African Diaspora Category

The whole world opened to me when I learned to read~Mary McCleod Bethune

Once you learn how to read, you will be forever free!~Frederick Douglass
REVIEW John Dramani Mahama is a Ghanaian politician who has been President of Ghana since July 2012. He was the Vice President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012, and he took [...]

Back in May I traveled to London to attend Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race that was graciously hosted by the Birkbeck College of the University of London.
The conference was a critical inquiry into race viewed through the lens of religion. Can we understand “race” through the religious claims of universality among women and men. [...]

NPR – TED Radio Hour

Africa: The Next Chapter

“We had to unveil an Africa that wasn’t that well known to … a number of audiences.” — Emeka Okafor
There are many stereotypes about Africa: that it’s a place of conflict, of disease, war and famine. Or that it’s a single place rather than [...]

Source: PRI’s The World

Over the past year, a new dance craze has popped onto the Ghanaian music scene and has been making waves across West Africa and beyond.
It is called “Azonto” and calls for dancers to sort of act out their occupation. It has spread out of Ghana and has become a rage in Ghanaian [...]

Published: June 13, 2012


ENSLAVED Africans did not win their freedom in order to starve. Kathe Hambrick-Jackson knew that much from her work as the founder and executive director of the River Road African American Museum here in this town, 60-odd miles up the Mississippi from New Orleans.
But Ms. Hambrick-Jackson, 54, likes to [...]

Source: Shadow and the Act, IndieWire
Don Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions is trying to put together a biopic on Marcus Garvey. Let’s keep our fingers cross.
Born Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. on August 17th, 1887, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, a biopic on the life of the controversial entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and powerful orator, is one [...]

Once You Learn How To Read, You Will Be Forever Free~Frederick Douglass
REVIEW, EXCERPT Kwasi Kwarteng is a Member of the UK Parliament. His parents immigrated to Britain from their native Ghana as students in the 1960s. At the age of 13, he won a scholarship to Eton College. He went on to read history [...]

Source: Indiewire
The 8th annual Images of Black Women Film Festival will take place at The Tricycle Theatre in London from the weekend of Friday April 13 to Sunday April 15th
The festival, which advocates in its words “cinematic justice” for black women will feature various film screenings of features and shorts includng Victois Mahoney’s Yelling to [...]

Listen to Michel Martin Here
I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend of mine who teaches very low-income kids. He talks about his kids a lot, as teachers I know often do. And he was telling me about a discussion he had with the wife of another friend.
My [...]

Ghana, formerly the British colony of the Gold Coast, assumes a special prominence as the first African country to acquire independence from European rule. Ghanaian politicians marked this important transition by replacing the territory’s colonial label with the name of a great indigenous civilization of the past.
Read more: Culture of Ghana – history, people, clothing, [...]

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