Ella Collins [Malcolm X’s Sister] Interview Part 2

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The forgotten groundnut pyramids of Nigeria, the one-time pride of the West Afrikan nation

The Groundnut Pyramids of Nigeria. Pic credit: AgroNigeria You can call them Nigerians’ first love. Built in northern cities such as Kano, Malam Madori and Bebeji from the 1910s, they were pyramid-like structures made from groundnut sacks that towered up towards the sky, offering splendour similar to the Egyptian pyramids. In the 1960s and 70s, […]

Ella Collins [Malcolm X’s sister] Interview

Sarah Ann Shaw interviews Ella Collins, sister of Malcolm X. Collins discusses the childhood of Malcolm X and how she had raised him from an early age until his incarceration and subsequent conversion to Islam. Topics covered include Malcolm X’s attitudes toward violence; women; and at the onset how the family had great expectations of […]

Medicine for Political Liberation: Cuban Doctors Reflect on Solidarity Work in Afrika

 by Don Fitz  Cuban Doctors Provide Vaccinations in Senegal in 1973. By Roel Coutinho – Roel Coutinho Guinea-Bissau & Senegal Photographs (1973 – 1974), CC BY-SA 4.0. The first article in this series was Revolutionary Solidarity in Africa: The Story of Cuba’s First International Military Doctors This concluding article in a series on Cuban medical solidarity […]

The Black Magus [King, Magi] (c 1350– )

The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1520 @The Victoria and Albert Museum, London The black Magus, or King, in Renaissance Adoration pictures is an enigmatic figure as no black African king is known to have visited Europe during this period. However, blacks, at the time, were known in a wide range of other guises from slaves to saints. The […]

Watch Haile Selassie’s victory speech after Mussolini’s Italian invasion was quelled

In October 1935, fascist Italian war leader Benito Mussolini launched his invasion of Ethiopia. Held at bay by Emperor Selassie’s troops, Mussolini eventually entered Addis Ababa on May 5, 1936, declaring the country as part of the Italian empire and Italian East Africa. At root, the “Abyssinia Crisis,” as it was also called, was years in […]

Dec. 25, 1837: Seminole Anti-colonial Struggle

By William Katz On Christmas day in 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracnsking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. Though it reads like a Hollywood thriller, this amazing story has yet to capture public attention. It […]

Skin bleaching: Identity crisis or mental slavery?

In 1492, Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the Americas and Caribbean Islands in search of the East Indies. With open arms, the naartives welcome him as their guest, oblivious to their impending doom. Bringing with him diseases and a hidden agenda, he was following orders from the Roman Catholic church to revitalize the failing European economy under […]

How To Make A Negro Christian

  This is just one of the many documents published and circulated throughout the slave holding states, that clearly exposes the conspiracy engaged in by both the clergy and the plantation owners, to insure the continuation of the unholy, degrading, inhumane, yet highly profitable slave industry. By introducing the enslaved masses, to the useless, fictitious […]

Louis, the black Mauritian who led South Afrika’s first large-scale slave rebellion in 1808

Photo: SA History As many Africans in the Caribbean and the Americas rose against slavery, the news of these courageous acts found its way back to Africa.  In 1808, Cape Town, the then capital of the Cape Colony, experienced its first ever slave rebellion. The region, home to the Khoisan people, was invaded by the […]