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This is a place where the perspectives of people of African ancestry can be heard. Being labelled as Black is a daily and lifelong obstacle and this is a page to express, share and discuss opinions on our lived experiences of being Black, and to engage with and support one another. All views are welcome as long as they are respectful.

5 days later, the following footage was posted on Twitter of a white man failing to comply with police commands. The location is unknown although it is clear it is in the USA.

August 30, 2020

“I’m the only cast member who had their own unique experience of that franchise based on their race,” he says, holding my gaze. “Let’s just leave it like that. It makes you angry with a process like that. It makes you much more militant; it changes you. Because you realise, ‘I got given this opportunity but I’m in an industry that wasn’t even ready for me.’ Nobody else in the cast had people saying they were going to boycott the movie because [they were in it].

September 2, 2020

It’s no surprise that racist narratives quickly surfaced in response to Rashford’s project of poverty alleviation.

September 10, 2020

COUNTERING THE CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY BLACK BOYS (1977)

Classic video companion to the million selling book series by Jawanza Kunjufu is still relevant 3 decades later. Presented for historical purposes.

USA: THE ELAINE MASSACRE

The bloodiest racial conflict in U.S. history

Slavery and Suffering – History Of Africa with Zeinab Badawi [Episode 16]

In this episode Zeinab Badawi looks at the impact on Africa itself of one of the most evil chapters in human history: the trans Atlantic slave trade.

African Diaspora through the Americas: Slavery in the Old World and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Main themes include the differences among European slave systems in the Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French colonies of the Americas and the resulting varieties of cultural expression and resistance of the enslaved. The course will also introduce the wide variety of evidence now available for studying the African diaspora in the Americas.

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN RUSSIA

Music: Better Days by Lakey Inspired

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN AUSTRALIA

Music:

Superwoman by Paul Hauss
Far Away by Z3na and Dericks
Woman by Z3na

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN DENMARK

Music:
KO KO by Z3NA
Mojo by Certibeats

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN ISRAEL

Music: Use To by 30 Hertz Beats

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN GREECE

Music:
Zeus by GRILLABEATS
Emptiness by Chill Bill Beats

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN IRAN

Behbahani is the heart of the Afro-Iranian community in Iran’s southwestern coastal city of Bushehr.

A HISTORY OF AFRO-PUERTO RICANS

The flag is not only a symbol of affirmation, “it is used as a symbol of resistance to colonialism.“

JAMES BALDWIN ON THE LACK OF ‘PROGRESS’ RE ERADICATING RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY

The weariness can be seen in his face, heard in his voice, is written in his body language.

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN CANADA

This week we’re in Canada taking a look at black Canadian history and culture! The first recorded African man in Canada was Mathieu da Costa who arrived in 1608 and acted as an interpreter for the French coloniser Samuel de Champlain. You’ve surely heard of Harriet Tubman! She was instrumental in helping enslaved Africans escape to freedom in Canada. And have you heard of Africville in Nova Scotia? For 150 years it was home to a sizeable Black Canadian population, until they were forcibly displaced as the settlement was condemned by the authorities and deconstructed. We speak about all this and so much more, in this video!

Music:
Assurance & Many Men by Ransom Beatz
Afro Boy by Thaibeats

Illustration by: Jimena Isabel Merchán. Find her on Instagram at: @jimenaimm

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN THE NETHERLANDS

It’s surprsing how little the Dutch’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade is talked about considering that they trafficked an estimated half a million enslaved Africans during that time! This episode throws up a lot of interesting questions about how we regard cultural traditions in a modern context where race and racism are concerned. We talk fine art, golden carriages and black face in this bite-sized look at black history in the Netherlands.

If you are interested in doing a black history tour in Amsterdam then contact the wonderful Jennifer Tosch from Black Heritage Tours! http://www.blackheritagetours.com/

Music:
Djé by Heaven Boy
Queen by Beatzbydb
Feelings by Prodby106

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN SOUTH KOREA

The African diaspora in South Korea is largely comprised of Africans and African Americans who have moved to Korea to study, for work or because they have been deployed by the military. There is a small minority of native Afro-Koreans, by and large they are the biracial children of Korean women and African-American servicemen. This dates as far back as the 1950s, when the US deployed forces in South Korea during the Korean war and South Korea saw a spike in mixed-race, half black children. We discuss all this and more in this exciting chapter on black history in South Korea!

Music: Ice Kream by Datklien

Illustration by: Jimena Isabel Merchán. Find her on Instagram at: @jimenaimm

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN JAPAN

This week we are taking a trip to Asia, to Japan! Have you ever heard of the incredible African samurai Sasuke? Did you know that in 2015 a Japanese woman of African descent won the beauty pageant title of Miss Japan? All this and more coming right up!

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN PUERTO RICO

Attention! Not all Puerto Ricans look like JLo, Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny! Did you know that the ‘Godfather of Black History’ was Afro-Puerto Rican? Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was a scholar who made it his life’s work to document and collate black history and culture from around the world. The Schomburg Centre in Harlem, New York was established by him. You’ve all heard ‘Despacito’ but did you know that some of the earliest pioneers of reggaeton were black Puerto Ricans like Tego Calderon, Glory and Don Omar? All this and more, coming right up!

A HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN BRITAIN

This lecture examines the centuries long presence of the African diaspora as an integral part of Britain’s history since Roman times. Unfortunately, this history is still too often ignored, its promotion limited only to October.

Attempts to restrict it only to the period following the arrival of the Windrush in 1948, lead to a distortion of the past which has serious consequences for all of us.

A lecture by Hakim Adi

#PALESTINE #PEACE

The creation of Israel was and is a violent process that entailed the forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland to establish the state of Israel.

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN CHINA

Did you know that China has the largest African migrant population in Asia? They mostly live in a Guangzhou, also known as ‘Little Africa’ or ‘Chocolate City’.

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN MEXICO

ave you heard of the slave resistance movement led by Afro-Mexican national hero, Gaspar Yanga? Did you know that Afro-Mexicans were instrumental in winning Mexico’s independence? And what about Mexico’s only president to date of African descent, Vicente Guerrero? All this and more coming up in this video!

THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN THE PHILIPPINES

How much do YOU know about black history in the Philippines? There have been black people in the Philippines since at least the 16th century when the Philippines was under Spanish colonial rule. During this time enslaved Africans were brought over to the Philippines to provide free labour in the construction and agriculture sectors.

HUMAN ZOOS – THE EXHIBITING OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN ORIGIN

Between 1810 and 1940, nearly 35 thousand people were exhibited in world fairs, colonial exhibitions, zoos, freak shows, circuses and reconstructed ethnic villages in Europe, America and Japan. Some 1.5 billion visitors attended these events.

A HISTORY OF ARGENTINEANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT

Argentineans of African origin do exist – although a lot less of them now, than there used to be….

AMERICANS WHO EMIGRATED TO THE USSR

Hundreds of African Americans moved to the Soviet Union escaping racial discrimination in the 1930s. At home, African Americans faced a lack of prospects and restrictions which separated them from society. Fed up with constant prejudice, several hundred African Americans left the ‘land of dreams’ to live freely in the Soviet Union.

BEING BLACK & GERMAN

Black and German: news anchor Jana Pareigis has spent her entire life being asked about her skin color and afro hair. What is it like to be Black in Germany? What needs to change?

GROWING UP BLACK IN NAZI GERMANY

Esther Fordham was a Black woman who, born October 9, 1925 in Hamburg, Germany, came of age during the Nazi era. In this December, 1995 conversation with artist Frank Fitzgerald, Esther discusses her youth, schooling and the reaction of classmates and adult Germans to her specialness. As world conditions darken and war grows to become the norm, she finds discrimination, fear, sorrow and horror, but also generosity and hope.

WHO WILL SURVIVE AMERICA?

