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Re: What Celebs Would You Like To Meet? (Dead or Alive)

kresge ·
Quick List - Toni Morrison Angela Bassett Sade Nelson Mandela Dalai Lama Desmund Tutu Muhammad Ali Jimmy Carter Wole Soyinka Sidney Poitier
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Re: Black in Latin America

sunnubian ·
News Press Release Encarta Africana, the First Comprehensive Encyclopedia Of Black History and Culture, Launches Today Microsoft and Leading African-American Scholars Bring Black History to Life Through Multimedia Technology REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 8, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today launched Microsoft ® Encarta ® Africana, the much-anticipated comprehensive multimedia encyclopedia of Africans and people of African descent throughout the world. Encarta Africana is the culmination of a dream...
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International gathering to mourn and honour Kwame

bigman ·
PRESS RELEASEInternational gathering to mourn and honour KwameNkrumah's first publisherContact Explo Nani-Kofi 07984 405 307Van Milne, Kwame Nkrumah's first publisher at ThomasNelson and later at Heinemann Books, died on 26December 2005 at the age of...
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Forty years of ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’

sunnubian ·
Forty years of ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ Nigel Westmaas 2012-06-14, Issue 589 http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/82937 Printer friendly version There is 1 comment on this article. © Pambazuka Press Walter Rodney’s seminal work remains a compelling and persuasive living history and totem of critical resistance to the exploitation and underdevelopment of the African continent. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped...
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Black power: history's greatest black achievers

listener ·
Black power: history's greatest black achievers The International Slavery Museum opens its doors in Liverpool next week with an exhibition naming history's greatest black achievers. Some are household names, others barely known. All are extraordinary....
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HALLELUJAH!

sunnubian ·
Wole Soyinka: Religion Doesn't Justify Mayhem Your Take: A Nobel laureate says we must stop excusing religion's role in crimes against humanity.By: Wole Soyinka | Posted: October 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM   The following is the...
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Nobel Peace Prize

Fine ·
*The Nobel Prize and its awards to Africans and African-Americans are a topic on this dates Registry. The Nobel's are granted annually to persons or institutions for outstanding contributions made during the previous year in the fields of physics,...
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Wole Soyinka on Humanism

HonestBrother ·
Why I Am a Secular HumanistAn Interview with Nobel Laureate Wole SoyinkaThe following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 17, Number 4.As long as there have been dictatorial military regimes in Nigeria, writer Wole Soyinka has spoken out...
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Re-Liberating Zimbabwe

EbonyRose ·
Re-Liberating ZimbabweBy Dwight KirkGuest Commentator Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe now has a new American acronym to scorn – CBTU.The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) has launched a major campaign to clip Mr. Mugabe of his...
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WHY DO SOUTH AFRICANS HATE NIGERIANS?

sunnubian ·
WHY DO SOUTH AFRICANS HATE NIGERIANS? June 22, 2013 News 0 Comments Recently, some Nigerians living in South Africa were reported to have been victims of violence allegedly fuelled by xenophobia. Hate crimes against Nigerians living in South Africa are nothing new. Since the dismantling of apartheid, Nigerians and other African nationals living in the country of the Madiba have been the subjects of coordinated xenophobic violence reminiscent of what black South Africans themselves suffered...
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The Afro-Brazilian Story III: Link With Africa, Affirmative Action, Changing Trends

sunnubian ·
November 24, 2013 | Posted by ABS Staff Tagged With: Affirmative Action in Brazil , Africa , Afro-Brazilian , Brazil , Racist is is the third in a three-part series on Afro-Brazillians. The other two parts may be found here: The Afro-Brazilian Story I: Black November and Zumbi dos Palmares and Afro-Brazilian Story II: Slavery, Identity and the Question of Racism Link with Africa Complex as racism is, Brazil has certainly made progress in addressing it within the last years. The close...
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African poetry

Butterfly ·
Leopard Gentle hunterhis tail plays on the groundwhile he crushes the skull.Beautiful deathwho puts on a spotted robewhen he goes to his victim.Playful killerwhose loving embracesplits the antelope's heart.(Yoruba)-----------------BUTTERFLY Chinua...
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Creation In African Thought

Rowe ·
CREATION IN AFRICAN THOUGHTExcerpts from Afrikaworld.net*ATR = African Traditional ReligionAfrican theologians have stressed that the substratum upon which all future Christian theologizing in Africa must be built is African Traditional Religion. So...
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Nigerian author Helon Habila mixes oil and water in new novel

sunnubian ·
Nigerian author Helon Habila mixes oil and water in new novel By Gabrielle Zuckerman May 31, 2011 For all the public outrage directed at government agencies and BP over last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Americans and others across the world have largely remained silent when it comes to the environmental destruction wreaked by the oil industry in the Niger delta. The United States imports 40 percent of its crude oil from Nigeria, and according to reliable estimates , the Niger delta...
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Successful African Democracies

EbonyRose ·
This was a commentary I came across while looking for information on successful democracies in Africa, in an attempt to find out what's working and why! It's a couple of years old, but I thought it might spark some discussion in relation to what are...
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Best American Fiction in 25 yrs?

