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ourafrica:

Air Algerie #AH5017 has crashed in Niger.

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dynamicafrica:

"African chiefs sentenced to death by the Germans for their role in the Maji Maji rebellion"
The Maji Maji Rebellion, lasting from 1905 to 1907, was an organized uprising initiated by several groups of African communities in the colonized territory of German East Africa against German colonial rule and German policy that forced them to grow cotton for export, profiting the German colonists.
German colonial efforts in east Africa were initiated by the German Colonization Society (yes, they actually had an organization dedicated to colonialist missions) led by an extremely violent and racist man named Karl Peters. In the book “The Origins of Totalitarianism”, it is said that, "[The] African colonial possessions became the most fertile soil for the flowering of what was later to become the Nazi elite". Testimony to the extremely violent nature of German colonialism in parts of Africa.
Peters, who believed Germans to be a superior race and a believer of Social Darwinism, used ideologies relating to völkisch to fuel his ruthless ambitions in German East Africa which included him murdering large segments of local populations who opposed German occupation. This led to him being labelled “Mkono wa Damu,” meaning “Man with Blood on His Hands”, by the local Tanganyika population, where he was governor.
The series of events that led to the Maji Maji uprising stemmed from a system where the Germans began levying head taxes and charging each village with a quota of cotton production through the use of slave labor.
Following a drought in 1905 that threatened the region and the quota imposed against various villages set by the Germans, several communities banded together under the command of a medium named Kinjikitile Ngwale to oppose and resist German colonial policies. Ngwale claimed to be possessed by a snake spirit called Hongo and had communicated with the deity Bokera (no substantial information found on Bokera). Through this encouner, Ngwale had put together a concoction - the maji - consisting of castor oil and millet seed, that was said to be able to turn German bullets into water.
Armed with this liquid and their traditional war tools, the united local communities, empowered by Ngwale, went about destroying German-run cotton plants. These communities included various ethnic groups such as the Ngoni, Matumbi, and Ngindo people.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of artillery and firepower in the form of machine guns and canons, the Maji Maji rebels were terribly defeated. Furthermore, German reinforcements were sent from Germany to assist the colonists in their attacks on the anti-colonial fighters.
The German governor of East Africa at the time, Gustav Adolf von Götzen, used famine as a weapon of war, destroying entire villages, burning crops and killing livestock. One of the leaders of the German troops, Captain Wangenheim, wrote to von Götzen saying, “Only hunger and want can bring about a final submission. Military actions alone will remain more or less a drop in the ocean.”
It is estimated that at least 10, 000 casualties and losses were suffered by the Maji Maji rebels, and 15 Europeans and almost 400 Askari’s (local guards employed by the Germans) were the estimated casualties on the colonist’s side.

dynamicafrica:

"African chiefs sentenced to death by the Germans for their role in the Maji Maji rebellion"

The Maji Maji Rebellion, lasting from 1905 to 1907, was an organized uprising initiated by several groups of African communities in the colonized territory of German East Africa against German colonial rule and German policy that forced them to grow cotton for export, profiting the German colonists.

German colonial efforts in east Africa were initiated by the German Colonization Society (yes, they actually had an organization dedicated to colonialist missions) led by an extremely violent and racist man named Karl Peters. In the book “The Origins of Totalitarianism”, it is said that, "[The] African colonial possessions became the most fertile soil for the flowering of what was later to become the Nazi elite". Testimony to the extremely violent nature of German colonialism in parts of Africa.

Peters, who believed Germans to be a superior race and a believer of Social Darwinism, used ideologies relating to völkisch to fuel his ruthless ambitions in German East Africa which included him murdering large segments of local populations who opposed German occupation. This led to him being labelled “Mkono wa Damu,” meaning “Man with Blood on His Hands”, by the local Tanganyika population, where he was governor.

The series of events that led to the Maji Maji uprising stemmed from a system where the Germans began levying head taxes and charging each village with a quota of cotton production through the use of slave labor.

Following a drought in 1905 that threatened the region and the quota imposed against various villages set by the Germans, several communities banded together under the command of a medium named Kinjikitile Ngwale to oppose and resist German colonial policies. Ngwale claimed to be possessed by a snake spirit called Hongo and had communicated with the deity Bokera (no substantial information found on Bokera). Through this encouner, Ngwale had put together a concoction - the maji - consisting of castor oil and millet seed, that was said to be able to turn German bullets into water.

Armed with this liquid and their traditional war tools, the united local communities, empowered by Ngwale, went about destroying German-run cotton plants. These communities included various ethnic groups such as the Ngoni, Matumbi, and Ngindo people.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of artillery and firepower in the form of machine guns and canons, the Maji Maji rebels were terribly defeated. Furthermore, German reinforcements were sent from Germany to assist the colonists in their attacks on the anti-colonial fighters.

The German governor of East Africa at the time, Gustav Adolf von Götzen, used famine as a weapon of war, destroying entire villages, burning crops and killing livestock. One of the leaders of the German troops, Captain Wangenheim, wrote to von Götzen saying, “Only hunger and want can bring about a final submission. Military actions alone will remain more or less a drop in the ocean.”

