my return from Africa I had to put together a journal of my thoughts and
impressions . A Pilgrimage to African will surly change your and your
time in Africa 2011
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African Fish Catching Eagle
The Genesis of
There are many myths, misconceptions and just plane lack of
Knowledge regarding the long history, the Spiritual, Royal, and prideful
importance of this old and beautiful hairstyle.
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The Black Man's Manifesto for the New Millennium
Created by the lovely
FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY YEARS
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Free The Jena
2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena,
Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a "whites
only" shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn't sit
beneath the tree. The school said they didn't care where students sat.
The next day, students arrived at school to see three nooses (in school
colors) hanging from the tree. (Please note, the tree above is not
the tree, but a tree at Jena High School.)
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Not Black enough?!! read my take. . .
READ & HEED.
sad thing about this article is that the essence of it is true. The
truth hurts. I just hope this sets more Black people in motion towards
making real progress. Chris Rock, a Black comedian, even joked that
Blacks don't read.
Help prove them wrong! Read and pass on.
2006 ABC’s Primetime aired a program on HIV/AIDS within the Black
Community. The program was extremely disturbing and horrifically
factual. As 15% of the American population, 50% of the new reported
cases of HIV/AIDS come from the Black Community. “HIV/AIDS has emerged
as a prominent area of concern for the African American community.
"The First Black,"
Nothing has changed.
The statement “FIRST BLACK” comes into play once again as if being Black
is a handicap. When I hear that term today I must admit my
feelings have changed form how I felt in the sixties.
Black Colleges Survive
Katrina: Students Back, Even If Campuses Aren't ...
ORLEANS -- Dillard University is just a quarter of a mile from one of
the canal breaches that flooded this city. With the exception of the
chapel, every building on the campus of the historically black college
was inundated by two to five feet of water that poured in and stood for
three weeks. Then, as if wind, rain and flooding weren't enough, a fire
burned down three dormitories. Today, nearly five months after Katrina
struck, Dillard's gutted buildings sit silent and empty.
Black Lawmakers in Georgia Vow
to Repeal Law Requiring IDs at Polls
At the end of a losing battle during the
past legislative session, state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan burst into the
civil rights anthem "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around." read
The only successful slave revolt in the world
fought and defeated three great European powers: France, Britain, and
Spain. Moreover, the revolution liberated 90 percent of the population,
which had been living under a brutal system of slavery. Haiti's was the
first, and the only, successful slave revolt in the history of the
world. Moreover, the Haitian Revolution would lead to the doubling of
the size of the United States. It was Napoleon's loss of Haiti that
convinced the overextended dictator to sell the Louisiana territory to
the fledgling US.
Haiti's Consul to be Honored
Haiti’s General Consul Felix Augustin, will be honored at the 12th
Annual Taino Towers Family Festivity Day. The event will take place in
the central courtyard of the Taino Towers apartment complex at 2253
Third Avenue, East Harlem, on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from noon to 7
The ceremony to honor General Consul Augustin will take place at 2 p.m.
with a performance by the Hoops for Haiti Quartet of the theme song for
the fundraising effort on behalf of the Registered Nurses Response
Network composed by Jesus “Tato” Laviera, the poet, playwright and
Maria Cruz, executive director of Taino Towers, said “On behalf of Arco
Management and the Taino Towers Board of Directors, we are pleased to
dedicate this year’s Family Festivity Day to the people of Haiti and the
Hoops for Haiti committee, of which I am a proud member, participating
in a broad effort to raise funds for the Registered Nurses Response
Network. The nonprofit organization has sent multiple deployments of
volunteer nurses to Haiti in the aftermath of the January 2010
Haitian President Michel Martelly announced a
Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Growth and Investment
this week. It's got big international names – Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean,
Mohamed Yunus, to name a few – and a big mandate to harness
international investment for destitute, earthquake-racked Haiti. So why
isn't it drawing big cheers? Maybe it's because one more big
international group, like the Haiti Interim Recovery Commission (IHRC)
that was formed in the wake of last year's devastating quake, only seems
to highlight how hopeless Haiti's own domestic government still looks.
A sore point? Unfinished housing project
could damage Jamaica/Venezuela relations
Willies light up homes
Women recipients of the solar
WOMEN in three communities on Guadalcanal
will have no problem in lighting and engage in small business
This came after Willies Electrics donated about 36 solars to
them under Umi Solomon Development Programme in Honiara yesterday.
From the 36, Tearoku community has
received 14 solar panels, Balasuna – 9 solar panels and Hoilava got
13 solar panels.