Who will survive in America?
Few Americans
Very few Negroes
No crackers at all

LYNCHING: THEY KILLED US AND THEN SENT THE PHOTOS OUT AS POSTCARDS

Historians broadly agree that lynchings were a method of social and racial control meant to terrorize black Americans into submission, and into an inferior racial caste position. They became widely practiced in the US south from roughly 1877, the end of post-civil war reconstruction, through 1950.

Victims would be seized and subjected to every imaginable manner of physical torment, with the torture usually ending with being hung from a tree and set on fire. More often than not, victims would be dismembered and mob members would take pieces of their flesh and bone as souvenirs.

EMMETT TILL

Emmett Till was brutally killed in the summer of 1955. At his funeral, his mother forced the world to reckon with the brutality of American racism.

MICHAEL GROCE INTERVIEWED RE THE BRIXTON UPRISING, 1985

In 1985, police raided the home of Cherry Groce, looking for her son Michael. During the course of the raid, Cherry was and left paralysed from the waist down. The streets answered.

David Olusoga: What do I dislike about my appearance? My nose has been broken three times and it shows

What is your greatest fear?
That the lessons of history have been forgotten and we are sleepwalking towards disaster.

The royals are just like much of our press – trapped in a fantasy version of Britain’s past

Blind to their own biases and insulated from communities they do not encounter or understand, journalists and editors feel entitled to make judgments about what is and what is not racism. Hence the decision by Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, to publish a statement that unilaterally exonerated the entire UK press of all charges of racism.

MEGHAN MARKLE: PIERS MORGAN DISCUSSES HOW HE GOT TO KNOW MEGHAN MARKLE

Piers Morgan, who used to present a TV program called Good Morning Britain, talks about how he met Meghan Markle. Piers would later spend an extensive amount of time criticising her. His constant criticism would later play a part in him losing his job as a TV presenter on Good Morning Britain.

GINA YASHERE, SHOLA MOS-SHOGBAMIMU & KELECHI OKAFOR ON SKY NEWS, 04.03.2021

Revolutionary for the time, 3 Nigerian Queens speak about the Meghan Markle/Harry Windsor interview with Oprah Winfrey.

USA: THE JIM CROW MUSEUM OF RACIST MEMORABILIA

David Pilgrim, a Black sociologist, runs the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia out of the small, white, Trump-voting town of Big Rapids, MI. With the help of private donors like Chuck and Ward, an elderly gay couple, Pilgrim believes that sharing his expansive collection can change the way racism is perceived in the United States.

Life Aboard a Slave Ship | History Channel

From approximately 1525 to 1866, an unknown number of captive Africans were forcibly transported across the Middle Passage to serve as slaves in the New World. Life aboard slave ships was agonizing and dangerous; it is thought that 2 million slaves perished on their journey across the Atlantic.

The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you – Anthony Hazard (TED-Ed).

Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy. Anthony Hazard discusses the historical, economic and personal impact of this massive historical injustice.

Lewis Hamilton’s priority in 2021 is to increase diversity in F1

“I got into racing because I love racing, that’s got to be at the core of what I do. If all you’re going for is accolades, for titles, I feel I could potentially lose my way.

BLACK PEOPLE’S DAY OF ACTION – 40 YEARS ON

The historically significant day, in 1981, saw over 20,000 people march across London seeking justice for the victims of the New Cross Fire, which had broken out six weeks prior. The tragic Fire had resulted in the death of thirteen black teenagers on the night, and a further death months later. Despite many signs and witness accounts indicating that the fire was racially motivated, the police failed to make any charges.

I CROSSED by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

When I grasp you, my hands grasp nothing
but a corpse that died with no justice

I AM I by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

River –
We stand on your bank
tears falling on us
that stream into your heart

DOOR by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

Everything looks at you twice
Ashamed, you look away,
you let it happen.
You can’t look for a fight.

THE HOUSE NEGRO & THE FIELD NEGRO, MALCOLM X (1963)

So you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called “Uncle Tom.” He was the house Negro. And during slavery you had two Negroes. You had the house Negro and the field Negro.

