The Middle Passage journey from West Africa to the Americas took 4 to 6 months.
Try walking around without wiping your butt for a day or a week. Yep now try laying down in shit for 4-6 weeks, most of it isnt your own. Then add some blood and some mucus. Then grab some chains. Slavery was that bad. dont u ever fucking tell me it wasnt! (via howtobenoladarling)
Not to mention every now and then you were raped by those that were working the ships. Male and female were raped.
24 hrs laying in extremely tight positions with hundreds of people that are suffering from all kinds of diseases due to malnutrition. Weather wasnt always the way the ship owners planned and voyages took longer than usually, the longest I was told by a professor was a whole year.
Most people have no idea what happened to our ancestors, and that’s due to the fact that the powers that be want to act like it never happened.
Reblogging some real shit from my Liked posts. Because fuck you.
And let’s add on the fact that ships have to make port and re-supply and between Africa and America lay the Caribbean and South America, which still took a great deal more to travel to. So families were separated not only by death and torment, but by members being sold off on a different continent than where they might have been bound.
Not to mention ships get blown off course, and the slave next to you might have died and you have to sleep next to a corpse for who knows how long before the crew finally decides to handle it and toss it overboard like so much offal.
Sharks still follow the course of the slave trade ships till this day due to the amount of offal and human bodies that were tossed overboard in the ship’s wake.
(Damn is that last thing about sharks true?!)
Yes. They threw so many bodies overboard it changed the ecological feeding patterns of sharks. They follow the slave ships from dock to port. They were even used as an act of terrorism to force Africans on to ships and encourage them not to commit suicide. Slave ships were often packed for collateral damage. It was estimated that many would not make the journey and all those bodies thrown overboard were insured. That’s how insurance companies got their start… It’s also how many families built their family fortune.
This was a business.
My educated black people.
(via prettipetite)FOREVER reblog.. (via nedahoyin)
East African refugees victims of hate crimes in Fort Morgan, Colorado. »
They left Somalia and other parts of eastern Africa to escape unpredictable violence, but now Fort Morgan police say the town’s refugee community is being victimized because of their race and heritage.
In the past week and a half, multiple cars have been vandalized, left with broken windows and spray painted with racial slurs.
"Get out of town. Go back to your country," said Khadar Ducaale, of what was written. "It’s been very frustrating, at the same time, it’s been scary. We don’t know who is responsible."
"We left our home country back in Africa for lack of security and instability, "said Abdi Wahab, whose car windows were broken. "It feels like we might be having the same problem we left our countries for now."
There are hundreds of east Africans who’ve been given refuge by the U.S. government to live and work in Fort Morgan. Many work at the Cargill meat plant. They said vandalism to their vehicles has happened several times in the past. 9News reported on eight cars hit in 2011.
Refugees fear the hatred may escalate.
"The house is pretty close to the car, so there is no guarantee that next time they might not break down the door and hurt me or my kids," said Ifrah Haji.
Every window in the young mother’s van was broken, and she said it’s the second time it’s happened. Haji said it’s the only vehicle she has to get to work.
"Our feeling is that people here don’t like us for whatever reason," she said. "My feeling is break down and cry, but that’s not going to help. We just don’t know what to do."
They know someone in the town knows who did this or saw something, and they’re asking for help.
"Good citizens of this town need to come and say, ‘This is not going to happen in our town,’" Ducaale said.
Fort Morgan Police said they believe the car windows were shot out by a BB gun. A town spokesperson said a hate crime investigation is underway, but there are no suspects. Anyone with information should call Fort Morgan police at 970-687-5678 or Crime Stoppers at 970-542-3411.
It’s no surprise that the white guy she’s dating knows nothing about black hair. A former white coworker of mine didn’t know what ‘ashy’ meant and didn’t know why black people use lotion.
That’s a synopsis of real life. White people don’t have to know anything about black people, but black people have to know everything about white people. We are inundated with whiteness from television to our education. We are supposed to know about whiteness and white people. White people aren’t required to know a thing about blackness.
It goes beyond black people knowing about white people. White people want everyone to uphold their lies. Children are taught lies that uplift white people in the US school system like Columbus “discovered” America, that the “founding fathers” were advocates of freedom, liberty and justice (tell that to their slaves), or that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Hell, Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd came from a family of slave owners, and she was raised owning slaves. This was not an issue for Lincoln. He married her.
