Bronx Zoo “Apologizes” For Keeping African Man in a Cage

Empty apologies are being handed out left and right nowadays, especially those that pertain to race relations. The following information comes from the Atlanta Black Star. A zoo in The Bronx, New York, The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has apologized for keeping an African man in a “monkey house.” Ota Benga, a member of the Mbuti…

Happy Emancipation Day!!!

I just learned of a national holiday that’s celebrated in Jamaica, as well as other English and French-speaking Caribbean countries, and I had to highlight it. The following information comes from Loop Jamaica. On August 1, 1834, all African children under the age of six were deemed free from chattel slavery in Jamaica. But older…

Senegal Renames Slave Post

Greetings All, There’s some interesting news coming out of Senegal that I had to share. The following information is from Africa News. Goree, a Senegal island that’s closely linked to the slave trade, is renaming one of its main squares in response to the racial violence happening throughout the world. Europe Square will now be…

Book Review

Greetings Folks, I just finished reading The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, and I wanted to share my thoughts. In 1924, two years after the advisory committee had published its first manual and model zoning ordinance, the association followed up by adopting a code of ethics that included this warning:…

Debate to Rename “Bloody Sunday” Bridge Sparks Criticism

Discourse surrounding the renaming of Selma, Alabama’s “Bloody Sunday” bridge, has started a kerfuffle amongst many. The following information comes from AP News. Named after a Confederate general and alleged Ku Klux Klan leader, the Edmund Pettus Bridge has become a landmark symbol for the Civil Rights Movement. With the nationwide protests and discussions on…

The Aboriginals of Australia

Greetings All, I was browsing the Elders and Ancestors’ Instagram page, when I came across the following photo. Those are some of the Aboriginal Australians, at Wyndham prison, in the early 1900s. As disturbing as this image is it prompted me to do further research on the indigenous inhabitants of Australia who are often hidden….

Words From The Wise: Joshua Maponga

“Believing is worth nothing. Believing is just a bucket of dogma; it does not change the price of bread. Show me what you do with your beliefs, then I’ll tell you if it is practical or not. Believing in the trinity does not add to your days, does not put bread on your neighbor’s table,…

Petition For Reparations in the UK

Greetings Folks, There’s a petition coming out of the United Kingdom that I had to share. Salute to Dr. Mumbi Seraki for the notification. A petition to the UK Government and Parliament is calling on compensation for all African and Caribbean descendants of slavery. It’s been advised that in 2015, Britain’s taxpayers paid billions of…

Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben Will Be Rebranded

The civil unrest and global discussions on race relations have prompted some much-needed changes for major corporations. The following information comes from NPR. Quaker Oats and PepsiCo advised that the pancake and syrup brand will remove its image of Aunt Jemima and change its name. Acknowledging the racist stereotype that dates back to slavery in the…

Eyes of the Rainbow

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur   Initially, I didn’t want to highlight the revolutionary that is Assata Shakur until I read her autobiography. But after coming across the following documentary, I couldn’t…

Words From The Wise: Jabari Osaze

“The Kemites actually described their spiritual factors as always needing to either be in balance or return to balance, and this great form of balance is known as Ma’at.” – Jabari Osaze.   I was YouTube browsing when I came across a lecture from another African-centered scholar, so it’s only right that I highlight him….

Bomba

I was browsing Elders and Ancestor‘s Instagram page when I saw a traditional dance being performed. I knew it was African, and upon doing some research, I found out that the name of the dance style is called Bomba. Its birthplace is in Puerto Rico, so this prompted me to take another viral trip to…