MALCOLM X INTERVIEWED ON US TV SHOW, FRONT PAGE CHALLENGE: 1965

Malcolm speaks on his split from the Nation of Islam, the accusation that he called Martin Luther King an Uncle Tom; the accusation that he preaches hate and exactly wha he means by saying, by any means necessary.

MALCOLM X: DEMOCRACY IS HYPOCRISY

“They attack the victim, and then accuse the victim on attacking them”

VIDEO: THE RACIAL CONSEQUENCES OF WINSTON CHURCHILL, CHURCHILL COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, UK

When fighting insurgents in Sudan in his early career, Mr Churchill boasted of killing three “savages.”

CLIP: South Africa – Steve Biko on the rise of African nationalism in the 1970s

teve Biko describes the full range of measures employed by the South African government to supress any kind of political activity within the African community.

CLIP: Race Relations Act of 1968, UK

The debate over the powers available to enforce the Race Relations Act: are the powers strong enough and if not, how can it possibly work?

CLIP: White views of immigrants to the UK, 1964

The report includes a secret recording of an Indian man refused a hair cut from a local barber.

CLIP: SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO UPRISING, 1976

Although students protested about this peacefully they were met with tear gas and bullets from security forces. T

CLIP: NOTTING HILL UPRISING, UK, 1958

Tensions between members of the white working class and the new African Caribbean residents broke into open violence in 1958 and 1959 with attacks by white youths (‘Teddy Boys’) on Caribbean people and properties, followed by counter-attacks by members of the Caribbean population.

CLIP: POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST DEMONSTRATORS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, USA, 1963

The Alabama state police brutally attacked the marchers, using fire hoses, dogs, and tear gas

CLIP: Life in the South African townships, 1957

The appalling conditions in the townships are clearly demonstrated by some powerful footage and penetrating commentary.

CLIP: Nelson Mandela becomes President of South Africa, 1994

4 years after his release from prison after serving 27 years, Nelson became President of South Africa

CLIP: Reactions of white South Africans to Sharpeville Massacre, 1960

There is also a running undercurrent of the belief in their own superiority.

CLIP: Dr Martin Luther King on his childhood

Context: The USA had an open system of Apartheid that was not called Apartheid. The USA was not censured for their system in the way that South Africa (eventually) was.

CLIP: Barack Obama wins the US Presidential Election, 2008

Context: Barack Obama wins the 2008 US Presidential election, the first time that a person labelled Black has been elected to this position.

CLIP: MALCOLM X INTERVIEW, 1964

Context: Malcolm has left the Nation of Islam and founded his own organisation, The Muslim Mosque

EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE OF ETHIOPIA, “APPEAL TO THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS”, 1936

n a word, it is international morality that is at stake. Have the signatures appended to a Treaty value only in so far as the signatory Powers have a personal, direct and immediate interest involved?

DAVE PERFORMING AT THE BRITS 2020

The truth is our Prime Minister is a real racist
They say, “You should be grateful we’re the least racist”
I say the least racist is still racist
And if somebody hasn’t said it
Equality is a right, it doesn’t deserve credit

ANATOMY OF A LYNCHING by ROBERT REID-PHARR

We forget at our peril, however, that the American tradition of lynching is both productive and modern.

Archives and Icons: James Baldwin and the Practice of Celebrity by Robert Reid-Pharr

Robert Reid-Pharr delivered the 2019 James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture, on the topic, “Archives and Icons: James Baldwin and the Practice of Celebrity,” on October 29, 2019, cosponsored by the Department of African American Studies.

PAUL GILROY IN CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE THE POET

Paul Gilroy is joined by George the Poet, for a conversation on poetry, podcasting and storytelling; looking at how hybridity and sociological thought have impacted George’s process of intuition and priorities in advocating for his community.

PAUL GILROY IN CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR STEVE MCQUEEN

Award-winning filmmaker, Steve McQueen, joins Paul Gilroy for a conversation on the motivation for his Small Axe film series.