Candid pics of black women at a polo event in Cape Town, captured by skattiewhatareyouwearing
What makes Batman a policy expert on the Congo?
Ben Affleck’s testimony may not have challenged the foreign policy paradigm in Washington last week, but did it highlight how outsiders can help unleash the potential of local change agents?
With the ongoing Fuel Scarcity situation in Lagos, people are finding it hard to get regular public transportation. And everyone has to rush to get into the taxi and danfo that stops….
Hope the crisis ends soon!
Sound of the Saxophone: Ugly?
I found the question raised in this Guardian article troubling: that somehow, because the saxophone conveys human qualities, perhaps even in the course of reflecting a personal voice, its sound could be construed as “ugly.” And that the piano, because its sound is at least mechanically removed from a human voice, is neutral, and therefore more suited to classical music.
The musical world, jazz or classical, what is wrong with bringing a human voice to music, even if the surface sonic result is not neutral or pleasantly creamy? In the classical world, putting Stravinsky or Bartok (and his voluminous piano music) and a host of “contemporary” composers aside, was that really what Mozart, or Beethoven, had in mind? Too bad Billie Holiday and Maria Callas aren’t around today to address that question. At least we can listen to Archie Shepp.
-Nick MoyRead Article…
It’s pretty clear when some people write nonsense simply for page hits. This Guardian article in an example. The author got me. He got me to read his vapid opinion. I suppose that makes his article a success. It’s all about page hits these days. That’s the most important metric. Content is a distant second.
As to the subject at hand, what kind of music writer would even put forward the notion that the saxophone sounds ugly? The author is either being contrarian for the sake of it, is trying to write something that will garner page hits, or is simply a fool whose opinions we should all ignore.
As FADER’s love affair with Nigerian label Maki Oh and it’s namesake founder Amaka Osakwe grows, so to does my own personal long distance admiration of the designer and her works continue to be nurtured.
In their latest feature on the designer and the significance of her Maki Oh as a Lagos-based and Nigerian-centered homegrown label, the FADER’s style editor at large Mobolaji Dawodu, who’s half-Nigerian, recollects his childhood in Lagos and connects his nostalgic remembrances of the role clothes, style and tailoring plays in Lagos life, to the ways in which the relevance and dynamics of these traditions are being interestingly resurrected by Maki Oh’s use of non-Western Nigerian cloths such as Adire that are both made in and originate in Nigeria (although similar indigo dying techniques are used throughout much of West Africa).
Maki draws from the traditional stuff, because that’s where it started, but she’s mixing it up.
In this regard, Maki Oh stands out from a sea of African designers who are using non-African textiles (i.e. Dutch Wax print) that have become synonymous with what we often refer to as ‘African fashion’, and often mistaken for being of African origin.
Maki’s work stands out because she uses fabrics in Africa that aren’t the norm. Nowadays, everybody is doing a lot of beautiful designs with African prints, or ankara—like the Turkish capital. But the fabrics that Maki uses are more obscure. When you see an African print, you look at it and you’re like, Oh that’s an African print, but what she uses, when you look at it, it’s not just about Africa. It’s a mesh of many influences. A lot of ankara fabrics are actually imported from Holland these days; the prints that Maki uses will be hand-painted and stitched in Nigeria, but they’ll be a play on those traditional designs and the stories they tell, like a dress that’s covered in eyes, or fish, or a very contemporary-looking abstract design.
All Africa, All the time.
Zoe Saldana is in talks to play Eartha Kitt. Thoughts? Feelings?
she looks like her but yeah after her stank and clueless attitude during the nina simone thing, i don’t really want her playing any black historical figure.
that’s funny because i don’t think she looks like her AT ALL. but agreed on the clueless attitude thing.
She cannot be Eartha.. She doesn’t have the swag..
I guess Zoe Saldana will be playing all historical black women moving forward. Zoe Saldana will play Dinah Washington. Zoe Saldana will play Sarah Vaughan. Zoe Saldana will play Bessie Smith. Zoe Saldana will play Zora Neale Hurston. Zoe Saldana will play Yaa Asantewaa. Zoe Saldana will play Queen Nzinga.
