African Royalty


Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Swaziland. She is the oldest of 23 children. Her father is King Mswati III. Swaziland is Africa’s last absolute monarch.
In 2001, Mswati III instituted the umchwasho – a traditional chastity rite – in Swaziland as a means of combatting the AIDS epidemic. The princess became a focus of controversy as, while she was staying abroad, she was not bound by the strictures of the umchwasho. While studying abroad, Princess Sikhanyiso has developed a reputation for ignoring or rebelling against her native country’s traditions. Sikhanyiso wears Western-style clothing something women in Swaziland are discouraged from doing. The Princess also criticized the institution of polygamy in Swaziland, saying “Polygamy brings all advantages in a relationship to men, and this to me is unfair and evil”.
Right now the Princess is in Australia working on a masters degree at Sydney University.

The Groomer


276/365… “the groomer”
You either have been groomed, are intentionally grooming, or are grooming unintentionally. It is a powerful testimony to know you are doing it and own it. We are always molding someone. You are someone’s example on how to be, whether you know it or not. Be intentional.

By Cbabi Bayoc

Subtle racism


Assata Shakur from Honey Magazine debut issue, 1998. Full article forthcoming.

“In some ways it was easier for my generation. Racism was blatant and obvious. The “Whites Only” signs let us know clearly, what we were up against. Not much has changed, but the system of lies and tricknology is much more sophisticated. Today young people have to be highly informed and acutely analytical, or they will be swept up into a whirlpool of lies and deception.”

-Assata Shakur

That’s why the government wants her dead. They want us to stay in the dark. They don’t want us to know the truth…and this is the truth.

Let the Spirit Move You

Let the Spirit Move You is a celebration of ancestral belief systems that are a proud and important part of our cultural legacy as African descendants. The documentary focuses on the African based spiritual traditions that continue in Puerto Rico grounded in ancestral worship – espiristmo. Because of misinformation and preconceptions, to date there is little information on the sacred African traditions that are part of the cultural life of Puerto Rico. These traditions have generally been practiced out of public view and now with the advent of Evangelical types of religions labeling these traditions as “devil worship” many practitioners out of fear are going further underground or giving up these important historical ancestral traditions.

Produced by: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Fruitvale Station


The film tells the story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and his experiences on the last day of his life, before he was fatally shot in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

Fruitvale Station debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. It has been selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters July 16, 2013.