Monthly Archives: January 2015
My Journey of learning the Yoruba language
Africa - the side they won't show you on TV
E kaaro, E kaasan, E kuurole.
I want to share with you the journey i took in learning the Yoruba language. The good parts, the bad parts and the STRESSFUL parts hehe. P.s i will be writing in Yoruba in some parts of this post. If you don’t speak Yoruba or cant read Yoruba, feel free to ask me for translation.
Mo ni ireti pe eoo gbadun asiko yi.
Oruko yoruba mi ni Abeni. Scotland ni mo ti wa. Oruko abiso mi ni Kerry. Won npe mi ni OyinboAfrican. Mo feran ede Yoruba. Ede Yoruba dun pupo lati ko, botilejepe, o soro die mo.
Awon isoro t’o wa ninun kiko ede Yoruba gegebi ede akokunteni po die.
Ikinni, botilejepe ni bayi, awon ti o gba oye ninu ede Yoruba ati bi a se nko o ti po, sibe. o je oun isoro lati ri awon aluko lati ko ede yoruba ni awon…
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Juan Andrés López del Rosario, also known as “Andresote” was a Venezuelan black slave who fought for the equality of blacks and Indians against slavery in Venezuela. He is most known for organizing a movement known in history as the Revolt of Andresote.
Born in Valencia in the Carabobo state. His mother was an Indian and his father a black slave believed to be from Guinea.
Andresote was a slave who worked on a plantation but to escape from his master contacted Dutch smugglers to exchange or sell various products at better prices than those set by the Guipuzcoana Company which was a ruling class in Venezuela that exploited the people and imposed high taxes, killing and punished the people who refused to pay them.
Between 1732 and 1735 Andresote organized with the help of the Dutch black slaves and Indians, an insurrection against the Guipuzcoa Company and the Spanish, for three years Andresoto and his supporters remained strong destroying the government forces and troops sent against them but in 1735 the Spanish authorities managed to quell the rebellion and managed to arrest Andresote and many of his supporters, mainly Indians, mulattos, blacks, many of whom were sentenced to imprisonment or death. They couldn’t however, take over Andresote, who with the help of smugglers escaped to Curacao.
We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad.
Martin Luther King
The Martin Luther King you will never hear in school or in the white controlled media
Piture by Tamara Natalie Madden
Recovering from a health crisis spurred Tamara Natalie Madden into pursuing a career as a visual artist. Ever since then Madden has kept her eye on the canvas as she culls images of royalty from Egypt and West Africa to transform the representation of everyday people into supreme nobility.
You can purchase Tamara Natalie Madden’s work at http://www.tamaranataliemadden.com
Meet the beautiful candidates of bloco afro Ilê Aiyê’s 2015 Night of the Ebony Goddess contest!
Note from BW of Brazil: It’s that time once again! Every year the legendary bloco afro known as Ilê Aiyê pays homage to the beauty of the black woman in their yearly Night of the Ebony Goddess competition.
Candidates of Ilê Aiyê’s 2015 Ebony Goddess contest
Below, as in previous years (2014, 2013, 2012), we feature the women who will compete for the title. One will note that the women that will compete in the competition, as is the standard, fall on the darker shade of brown in terms of skin complexion and all wear natural, ethnic hairstyles and/or wear turbans.
The choice of these styles represent a clear statement that speaks to the necessity of showcasing black beauty without appealing to what could be called “European standards of beauty.” Salvador, which known as “Black Rome” because of it’s vibrant African cultural practices and 80% Afro-Brazilian…
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Don’t forget about those girls taken in Nigeria by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. There were hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken from their dormitories.
(Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP)