Emmett Till: July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955

Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941. He was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Emmett Till would have been nearly 73 years old today. 

#RememberEmmettTill #RememberTrayvonMartin#RememberOscarGrant #GonetooSoon

Via Tom Joyner

America is one of the most hypocritical nations in the world. It tries to police the world from so called terrorism and destruction when that is exactly what this very land is built on and engages in. Americans know nothing but destruction and terrorism yet turn around and try to “protect” others from their very nature. Americans love to paint other people as savages or monsters for doing nothing as close to what they do or have done. They won’t even acknowledge that they’ve raped, murdered, and destroyed Africans and Native Americans to this very day.  I said “they” because as a black man I’m well aware that American means White. They create all these problems in other lands then turn around and make themselves look like saviors while at the same time ignoring all the Racist. Deceitful shit they do. Same shit they’ve been doing for years. If it wasn’t for African Slavery, America wouldn’t be shit. They’re success is stolen. The “Land of the Free” is full of shit.
Written By @KingKwajo


The Next Breadbasket By Joel K. Bourne Jr. Photographs by Robin Hammond For National Geographic

Why big corporations are grabbing up land in Africa

She never saw the big tractor coming. First it plowed up her banana trees. Then her corn. Then her beans, sweet potatoes, cassava. Within a few, dusty minutes the one-acre plot near Xai-Xai, Mozambique, which had fed Flora Chirime and her five children for years, was consumed by a Chinese corporation building a 50,000-acre farm, a green-and-brown checkerboard of fields covering a broad stretch of the Limpopo River Delta.

“No one even talked to me,” the 45-year-old Chirime says, her voice rising with anger. “Just one day I found the tractor in my field plowing up everything. No one who lost their machamba has been compensated!” Local civil society groups say thousands lost their land and livelihoods to the Wanbao Africa Agricultural Development Company—all with the blessing of the Mozambican government, which has a history of neglecting local farmers’ rights to land in favor of large investments. Those who managed to get jobs on the giant farm are working seven days a week with no overtime pay. A spokesman for Wanbao denied such allegations and stressed that it’s training local farmers to grow rice.

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Land and the roots of African-American poverty

Shortly after emancipation in 1865, African Americans began fighting for the rights to the lands they had long worked – cultivated by their hands, fed by their sweat, and stained by their blood.

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May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

“I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican, and I don’t even consider myself an American…I’m speaking as a victim of this American system. I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see an American dream, I see an American nightmare…They have got a con game going on, a political con game and you and I are in the middle. It’s time for you and me to wake up and start looking at it like it is, and then we can deal with it like it is…” - Malcolm X

Banner by Mike Alewitz/ 4’ x 10’/ 1988 

Via Mike Alewitz

Jenny Gill: Thomas Greene Wiggins is a fascinating historical figure. When did you start conceptualizing a narrative around his life and experience?

Jeffery Renard Allen: I first became interested in writing a fictional narrative about Tom Wiggins in 1998 after reading a brief account of his life in Oliver Sacks’ book An Anthropologist on Mars. Here was a guy who was one of the most famous people of his time, probably the most famous pianist of the 19th century, the first African American to perform at the White House, who had somehow slipped through the cracks of history. I was also intrigued by Sacks’ description of Tom’s stage performances, which were ahead of their time in his ability to play three songs at once in different keys and play compositions that mimicked non-musical phenomena.  

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Jeffery Allen’s #CCproject “Song of the Shank” is now available for purchase through Graywolf Press. The novel is based on the life of fabled 19th-century African American pianist and singer Blind Tom, pictured above.

Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party, or BPP, was a Revolutionary Socialist Human Rights organization founded within the 1960’s which was a time in which African-American’s were consistently harassed and attacked on the streets by police forces due to their skin colour alone. The BPP actively fought against police brutality through force and intimidation to stand their ground, protect their own lives and destroy racism. The BPP not only fought against police, they also organized and helped with a large variety of community social programs such as the “Free Breakfast for Children” program with fed 10,000 children a day as well as establishing community health clinics. The police force didn’t stand for African-American’s defending their selves against the state capitalist brutality which resulted in the murder and arrests of countless BPP members and civilians.

