Africa Category Archives

M23 pulls out of Goma. Phew.

Published on 5 Dec 2012 at 2:24 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under Africa.

Yesterday I spoke with several of my students from a Congo-based cultural center in Goma called Yole!Africa. I skyped with them during the launch of Yole!Africa USA – the American based non-profit wing of the amazing cultural organization. When we hung up, I had no idea that the M23 rebels were in the process of […]

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Making Beats in Congo

Published on 5 Nov 2012 at 1:49 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,technology.

There’s a lot going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo right now. The eastern city of Goma was recently overthrown by a rebel insurgency – the latest episode of a conflict mineral fueled beef, which has plagued the region for two decades. But here at Blackademics we’ve got another story to tell – a […]

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Published on 11 Jun 2012 at 4:01 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under Africa,film.

Self determination, grassroots activism & women’s empowerment = a beautiful thing. Check out this amazing documentary entitled AFRICA RISING. It premiers tonight on the Africa Channel. Read more below: Every day, 6,000 girls from the Horn of Africa to sub-Saharan nations are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). With fierce determination and deep love for […]


Rap, Politics & Eagles

Published on 4 Apr 2011 at 10:45 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under Africa,entertainment,ignorance,Uncategorized.

I’ve been teaching a dream class at North Carolina Central University for the past two years called Hip Hop, Music and Politics (it was originally called, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: Music and Political Movements – I abbreviated the title this semester for simplicity’s sake). This class is the culmination of my interests as a […]

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Rape and Restorative Justice (via WireTap Magazine)

Published on 16 Aug 2009 at 11:33 am. 7 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,family,Uncategorized,women's issues/feminism.

Reprinted from by Kameelah Rasheed On July 16 in Phoenix, Arizona, four boys ages 9 to 14 took turns raping an 8-year-old girl for more than 10 minutes after luring her into a shed with chewing gum. They held her down. They raped her repeatedly as she screamed — “hysterical” screams that prompted an […]

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Obama Seeks New Era Between the United States and the Muslim World? You Be The Judge.

Published on 8 Jun 2009 at 12:58 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under Africa,news/politics,President Obama.

While I was waiting to be interviewed on sister Janice Graham’s program, Our Common Ground this past Thursday, I became aware of an important speech that was being delivered half-way around the world. On June 4th, 2009 President Obama addressed Cairo University, in a self-proclaimed attempt to: Seek a new beginning between the United States […]

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Is the United States the Real Pirate?

Published on 14 Apr 2009 at 9:45 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under Africa,poverty,President Obama,violence.

President Barack Obama has been riding the coat-tails of his military/political victory over the so-called “scourge of the seas off the Horn of Africa” – but is the United States the real pirate? For those of you who have been watching CNN, MSNBC or Fox News, most of the coverage on the Somalian Piracy crisis […]

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The Black Candle – A Revolutionary Documentary on Kwanzaa by MK Asante, Jr.

Published on 26 Dec 2008 at 12:12 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,history,positivity.

HAPPY KWANZAA, Blackademics! To celebrate this holiday season, I highly recommend that everyone take a look at the new documentary from MK Asante, Jr. entitled, The Black Candle. It’s the first feature film on Kwanzaa. The Black Candle is vibrant exploration, celebration and history of the African American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film […]

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Africa Command (AFRICOM): A Professor’s Perspective

Published on 18 Aug 2008 at 10:01 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under Africa,military industrial complex,war.

The New Era of Sustainable Exploitation Africa’s cultural, political, and economic future will not be secure unless it finds its own solutions to the challenges of the globalized world. Until recently, Africa has fallen under several designated United States regional military command structures. However, because the African continent has grown in its strategic importance to […]

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Happy 90th Birthday Nelson Mandela: You’re Finally Off the U.S. Terrotist Watch List

Published on 2 Jul 2008 at 12:56 am. No Comments.
Filed under Africa,news/politics,ridiculousness.

Nelson Mandela and other members of the anti-apartheid “terrorist group,” called the African National Congress were just issued a pardon by United States president, George W. Bush. “He had no place on our government’s terror watch list, and I’m pleased to see this bill finally become law,” said former Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John Kerry. […]

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