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anonymous asked:

So, if the movie is set in Sub-Saharan Africa or the Amazon or ancient times Indian subcontinent I can expect to see some white people?

Sure! In fact, just for sending me this dumb fuck of a question, you can play Colonizer #5!! It’s a great, well-rounded character. Surely you’ll win an Oscar!

anyway

listen

as much as yous like to act as if people of color stayed in their home countries until yous started burning down their homes and stealing their children for profit and giggles “exploring”. we did not. poc have been travelling around since before race became concept. yous didn’t care that our homes existed until yous started “exploring” and then yous fucked everything up in the name of greed so, no, yous forfeit a place in our narratives (shout out to eliza ham-ham) and yous don’t get to say that we can’t be a part of yours when we totally fucking were

hope i answered your question, Colonizer #5!

Originally posted by paralysedbeaver

Black History Monty Day Two: Igbo Jews

Igbo Jews are Igbo people who practice a form of Judaism. There are currently 26 synagogues in Nigeria and as of 2008 there is an estimated 30,000 Igbo practicing some form of Judaism.

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Religious practices of the Igbo Jews include circumcision eight days after the birth of a male child, observance of kosher dietary laws, separation of men and women during menstruation, wearing of the tallit and kippah, and the celebration of holidays such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Some communities have also started incorporating Hanukkah and Purim. [x]

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Unfortunately ethnic ties to the majority of Jewish people remain questionable for the Igbo - “there is no doubt that Jews were present in Saharan trade centers during the first millennium AD, but the proposition that Jews were directly involved with Igbo-speaking peoples in ancient times is controversial” [x] - and so mainstream Judaism has generally refused to accept this community. That being said, there has been increased outreach from some Western and particularly African-American Jews.

Personally, I would like to see this community acknowledged by and integrated into the wider Jewish world.

“The large cohort of youth entering Africa’s labour force is the best educated one the continent has seen, and Africa is witnessing its best growth performance in decades”

Unemployment is considered a ‘luxury’ in Sub-Saharan Africa. So, in the absence of formal wage jobs, the youth of SSA are exploiting their talents in innovative ways in the informal sector: in agriculture and household enterprises. How should economic policy in Africa shift to reflect youth employment in the informal sector?

Image credit: pull cart kid child by Foundry. Public domain via Pixabay.

One Moore Bookstore, a small shopfront on a busy street in downtown Monrovia, represents many firsts. Though there are stores here that sell text books, this is the first selling books purely for reading pleasure. And its owners publish some of the only books aimed at Liberian children. The bookstore is a rare place where kids might hear a story read to them just for fun.

In this poor West African nation wracked by war, poverty and most recently Ebola, reading is not something people generally do for pleasure. Kids read when required in school, but Liberia still has one of the world’s highest rates of illiteracy.

That will all change if the owner of One Moore Bookstore has her way. Wayétu Moore, 30, is a Brooklyn-based author who fled Liberia with her family when she was 5. She opened this book store here last year. And she’s been publishing books for Liberian children since 2011.

The Former Refugee Behind One of Liberia’s Few Bookstores, Where Children Can Read About Themselves

White-tailed Mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda)

…a large (actually the largest) species of mongoose (Herpestidae) that is widely distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. White-tailed mongooses occur in a wide range of habitats, ranging from semi-desert to savanna, and woodland. They typically avoid moist/very arid areas, preferring areas of thick cover like the edges of forests and streams. I. albicauda is nocturnal, emerging from a burrow to feed on insects, and small vetebrates. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Herpestidae-Herpestinae-Ichneumia-I. albicauda

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So I found a silver ant in our bedroom. I was so intrigued by it that I decided to look it up in the net. It’s actually called a Saharan Silver Ant. But why the flip would it go to the Philippines? Is it on an adventure or something because I smell a novel and a movie coming up