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AFRICA: Wake UP CALL: Still Colonies Controlled – By Design – By European Nations – VIDEO

MUST WATCH, finally FRANCE Signed to STOP Africa Countries to Deposit fund with France central bank

Premiered Jul 27, 2020

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The Afro comb and the politics of hair: Audio slideshow

SLIDESHOW:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23995659  <click

The Afro comb and the politics of hair: Audio slideshow

The Afro comb has been used by people in Africa and the continent’s diaspora for centuries.

Afro combAn exhibition at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum looks at the Afro comb’s impact as both a hair care tool and cultural symbol over the last 6,000 years. It takes visitors on a journey that looks at ancient Egypt, the US civil rights movement and communities across Africa and the Caribbean.

Take a brief tour with exhibition curator Sally-Ann Ashton.

Origins of the Afro Comb can be seen at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 3 November 2013.   Continue reading

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima: Afrikans In Science (Ancient & Modern) – video

African History Month – February

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima: Afrikans In Science (Ancient & Modern)

Ivan Van Sertima was born in Guyana, South America. He was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and the Rutgers Graduate School and holds degrees in African Studies and Anthropology. From 1957-1959 he served as a Press and Broadcasting Officer in the Guyana Information Services. During the decade of the 1960s he broadcast weekly from Britain to Africa and the Caribbean. He is a literary critic, a linguist, an anthropologist and has made a name in all three fields.

In this lecture, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima discusses African history and African Science. This video was recorded in 1986, at Camden Town Hall London, in the Caribbean Cultural International & Karnak House. The topic of this lecture is entitled, Afrikans in Science (Ancient & Modern).    Continue reading

February is African American History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora <see list here. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October. (Wikipedia)

 February is African American History Month

http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about.html  <click for more info

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  Continue reading

Genes may help, but Caribbean Olympians were nurtured to success

Genes may help, but Caribbean Olympians were nurtured to success

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are the product of three generations of reformist politics and improved social conditions

guardian.co.uk, – Wednesday 15 August 2012

Where does great achievement come from? In the minutes before Bolt, Blake and Weir of Jamaica took 1-2-3 in the 200m, the BBC played a short film which suggested that black athletes won medals because of “west African genes” and the unnatural selection of the “fittest” by plantation slavery.

If either of these were sufficient explanation then such centres of new world slavery as Haiti and Brazil would also be athletic superpowers, as would Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, and the Congo from which most slaves came, and the United States itself would not be increasingly pushed into the shade. Genes may help, but only one part of the African diaspora has won disproportionately in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

The Caribbean islands (including Cuba, which won more than any South American country), won 14 gold medals in London, placing it behind only the US, China, UK, and Russia (with other golds won for France, the UK and the US by Caribbean athletes). With a population of less than 20 million, and a combined GDP lower than Portugal’s, the Caribbean dominated both the 100m and 200m in London as in Beijing. Kirani James of Grenada (population 100,000) took the 400m, while the Bahamas defeated the United States, which had 1,000 times its population, in the men’s 4x400m metre relay.     [more]