Umi Solar Development used the occasion
to donate one solar panel to Ta’arutona Community in West Are Are
and Surugiro in Makira got three solar panels.
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Kola denies covering up for RAMSI
ACTING Police Commissioner Walter Kola has denied covering up for
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
Mr Kola ruled out any involvement of RAMSI in the operation which saw
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing in Taro Choiseul
Samson Leketo who appeared before the TRC was arrested by
police last week after his appearance.
The acting police commissioner was questioned by the media
yesterday during the press conference.
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News around the Black Nation
A large number of suffering Ghanaians from all walks of
life took to the streets of Accra yesterday to register their protest
against the rising cost of living and corruption which has bedevilled the
Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress administration.
Leaders of the demonstration, the Young Patriots,
attributed the rising cost of living to the incompetence of the ruling
government, adding that only a few government appointees and their cronies
can now enjoy three square meals in a day.
$1.8bn Eastern Corridor
Roads Project dead
|President Mills breaks another promise
....Killed and buried in this Action Year
After raising the hopes
of the people of the Volta and Northern regions with the promise to
undertake the Eastern Corridor Roads project in the year labelled by
President Mills as “Action Year”, information available to the
New Statesman indicates that
the Eastern Corridor Roads Project, which was supposedly packaged to be
executed under the $3 billion Chinese loan facility, is dead.
Kufuor (middle) presenting a special wooden stool to the visiting Italian
President Giorgio Napolitano at the Castle, Osu, after their bitaleral talks
at the Credentials Hall. The visiting head of state is in Ghana on a 3-day
Ghana and South Africa received the highest marks of any African nations from
the World Bank in its annual report on governance, entitled "Good Governance
agency's global report for 2006, released Tuesday, shows mixed progress dating
back to 1996 of Ghana's performance in the six governance dimensions. However,
overall governance has improved and Ghana is proving superior to her peers in
the rankings. The survey combines data from 33 publicly available sources to
calculate worldwide governance indicators.
improved its civil freedoms, government effectiveness and political stability,
and has made extraordinary progress on corruption over the past decade. Yet,
the rule of law has declined and lags behind figures from the year 2000. The
ability of the government to formulate and implement both sound policies and
regulations that permit and promote private sector development has also
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Akufo-Addo eyes Multi-Billion
Dollar Palm Oil Industry
world moves for biofuels
Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic
Party, says the next NPP government under his presidency will give active
support to Ghanaian players in the oil palm industry to grow and compete
with Indonesia and Malaysia in the increasingly lucrative multi-billion palm
oil business as the world gradually moves for biofuel as transport fuel.
the NPP flagbearer, there is a growing global demand for oil palm
plantations as palm is far more productive per hectare than either soya or
rapeseed for biodiesel and is the most significant vegetable oil in the
world, accounting for 30% of world edible oil production in 2006/7.
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Woman drags orphanage boss
Fielding with some of the orphans she was
By Jackie Nambogga
BRONWYN Fielding is an Austrian woman with a big heart. She has been
mobilising money from her church, friends and the Austrian community to look
after HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda.
But last month, after one year and about sh500m later, she flew into the
country to find a different story. All the money had been swindled.
Christopher Kalema, 31, convinced Bronwyn that he was using the money to run
Buwaiswa Orphanage Children’s Home Ministries in Kamuli district.
In his reports, he claimed he was supporting 1,200 orphans, with a sh102m
clinic to cater for their health. When Bronwyn arrived unannounced, she was
shocked to find the clinic did not exist and the number of orphans under
Kalema’s care was only 120.
Uganda: Glitter and Goat in
When people hear about Uganda's annual Goat Races, they usually think
it is a local event, based on some ancient tradition. But the event is
considered to be the social happening of the year, with the Ugandan
upper-class, preppy expats and Indian elite strutting their stuff in the
most extravagant outfits.
By Henry Lubega
PENTECOSTAL churches are rated among the organisations
with highest incomes in the country. Collections accruing from offerings and
donations between 2002 and 2006 run into billions, according to declarations
made to the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Board.
The statements of 12 born-again NGOs which Sunday
Vision was able to see indicated that a total of sh7.5b was collected in that
However a leading Christian activist, who is
campaigning to make born-again churches accountable, says as long as the
figures don’t indicate the money raised through sowing, they fall short of
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families in two
AWER, 9 August 2007 (IRIN) - Unsure what to expect in a village he abandoned a
decade ago, Ernest Odongo decided to go home with his two wives but leave
their 14 children at Awer camp in Gulu District, northern Uganda.