I’m really sick of people suggesting that watching Scandal makes black women hypocrites.
Scandal is a FICTIONAL TELEVISION SHOW. Watching it does not mean you endorse adultery (which…let’s be real, that’s the TAMEST theme on the show) the same way loving Breaking Bad doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and start selling meth. You can be proud of Lupita, Kerry and Shonda because they’re incredible and inspiring black women who are opening doors and breaking down barriers in Hollywood. There’s no conflict of interest there.
If I wanna twerk on Thursday nights and give Shonda all my edges that’s my damn business. It doesn’t take away from the pride I felt when Lupita won her Oscar, nor is it “fucking it up” for anyone else.
Understandable people,it’s just an opinion. But I can’t see how ppl not only women I should of rephrased the entire thing, can post about that & other events when they come on then go do something in my opinion that is so degrading to a women such as twerking etc, That’s like me praising Martin Luther king , Malcolm x , Marcus Garvey etc. online & thousands of ppl like it. & you see me outside with my pants on my knees on the corner selling drugs & killin ppl. If this makes any sense to any of you. That’s all I was trying to get across
Forgive me, how exactly is watching Scandal and/or twerking, like selling drugs and killing people? Wait. Are you Don Lemon?
You are not like ‘us’. You don’t speak like ‘us’
You are not like ‘us’. You don’t speak like ‘us’.
You are a white woman in black skin. Why is your ‘accent’ like that? Why do you pronounce words like ‘this’ instead of ‘that’ ? You are an ‘AfroEuropean’. You have a soft voice. You don’t sound ‘African.’ I thought I was speaking to a white woman when I spoke to you on the phone. I have never heard such a soft-spoken African woman like you before. Are you sure you are even ‘African’? You have such an ‘African-sounding’ name but I was surprised when you opened your mouth.
I absorb these invisible blows on a daily basis. Sometimes gracefully. Sometimes not.
Sometimes my stomach feels heavy from carrying the invisible stones. Why do my people insist on separating me from ‘them’? Why do they insist on making me the ‘other’? Does it give them some sort of power or supremacy over me? Do they understand the stories that I carry inside me? Do they even know my journey to this country, to where I am now?
What is it about my diction, the inflection of my voice and my tone, that upset you or make you uncomfortable? Am I a reflection of your failures? Don’t I sound like your children, the same children you carried to America? Don’t I sound like the child you brought here when she was just a baby or the teenager who helped you pack your bags on a one-way flight to America who had to adjust to American schools and American bullies? Am I not like your neighbor’s son who watched American TV to figure out the correct American pronunciation of the word ‘water’ or ‘interpreted’ devoid of the letter “r” ? Don’t I sound like your own children who were born in this country? Don’t I have the same accent like your daughters, sons, nieces and nephews who you lovingly walk to school? Don’t you love them with their ‘funny-sounding’ words and their ‘funny-sounding’ accents? Aren’t they still your children?
When I disagree or don’t do something they like, “you are Americanized”. You are acting like an American again. This country has spoiled you. You are not one of ‘us.’
When you do something great or something that makes the community look good: ‘ You are an African. Matter of fact, you are a Great African, Mandela would be proud! Even Winnie would be proud. You have held on to your roots and culture. God bless your parents.
So, which one it is?
Yesterday I sounded like a ‘muzungu’ or ‘white person’. Now today, my black skin is magically shining again? Is it glistening and blinding you this time? Some people will not stop until they are satisfied, chew me into little pieces and spit me out. What color (or should I say ‘colour’) will I be when I lay there on the floor broken and damaged from your words?
You are not like ‘us.’ You don’t speak like ‘us.’
You’re right. I am not like “you”. I am like your daughter who helped you pack your bags when you came to America. I am like your son who you asked to help talk to the ‘muzungu’ who has a hard time understanding your beautiful accent. I am a reflection and a reminder that you are still in this country struggling, still sending money back home. I am a reminder of all the expectations and obligations your relatives back home in Africa for you to “make it”. You were told that the streets of America were paved in gold but we all found out they were paved with our sweat and tears. Sometimes even our fears. So, why does my accent bother you? Why does the way I walk bother you? I am a reflection of you…I am a reflection of your struggles, your pain, your disappointments, your insecurities, your happiness, your pride, your resilience. I am a reflection of you…
This Malcolm X clip is so relevant today.
