Are Namez Really That Important? For Black People, the Answer Iz a Resounding ‘Yes!’

The effects of the transatlantic slave trade still resonate within the Black community in America. Slavery was the total dehumanization of Black people through exploitation and brutality. One aspect of this was the stripping away of Black culture and identity. Black people were not only branded physically, we were branded culturally with the insignia of our […]

An Unspeakable Toll: Relentlezz Violence and the Middle Passage

By Joshua Rothman This post is part of our online roundtable on Sowande’ Mustakeem’s Slavery at Sea In 1790, Thomas Trotter testified to a committee of the British House of Commons about the things he had seen while serving as a surgeon on board the slave ship Brookes in 1783. Among the stories he told was that of a West […]

What Are You? Black, Afrikan-Amerikan, Afro-Amerikan, or Black-Amerikan

Black tells you about skin color and what side of town you live on. African-American evokes discussion of the world. -Rev. Jesse Jackson Blacks, Black-Americans, African-Americans, and  Afro-Americans are terms that are frequently used in magazines, newspapers, and across the internet when referencing black people. So, what brought about the name change from “negro” and […]

Amy Ashwood Garvey: A forerunner in Pan-Afrikanist feminism of the 20th century

Claudia Jones, Paul Robeson, Amy A. Garvey with friends in London, England [Source: Pan-African News Wire] by Abayomi Azikiwe Co-founder of the UNIA-ACL, the first wife of Marcus Garvey worked tirelessly for women’s rights and inter-continental unity from the Caribbean and Central America to the United States, Europe and Africa. Alongside and in opposition to the […]

10 Methodz Used By Scholarz To Falsely Tell The Afrikan Narrative And World History

1. Telling the Story of Europe in Africa “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” In his book, Africana Studies: A Survey of the African Diaspora, Dr. Mario Azevedo, an author, professor, epidemiologist and historian, says the first European historians to study the continent of Africa only focused […]

Root or Ruth?

A powerful essay by Shoola Oyindamola (Based on Sojourner Truth’s speech in 1851 — Ain’t I a Woman?) A Black woman should be given the freedom to choose if she wants to fight mainly for racial equality or gender fairness or for both. Although racial discrimination has reduced tremendously in the 21st Century, questions arise on why […]

Doshon Farad: Afrikana Studiez in the 21st Century and Beyond

  By Doshon Farad “. . .that this race of Black men, today our slave and the object of our scorn, is the very race to which we owe our arts, sciences, and even the use of speech! Just imagine, finally, that it is in the midst of people who call themselves the greatest friends […]

Amilcar Cabral’z revolutionary anti-colonialist ideaz

The writings of revolutionary leader Amilcar Cabral provide key insights on the importance of culture in the contemporary struggle against neoliberalism. Amilcar Cabral and Frantz Fanon are among the most important thinkers from Africa on the politics of liberation and emancipation. While the relevance of Fanon’s thinking has re-emerged, with popular movements such as Abahlali […]

HIDDEN FIGUREZ: YASUKE, THE FIRST NON-JAPANESE SAMURAI, WAZ BLACK

  What is known about Yasuke is limited and fraught with the uncertainties that history is often full of, but his legacy is strong nonetheless. As the first non-Japanese samurai, many will call into question the proof, but it’s clear that he was the first and that he was Black! Although there is some contention […]