Receiving immensely negative media attention for their physical anti-capitalist state action, the BPP still actively sought to make positive change for the working class of America through constant action. Such social work includes the previously mentioned “Free Breakfast for Children” program and the establishment of free health clinics. The BPP also actively implemented drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for the working class with the addition of education services such as self-defence and first aid classes. Not only did the BPP achieve astounding progressive services, they also brought the public awareness to the systematically racist brutality of the police towards the African American populace. The BPP are un-disputably one of the most inspirational movements and are certainly an organization to respect, acknowledge and praise.



Oh happy day!

Christian residents jubilate as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui,  Central African Republic’s capital on Jan. 28, 2014. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.

“We are free! This is our new year!”

Seleka became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

Photos: Jerome Delay, AP

Goddess of the Day: December 31st

Aje – West African Goddess of Wealth.  As ruler of wealth in all its forms, Aje is widely worshipped.  Known mainly through Yoruban and Voudoun traditions, She is sometimes depicted as a fowl scratching at the dirt.  She is cool and calm, patiently guiding those in need of material prosperity.  Capitalism, profit, and business all fall under Her rule.

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide)

This land belongs to the Indigenous people. This is a fact that the African People’s Socialist Party is clear on and expresses continuously.

What is evident here is that the construction of the pipeline is a reflection of settler colonialism. Still, the Indigenous people of this land have no self-determination and exist at the whim and mercy of the colonizer––foreigners.

The struggle against colonialism must be made. All attempts for the struggle to be co-opted by the white left and turned into an environmentalist struggle must be struggled against. We see plenty white activists, celebrities and politicians infiltrating the struggle, lamenting on how we need to save the Earth.

In reality, it is the system of parasitic capitalism, created and upheld by these same white people, which is responsible for the damage of our planet. Parasitic capitalism sacrifices the Earth’s natural resources and well-being of its inhabitants for the monetary gain of the white ruling class and capitalist corporations. We should not lose sight of this.

The African People’s Socialist Party, stands in solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. We, too, demand “No Dakota Access Pipeline”!

Smash colonialism

Smash Parasitic Capitalism

This land belongs to the Indigenous people!

—  Kalonda Mulamba, African People’s Socialist Party
The infinite possibilities for fungible Black flesh mark a fundamental distinction between fungible slave bodies and non-Black (exploited) laboring bodies. Further, Black bodies cannot effectively be incorporated into the human category of laborers. If Black laboring bodies were incorporated into the category; “laborer” would have no meaning as a human condition. Blackness is constituted by a fungibility and accumulation that must exist outside the edge and boundary of the laborer-as-human. If there were no Black fungible and accumulable bodies there could be no “wage laborer” that cohered into a proletariat.
—  Tiffany King, “Labor’s Aphasia: Toward Antiblackness as Constitutive to Settler Colonialism End”
So that coca cola commercial had to be some kind of a sick joke. How dare a corporation like coca cola use people’s sufferings, and the discrimination they faced/are still facing to advertise their product. I’m not gonna support your billion $ corporation that has not only been openly supporting apartheid, but also is responsible of countless human rights violations of their workers. Not to mention the immense damage they have done to the environment. It’s cute that you think PoC are also human beings, thanks (but no thanks) for acknowledging our existence as if we needed your approval. Talk to me when you’re not exploiting the human beings you claim to care about so much.
—  Elif Fâtıma Görken via Facebook
Help Pay A Detroit Residents Water Bill

Hey tumblr family, join me in doing a selfless act of kindness and compassion. There is an awful humanitarian crisis happening in Detroit as over 14,000 people have had their water shut off and the Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept plans to shut the water off for 3,000 residents per week. 

The implications are reprehensible as children are being removed from their families homes because without water, their living conditions are considered inadequate. 

We also know that the water shutoffs are about more than just collecting on delinquent accounts, it’s about gentrification and moving to privatize water.

I have gone through extensive verification to ensure that this site is legit and actually pays the water bill and helps the residents. 

I would never ask someone to do something that I wouldn’t, that being said, I signed up today to pay for someone’s water bill (and you can give whatever amount you can afford), so now I’m asking you to join me.

