The Dance Hall - A-Z of African Dances
Many dances missing but still a great video!
wannatakeawalkonthewildside said: are there more blacks in royalty other then Charlotte and dido Elizabeth belle?
The History of Tunisia (Carthage)
Racism and the Rediscovery of Ancient Nubia (“Kush”, from the Christian Bible)
CENTRAL & SOUTH AFRICA
God Loves Uganda - Independant Lens: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/god-loves-uganda/
I’ve watched a lot of documentaries about misguided white missionaries who are convinced their way is the right way. None of them have made me so angry to the point that I actually had to leave the room as this one has.
I’m still in an emotionally compromised states half an hour after watching it.
As a Black South African (by way of Lesotho) I still find it hard to align myself with the whole “forgive” sentiment as the majority of White South Africans have never really acknowledged what it is we must forgive them for. We literally went from being teargassed on a daily basis to being told we must forgive immediately or the country will burn down.
Most Black South Africans I know never sought retribution or violence, we were war weary. Instead we looked forward to the solid application of policies which would rectify the gross imbalances set up and nurtured by apartheid at our expense. However, what seemed most urgent at the end of apartheid was reassuring White South Africans (many of whom were fleeing to Australia and England anyway) that they would not only be safe from physical harm, but that their economic stronghold would remain intact. The idea of a Rainbow nation was primarily set up for that and for providing the world an immaculate image, not for us.
Today, not only has the ANC continued to let people down, the prevailing and accepted identity is that we have moved on, are a miracle nation where race is not an issue. I abhor the term “Born Frees” as it implies that anyone born post apartheid has been privy to the same opportunities as the next person. This reality cannot exist alongside a reality that has been shoved down Black people’s throats that change takes time. One may be born “Apartheid laws free”, but the deeply ingrained legacy of apartheid will take many years to undo. At the rate we have gone in the last 20 years, I foresee possibly another 20 years with the same results. I love South Africa to death but there is a lot of spoil under the sugar coated gloss.
I don’t really know how to articulate this well, but I am incredibly uncomfortable with the way people have been applying western race relations (if you catch my drift) to Nigeria’s current situation. I’ve seen people say that #BringBackOurGirls is not just about Nigerians, it’s…
Insurgent groups’ abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls has thrust the violence in Nigeria onto the world stage, but the group has been high on Washington’s African agenda for several years.In 2008, the army war college in Pennsylvania carried out a war game in which the Nigerian government is on the brink of collapse and the US intervenes to protect the oil supply.US officials have pointed to what they say is rising anti-US rhetoric by Boko Haram. The US House of Representatives homeland security committee issued a report three years ago, ‘Boko Haram: Emerging Threat to the US Homeland’, which said the group could be a threat to Nigeria’s oil production.“Boko Haram has already adopted many of al-Qaida’s targeting tactics. If Boko Haram continues this trend, Nigerian oil facilities will be in the crosshairs,” the report said. “It is critical that the US work more closely with Nigerian security forces to develop greater domestic intelligence collection and sharing with the US Intelligence Community. Military cooperation is vital to a successful counter-terrorism strategy. A possible model includes Yemen, with whom US built an effective intelligence sharing partnership.”The report said "the rising threat of Boko Haram presents the United States" as "an opportunity to expand diplomatic and military engagement with both Abuja and Nigerian Muslims in the north".
The US Defense Department has spent millions of dollars in recent years helping Nigeria develop a counter-terrorism infantry unit and to develop “tactical communications”. It has also trained Nigerian forces for peacekeeping operations.
An African diplomat responsible for dealings with the US said the Nigerians do not see the Americans’ relationship with Yemen as an example, but a warning.
“There’s a lot of pressure for Nigeria to throw the door open to the Americans. The talk is of closer intelligence cooperation, all the things the Americans can do with their spy drones and listening devices. It’s in the Nigerians’ nature to be suspicious of this. It offends their pride and they wonder where it will lead. When people talk of Yemen, that’s not a good example with CIA drones buzzing around the sky picking off people,” he said.
There is also suspicion in Nigeria that American pressure for a greater role will be used by Washington to justify the establishment of the US Africa Command and to get it a foot on the ground after Abuja rejected pressure for it to be based in Nigeria and openly opposed its creation.
This is why many of us are weary of western intervention. It’s never altruistic. We know it comes at a price. I’d love to be optimistic about help, but to be that way, I’d also have to be ahistorical. I am not.
Read the full article.
The plight of kidnapped girls is set against the corruption and inequality that the west’s economic war has helped to create
May 6 2014
It seems almost beyond belief that more than 200 girls can be kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria, held by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and threatened on a video – shown worldwide – with being sold into slavery by their captors. The disbelief is compounded by today’s news that, overnight, eight more girls have been kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in north-east Nigeria. This tragedy touches the hearts of everyone, evoking a feeling of revulsion not only at the danger and loss of freedom itself, but at the assumption that for young girls their destination must be forced marriage and servitude, not education.
There is rightly anger that so little has been done by the Nigerian government to find the girls, and that those who have demonstrated in huge numbers against President Goodluck Jonathan have themselves been accused of causing trouble or even temporarily arrested.
But we should be wary of the narrative now emerging. This follows a wearily familiar pattern, one we have already seen in south Asia and the Middle East, but that is increasingly being applied to Africa as well.
It is the refrain that something must be done and that “we” – the enlightened west – must be the people to do it. As the US senator Amy Klobuchar put it: “This is one of those times when our action or inaction will be felt not just by those schoolgirls being held captive and their families waiting in agony, but by victims and perpetrators of trafficking around the world. Now is the time to act.”
The call has been for western intervention to help find the girls, and to help “stabilise” Nigeria in the aftermath of their kidnap. The British government has offered “practical help”.
Yet western intervention has time and again failed to deal with particular problems and – worse – has led to more deaths, displacements and atrocities than were originally faced. All too often it has been justified with reference to women’s rights, claiming that enlightened military forces can create an atmosphere where women are free from violence and abuse. The evidence is that the opposite is the case.
Women’s rights were a major justification for the Afghanistan war, launched in 2001, when Cherie Blair and Laura Bush supported their husbands’ war as a means of liberating Afghan women. Today, with millions displaced and tens of thousands dead, Afghanistan remains one of the worst countries on earth for women to live, with forced marriage, child marriage, rape and other atrocities still occurring widely.
Xhosa Names & Meanings: The “ABC’s of Xhosa Names” by Thandiwe Tshabalala.
South African Illustrator and incredibly talented young creative Thandiwe Tshabalala recently sent me these awesome gifs highlighting and celebrating beautiful names in her mother tongue of Xhosa.
Here’s what she had to say about her series:
"Way back, when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, parents used to give their kids English names so that white people wouldn’t have to struggle pronouncing African names. Most people born during the times of apartheid were given names like: Knowledge, Margaret, Mavis (which has negative connotations), Innocentia, Innocent, Jeffrey, Gloria…eek..Let me just stop there. However, when black folks got their ‘freedom’ back, they went back to naming their children African/South African names."
All Africa, All the time.
Let us not forget that many of their victims are muslims. They have killed many clerics and imams who have called for peace. Most notably Imam Ibrahim Ahmed Abdullahi. Those kidnapped school girls are muslims. It goes far deeper than “Islamic fundamentalism” and their reign of…