Black August, George Jackson and Marcus Garvey

by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali August is a politically charged month in the Black world: the month Marcus Garvey was born and when Black Panther George Jackson and his younger brother, Jonathan, were killed. George Jackson and Huey Newton considered themselves to be scientific socialists, but both men were once also students of Garvey […]

Black August: Celebrating Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey; August 17, 1887 – June 10, 1940   This article is part of a special Black August series on TheBurningSpear.com. We encourage all our readers to help launch Black Power 96.3 FM during their Black August Fund Drive. Support radio in the hands of the African community! Donate today at blackpower96.org. Each August, growing […]

Brazil’s hidden slavery

By Julia Carneiro BBC Brasil, Rio de Janeiro – 25 December 2014 Rio de Janeiro is a city looking to the future. Major development work is underway in the city’s historic port area as it prepares to host the Olympics in 2016. But the construction effort to make all that happen has unexpectedly shone a light on […]

Progress and Making the Native Disappear in South Afrika

by  Richard Raber In the name of modernity and capital expansion, indigenous peoples across the globe have been slaughtered, dispossessed and made to be invisible. Through the writing out of history or blotting out of popular culture, indigenous people are often relegated to a state of pre-modernity or tradition; this continues to underpin policy. We have […]

Brazil’s Valongo Slave Port Becomes UNESCO Heritage Site

The Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves were brought from Afrika during the 1800s. | Photo: AFP “From a historic point of view, this is a testimony to one of the most brutal episodes in the history of humankind,” a statement read. Unesco designated Brazil’s Valongo port a World Heritage Site this weekend. […]

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 […]

Amerikan slavery: Separating fact from myth

Five generations of a slave family. Shutterstock People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. […]

9 of the Best Songs About Afrika By Artists From the Diaspora

Africa, both as a place and a concept, has inspired some of the best works from musicians in the diaspora. For many, creating songs that highlight the continent is a way of fostering a connection with their African heritage. While some songs address Africa as a singular unit, they manage to steer away from the “Africa is a […]

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 […]

From foetus to Woman

  OmegaCyrus by Billene Seyoum Woldeyes Every single revolutionary who has walked this Earth has said it: The liberation of humanity is impossible without the liberation of women. And, for the millionth time, here is why: we were foetuses when they mapped out our lives some of us would glide through birth canals break open wombs […]