‘They stole us, they sold us, they owe us!’

By Stephen Millies  posted on June 28, 2018   Despite threatened thundershowers, 50 people took to the streets of Newark, N.J., on June 23 to demand reparations for Black people. Every year the People’s Organization for Progress — a dynamic grassroots group based in Newark — calls a rally and demonstration to demand justice for the African […]

Why do some people spell Africa with a K? (Afrika vs Africa)

First and foremost, the original way to spell the Black and beautifully endowed continent is “Afrika” with a “K“. However, following the invasion of the continent and enslavement of the people several years ago by imperial colonial thieves from the western world, a new name was given to the Black continent and that name is […]

Potency of Walter Rodney?s ideas 38 years after assassination

Caribbean360 by Wazir Mohamed Jun 15, 2018 Thirty-eight years have passed since Walter Rodney was assassinated in Guyana on 13 June 1980 in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city, but his legacy lives on beyond his home-country. In the 2014-2016 Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances that led to his death, evidence was produced that showed that […]

How hair was done in Afrika before the dreaded colonial invasion

African hairstyles Right from the culture of ancient African civilisations before slavery began, the hair was entrusted to close relatives for styling as it was believed that if a strand fell into the hands of an enemy, the owner of the hair could be harmed. Hair at the time played significant roles, as it symbolized […]

The tragic yet resilient story of Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803

Art work by Donovan Nelson The stories of slave resistance, many of us know, have to do with bloodshed, violence, and destruction. But there are other acts of resistance whose stories are worth being told. Take that of ‘The Igbo Landing’ also called the Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing. The Igbo Landing is […]

Liberation Theologies: Decolonizing the Masters’ Tool

by Gregory Stevens               A scene from the movie, The Birth of a Nation. On August 21st, 1831 Baptist preacher, Nat Turner, lead one of the largest slave insurrections in the history of the United States. In an explosion of prophetic and apocalyptic rage, Turner overthrew his legal owners ruling […]

Yanga: The Forgotten Rebellion Against Colonial Rule in Mexico

  by Andres D. Medellin  At the beginning of the 17th Century, hiding in the coastal highlands of Veracruz in New Spain (the territory which encompasses Mexico at present), the members of the palenques (communities of escaped slaves) attacked both merchants and soldiers, with weapons that were captured from their erstwhile Spanish slavers. Spain was unable to contain the […]

The enslaved African math genius whose intellect shocked white people

by MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR Thomas Fuller Often called the “Virginia Calculator”, Thomas Fuller was born in 1710, somewhere between the “Slave Coast” of West Africa (present-day Liberia) and the Kingdom of Dahomey (modern-day Benin). He was taken away from his native land during the scramble for slaves and sold as a slave. At the age of […]

Winnie Mandela was a hero. If she’d been white, there would be no debate

Peaceful protest did not end apartheid: it took revolutionaries. And it shouldn’t be difficult to choose between a system of racial supremacy and a person who helped overthrow it  ‘Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the leader of a liberation struggle. She was a radical until the end.’ Photograph: AP Heroes are curious things. Ours have roots in […]

Blog #52: Black Panther: A Movie

Having read many reviews and critiques of the Marvel/Disney “Black Panther” movie, I am excited about what the movie brings to the overall struggle. Indeed, the cultural value of Black nationalism is inestimable, especially if it lends to inspire young people to (re)discover our collective Afrikan heritage. Most recently, I posted MY ANCESTRY, sharing some of […]