Why An African History Month

Why, An African History Month?

The motherland's histories are complex with over 2000 cultures, constituting, different languages, traditions and customs and they all have their own stories to tell. It would be mutually beneficial to have our history to be accessible in one historical umbrella. Each month would address a different topic. This will plant the seeds of knowledge to be harvest for the future generations. Most importantly, "African History Month" would serve as a catalyst to correct the gross misconceptions, omission and distortions of it's history.of African people globally.

The word African specifically relates to the indigenous people of the African continent and their descents in the Diaspora ( Caribbean , Americas , Arabia , etc). The race-nationality model such as that currently employed by African-American, African-Brazilian and African-Caribbean communities more accurately describes the identity whilst fully articulating the history and geopolitical reality

The miscellaneous usage of the label 'Black' within this site reflects its contemporary use as a means to denote a specific
sociocultural and political context. It is recognized as a colloquial term that was fashioned as a reactionary concept to derogatory racial epithets in the 1960's. It is offensive when used as a racial classification code word to denote African people. Other such denigrating terminology when made in reference to African culture, heritage or identity are 'Tribe', 'Sub-Saharan Africa', or 'black Africa '.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Black History Month: Exploring African culture through dance

Next week, Dance Immersion, an organization that supports the dance community of the African diaspora, mounts Celebrating Our Men in Dance, as part of the TD Then and Now Black History Month series. The program of solos and group dances features the works of eight choreographers. We spoke to Dance Immersion director Vivine Scarlett, the program’s curator. READ MORE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brazil's Black Blocs and black gold

The weather has been pretty inclement in the south-eastern corner of Brazil over the last couple of weeks.

Temperatures fluctuate wildly from one day to the next. Dark clouds roll menacingly across the sky and we have had several consecutive days of heavy rain in Rio de Janeiro area.

As we move, moodily from one season into the next - there is a similarly dark, tempestuous mood on the streets. READ MORE