If you need more information, you can read this article written about this project, here:

You can also contact the creators of this project directly KristyT & Tiffani 


Once Salone: Freetown’s Then and Now 

For many countries in Africa, the colonial past, followed by indigenous mismanagement, typically in the style of the former colonial masters, sometimes interspersed with violent civil war, has left many African urban spaces in careless disrepair. Colonial structures often end up being re-purposed, infrastructure slowly degrades. As a result, in many African capitals, under a veneer of change, remnants of a colonial past can easily be uncovered by those who care to look. Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, is no different.

After discovering a host of old postcards from, mostly, colonial Sierra Leone, Babak Fakhamzadeh realized it would be interesting to compare the old and the new. A few of the places were easily identified, but some took some clever deduction while others were practically impossible to pinpoint. Either way, the result is an interesting mix of old and new, the images creating a portal into Sierra Leone’s, specifically Freetown’s, past, creating a window into a period when the city was perhaps more organized and, likely, a time in which life, in many ways, was much simpler, or maybe much quieter.

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Capital Cities in Africa:

For your travel bucket list (and general information) 

Algeria - Algiers 
Angola - Luanda 
Benin - Porto-Novo 
Botswana - Gaborone 
Burkina Faso - Ouagadougou 
Burundi - Bujumbara 
Cameroon - Yaounde 
Cape Verde - Praia 
Central African Republic - Bangui 
Chad - N'Djamena 
Comoros - Moroni 
Congo, Republic of the - Brazzaville 
Congo, Democratic Republic of the - Kinshasa 
Cote d'Ivoire - Yamoussoukro (official); Abidjan (de facto) 
Djibouti - Djibouti
Egypt - Cairo
Equatorial Guinea - Malabo 
Eritrea - Asmara 
Ethiopia - Addis Ababa 
Gabon - Libreville 
The Gambia - Banjul 
Ghana - Accra 
Guinea - Conakry 
Guinea-Bissau - Bissau 
Kenya - Nairobi 
Lesotho - Maseru 
Liberia - Monrovia 
Libya - Tripoli 
Madagascar - Antananarivo 
Malawi - Lilongwe 
Mali - Bamako 
Mauritania - Nouakchott 
Mauritius - Port Louis 
Morocco - Rabat 
Mozambique - Maputo 
Namibia - Windhoek 
Niger - Niamey 
Nigeria - Abuja 
Rwanda - Kigali 
Senegal - Dakar 
Seychelles - Victoria 
Sierra Leone - Freetown 
Somalia - Mogadishu 
South Africa - Pretoria/Tshwane (administrative)Cape Town (legislative);Bloemfontein/Mangaung (judiciary) 
Sudan - Khartoum 
South Sudan - Juba 
Swaziland - Mbabane 
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam; Dodoma (legislative) 
Togo - Lome 
Tunisia - Tunis 
Uganda - Kampala 
Zambia - Lusaka


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Child Poverty Escalates in the United States

One of five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report from a children’s advocacy organization.

The report, conducted by Children’s Defense Fund, also found that one in every 10 children, or 7.1 million children, is extremely poor.

“We are in a very dangerous time right now,” Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, the organization’s president and founder, told an audience of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members at a recent legislative conference in D.C. “If [African-American women] don’t stop our children’s backward slide, no one else will.”

The report — “The State of America’s Children 2014” — is produced annually by the nonprofit advocacy organization for children and families. This year’s report said that in five years, children of color in the U.S., who are disproportionately poor, will comprise the majority of all children in the U.S. These economically disadvantaged and undereducated young people will grow up to be the nation’s consumers, workforce and military, it noted.

Edelman said she is especially alarmed at the “cradle-to-prison pipeline” trend, in which growing numbers of impoverished African-American children, particularly males, become involved in the juvenile justice system and ultimately end up in adult penitentiaries.

“The prisons are full of our sons,” she said. “One in three black boys born in 2000 will go to prison. Imprisonment is becoming the new American apartheid.”

The report details how poverty results in hunger and homelessness among poor U.S. children. Roughly 1.2 million public school students were homeless from 2011 to 2012, 73 percent more than before the recession. More than one in nine children lacked access to adequate food in 2012, a rate 23 percent higher than before the recession.