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Endangered Musical Traditions of Mali: “They broke all our instruments.”

"We are all Africans"

It never fails. Anytime I post something horrendous a “white African” has done in South Africa yet again, they contact me to say that they aren’t all the same and that “we are all Africans” and that we should come together, as if the discord that exists came at the hands of Black people and not colonial settlers. I’m just merely sharing the news. Why are white people in South Africa seeking my approval on their alleged African identity? What do you want me to tell you? I’m not South African. I’m not an authority on South Africa. You’ve already decided your identity for yourself and you’re on the land to boot anyway. You’re clearly not going anywhere. What more do you want? Do you want Africans from across the continent to act like you’re a blessing as well? Well, you’re not.

Why don’t you send this message of togetherness to your fellow “white Africans”? They’re the ones beating helpless Black women in the street. They’re silent about every injustice perpetrated at their hands, but the minute you post something factual, they come out not to take a stand against abuse and injustice, but to vomit nonsense about them being Africans too. Somehow in all this, it’s all about them.

Anytime I hear that “we are all Africans” rubbish from them, I imagine this photo of Richard Dawkins in his t-shirt.

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Below is what goes through my mind when they tell me about being African.

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Be glad that I’m civilized and that I’m not a violent person.

West African Teen Taunted With Chants of ‘Ebola’ at High School Soccer Game »

ourafrica:

One Pennsylvania teen, who is originally from Guinea, recently had to endure his high school rival’s soccer team chanting “Ebola” at him during a match, WPVI reports.

According to the station, Ibrahim Toumkara, a Nazareth Area High School student and soccer player, got into a fight last week after he heard players from rival Northampton High School taunting him about the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,000 people across West Africa, including in his home country.

"Being from western Africa and having family in that area, he didn’t take too kindly to those remarks and went after one of the players on the Northampton team," the boy’s coach, Edward Bachert, explained. Bachert is also Ibrahim’s legal guardian, as well as a police chief for Lehigh County. 

The 16-year-old moved away from Guinea three years ago, the station notes.

"There were tears coming down his eyes. He was visibly shaken by this, that it got to that level on the field," Bachert added.

Ibrahim’s parents are still in West Africa, and according to WPVI, he is constantly worrying for them.

After the tasteless incident, both Northampton’s head soccer coach and its assistant coach resigned. Some of the student athletes are also expected to face disciplinary action, according to the station.

"This is part of the educational process to make sure that students are understanding sportsmanship and what’s happening out there in the world," Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said.

Since when is a deadly virus funny? When will African lives not be nothing but a comedic piece to westerners?

‘He came up to me and just klapped me’ »

This white man really said his reason for beating up this Black woman is that he thought she was a prostitute, as if that makes it fine. He says it so casually, like beating up a sex worker is justifiable. She’s a domestic worker going to work to clean homes and this asshole jumps out of his car to beat her up. This man saw a Black woman in his neighborhood and flew into a rage. Her mere existence put him over the edge. Despite beating the poor woman up, this guy thinks he’s the one being victimized because he’s white. That’s a synopsis of race relations in a nutshell.

rebirth-of-a-soul replied to your post:imaginarymagnitude replied to your photo:Always…

Will you say that gari is the same as farine (West Indian)? I’ve never had gari, but visually, they look the same.
Definitely not the same, although Nigerians eat something similar to farina called semovita. It can be fashioned in the same manner. See here.
Not too big on semovita, but I do eat it occasionally. I prefer old fashioned eba/garri and pounded yam, which I eat several times a week. I had eba yesterday and I’m going to have it for lunch today. I feel full and accomplished after eating it. It’s a heavy meal, which is just the way I like it. I’m no lightweight…lol
yaro-e:

Another picture from Kankai village, Katsina state. This is the entrance of the palace door. It was created in 1898, it’s quite a beautiful doorway. 

yaro-e:

Another picture from Kankai village, Katsina state. This is the entrance of the palace door. It was created in 1898, it’s quite a beautiful doorway. 

