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October 2014 Vol 8

 


Featured News

Ceremony honors African ancestors who resisted enslavement

image 2dAfrocentricity International held their Third Annual Tudituvuluka Ceremony recently. The yearly tradition draws members and others from the community to honor their African ancestors who resisted slavery and colonization. The spiritual ceremony was held at the MKA Institute, 5535 Germantown Ave. on Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m., Arlene Edmonds reports for The Philadelphia Tribune.

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 The Truth About Columbus Day

columbusChallenge the Roots of Racism In America. Columbus is responsible for the murder of millions of indigenous people. Columbus was a slave trader in African before invading America. He began the slave trade in the Americas. He deserves no holiday, no parades, no statues. Columbus Day celebrates the doctrine of discovery - the legal process that stole Indian people's territories and that continues today. Columbus brought a philosophy of domination to the Americas that persist today - domination of other peoples, domination of other belief systems, domination of women by men. .  

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Obama’s big joke!

obama Brahim Senouci recently wrote a piece in his blog which well depicted an Africa at the crossroads. According to Senouci, ‘of course, slavery and forced conversions to Islam and Christianity have disappeared in Africa. Yesterday’s indigenous overwhelmingly live in free countries. Westerners have finally accepted to bow to the will of independence of the people they have long enslaved [Adam Hochschild is the author of ‘King Leopold's Ghost - the history of the Belgian Congo’ and has just published a new book titled: ‘Bury the Chains’] 

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Disapora News

Historic Black 50th and 100th anniversaries: Civil rights, Malcolm and Garvey

 July 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This event was perhaps the most significant achievement and benchmark of the civil rights movement that had been so ably led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others from 1955-1966. 

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“Great Recession” wiped out half of Black Americas wealth

Sure things are tough. And the sad reality is they’re going to get a lot tougher. Particularly if you happen to be a Black person living in America. The thing about economic numbers is they lag years behind the actual reality. So while many of you have been suffering for the past several years, i.e. lost your home, car repo’d, laid off from your job and basically tumbled out of the middle class, the economic data has not been available to validate your dilemma.

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African News

The Afro-pessimistic ‘Rising’ and Afro-optimistic Uprising

image 1a Whenever an African agitates for self-determination in Africa , he is quickly jumped on by critics and dismissed as a tribalist. He is ridiculed as a backward ethnic chauvinist, whose sole-purpose in agitating for a new state is a desire for a fiefdom where he can lord it over others whose only crime is belonging to a different ethnic group.;

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New film, “Beats of the Antonov,” unlike anything I have ever seen

 Every now and then, its seems as if there is nothing new out there. Everything seems derivative, repetitive or just plain bland. As a filmmaker, I sometimes go through moments of extreme lack of inspiration; and even question my choice of career. And then an unexpected spark happens to light the way..

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History Tidbits

African Tribalism, European Nationalists, and The Quest For New States in Africa

 Whenever an African agitates for self-determination in Africa , he is quickly jumped on by critics and dismissed as a tribalist. He is ridiculed as a backward ethnic chauvinist, whose sole-purpose in agitating for a new state is a desire for a fiefdom where he can lord it over others whose only crime is belonging to a different ethnic group. -

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When we Ruled -100 things that you did not know about Africa - Nos.1 - 25

 1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world.

2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been found in Africa that date back between 4 and 5 million years. The oldest known ancestral type of humanity is thought to have been the australopithecus ramidus, who lived at least 4.4 million years ago.

3. Africans were the first to organise fishing expeditions 90,000 years ago. At Katanda, a region in northeastern Zaïre (now Congo), was recovered a finely wrought series of harpoon points, all elaborately polished and barbed. Also uncovered was a tool, equally well crafted, believed to be a dagger. The discoveries suggested the existence of an early aquatic or fishing based culture. 

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