Afrikan voices raised in support of people with albinism

Thereza Phinias, a musician who is part of the Tanzania Albinism Collective. Marilena Delli On the remote East African island of Ukerewe in the middle of Lake Victoria, people with albinism whose voices have been largely unheard, are now writing and voicing their experiences into songs. Ukerewe is the largest inland island in Africa and is part of […]

A Raised Voice

How Nina Simone turned the movement into music. By Claudia Roth Pierpont Simone with James Baldwin in the early sixties. Her intelligence and restless force attracted African-American culture’s finest minds. Courtesy New York Public Library. “My skin is black,” the first woman’s story begins, “my arms are long.” And, to a slow and steady beat, “my […]

Kwame Nkrumah of Africa: He came to his own but his own rejected him

Reflection on the 108th birthday of the Black Star blackartdepot.com Charles Quist-Adade Sep 28, 2017 Nkrumah’s dream of African unity remains essential for total liberation and prosperity of the continent. Africans will have themselves to blame if they continue to plough their narrow furrows instead of pooling their efforts, human and material resources, in order […]

Charlottesville, a rally, a question far beyond the United States (united snakes)

By Mireille Fanon Mendes France The events of Charlottesville, beyond the horror of this crazy car deliberately driven to kill, force to analyze the consequences with objectivity to stop thinking that the voluntarist policies of ‘living together’, Of crossbreeding or creolization, of integration or of assimilation have succeeded or will succeed in fighting substantially the voluntary expressions […]

Black Anarchists and Pan-Afrikanists: An Interview with Philip A. Howard

  Dr. Philip A. Howard is a historian who researches the Afro-Cuban and African influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston, Howard is the author two books: Changing History: The Afro-Cuban Cabildos and Societies of Color in the Nineteenth Century (LSU Press, 1998) and the recently […]

6 Little-Known Facts About Yasuke, the All-Powerful Black Samurai of Feudal Japan

He Was an Enslaved African Soldier Given Into the Care of an Italian Missionary The origins of Yasuke are shrouded in mystery, but historians believe the African soldier was born in 1555 in what was then Portuguese Mozambique. He was reportedly sold into slavery following the fall of Abysinnian Bengal, an African kingdom ruled by […]

Help support Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando’s new film, Sisters of the Heart

We are writing to share a unique opportunity to help support the work of Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando​. Her latest documentary, ​Sisters of the Heart, ​now in production, presents the little known story of the Oblate Sisters​ of Providence, a Black Catholic order that, since 1829, has educated poor children of African descent from Cuba to […]

Heroines of the Haitian Revolution

BY LAURENT DUBOIS What is the role of an artist in the face of political repression? What is the place of culture in the midst of injustice and terror? Haitian writer Marie Vieux-Chauvet (1916–1973), author of powerful novels representing the experience of living under the Duvalier dictatorship, confronted such questions throughout her life. One of […]

Cry my beloved South Afrika: The cancer of Afrophobia

by  Ama Biney If Steve Biko – the iconic leader of South Africa’s Black Consciousness Movement – were alive today, what would he make of the Afrophobia/xenophobia in South Africa? Would he stridently denounce it – unlike South Africa’s leaders – and seek to foster a new sense of self-love in the transformed slogan: “Black […]