It is estimated that at least 10, 000 casualties and losses were suffered by the Maji Maji rebels, and 15 Europeans and almost 400 Askari’s (local guards employed by the Germans) were the estimated casualties on the colonist’s side.

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Stolen 18th dynasty relief returns from Germany →

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Egypt on Wednesday received from Germany a painted limestone relief that was stolen in the last century from the tomb of 18th dynasty high priest Sobekhotep in the Nobles necropolis on Luxor’s west bank.

Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that the…

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dynamicafrica:

Vintage photographs of Moorish women.

(Source: darkgirlswirl)

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beautiesofafrique:

African ethnic group of the week: The Fulani people

Fulani people are one of the largest ethnolinguistic groups in Africa, numbering approximately 40 million people in total. They form one of the most widely dispersed and culturally diverse of the peoples of Africa. The Fulani are bound together by the common language of Fulfulde, as well as by some basic elements of Fulbe culture, such as The pulaaku , a code of conduct common to all Fulani groups. The Wodaabe (Fula: Woɗaaɓe) or Bororo and Toroobe are small subgroups of the Fulani ethnic group.

African countries where they are present include Mauritania, Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Chad, Togo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan the Central African Republic, Liberia, and as far East as the Red Sea in Sudan and Egypt. With the exception of Guinea, where the Fula make up an ethnic plurality (largest single ethnic group) or approximately 40%+ of the population, Fulas are minorities in every country they live in. So, most also speak other dominant languages of the countries they inhabit, making many Fulani bilingual or even trilingual in nature. Such languages include Hausa, Bambara, Wolof, Arabic, 

Historically, the Fulani played a significant role in the rise and fall of ancient African empires such as Ghana, Mali, Songhai and the Mossi states. They greatly contributed to the spread of Islam throughout Western Africa. More recently, slavery and colonialism dispersed Fulani throughout the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. 

Fulani people were among the first Africans to convert to Islam. Between the eighth and the fourteenth century, Fulbe-speaking people of Takrur had produced a class of Muslim clerics, the Torodbe, who would take on proselytizing activities across the entire western Sudan. Increasingly, the memory of their previous pastoral religion was lost, except in some sub-groups such as the Bororo or Wodaabe (i.e., “Isolated”), who remained animists and nomads. Between the eleventh and the seventeenth century, the Fulbe gradually extended their grazing territory from over much of the West African savanna up to Borno. They usually took no part in the political life of the surrounding entities, and were sometimes subjected to heavy taxes.

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athickgirlscloset:

dynamicafrica:

Some of my favourite Lupita Nyong’o magazine covers.

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Ya’ll better get with the understanding that Lupita is everything! And you have no argument as to why she’s not #endofstory lol

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15-Year-Old African Kid Tells Madonna To Go ‘Have Sex’ with Herself →

sylphofvoid:

almightykushlord:

Dakarai Molokomme, a 15-year-old starving child from a small village in Zimbabwe, has just told , one of the most famous pop stars in the world, to  and f*** , the local media are reporting exclusively.

“Yes, it’s true, I told Madonna to go f*** herself. Do you want to know why?” Dakarai asked. “It’s the same thing every time with these snobby rich Americans. Every once in a while they come to show us their support for the so-called eradication of poverty by adopting a child from a starving family, but they actually do more harm than good. Transracial international adoptions are part of the white savior industrial complex,” Dakarai explained.

In further discussions with journalists from the media, the  stated that “none of the children here actually want to be taken away from their family and friends so they can be displayed as some kind of trophy in the homes of self-righteous singers or actors who want to score some points with the media and Oprah.”

“If they really want to help us, they should get Big Pharma to ship us some anti-retroviral drugs for the AIDS epidemic, or build schools and hospitals. If they don’t want to do that, then they can all go f** themselves!” the child told reporters.

The 15-year-old also stated that he would say the same thing to any one of those American or European “faux humanitarian posers”, except for Bono, whom he said he would also kick in the groin.

“Bono’s efforts to save the African savage from itself prove that the colonial imperative is alive and well,” Dakarai said as he walked with other village children collecting sticks to build a tree fort.

THIS IS THE RAWEST 15 YEAR OLD ALIVE

Holy shit

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themochagoddess:

nanodash:

scienceyoucanlove:

These condoms include Vivagel, a new antiviral compound that disables 99.9% of HIV, herpes, and other sexually transmitted viruses:http://bit.ly/1ne3B9V
from Science Alert

Discuss.
Additional, slightly more detailed, article (x). It uses nanotech!

*orders box even though I never have sex..just in case*

themochagoddess:

nanodash:

scienceyoucanlove:

These condoms include Vivagel, a new antiviral compound that disables 99.9% of HIV, herpes, and other sexually transmitted viruses:http://bit.ly/1ne3B9V

from Science Alert

Discuss.

Additional, slightly more detailed, article (x). It uses nanotech!

