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May  2015 Vol 15



Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan

Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies was born December 31, 1918 in Gondar, Ethiopia, and passed on March 19, 2015 in Harlem-Bronx, NY Services for the late great activist, Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, will be held next week. The Wake will be held Thursday April 9, 2015 between 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W138th Street, NY, NY 10030. Funeral Service will be Friday April 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Abyssinian Baptist Church as well..


Featured News

The World Bank and the Battle for the Future of Farming


Investing in smallholder farmers and regenerative farming methods, as opposed to the practices of industrial agricultural, would help foster a more equitable distribution of power in an increasingly unequal world.


U.S. Propaganda 101: Illegally Invade Countries, Fund the Media, Call it “Independent”


The author accuses news outlets of doing exactly what he himself and the U.S. mainstream media in general does when reporting about foreign policy issues such as Ukraine: they “systematically [regurgitate U.S. propaganda, spread] lies, half-truths, and conspiracy theories.”



Caught between the deadly, dead-end alternatives of imperialism & religious fundamentalism…

People are horrified and rightly outraged by the recent Islamic fundamentalist attack in Tunis. We are told that the only rampart against this type of barbarism is to unite behind the even greater criminals who preside over an international network of people-grinding exploitation protected by war, torture and local dictators.



Disapora News

Celebrating African-Canadian culture

Within Canada and around the world, we take time during the month of February to remember the importance of African-Canadian culture, and prominent figures that have impacted society. Recognized by Parliament in 1995, Black History Month provides Canadians with information regarding important events and people pertaining to this rich history.


Cuba embraces Bob Marley

Thirty-two Marley posters from the collection of the International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC) are to go on show in the Caribbean state as part of an exhibition and seminar titled ‘Bob Marley Time Will Tell’. The 32 works from poster designers represent Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Egypt, Romania, South Korea, United States, Iran, Greece and others. This event is part of a broader International event that will take place at Casa De Las Americas, the 6th Edition of the International Colloquium ‘Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean’ Conference.


African News

Mugabe lambasts West on visit to South Africa


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday launched a wide-ranging attack on Western colonisation in Africa and recent intervention in the Arab world, as he made his first state visit to South Africa in 21 years. The veteran leader, 91, seized the opportunity of a televised press conference with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria to lambast the United Nations Security Council, the United States and former colonial power Britain..  


Pan-Africanism, Nothing but Politicians Talk


Pan-Africanism a much talked about and romanticized concept but largely unrealized project of unity of African Unity has been associated with one man more than others being the founding father of Gahana Kwame Nkrumah (1957-1966). However during the Fourth Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa held in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia and which brings together leaders, intellectuals, religious leaders and influential people, a guest speaker Tanzanian businessman Ali Mafuruki raised eye brows on why he believes Nkrumah has been unjustly lionized.


History Tidbits

Black in Persian Gulf (Afro-Iraqis and Afro Iranians)

The Trans-Saharan trade, which flourished from the eighth century AD through the 1840s, brought African labor to the hazardous enterprises of pearl diving, date farming and the raw, brutal work of clearing Iraqi salt marshes. African boys were commonly castrated to serve as eunuch guards of royal harems. Unlike those who were enslaved in the West, however, blacks enslaved in the Arabic-speaking world also served as guards, sailors and high-ranking soldiers. In the 19th century, Basra was one of the most profitable slave ports in the region, commonly offering slave traders as much as 50% returns upon their "investments."



Robert Smalls War Hero and Legislator (1839-1915)

Robert Smalls began life as a slave in Beaufort, South Carolina on 5 April 1839, born to Robert and Lydia Smalls. Lydia was a house servant for her master, plantation owner John K. McKee and, according to American Eras, "McKee was probably Smalls' father." McKee had brought Lydia, a slave born on the Ashdale Plantation, to his home on Prince Street in Beaufort to look after his five children.