October, which is nearly over, is celebrated as Black History Month, in the United Kingdom, where I lived for a few years and learnt of this event.
To celebrate this, I am posting below a video-clip of Burkinabe MC Art Melody, which Tom Devriendt shared yesterday at AIAC. The song, titled “L’ébène est dans le noir” (The ebony is in the dark), starts with Sarkozy’s infamous quote about Africans “not having fully entered into history” and goes on to reflect on the situation of Africa, a result of their leaders corrupt actions. I found the video captivating, as it is made up of different representations of black and African people across time – through movies, documentaries and cartoons).
Enjoy the video and I hope you’ve had a good Black History Month (and if not there are a few days left to do so)!
Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images
A small victory for justice.
Torture victims can sue British government for the atrocities committed during Mau Mau upraising (Reuters)
Una pequeña victoria de la justicia.
Víctimas de tortura por parte de la administración británica ganan el derecho a reclamar compensación al Gobierno británico (Reuters – inglés)
The Animated Atlas of African History (AAAH)
“gives a year-by-year presentation of selected themes in the history of Africa between 1879 and 2002…is designed to be an instructional tool at the secondary and college levels as well as for the general learner. It is subject to revisions based on new research and user feedback.”
“You can advance or reverse the chronology and change the speed with “play,” “fast forward,” and “rewind” buttons.”
It has been developed by Brown students, under the guidance of Professor Nancy Jacobs and Rolando Peñate.
Below are some still images from 1895, 1960, and 2002.
To explore the map, click here