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"Negrita" A documentary about Afro-Latina Women

The ravaging of Africa has been enriching Europe and North America for more than 500 years. First, European empires imposed slavery and colonialism on the continent. After 1945, the United States took over as the dominant neo-colonial power.

Through the Pentagon and the CIA, the U.S. government has fueled 14 wars in Africa. The methods employed include direct and proxy invasions as well as arms transfers and military training. The U.S. has used the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to systematically demolish African economies and health and education sectors. This military and economic war enables the looting of Africa’s resources by Western multinational corporations. Washington’s genocidal imperial strategy has killed more than 26 million Africans but failed to suppress popular resistance.

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Jerry John Rawlings, Ghana’s leader since the December 31, 1981 coup until the 2000 elections, was a Flight Lieutenant in the Air Force and a militant populist when he led the first coup of June 4, 1979, that overthrew the regime of Gen. Fred Akuffo, who had, in turn, deposed his predecessor, Gen. I.K. Acheampong, in a palace coup. According to Shillington (1992), Rawlings was convinced that after one year of the Akuffo regime, nothing had been changed and the coup amounted to a “waste of time,” and “it was then up to him to change not only the status quo, but also put the country back on track.”1

Rawlings, unlike many other leaders in Ghana’s history, subsequently led the country through the difficult years of economic recovery and succeeded in giving back to Ghanaians their national pride. Chazan (1983) observes “without Rawlings’ strength of character and unwavering determination, Ghana would not have survived the Economic Recovery Programs (ERPs) of the 1980s put in place by the ruling Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).”2 Rawlings saw his leadership role to be that of a “watchdog” for ordinary people and he addressed problems of incompetence, injustice and corruption.

Rawlings also instituted a transition from authoritarianism to multi-party democracy by attempting to decentralize the functions of government from Accra to other parts of the country.3 When the PNDC established the People’s Defence Committees (PDCs), a system of cooperatives, it became a unique move never before seen in Ghana’s political economy.

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Documentary on Rwandan couple trained as medical doctors who become subsistance farmers in Rwanda “Beyond a Bad Dream.” 

On Wednesday, the N.C. House took a final vote approving the repealing the law, originally adopted in 2009 and scaled back last year. The repeal is part of a bill to resume executions in North Carolina and will go to the N.C. Senate to review minor changes. The bill could land on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk by the end of the week.

The law gave death-row inmates a chance to have their sentences reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, if they could prove racial bias played a significant role in their sentencing.

Four inmates in Cumberland County succeeded in using the law last year, but those cases are on appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court.

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Media images of Afrikans at home and abroad: Adventures in Winston-Salem
  • Young sista (18 years old) on bus stop:Is it true that the US govt has a video warning African immigrants to stay away from African Americans?
  • kzs:I have heard of this before. I don't know if there is such a video, but its very clear that media images of African Americans are frequently negative.
  • Young sista:It makes me mad! We are not a bad people.
  • kzs:Yes, of course. I think its great that you are aware of these issues and that you care about them. You are much more sophisticated and knowledgeable than I was at 18 so keep up the good work and keep learning. Also, be on the look out for how Africa is depicted--mostly war, poverty, dependency, disease. These myths have a common source--white-controlled institutions. We have to fight these stereotypes in both directions.