Posts tagged africa
Posts tagged africa
UniAfrica. by Jasmine Edo
Renowned feminist and human rights activist Nawal El Saadawi was a political prisoner and exiled from Egypt for years. Now she has returned to Cairo, and she joins us to discuss the role of women during the last seven days of unprecedented protests. “Women and girls are beside boys in the streets,” El Saadawi says. “We are calling for justice, freedom and equality, and real democracy and a new constitution, no discrimination between men and women, no discrimination between Muslims and Christians, to change the system… and to have a real democracy.”
The story of Black people’s hair begins where everything began– in Africa. Not surprisingly, the birthplace of both astronomy and alchemy also gave rise to a people in perfect harmony with their environment… The variety of hair textures from western Africa alone ranges from the deep ebony, kinky curls of the Mandingos to the loosely curled, flowing locks of the Ashanti. The one constant Africans share when it comes to hair is the social and cultural significance intrinsic to each beautiful strand.
“Pambana” (Kiswahili:”Kupambana”-“to struggle”) became the national call for change in 1982. Pambana was the title of an underground newspaper that fired the imagination of a whole new generation. Pambana set new standards in politics as well as in publishing and communication… The editorial in the first issue of Pambana is important as it deals mainly with the role of publishing in their struggle. Entitled Cheche: A Spark can light a prairie fire, it reads:
The first issue of PAMBANA marks a major milestone, indeed even a turning point in our country’s first history. It is the first truly people’s newspaper. It constitutes a step towards creating our people’s own voice and our institutions. The government-controlled, foreign-owned press, as well as the laughable Voice of Kenya; lie to us always. They misrepresent Kenya’s reality and praise every crime and evil act the ruling class commits…Our people want change, revolutionary change.
PAMBANA is similarly neither free nor neutral. It will accept no apologies for oppression or thievery and will forcefully represent the truth as seen from the majority poor, dispossessed Kenyans who have hitherto been so fully ignored. PAMBANA will therefore be militantly and proudly partisan. The current regime, like the previous one, is fully exposed as unable to solve the political and economic problems facing us.
When the first issue of Pambana came out in May 1982, the people of Kenya recieved it with great joy. It filled Kenyans with hope, great expectations. It made them see that it was possible to change the prevailing oppressive conditions and to create a better life for all Kenyans. That is what they had always looked forward to- an organ which would unite the poor and the exploited against the Kenyan ruling class and their foreign masters. Such a unity is what Pambana stands for.”
p.76-77 Durrani, Shiraz. Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship. Duluth, MN: Library Juice, 2008. Print
Diverse societies flourished in Africa and the Americas for thousands of years before Europeans colonized them.
In this hemisphere, there were hundreds of Native nations, each with its own spirituality, language, system of government, and land base. In Africa, societies ranged from complex kingdoms to hunter-gatherer communities, with many tribal, religious, and linguistic differences.
But the peoples of these continents had many things in common. Many considered themselves stewards of their ancestral homelands. African and Native groups also held similar ideas about animal spirits, the guiding presence of ancestors, oral traditions, a living world, and extended family relationships.
Top: Courtesy Library of Congress, Rare Books Division
Bottom: Courtesy Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida ©2002
Wangari Maathai, Unbowed. (via withendlesslove)
An incredible environmental justice, womanist, African spirit.
2Pac Gives His Opinion On African and (en)Slave(d) Names (Interview)
Real spit . find your self re mind your self who you are by naming thy self. .
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On the 9th of August 1956, 20,000 South African women of all races marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to oppose the Urban Areas Act, commonly known as the Pass Laws legislation that required “non-whites” to carry a document known as the Dom Pas which would allow them to move around, or live in “White South Africa”. The day is now commemorated as Women’s Day.