DeKalb Schools blocks two from school amid Ebola concerns »

Two Dunwoody students who recently returned from West Africa were blocked from enrolling in DeKalb schools this week as a precaution against the spread of Ebola.

Misty Upham Found Dead: Family Of 'Frozen River' Actress Says Police Uncooperative In Search »

jessehimself:

Misty Upham, who was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award in 2009 for her role in the feature film Frozen River, was found dead in the woods in Auburn, WA, today after going missing earlier this month. She was 32. Filmmaker friend Tracy Rector, speaking on behalf of the family, confirmed that the Native American actress was found by a search party led by uncle Robert Upham. She was later identified by family members. “The main thing her family wants people to know is that the Auburn Police Department would not cooperate in looking for Misty,” Rector told Deadline. “There’s a long history of police harassment and friction between the police and the Muckleshoot community here, and her family feels they dropped the ball and Misty perhaps would have been found if the police had taken it seriously.”

You’re still playing the nintendo?

My friend’s mom calls video games “nintendo”. It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s always “nintendo”. My mom used to do that too years ago. It was all nintendo to her, even when I had a Sega Genesis. When I had a Sega Game Gear (am I dating myself here?), she called it a Game Boy.

I recently had brunch with my friend and his mom. Like me, my friend is a gamer. We were briefly talking about gaming and she said “Atane, you too? You’re still playing the nintendo? I thought it was only my son who had childish habits. You seemed so mature.” He responded and said “Mommy, we don’t have nintendo systems. It’s the PS4 and Xbox One. Not all gaming systems are nintendo.” She then said “This is why you don’t have a wife. All your age mates are married with children, but you want to debate your mother about different kinds of nintendo.” He started laughing and let it go.

She then turned to me and asked when I plan on getting married and that if I focused on getting a wife like I do nintendo, then I would have been married with children a long time ago. She then inquired about whether people are talking to me about it. I told her they do all the time. You can’t have Igbo aunties and not hear marriage and children talk. She said I should listen to them. She then invited me to her church. She says there are many young women there of “marriageable age” and that I should look into it.

Nigerian mamas are the best. You know her little pep talk had me looking at videogames with momentary disgust and shame when I got home. An hour later, I was on xbox live with my cousin…lol

Fella Cutty

When many white Americans pronounce Fela Kuti, it comes out as “Fella Cutty”. Felabration in NYC was on Wednesday. You have no idea how much “Fella Cutty” I had to endure. If you claim to dig his music, at least get his name right. That’s the bare minimum. Bare minimum.

humansofnewyork:

“I think one of the neighbors had beef with my mother. Because one day when my mom went to the store, and left us alone for just a few minutes, child services came and took us away. My sister and I got split up. I got sent to a group home. It was like a prison— everybody there was looking out for themselves. I’d call my mother and cry on the phone but she’d just say she was sorry, and there was nothing she could do, and she was trying. After a few months, my sister and I got moved into a foster home. Our foster mother was this old lady named Ms. Elizabeth. She let our mother come visit us even though she wasn’t supposed to. And she took us to church and prayed with us, and every Sunday she’d cook us a huge dinner and completely deck out the table like it was Thanksgiving. It was like some movie shit. We’d never had anything like that before. Even when we moved back with our mother, we would alway visit Ms. Elizabeth up until the time she passed away.”

humansofnewyork:

“I think one of the neighbors had beef with my mother. Because one day when my mom went to the store, and left us alone for just a few minutes, child services came and took us away. My sister and I got split up. I got sent to a group home. It was like a prison— everybody there was looking out for themselves. I’d call my mother and cry on the phone but she’d just say she was sorry, and there was nothing she could do, and she was trying. After a few months, my sister and I got moved into a foster home. Our foster mother was this old lady named Ms. Elizabeth. She let our mother come visit us even though she wasn’t supposed to. And she took us to church and prayed with us, and every Sunday she’d cook us a huge dinner and completely deck out the table like it was Thanksgiving. It was like some movie shit. We’d never had anything like that before. Even when we moved back with our mother, we would alway visit Ms. Elizabeth up until the time she passed away.”