philip A. Howard is a historian who researches the Afro-Cuban and African influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston, Howard is the author two books: Changing History: The Afro-Cuban Cabildos and Societies of Color in the Nineteenth Century (LSU Press, 1998) and the recently […]

Namibia’s Monuments to Genocide

by Elke Zuern  The Marine memorial (Marinedenkmal) in Swakopmund, Namibia, 2017 (Elke Zuern) Early last year, a group of activists splashed blood-red paint on a statue they saw as a monument to white supremacy and racial oppression. The statue was not in Louisiana, or Alabama, or Mississippi, but in Swakopmund, Namibia. It depicts a German soldier […]

THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOWETO YOUTH UPRISING AND MASSACRE IN SOUTH AFRIKA IZ A TIMELY LESSON ON RESISTANCE

41 years ago today, a student-led uprising that began in Soweto but quickly spread throughout the country would forever change South Africa. On June 16, 1976, high-school students responding to Apartheid education policies, and particularly the political aftermath of the Bantu Education Act in 1953, began a protest. According South African History Online, the Bantu […]

Toivo ya Toivo: Afrikan revolutionary hero, co-founder of SWAPO passes on

After spending years as a political prisoner the leader served as an inspiration to oppressed peoples worldwide Pan-African News Wire by Abayomi Azikiwe A man of strong beliefs and convictions, Cde Toivo dedicated his life to the fight against oppression by the then South Africa authorities, rejecting apartheid South Africa’s reduction of sovereign Namibia into […]

Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Afrika’s bleaching syndrome

Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin. Shutterstock To be black in the world today is to be stigmatised for having dark skin. To be light-skinned, on the other hand, is to be celebrated in line with western beauty standards. Black people not only experience this stigma from outside of their […]

Being black in a white skin: students with albinism battle prejudice

People with albinism often isolate themselves to avoid discrimination. Shutterstock by Eleanor Ross Myths and stereotypes about albinism abound. People with the condition are called derogatory names, like inkawu – the Nguni term for white baboon – and isishawa, a Zulu word for a person who is cursed. They are stared at, and must field ignorant […]

1929 War of the Women in Nigeria

  The “riots” or the war, led by women in the provinces of Calabar and Owerri in southeastern Nigeria in November and December of 1929, became known as the “Aba Women’s Riots of 1929” in British colonial history, or as the “Women’s War” in Igbo history.  Thousands of Igbo women organized a massive revolt against […]

SENEGALESE PHOTOGRAPHER OMAR VICTOR DIOP REIMAGINES HISTORICAL MOMENTS OF BLACK PROTEST IN NEW PHOTO SERIES

  Senegalese fine arts and fashion photographer Omar Victor Diop describes his latest series, “Liberty,” as “a reinvented narrative of the history of the black people.” The powerful portraits tastefully showcase international moments of Black resistance spanning generations, including Bloody Sunday and the death of Trayvon Martin. “Liberty” will be exhibited at the Festival of […]

Afrikan Liberation Day represents expansion of human freedom

by Strike Thokoane Some 130 years ago, European powers met in Berlin to hatch an agenda of subjecting Africa and its peoples to mere vassals, property to be possessed and exploited for the benefit of white people. African Liberation Day celebrates the African people’s successful resistance to this oppression. The Day is also a proud commemoration […]