FireFly ·
I'm sure you know already, but it's nice to see a reminder in today's The New York Times' recent Most Read list. Early this year, the Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics,...
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Zadie Smith's Culture Warriors

MBM ·
September 18, 2005Zadie Smith's Culture WarriorsBy FRANK RICHSOME fearless outside referee had to barge in and try to adjudicate the culture wars, so let us rejoice that it's Zadie Smith. She brings almost everything you want to the task: humor,...
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Re: The hair issue... I ask the fellas

HonestBrother ·
I voted 'natural'. That's my personal preference. A sister with natural hair gets my attention far faster than one with processed hair. But at the same time, I'm willing to give someone the benefit of a doubt that their hairstyle does not necessarily speak for their level of consciousness. The truth is that we've all made concessions at various levels to western concepts of beauty. If you wear a suit and tie (rather than a style of dress that might be considered more authentically African)...
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Re: The hair issue... I ask the fellas

Romulus Burnett ·
Re: The hair issue... I ask the fellas
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Re: The hair issue... I ask the fellas

Romulus Burnett ·
Well, some black people have ordained themselves as the champions of afrocentricity - custodians of justice in the African American way. Any activity that can be considered as immulating whites is considered "acting white" or "selling out". However, it's quite funny that some black people get ostracized for speaking proper english when you have Africans in America that not only speak clear and proper English, many of them are bilingual or trilingual. Does that mean they're "acting white" if...
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Re: What Is Humanism?

HonestBrother ·
I definitely agree that modern humanists (especially the European ones) underestimate the ancients. But even they will credit the ancient Greeks and the Renaissance. And they will cite Prometheus as the archetypal rebel against the Divine order. Personally, I've always admired ancient Hindu and Buddhist thought. I find Buddhism intellectually to cohere very well with my own humanist convictions. The Upanishads summed it up very succinctly: Thou art that! The ancient Brahmans were very...
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Re: What Is Humanism?

Saracen ·
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Re: What Is Humanism?

Oshun Auset ·
HB, if your like Hindu and Buddhist you would really like Ifa(and other traditional African 'paths'. Also, what about African humanism? Your post reminded me of a saying that I like... "If you want to experience the hieght of materialistic comfort, go to Amerikkka. If you want to experience the height in humanism, go to Africa." As a pre-text to Yurugu I would suggest reading "Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora" by Marimba Ani. I liked this...
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Re: Back to Africa -- I think not

motik ·
I find it interesting that all these people are saying how wonderful Africa is, yet they don't live there. Hmm. The proof is in the pudding. Africans are streaming into Europe via Spain, the way Mexicans are jumping the border here. Go to Lagos, Nigeria and you see long lines of people cueing up to get visas at the US and British embassy. And both Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe, two of Nigeria's best authors, do not live in the country. In his first year as president of Nigeria, Segun...
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Re: Back to Africa -- I think not

Shango67 ·
You are missing the point, Tom. And you are overlooking it on purpose.
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Re: Back to Africa -- I think not

AfroSTRONG ·
You're not following what I'm saying. Does that seem normal to you, these immigration lines, this flight from Africa and the third world in general, to come north? Why is it exactly the same whether we're in Africa or Latin America or the Philippines? It's not because the global south is somehow an inherently shitty place. It's not because people want to live next to white folk. It is because Western imperialism, capitalism, and neoliberal trade policies have severely fucked up the global...
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Re: Back to Africa -- I think not

TruEssence ·
Re: Back to Africa -- I think not
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Re: Pres. Obama's Q&A: Racial profiling and Skip Gates

Dissident ·
Post-Race Scholar Yells Racism By ISHMAEL REED Now that Henry Louis Gates’ Jr. has gotten a tiny taste of what “the underclass” undergo each day, do you think that he will go easier on them? Lighten up on the tough love lectures? Even during his encounter with the police, he was given some slack. If a black man in an inner city neighborhood had hesitated to identify himself, or given the police some lip, the police would have called SWAT. When Oscar Grant, an apprentice butcher, talked back...
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Re: Pres. Obama's Q&A: Racial profiling and Skip Gates

Noah The African ·
I am soooooooooooooooo sick of hypocrites!
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

