Racial Inequity: A Delicate Dance in the US

Below is a story on how a simple trip to the grocery store can turn into ground for racial inequality. Watch as author and educator Joy DeGruy explains the difference in treatment from a grocery store clerk between herself and her lighter-skinned sister-in-law. It’s a simple story on the complicated space Blacks navigate in the US in regards to race. There’s also a twist on the role Whites can play to stopping racial inequality. The video got me to think how other privileges people can stop inequality whether its men, the middle-class, straight people, Americans… well the list can go on. Read more »

The cover of Houseboy. Photo from the Writer's Project of Ghana website.

What We’re Reading: Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

I’m happy to take part in the Writer’s Project of Ghana’s monthly book discussions. It gives me a chance to delve into African literature I would’ve not otherwise come across. Sadly, in the States the extent of knowledge of literature from the continent doesn’t go beyond the required reading of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. If it even goes THAT far. Read more »


Neema Namadamu: Architect for Peace in the Congo (Part 2)

We continue our conversation with Neema Namadamu, founder of the women’s peace organization Maman Shujaa in the Congo. If you haven’t read the first part, go back and read it here. In the second part of our interview, Neema speaks with us about the difficulties of community organizing in a place like the Congo, and how to channel the emotion of anger to that of love and action. Read more »

More friends in Mexico

R.I.P. Living Abroad: January 31, 2006 – May 01, 2013

“A person can run for years but sooner or later he has to take a stand in the place which, for better or worse, he calls home, and do what he can to change things there.” – Paule Marshall Read more »

Ghanaian artist Delasi

Music Spotlight: Delasi’s Where Do We Go?

Spoken word artist, singer and songwriter out of Ghana, Delasi (@Delasimusic), shows us images of Ghana that we won’t find on CNN, in his video Where Do We Go?

While news flashes of exotic wildlife, beaches, oil money and Hope City are seen on mainstream media outlets, in his video Delasi shows images of poverty and other everyday struggles for many. Read more »

African in New York

Music: African in New York – The Immigrant Experience

Ghanaian artist Blitz the Ambassador talks the immigrant experience in New York with his new song “African in New York.”

The song already grabbed my heart with an intro from one of my favorite movies, Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Read more »

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

What’s In Your Hand – Advice from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

I just finished up a week at the Schomburg’s Summer Education Institute, where educators convene every July to learn about content and strategies to teach Black History in the classroom. Though I’m no longer a classroom teacher, I still find the content engaging, not to mention inspiring.

One of the great aspects of the Education Institute is that there is always a walking tour of Harlem. This is the first time I participated, and man was I impressed! We discussed Marcus Garvey, The Cotton Club, The Savoy, and the politician Adam Clayton Powell Jr. It’s a shame that Powell is not much discussed much in history, especially in a place like Harlem were he was so influential. Read more »


A Traveler’s Thoughts About Race in America

When I heard about the Zimmerman verdict I was in shock. I really thought that this would’ve been a slam dunk. Racist man admits he stalked a teenager. He gets out the car, shoots and kills said teenager. And admits it.  So when I read “not guilty” I just stared at my phone. And then the opinions started coming in. “This isn’t surprising.” “I saw this coming.”  How could you have seen this coming? And then I realized what my problem was. I’ve been outside of America for too long. I had the privilege of not thinking of this kind of racism.

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Shad Cary

Saving Canada’s Black History

I’m afraid my post titles sound all too redundant. This is the second post this summer where the title is “Saving [Insert hisoric site pertinent to Black History here]. Last time, I wrote about 5 Pointz. This time, I’m writing about the Chatham-Kent Black Mecca Museum.

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Neema Namadamu: Architect of Peace in the Congo

Meet Neema Namadamu. She is founder of the women’s peace organization Maman Shujaa. Through Maman Shujaa and other projects she’s created, (including a media center for women to tell their stories) she has a vision for a “New Congo.” Read more »