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June  2015 Vol 16

 

 

Writing Systems in Africa

Ancient Africa has the world's oldest and largest collection of ancient writing systems. Evidence of such dates to pre-historic time, and can be found in various regions of the continent. By contrast, continental Europe's oldest writing, Greek, was not fully in use until c. 1400 BC (a clay tablet found in Iklaina, Greece) and is largely derived from an older African script called Proto-Sinaitic. The oldest Asian writing, Proto-Cuneiform, dates to around 3000 BC (clay texts found at Jemdet Nasr). However, the oldest known African writing systems are several centuries older.

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Featured News

Chaos – not Victory – is the Empire’s “Name of the Game”
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“Once again a country “liberated” by the West is sinking deeper and deeper into chaos.” Global Research. This could be anyone of the countries in conflict, where Washington and its Western and Middle Eastern stooges sow war – eternal chaos, misery, death – and submission. This is precisely the point: The Washington / NATO strategy is not to ‘win’ a war or conflict, but to create ongoing – endless chaos.

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Matters of Race and Class: How 'Whiteness' is One of the Greatest Scams in Modern History

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The idea of "whiteness" as a strict racial category superior to others is an invention of Europeans, who needed to legitimate and normalize a system of white on black chattel slavery, global empire, and colonialism as being preordained by nature and God. Yet the “common sense” belief that the racial ideology known as Whiteness has always existed is one of the greatest tricks in human history. In all, Whiteness is a new invention. The ways in which it has been naturalized signals to its powerful role in an American society that was built upon a foundation of white supremacy, and that continues to maintain institutionalized systems of white advantage over people of color in the 21st century.”

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A Nation of Consumers Will Never Be Free and Powerful

You have not seen any nation on this earth consume itself into power – gain power by spending only. You will never see a nation that is a nation of consumers ever be a free nation and a powerful nation in this world. You will only see nations who have made it in this world economically; that are nations that are productive, and have control over the means of production which means property, resources, both human and non-human resources and materials.

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Disapora News

Dominican dance declared ‘cultural heritage’

BachataBachata is a dance and genre of music that originated in the countryside and rural neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century and has now spread to Europe and the United States.

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East Africa Meets London Cool In Guatemalay

Conceptualized in February 2014 by Rio de Janeiro’s Juliana Luna and the California-born, Atlanta-based Vanessa Coore, Project Tribe is a stylish platform intended to connect likeminded women across the globe. “This movement, although initially aimed to inspire women of color, has managed to connect with men and women of all backgrounds,” the founders say. “Our purpose was to build a community of people who come together to uplift, encourage and inspire one another, no matter where they are in the world.” -
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African News

We Review Afripedia

Afripedia

“When Africa is changing, when the world is changing and the perspective is shifting, the image of Africa and Africans needs to change too,” believes Teddy Goitom, Swedish-Ethiopian/Eritrean content producer. Goitom is founder of Stocktown, a “cultural movement” whose mission is to document urban culture throughout the world via their online video magazine and through their production company, Stocktown Films.  

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Black Film, White Masks

Black Film

As most young ambitious filmmakers, I of course decided that my first feature length film would be an epic sci-fi post-apocalyptic piece that was somehow going to have these incredibly deep Terrence Malick roaming camera type moments in the Namibian desert. Complete with African narration mouthing something deeply profound about black existentialism in the face of certain death..

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History Tidbits

Drumming, the Backbone Of African & Reggae Music

In history, drumming and the use of percussive instruments have had a significant role in people’s lives. Not only do the people who play these instruments enjoy them, but it is said that "there is as much pleasure participating in, as listening to and admiring an expert drummer’s improvisations". The use of drums has been recognized as being able to put people into spiritual trances throughout history. The drum is a musical instrument with great power and presence that gives the "pulse" or backbone to the music it is incorporated with..

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The Top Five African Games 

These days, “child’s play” seems to be about online gaming, from Playstations to Nintendos. But many might recall the days when children congregated outdoors, playing their favourite games in the street. They were free and required little or no equipment. Apart from being fun, they also helped build fundamental skills, from social interaction to physical hand-eye co-ordination and even basic maths and strategic thinking. Here’s our list of some of the most popular traditional African games played by children across the continent.

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