*orders box even though I never have sex..just in case*

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evolutia:

ch0ni:

freedom14movement:

theuppitynegras:

afro-dominicano:

beautiesofafrique:

[KOREAN TV STOP WITH THE BLACK FACE SKITS]

Video here

This isn’t the first time there have been black face used on Korean TV and I doubt it would be the last time.

It seems like no matter how much people complain, they still carrying on with their stupidity. Why is it so hard for them to understand that black face isn’t acceptable and please don’t tell me its all down to ignorance because that’s a bunch of bull. And even if it was due to ignorance, I will not take that as an excuse. You should never accept ignorance. Ignorance is evil.

And the way they depict Africans on some of the shows is disgusting…It’s like watching a show from the 50s. We are shown as nothing but savages and I know that the Korean media won’t stop with these blatantly racist skits because as long as the audience is laughing why would they need to stop? (they don’t care about us)

And to you fan-girls always saying “Oppa didn’t mean it” when he does or says something racist SHUT THE FUCK UP AND ACCEPT THAT YOUR OPPA DID SOMETHING PROBLEMATIC 

Here are some more example

 Kikwang from the band B2ST “eating like a black person”

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Here are some articles talking about black face

Korean Times 

Roboseyo 

Seoulbeat 

smh, so much for solidarity.

there’s no such thing as poc solidarity because anti-blackness is global

Lol Finally they cry about something other than a white person

People don’t seem to understand that not everywhere is in the United States. You go to certain places in Europe, and what we deem super racist may not be that racist to them. Pretty much what’s happening here: what’s deemed extremely racist in the US/other western nations apparently isn’t in South Korea. Get over yourselves.

I don’t think you don’t seem to understand that anti-blackness is a global phenomena; so let’s not use this “us-centric” strawman in order to dismiss Black people’s critiques of racism imagery. It’s fallacious and you know it. They know damn well that’s it’s racist, but they don’t care.

I’ve read stories of Black people experiences in Korea and let me tell you something, they’re treated like monsters, creatures, don’t you dare insinuate that “what isn’t racist here isn’t racist there” yes it is, it most certainly is. anti-blackness is alive and well in Korea. How dare you make excuses for it?

I’m so sick of anti-blackness that it makes me sick, I’m sick of excuses, I’m sick of Black people always having to lift other PoC’s burden but we get no assistance’s ourselves and anti-black sentiments continue to exist, world-wide.

"US centric" is so fucking annoying; I’ve rarely seen people use that term or similar terms and not undercut Black people’s experiences, like you just did here.

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prettyboyshyflizzy:

futuremrsknow-it-all:

reverseracism:


Hoping to get this boosted, because maybe it can save someone from hard times and get them a job at whatever establishment this racist ass manager is at.  (this was on NYT FB article posting about a (Black) mother Google searching her unborn child’s name to see what connotations and future it could hold for him)

And then you have people justifying this action. But a meritocracy exists right?

But I don’t even know how to pronounce his last name…..

Someone find out where he works so we can can e-mail his Boss and get him fired cause almost every company has a non discrimination policy

prettyboyshyflizzy:

futuremrsknow-it-all:

reverseracism:

Hoping to get this boosted, because maybe it can save someone from hard times and get them a job at whatever establishment this racist ass manager is at. 

(this was on NYT FB article posting about a (Black) mother Google searching her unborn child’s name to see what connotations and future it could hold for him)

And then you have people justifying this action. But a meritocracy exists right?

But I don’t even know how to pronounce his last name…..

Someone find out where he works so we can can e-mail his Boss and get him fired cause almost every company has a non discrimination policy

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dynamicafrica:

Shujaa Misuli by Osborne Macharia.

Shujaa Misuli, meaning ‘muscle warriors’, is a photo project by Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia that celebrates the diversity, dynamism and accomplishments of Kenyan athletes and sports heroes.

Click for descriptions and names of athletes.

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beautiesofafrique:

Happy Africa day part 2 (African Queens)

1. Queen Nefertiti of Kemet (Egypt)

2. Queen Yaa Asantewaa of Ashanti (Ghana)

3. Makeda (Queen of Sheba) from Ethiopia

4. Queen Nzinga of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of Mbundu (Angola and Congo)

5. Queen Nandi of Zulu (South Africa)

6. Queen Amina of Zaria (Nigeria)

7. Queen Tiye of Kemet (Egypt)

8. Empress Menen of Ethiopia

9. Queen Mbuya (Grandmother) Nehanda of Zimbabwe

10. Queen Hatshepsut of Kemet (Eygpt)- The first woman in recorded history to preside over a nation

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Anonymous asked: Light skinned girls aren't from real Africa so why feature them on your page. Slave owner blood.


Answer:

lovelyandbrown:

leave.

This anons life must be dull and pathetic.

He/she should just excuse themselves from existence 

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blackourstory:

blackpoemusic:

Each black person needs to understand.

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blackourstory:

blackpoemusic:

Each black person needs to understand.

Bam! (via
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