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African Diaspora

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Placing African Online Media Back in Africa's Hands

Matthieu Creux | Posted 06.11.2015 | Media
Matthieu Creux

It should go without saying that the most credible and authoritative voices on African politics are African residents themselves. But how do we give a voice to the voiceless, to those that actually possess the legitimacy and authority to talk about the political realities of their own countries?

Why African Diasporans Should Be Engaged in Africa's Prosperity

Amini Kajunju | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

Worldwide, there are nearly 170 million Africans in the diaspora. With enormous progress taking root across the continent, Africans in the diaspora are uniquely positioned to contribute to boosting the economic growth and prosperity in Africa.

The Blacker the Berry

Craig Carpenter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

It sometimes seems a requirement to claim belonging to one of society's sub-groupings, or tribes, as some might call them. As a means of identity, it's important because these groupings help us, individually and collectively, to determine a sense of culture, beliefs or preferences.

Black Spirituality Matters Featuring OSHUN NYC

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 06.20.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

Black spirituality in America manifests itself in various ways. The black church, the mosque, traditional African practices and other religions aid African Americans in coping with being treated like second-class citizens.

An Interview with Libya's Ambassador to the United Nations

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Joseph Braude met with Ambassador Ibrahim al-Dabbashi, the Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, to discuss hopes for reconstruction and renewal of civil society and state institutions, and a culture of religious moderation and tolerance.

Vital Collaboration in Lebanon, Part Two: An Interview With Farah Salka of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)

Kumera Genet | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Kumera Genet

The attack and subsequent suicide in 2012 of Alem Dechasa-Desisa--an Ethiopian Domestic worker in Lebanon--was a turning point in the consciousness of the Ethiopian and African Diaspora.

Vital Collaboration in Lebanon, Part One: An Interview With Farah Salka of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)

Kumera Genet | Posted 05.17.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The news that reaches the Diaspora is normally about the tragedies. This is an unsustainable way of engaging in the issue and in the interim between public abuses, there must be more real relationship building with potential allies.

Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans Is the Must See Film of 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In this documentary, Owino and Washington had 14 people brave enough to sit in the room with each other and talk candidly about their cultural and internal racial differences. "That is a great start... but we need more," Owino admits.

A Boxer in Central Havana

David LaFevor | Posted 05.01.2015 | Travel
David LaFevor

I first met Enrique Hitchman in a bar with no name on Neptuno Street in the neighborhood known as Central Havana. I had been living in Cuba, off and on, for several years to research the histories of race, national identity, and boxing for my dissertation.

Where's the Outrage Over African Lives?

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Aaron Daniel Taylor

While I mourn the little over a dozen French people who died last week, I also mourn over the fact that world leaders are expected to march hand-in-hand when a dozen Europeans are slaughtered and not when thousands of Africans are slaughtered. The world's media and governmental structures have sent the message loud and clear: Africa can go to hell.

Rebel Music: Youth Led Social Movements and Their Sounds

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

Hisham Aidi's book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture, newly released on paperback, is an exploration of the diverse ways that Muslim youth around the world search for what he terms a "non-racist utopia".

5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.03.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

The African Youth Movement for Social and Economic Prosperity

Barry Segal | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

We cannot afford to stand at the sidelines and watch people do things for us. Developing a resilient entrepreneurial base and private sector can sustain economic growth and produce real economic and social gains in Africa.

Increasing Competition and Reducing Fees Can Help Harness Remittances for Economic Development

Amini Kajunju | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

While remittances to Africa are helping to reduce poverty in individual households in sub-Saharan Africa, panelists from top financial institutions and the African Diasporan community agreed that channeling remittances flows through collective investment schemes and other innovative approaches are necessary to maximize its impact for sustainable development.

Pam Oliver, Indifference, and the Disrespecting of Black Women

Kumera Genet | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.

Amiri Baraka: an Anansi Spirit of Poetic Disguises/Genius

Opal Palmer Adisa | Posted 03.30.2014 | Black Voices
Opal Palmer Adisa

I have been accusing words of being stingy, but now I must admit I have been afraid of words, of what saying them might mean, the implications, because it is the proper thing to praise a great poet, to profess great admiration.

Telling New African Stories: Afaan Publications

Kumera Genet | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

For many parents, passing on language and customs to their children is a huge concern.

Beyond Outrage: How the African Diaspora Can Support Migrant Worker Rights in the Middle East

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.24.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The success of any lasting movement formed from these protests will rely on us using our skills and investing time in helping to create systems to ensure the accountability of both migrant sending and receiving governments.

Take the Mother Africa #GivingTuesday Challenge: A National Philanthropy Day Call to Action

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

November 15th is National Philanthropy Day in the US--a kickoff to the Thanksgiving countdown and the annual giving season culminating again this year in #GivingTuesday on December 3rd.

Arlene Torres or Why Anthropology Still Matters (Part II)

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 08.30.2013 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

As politicians continue to debate immigration policy, efforts to better grasp the particularities of life in diverse communities have become even more relevant.

The New Black Philanthropy

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

The past is prologue when it comes to African diaspora giving. African giving practices are part of the country's founding and all its social movements.

The Simple Charisma of Paulo Nazareth

Simon Watson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Simon Watson

Nazareth is a Brazilian performer. You might have heard a couple of years ago about Nazareth taking nine months to walk, in a pair of ratty Havaianas, from Belo Horizonte, which is in the middle of Brazil, all the way up to Miami, partly via the Pan-American Highway.

A Review of Teza, a Film by Haile Gerima

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

After some sleep and reflection, I think that I can confidently say that Teza was brilliant. This is one of the first films on the African diaspora experience in the late 20th Century, and it did not disappoint.