How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

‘Freeing a Slave from the Slave Stick Jamaica’ circa 1876. From the International Mission Photography Archive, University of Edinburgh. Courtesy USC Digital Library It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them that their lives and bodies were […]

Akua, the influential slave healer who became queen in Jamaica but was executed by the British

The Queen of Kingston in Jamaica or Cubah Cornwallis, as she is popularly known, is lost in history due to the improper documentation that makes it hard to follow or believe in her existence. In trying to read about the adventurous life of this woman who took the unwilling journey into slavery from Africa and […]

Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

By Netfa Freeman Parallel tracks of US government policy against the Black working class in the US and on the African continent expose much more than incidental similarity but a concerted fatal conspiracy. For the US, African people globally have no economic value short of being unwitting consumers whose labor-use has expired, and whose resistance […]

Landmark Project Celebrates The Discovery Of More Than 350 Black Classical Composers And Their 900+ Classical Works Hidden In The Shadows

#BlackisClassical: over the last 15 years, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and her RBP Foundation have collected more than 900 works by 350+ Black composers from the 18th-21st centuries, representing Africa, North and South America, Asia, the …   Can you name three Black classical composers?  Violinist Rachel Barton Pine can name 350 who have composed […]

DRC: The boy soldiers and girl brides of war-torn North Kivu

DRC is one of the most complex humanitarian crises on the planet, but has less than 30 percent of the funding it needs Anita,16, was kidnapped and forced to marry a fighter when she was 15. Despite his promise of a dowry, she and her family received nothing. She was given little food and was […]

Five painful instances the CIA deprived Afrika of its promising leaders

It is no secret that the West has had a hand in turmoils and conflicts in Africa.  From slavery to colonisation, these western countries have put African countries in dire straits in terms of economic, political, and social development. These interference has also been seen as far back as the 1950s when most African countries […]

Sarah Baartman: The “first known Black female victim of trafficking”

 by Meserette Kentake “We cannot undo the damage that was done to her. But at least we can summon the courage to speak the naked but healing truth that must comfort her wherever she may be.” –Thabo Mbeki Sarah Baartman, the “first known Black female victim of trafficking,” died on 29 December 1815. A Khoi-san woman of […]

On “Black Marxism” and the Black Radical Tradition

By Frank Chapman Black liberation is a not a state of mind that can be characterized as “Black Marxism” or the “Black Radical Tradition.” Nonetheless, there is an ideological need to settle accounts on this question of the identity between the “Black Radical Tradition” and Marxism. My initial response to the formulation “Black Marxism” is […]

How playing on swings can help children understand physics

Author Francis Mavhunga Lecturer, Physics Education, University of Eswatini Disclosure statement This work was supported by the Department of Higher Education (grant number R792). Swings can be educational tools. KHONTHO8/Shutterstock To children in Zimbabwe, they’re mzeerere. Kids in Eswatini call them mjikeni; their South African counterparts refer to the mswinki. The words may be different, but the experience is […]

The United Afrikan State :-what if Afrika was one country?

by tinashe  Africa is a continent and as many of us know the continent is not a single country. Africa is currently divided between 54 different independent countries but what would happen if all of these countries United to form the United African States. What would Africa the country look like in the world and […]