Whenever black people collectively say something is racist or if they challenge white supremacy, white people always manage to find a black person that sides with them in an effort to offset and invalidate anything that points to their savagely cruel behavior. White people are willing to dismiss what the masses of black people say in order to elevate the few black people that fall in line with them. They will always give a platform to the black person that dismisses the opinions of the black masses, or even views the black masses with contempt.
It’s quite lucrative for a black person to throw black people under the bus. If you’re a black person looking for a come up, this is your ticket. Look no further than Crystal Wright aka GOPblackchick, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Don Lemon, Jesse Lee Peterson, Allen West and others like them. Many white people will cosign them because they say things that would label white people as racists if they uttered them publicly or in polite company.
In essence, these black people become mouthpieces for white people who aren’t brave enough to lambast blacks like they do in private. The Rush Limbaugh style of angry white man commentary is antiquated. A black person promulgating anti-black messages and them having a platform to say that black people are at fault for all their woes is white supremacy’s version of inclusion. That’s their version of affirmative action. It also works for other people of color (i.e. Michelle Malkin).
White people simply cannot get enough of non-white people who champion white hegemony. A black or brown person not reflecting the cultural ideals or championing the causes of marginalized black and brown people is their ideal. They will only accept you if you’re whitewashed and have no semblance or markers of your cultural identity. White people use gentle terms for it like “blending in” and “assimilation”. What they mean by that is that they have an expectation of you abandoning your identity and your people in favor of theirs.
When anti-blackness is carried out by black voices, white people can comfortably and openly say they agree with the opinion of a black person. They can avoid being called a racist since it’s a black person condemning black people after all. White people always manage to locate and agree with the black person that is an outlier, while conveniently ignoring the opinions of the black masses. Millions of black people will say they believe Trayvon Martin was followed by Zimmerman because he was black and that his murder had everything to do with race, and white people will bypass that entirely to quote Don Lemon and his opinion on sagging pants. They might also insert the Morgan Freeman quote on getting rid of racism by not talking about it, or the MLK Jr. quote on how hate cannot drive out hate, and that only love can, as if that’s the only thing MLK Jr. ever said. When was the last time a white person quoted this from MLK Jr.?
White people’s idea of how black people are supposed to act when confronted with anti-black racism is that black people should either ignore it, or that they should love their oppressors and temper their emotions. The only thing white people accept from black people with respect to their wrongdoings against black people is perpetual forgiving. Black people are supposed to always forgive and forget every injustice they’ve faced at the hands of white supremacy. White people’s image of Mandela is that of a man who was a perpetual forgiver of white aggression and criminality, and not a man who was a freedom fighter for his people.
Of course, white people don’t ascribe to the things they expect from marginalized black people. Only a fool would ignore or love someone who has the heel of their boot on their neck. White people don’t ignore or forgive. They blow you to smithereens. They will blow you to smithereens even when you haven’t done anything to them. That’s white history in a nutshell. Conquering, murdering and blowing people to smithereens. After they’ve done that, they will have the temerity to tell the survivors and descendants of their victims that they should keep the past in the past and that they should forgive them, while the current white powers that be maintain old structures built by their forebears that further exploit marginalized people as they continue to do what their ancestors did, which is encroach, plunder and murder.
BLACK EXCELLENCE. BLACK HISTORY.
McQueen is actually Afro-British but #diaspora
Reminds me of this exchange I had on facebook. A lot of people really think ‘African-American’ is a catchall term for black people all over the world.
Patrick Obahiagbon’s latest facebook status. haha
"Let me tell you what’s happening to me. I’m on the PTA at my child’s school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I’m currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don’t speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent’s exams— I’m talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.
And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn’t owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don’t get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.
We’ve got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren’t blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they’ve made it to help our kids. Trying to get something fixed in these schools is like praying to some false God. You call and email hoping that God is listening, and nothing happens. Meanwhile the kids suffer. All these parents that I’m representing are good, simple people. They say: ‘Don’t worry Annette, God is going to fix it. God will make it right.’ I love them. And I love God. But I tell them: ‘God won’t fix it! We’ve got to fix it!’”