You probably didn’t know that California is named after a black queen

History is interesting. The deeper one digs, the more likely one can find many possibly true stories and explanations for the same incident. Take the case of the origin of the name of the state of California. Although some historical documents suggest that California was named after “calida fornax” (hot furnace) and “cal y fornos ” meaning “lime and […]

Bling-bling, the modern day popular culture with roots in Ancient Afrika’s display of wealth Bling-bling, the modern day popular culture with roots in Ancient Afrika’s display of wealth

  Photo: Silversea Cruises) The term bling-bling became one of the most used slang in the 2000s after hip-hop music gained grounds and African-American artists were enjoying centre stage. Along with their popularity came wealth, of which they celebrated and spoke on daily basis. After a while, as more and more artistes continued to make […]

The Massacre of Black Sharecroppers That Led the Supreme Court to Curb the Racial Disparities of the Justice System

White Arkansans, fearful of what would happen if African-Americans organized, took violent action, but it was the victims who ended up standing trial Elaine Defendants, Helena, Phillips County, Ark., ca. 1910, (Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art, Central Arkansas Library System) By Francine Uenuma AUGUST 2, 2018 The sharecroppers […]

The 19 black radicals who are still in prison after four decades

Some African American rebels, including Mumia Abu-Jamal and members of Move, are still incarcerated for their actions during the 1970s black liberation struggle by   Ed Pilkington  Members of Move show defiance to the police as they stand in front of their barricaded house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Corbis via Getty Images Mumia Abu-Jamal, AKA […]

A new look at racial disparities in police use of deadly force

by Joseph Cesario One of the most important social issues of the last five years is fatal police shootings of black Americans. The concern that police fatally shoot blacks at higher rates than whites has given rise to a strong push for department-wide interventions for police officers. Such interventions, usually in the form of “implicit bias” training, […]

The Black Panthers still in prison

Antoinette Russell vividly recalls the first time she was led to believe she would finally meet her father as a free man. He called her up on a prison phone, his voice shaking with excitement, and told her: “I’m coming home!” That was 17 years ago. Since then, every two years, she’s been put through […]

The short story about the law that recognised Afrikan-Amerikans as citizens in 1868

American sketches: A Negro congregation at Washington (1876). Photo: Library of Congress After a long battle in America, black people living in America were recognised as citizens after the 14th amendment of the constitution was ratified on this day in 1868. Three years before, slavery had been abolished in America. However, some states instituted restrictive […]

What Happened When Violence Broke Out on Cleveland’s East Side 50 Years Ago?

In the summer of 1968, the neighborhood of Glenville erupted in “urban warfare,” leaving seven dead and heightening police-community tensions   Fire fighters attempt to douse a smoldering building on Superior following the shootout in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland on July 23, 1968. (Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University) By Lorraine Boissoneault smithsonian.com   For several […]

Black Amerikans Were Never Given A Chance

Race riots in Detroit 1943 AFRICANGLOBE – An examination of the 1921 Tulsa race riots, the deadliest in US history, proves that the best efforts of Blacks were terminated in America with prejudice. Americans are slipping into the shadows of their own abyss and trying, at protests and through news media, to save what is left […]

The Con of Diversity

  In 1970, when black students occupied the dean’s office at Harvard Divinity School to protest against the absence of African-American scholars on the school’s faculty, the white administration was forced to respond and interview black candidates. It asked James Cone, the greatest theologian of his generation, to come to Cambridge, Mass., for a meeting. But […]