When China invests, trades, and pledges hundreds of billions of dollars to Africa, it is effectively buying the continent. It is buying African resources. It is establishing itself as the dominant power in a land that is not its own. It is asserting control and exploiting African workers. Instead of allowing Africa to simply exchange hands from one imperialist power to another, Black Americans should intercept this economic jump ball.
Feedback from last year’s Jollof Festival in both D.C. and New York was overwhelmingly positive. With old favorites returning and new activities being added, we have every reason to believe this year will only be more epic
The dispersal of the Benin art to museums around the world catalysed the beginnings of a long and slow European reassessment of the value of West African art. The Benin art was copied and the style integrated into the art of many European artists and thus had a strong influence on the early formation of modernism in Europe.
As strongly as Killmonger might resound for a younger generation in the diaspora, we need to understand that Africans and African-Americans have succeeded in working together in the past, and must continue to work to figure out a way to do that as well in the future.
Earlier in life, the words black and beautiful were never spoken in one sentence and it was beyond comprehension to attach labels of excellence to darkness. And for a while I fell for that lie and believed wholeheartedly that being black is a bad spell that’s hard to get rid of
On behalf of my people who sold their own for money, I’m sorry. I grew up ignoring much of black history bc I swore it didn’t pertain to me. Until the day came that my father taught me how my own tribe, thick in the advancements of trade and business development, was one of the largest and successful spots for slavers….
I keep seeing shady posts about how we could have built Wakanda instead of paying to see a movie about it but the gag is there are microcosms of Wakandan creativity, leadership and innovation as well as Killmonger’s self-determination in every ‘urban’ city.
“NAH, JUST BURY ME IN THE OCEAN WITH MY ANCESTORS THAT JUMPED FROM THE SHIPS. BECAUSE THEY KNEW DEATH WAS BETTER THAN BONDAGE.” – KILLMONGER
This is a fascinating discussion not just because the co-hosts are essentially denying that racism exists (despite proof of it), but there are also the attempts to silence a person’s experience by not allowing them to fully speak their truth.
The Jollof Wars is a friendly competition that Africans take very seriously so we made sure to select a panel of independent judges to make the final call. Here’s what some of the judges had to say about their voting process.