Posts Tagged ‘Black’

Andre and Drea

Foto Friday – Single Dad in the City

Andre Lythcott raises his four children in the South Bronx. He says it’s difficult providing for his children while on public assistance. Although grateful, Lythcott says with four kids it’s not enough. He says, “I think it’s a system designed to keep people down.”

From memegenerator.com

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 […]

Black Expat Terri Lundberg

Back to Her Roots: Terri Lundberg Traces Her Ancestry

One of the things I love about traveling/living abroad is that you meet wonderful people that lead to interesting conversations. On talking about my time in Ghana, the vivacious and gorgeous expat Terri Lundberg animately told me about the story of tracing her own ancestry back to the continent. Feeling shameful that I hadn’t taken […]

Teck Zilla in London

Music Spotlight: 7 Questions with Teck Zilla

Meet Teck Zilla. DJ. Writer. Martial Arts Enthusiast. He’s many things, but I got a chance to speak to him as his role as a music producer. He’s been getting a lot of  play with his groundbreaking audio-documentary series. Navigating unchartered territory,

Kwame Nkrumah

Happy Independence Day Ghana From Spoken Word Artist, Black

March 6th marks the day Ghana turns 56. In 1957, Ghana became the first Black African nation to gain independence from colonization. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the main leaders that helped Ghana obtain its independence from Britain. (Fun fact about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: he attended the HBCU Lincoln University in Pennsylvania).

Afro JETS Club Project

Revolutionary Music and Politics in Africa 101: A Mix by Teck Zilla

Last week I featured an audio-docmentary of Fela Kuti by producer  Teck Zilla. This week I’ll highlight his first audio-documentary track, The Afro J.E.T.S. Club Project. With J.E.T.S. standing for Justice, Equality, Truth, and Sacrifice, Teck features voices who fought for Africa’s liberation. Leaders like Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first president), Nnamdi Azikiwe (Nigeria’s first president) […]

Fela and Ginger Baker

It’s a Felabration, Bitches: An Audio-Documentary

Last year, for Black History Month, I profiled Black American celebrities who traced their African ancestry. This year, still taking it back to Africa, but this time with some great music.  I found a mix, by Nigerian Producer Teck Zilla. Teck Zilla, based in Montreal, teamed up with Society HAE to produce an audio-documentary of […]

Photo 365-Day 137 “Preach, My Brother… Not”

One would be amused at how religious references permeate Ghana. I mentioned earlier the plethora of businesses with Christian references. I’ve been on tro-tros where people whip out a bible and start going to church. Well Ghana’s bus system ain’t having that. A sign posted here in the back of the bus. Proselityzers, you’ve been […]

Sister-Girl Ads

Photo 365- Day 135 “Sister Girl Ads”

Another reason I love Ghana is that you get to see beautiful, Black women in ads like these. Look at homegirl rocking her cornrows in this Nescafé ad… Beautiful! I think the only place I would see an ad like this in the US is in a magazine like Essence. Even then, with a corporation […]

San Juan de Ulua

Photo 365-Day 132 “San Juan de Ulua”

Located in Veracruz state in Mexico, San Juan de Ulua is a series of fortresses and prisons, and even has a palace. San Juan de Ulua served as one of the “gateways in the Americas” where African slaves were imported. The structure serves as a museum today. A highly recommended tourist site. I learned a […]