diaspora Category Archives

Rio + 20

Published on 25 Jun 2012 at 1:55 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under diaspora,positivity.

I have spent the last week performing and speaking in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was invited by the United Nations Foundation to present at Rio+Social, a forum where activists, politicians, moguls and artists discuss how social media and new technologies can serve the greater good. It’s part of Rio+20, the U.N.’s conference on sustainable […]

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Greetings From Ghana Part 1

Published on 12 Oct 2011 at 11:45 pm. No Comments.
Filed under diaspora,healing.

[Blackademics founder Pierce Freelon writes from West Africa] Greetings from Accra, Ghana – my home for the next two weeks. I’ve decided to submit “My View” from West Africa, to give you a glimpse into my experience on the road. I’m here shooting a documentary about black cultural production and migration throughout the African diaspora. […]

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“God Damn Haiti” From John Quincy Adams to Pat Robertson

Published on 15 Jan 2010 at 3:25 am. 9 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,Haiti,poverty,racism.

This is why I love teaching. Today, in both my Blacks and Popular Culture class at UNC and in my Music and Political Movements class at NCCU, I discussed the Haiti crisis with my students. Quoting from yesterday’s blog post, in which I published Pat Robertson’s remarks on Haiti being damned, I suggested to my […]

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Our Prayers Go Out To The People Of Haiti / Pat Robertson Spews Unbridled Racism In The Wake of a Tragedy

Published on 14 Jan 2010 at 2:21 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,poverty,racism.

First and foremost our prayers go out to the people of Haiti. I have compiled a list of disaster relief organizations to which you can donate funds, but if you choose do so, do it with caution. One of the lessons we learned from Katrina was that donating money with good intentions, to incompetent and […]

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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 WireTapMag.org/ 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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President Obama Asked to Extradite Assata Shakur

Published on 23 Apr 2009 at 11:53 pm. 14 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,enslavement,radical politics.

Nothing enrages the American injustice system more than an escaped slave. When Harriet Tubman was liberating Black people from institutionalized genocide, rape and servitude, the state offered a reward of $40,000 to any bounty hunter who could bring her to “justice.” And if you think $40,000 goes a long way now, imagine what it did […]

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Family of Skin Bleachers in Jamaica

Published on 8 Apr 2009 at 10:53 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under black image,commercialism,diaspora,fashion,health,Uncategorized.

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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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Uganda: U.S. Army Set to Recruit Citizens

Published on 11 Apr 2008 at 3:12 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,international relations,news/politics,violence.

Not much to say about this–not much but ‘damn.’ ***UPDATE*** Army attendance at Uganda conference stirs recruiting rumor The United States Army is not looking for a few good Ugandans. An Army recruiting spokesman said Wednesday he was working to squelch a potential influx of interested applicants after an African news agency incorrectly reported the […]

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WORLD AIDS DAY 2007

Published on 1 Dec 2007 at 11:24 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,diaspora,health.

World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. Why is it relevant to us? (I’m […]

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