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We been friends almost 2 years, we talk for hours on the phone 3-10 hours nonstop, texting each other whenever we have the time too.

He showed me how a man he is even though he wasn’t man enough,he’s been hurt more than me but I didn’t see his weakness at all I saw his greatness and his strength.

I’m so happy to have him in my life… No matter what situation thats in our lives I still gotcha!

sooooo when is david byrne gonna reflect on how he owes the entire Talking Heads sound to the West Africans he ‘slummed it’ with?

The next Adele is here — and it’s not Sam Smith 

Sweden is taking over pop music, and now it has its sights set on soul. Seinabo Sey (pronounced Say-na-bo See) is a 24-year-old, Swedish/West African, soul-pop songwriter who debuted in front of American audiences a couple weeks ago on Conan.

Though she’s relatively unknown in the mainstream, Seinabo Sey is signed to major label Virgin, and worked with Magnus Lidehall, who has produced Katy Perry and Sky Ferreira, on her single “Younger.”

“Sey’s voice is incredible, and her range practically defies the laws of physics.”

Can you all stop perpetuating the lie that ALL Africans are poor?

SOUTH AFRICA

NIGERIA

GHANA

MOROCCAN MALL

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And that ALL Americans are rich/middle class?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (UNITED STATES)

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (UNITED STATES)

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (UNITED STATES)

L.A. COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (UNITED STATES)

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Stop believing everything you see in the media. Some places in Africa are very poor, but some places are not poor at all. Just like there are some places in America that are very poor, but some places that are not poor at all. A few pictures and videos from the media about “how poor Africa is” should not determine how you view that entire continent because if that were the case, many would assume ALL Americans lived in poverty based on the few pictures I’ve shown you. Open your minds.

Looking to learn your language? (UPDATED!!)

The following are good  free online language  resources for learning different languages spoken in West Africa. Feel free to add on to the list if you know of another resource to help people.

Yoruba

Yorùbá Yé Mi

UPenn Yoruba Vocabulary

I Love Languages- Yoruba

My Languages- Yoruba

University of Georgia- Yoruba

LearnYoruba.com

Yoruba- Basic Course/ Tapes

Hausa

Rapport Hausa Course

Headstart Hausa Course

UCLA Hausa Resources

Byki Hausa Vocabulary List

UPenn Hausa Vocabulary

Boston University Hausa Resources

I Love Languages- Hausa

Hausa Tapes

Hausa- Basic Course

Wolof

UCLA Wolof Resources

UPenn Wolof Vocabulary

Boston University Wolof Resources

LAAF Wolof Lessons

Indiana University Wolof Folktales and Songs

Indiana University Wolof Lessons

Twi

UPenn Twi Vocabulary

Akan Pronunciation Game (helps you learn the tones)

Some Vocabulary 

Twi Tapes

Peace Corps Twi

Indiana University Twi Folktales and Songs

Indiana University Twi Lessons

Igbo

UPenn Igbo Vocabulary

Igbo Net

Some Igbo Vocabulary 

I Love Languages- Igbo

Igbo- Basic Course

Mandinka

LAAF Mandinka lessons

Bambara 

LAAF Bambara lessons

Peace Corps Bambara

Indiana University Bambara Lessons

Indiana University Folktales and Songs in Bambara

Mooré

LAAF Mooré lessons

Mooré Tapes

Mooré Basic Course

Fula(ni)/ Pulaar

Fula- Basic Course

Ewe

Some Vocabulary 

Ewe Greetings and Basics

Bade

University of California Bade

Bole

University of California Bole

Duwai

University of California Duwai

Karekare

University of California Karekare

Maka

University of California Maka

Ngamo

University of California Ngamo

Ngizim

University of California Ngizim

Miya

University of California Miya

I added some additional websites as well as languages. Also I would like to state that is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list of all of the languages of west Africa. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of languages and I cannot find resources for them all. I will keep adding to this list.

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“BLACK POWER”
Stand tall and proud. Come to the realisation of how much you’re worth and remember that. Things and people may knock you down but rise up again. Pick yourself up and keep rising. Don’t let anything keep you down. You are strong enough to overcome. That power is right within you.

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