I’ve always really loved this picture of Josephine Baker and Joe Louis in Paris in the 1950s. The photo caption from Bettman/Corbis read that Ms. Baker was encouraging Mr. Louis to sing with her during her opening performance at the Club Des Champs Elysees, but I’ve always wondered about the whole night: What did they talk about? Who were they with that evening? There are other photos of them together in this time frame and it’s clear that they were friends (not romantic) and probably had very interesting conversations. Photo by Rene Henry, Bettman/Corbis.
data is power…..
…uses a decade of deep research to show that Africans an established part of English society in the 1500s and earlier—and not just as slaves:
Uncovering the genetic ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’
Almost every man alive can trace his origins to one man who lived about 135,000 years ago, new research suggests. And that ancient man likely shared the planet with the mother of all women.
Despite their overlap in time, ancient “Adam” and ancient “Eve” probably didn’t even live near each other, let alone mate.
"Those two people didn’t know each other," said Melissa Wilson Sayres, a geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study.
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These images by Amsterdam-based artist Sit Haiiro have me in a trance. Stunning work. Couldn’t find much personal information on him besides:
After working as a digital creative for commercial companies, Sit decided to stop this madness in 2008 and went back to head and handcraft to slice away the fat. The following works were collected from his on going project called Haiiro. For further understanding of these illustrations, check out his description:
“Where the calm surroundings provide more opportunity for decision making, rather than being driven by the fast moving winds of change.”
I really want a print of the afro/smoke cloud woman.
If you ever find
yourself, some where
lost and surrounded
who won’t let you
speak in your own language
who destroy your statues
& instruments, who ban
your omm bomm ba boom
then you are in trouble
they ban your
own boom ba boom
you in deep deep
probably take you several hundred years
Wise I by Amiri Baraka
Yup! You read right! Brazil has the 2nd largest black population in the world. Yes, larger than the U.S. and the Caribbean islands as well. So, how can a South American country have a bigger black population than the U.S. and the Caribbean? One word answer, SLAVERY! When you think of slavery, South America probably doesn’t come to mind.Well, maybe that’s because you were probably never taught the truth about slavery in Brazil. Well class, grab your notebooks, pens and pencils because the SanCopha League Afro-Brazil 101 class is in session (LOL, oh ya gon learn today LOL).
Turn back the clock about 500+ years ago when the Europeans invaded Africa, specifically Western Africa. The Portuguese people landed on the shores of Ghana (then called the Gold Coast), and took Africans and FORCED them into slavery. At first they were sending them back up to Portugal as slaves. As more European countries got involved including the U.S. slavery started to become a business and expanded. Portugal would now set their sights to the neighboring countries of Nigeria and Cameroon. They enslaved them and sent them to the South American country known as Brazil.
During the slavery times in Brazil there many slavery rebellions from the Africans, who were unwilling to become slaves. One of the main reasons why it was hard to keep the Africans enslaved, was because the Africans practiced a religion called Umbanda.The Umbanda religion, is made up of the Yoruba Orishas or deities disguised as Catholic saints because many slave masters tried to force Catholicism on the Africans. Since Africans were able to somehow keep their spiritually without the slave master knowing, they did not willingly accept being slaves.
The term Afro- Brazil comes from the fact that many African cultures and traditions have been passed down from the Africans that were enslaved. An Example would be the dance/fighting style of Capoeira. The African diaspora is very much alive in the country of Brazil.
*Bell Rings* Ok this concludes my time for today everyone.
bell hooks (via blackrebelsoul)
Things to remind oneself while reading messages from internet trolls.
RIP Nelson Mandela. May your spirit continue to guide our World.