PAUL GILROY IN CONVERSATION WITH COURTENAY GRIFFITHS, QC

Paul Gilroy is joined by Courtenay Griffiths QC, distinguished criminal defence advocate with 40 years of experience, for a conversation on racism within the criminal justice system and its disproportionate effect on Black people.

BARACK OBAMA: READ OR LISTEN TO THE PREFACE OF HIS NEW BOOK, ‘THE PROMISED LAND’

At the end of my presidency, Michelle and I boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break. The mood on the plane was bittersweet. Both of us were drained, physically and emotionally, not only by the labors of the previous eight years but by the unexpected results of …

LEWIS HAMILTON INTERVIEWED BY MARTIN BRUNDLE RE RACISM

Black people can’t just take a moment away from fighting racism – we have to be on it, all the time

AUDRE LORDE

Audre was diagnosed with cancer and chronicled her struggles in her first prose collection, The Cancer Journals.

A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde

our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
I know why the caged bird sings!

TEACHER DON’T TEACH ME NO NONSENSE by FELA KUTI

Democrazy
DEMO-CRAZY
Crazy demo
Demonstration of craze
Crazy demonstration
If it no be craze
Why for Afrika?

REDEMPTION SONG by BOB MARLEY

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds

PATRICE LUMUMBA: CONGO INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH, 30 JUNE 1960

The Congo’s independence is a decisive step towards the liberation of the whole African continent.

Yes, I’m a trustee of English Heritage. And I want the Benin bronzes returned

For many, myself included, offering African nations their own art treasures on long-term loans is not enough.

It is not Hans Sloane who has been erased from history, but his slaves

While he stood on a pedestal the significance of slavery to his life and to his collection was rendered invisible.

AVA DUVERNAY INTERVIEWS ANGELA DAVIS ON THIS MOMENT—AND WHAT CAME BEFORE

There was work that should have happened in the immediate aftermath of slavery that could have prevented us from arriving at this moment. But it did not happen. And here we are.

ACTOR CHADWICK BOSEMAN DIES AGED 43

Asked about his own childhood heroes and icons, Boseman cited political leaders and musicians: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest and Prince.

THE SHORT LIFE OF TOYIN SALAU & A LEGACY STILL AT WORK

“The community protects the people more than the police does,” Danaya Hemphill, a 23-year-old FAMU student who helped lead the searches, told me when we met in Tallahassee, at a house not far from where Toyin was found.

ARGOS ADVERT FEATURING BLACK FAMILY CAUSES OUTRAGE ON TWITTER

But Twitter wasn’t going to let them move mad without challenge

GHANA INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH

Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa.

JAMES BALDWIN ON BLACK POWER

Extract from James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show

MLK on silence & indifference to suffering

on the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’”

Why are white people so obsessed with the N-word?

t reminds us that we have been and still are seen as less than, as other than, as not even human.

Covid-19 risks & Black NHS staff

It’s just a really terrible colonial institution which has perpetuated racism , rather than combatting it

Use the hashtag #racist & call it out

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Barack Obama: Eulogy for John Lewis

Good speech although it would have meant more if he had said it and tried to act on it, while in office.

What, to the American Slave, is Your 4th of July? – Frederick Douglass

There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States

Jesse Williams’ Speech- BET Awards

The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.

I Have A Dream – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.

I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

The Truth – Muhammad Ali

The lips of truth are ever closed,
The head of truth is upright.

Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay

If there was ever one
Who when you achieve
Was there before the dream
And even then believed;

Backpacks – Lesle Honore

When you say to me
All lives matter
I simply ask
Will your son die with the world on his back
Mine will

Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre (song)

Deny my place in time, you squander wealth that’s mine
My light will shine so brightly it will blind you

Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Colonization in Reverse – Miss Lou

Oonoo see how life is funny,
Oonoo see de tunabout?
Jamaica live fe box bread
Out a English people mout’.