"We left the children at the camp because they can
access education, medication, security and safe water there," the 49-year-old
father said. "The rest of us are living in what remains of a home we left on
10 December, 1996. Our family is a divided affair."
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peacekeepers caught up in continuing
unrest in North Kivu
KINSHASA, 23 August 2007 (IRIN) - Instability in the Rusthuru region of North
Kivu, which included an attack on UN peacekeepers, caused the temporary
displacement of more than 10,000 people, officials said.
UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC)
military spokesman Major Gabriel De Brosses said trouble flared up when the
North Kivu brigades were pelted by rocks during an incident in Bunagana
village on 20 August.
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FIFTY thousand people have been displaced by the recent floods that hit six
districts in eastern Uganda.
Quoting an assessment by the Uganda Red Cross Society, the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the affected people
represented 10,200 households that have been affected by the floods, reported
to be the heaviest in the last 35 years.
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Thousands of Ugandans took part in anti-gay rally in the capital
asking the government to sustain the ban on gay sex, despite immense pressure
from the international community.
The Spokesman of the Interfaith Rainbow Coalition Against Homosexuality,
Pastor Marin Sempa, said the development is a clear indication that Ugandans
condemned gay sex.
Uganda is billed to host the Commonwealth Summit in
October this year. Ahead of the event, the East African country has been under
strong international pressure to lift a ban on same sex affairs.
A maximum of life imprisonment awaits those found
guilty of homosexuality in Uganda.
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of the 6th Anniversary of Abahlali baseMjondolo
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,
who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for
us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who
justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who
died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and
is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or
sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are
considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” Romans 8: 31-36
Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement is a grassroots mass democratic
organization that was formed in 2005, to fight for, protect, promote and
advance the interests and the dignity of the poor in South Africa.
My newest Hero
A safe place for children in the Age of AIDS
FINETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA –
Mabaso seems to float through the kitchen, quietly eyeing the huge vat
of porridge teetering on the small gas stove. She smiles at her helpers, who
have spent the past three hours chopping carrots, and then checks her list of
children's names, to see who in this impoverished township has been eating.
She glances at her watch. Outside, she knows, her orphans are getting hungry.
Hundreds are waiting. Most are under 6
years old, because it is lunchtime and the older children are still away at
school. They play on a thin metal slide that Ms. Mabaso bought for them, and
run in and out of the two large shipping containers that she set up in her
backyard to serve as classrooms. Later, after school, the older children will
return, lining up for whatever "Mamma Winnie" can give them.
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Mabaso lives in Finetown (an informal settlement just
outside of Johannesburg). Winnie’s township like many in
South Africa has been severely affected by the HIV/AIDS
virus. Every week Winnie would cook for upwards of 1700
children – the memory of those little kids lining up at
Winnie’s house with their little plastic bowls for the
only meal they would receive that day is something I
will never forget.
Many of these children had lost their parents and
were orphans. When she had finished feeding them Winnie
then visited folk in her township who were bed-bound
from the virus. Giving them bed baths and feeding them
mouthfuls of soup and basically trying to improve the
quality of their lives for as long as they had left./p>
White supremacist dies of heart attack
The leader of a South African party that opposed the ending of apartheid,
fighting for whites to regain political power, died of a heart attack at the
age of 79, the party said on Thursday.
& Willie Marais, who co-founded the
white supremacist Herstigte (reconstituted) National Party which splintered
from the apartheid National Party government in 1969, died on Wednesday while
"With his gentle nature and his engaging
personality, Willie Marais had friends across the whole world," the Sapa news
agency quoted party chief secretary Louis van der Schyff as saying.
The HNP last year called for the
creation of a united Afrikaner "white front" as "the only way to regain
political power in this country".
its 2006 congress, the party adopted an "Afrikaner Freedom Manifesto" that
complained about the losses that Afrikaners had suffered "because incompetent
and illiterate Blacks got the vote".
Rejecting a nation of united races as
"anti-Christian", the HNP has fought for Afrikaner nationalism, saying the
majority black government has stripped whites of their humanity.
subsidies Europe US Africa agriculture
Click on the world to see the Black nations in the 2006
the theme of Hawaii, cool breezes,
leis and the hula, the 2006 Odom Family Reunion
was held in Richmond, Virginia July 22ndfont>
at Dorey Park. For viewing video of the Reunion and reading some of
the history of the Odom family, just click
on the fire dancer to follow the link.