Kocolicious ·
You know...religion aside? I can't even get to understanding a "human" [male] subjegating another human [female] based on a two-thousand year spiritual conjecture. It was HUMANS who took over and destroyed African nations, it was HUMANS who took and destroyed Native American nations, where oh where is the so-called GOD in that? So until I get the reasonable humane answers to the WHYs...Africa will NEVER be free or regain what the riches she had before and the Latino/Hispanics population will...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

Kocolicious ·
Correction....the REAL spiritual WAR is between man and woman. Man being the historical angry and bully aggressor. But!
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

EbonyRose ·
Yeah .... it's kinda hard for me to put the blame "religion" .... before I put it on the HUMAN BEING factor that corrupts it!! Simply introducing Christianity to our slave ancestors may not have been such a bad thing ... but using abuse, torture and death to force the acceptance of it ... on people who already had/practiced their own form of "religion" is what makes our unwavering adherence to it all the more disgusting and inhumane, IMO. Religion may be the 'vehicle' by which 'crimes...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

Kocolicious ·
Exactly my sista! Words don't hurt. It's the HUMANS hiding behind the words.....who do. But!
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

sunnubian ·
I think the author is saying as such, Koco/ER, when he states/speaks of: " The truth, alas, is that the science fiction archetype of the mad scientist who craves to dominate the world has been replaced by the mad cleric who can only conceive of the world in his own image, proudly flaunting Bond's Double-0-7 credentials -- Licensed to Kill" I read it as the "you" was understood in that it is/was man(human beings) who/that created/concocted all these religions that extract the worst from...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

EbonyRose ·
Ummmm ... well, actually, I see it kind of differently, Sunnubian ... I don't see "religion" in and of itself, being anything necessarily bad. Pretty much all the religions that I have any personal knowledge of tend to have the same basic fundamental tenants: 1) There is a "God"/"Supreme Being" that it's centered around; 2) it has a set of "rules"/"laws" that govern it; and 3) there is some directive to somehow acknowledge/worship/show reverence to that "God"/"Supreme Being" in some way. And...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

sunnubian ·
I don't believe it is necessarily religion itself, especially in this day and age, but, I do believe that it has been man all along that has distorted what the religion is supposed to be or mean for his own gain and/or control over the masses (in the place of God, really). But, there is plenty of violence and encouragement to commit violence in most religious texts. In the Bible, alone, the Old Testament conflict with the New Testament, and in the Old Testament there is a lot of references...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

Kocolicious ·
Lemme say one better: so-called religion was primarily created to control women and children and start wars. The true religion was actually STOLEN from the characteristic-base spirituality of women. It has been historic FACT men NEVER knew what to do with their testerone....other than chase wild beast for food and lift a few heavy rocks....other than that they were like energic bunnies. Cuz if you look at the Greeks and Romans that's actually how they were but they took a step further and...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

EbonyRose ·
Originally Posted by sunnubian: I don't believe it is necessarily religion itself, especially in this day and age, but, I do believe that it has been man all along that has distorted what the religion is supposed to be or mean for his own gain and/or control over the masses (in the place of God, really). But, there is plenty of violence and encouragement to commit violence in most religious texts. In the Bible, alone, the Old Testament conflict with the New Testament, and in the Old...
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Re: HALLELUJAH!

Kocolicious ·
Exactly sista ER!!!! Initially the Romans and Greeks didn't really have a religion per se. That came afterwards. And cuz the doctrine of religion is NOT perfect, it has a lotta loop holes....where "craziness" can jump through and be justified-which makes the whole dynamics of "religion" hypocritical/and manipulative. Cuz the words can be taken in so many ways..which is absolutely DANGEROUS. I say give me STRAIGHT talk...say what you mean....and mean whatcha say. Cuz no matter what YOU...
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Wole Soyinka on Yoruba Religion

Oshun Auset ·
Isokan Yoruba MagazineSummer 1997Volume III No. III:Wole Soyinka on Yoruba Religion A conversation with Ulli Beierhttp://www.yoruba.org/Magazine/Summer97/File3.htm Beier: I wanted to talk to you about Yoruba religion, because you seem to be the only...
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Re: Stay at home Dad

HonestBrother ·
OK. I'll provide another Nobel laureate. This time male: Wole Soyinka.
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Re: The Destruction of Christian Faith by Action of Black Artist

FrankLee ·
As I've written about before ... ahem .. so much of contemporary black culture is about US not thinking about what we're doing or saying or listening to. Whether that means rolling in the cliches of corporate hip hop. Or rolling in the cliches of the church going crowd. So much of contemporary black culture is about US being uncritical of and uninformed about our own cultural production/consumption and institutional deficits ... and not really knowing or doing very much that might counteract...
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