to La Casa de la Cultura Afrocolombiana. Afro-colombians are the 4th largest black population in the Western Hemisphere, after Haiti, Brazil & the USA. A little over one out of 10 Colombians identifies as Afro-colombian, descended from people captured and forcibly transported from West Africa, and Congo and Angola from the 1500s on, to work the sugar cane plantations, gold-mines and cattle ranches on which colonial fortunes were made. Although Afro-colombians are barely visible in the Colombian capital's self-image, there is this little gallery in La Macarena showing photos of the ancestral singers of the Pacific region: men and women keeping alive the rich traditions, culture and memories of the people who built this beautiful country. #bogotaart#afrocolombiana#blackdiaspora#africanspirituality#yosoyamericana
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Muitas transformações de lá pra cá. De dentro para fora, de fora para dentro.
O processo de enegrecer sempre vale lembrar o início. Se pararmos para pensar como a Petronilha nos ensina, que o processo de educar-se é como conduzir a própria vida, enegrecer caminha em pleno vapor! Cada vez que tenho a oportunidade de estudar mais, ler, partilhar com pares sobre uma educação anti-racista me sinto enegrecendo.
Inspirada em Kilomba Grada, um discurso pode ser tão político quando pessoal e poético. E a proposta para descolonizar o conhecimento é transforma-lo na medida que me movimento entre "os limites opressivos, entre a margem e o centro". É um caminho constante de produção de si.
Tem sido doloroso para nós, pois os tempos são difíceis. É como se estivéssemos na linha de frente dos mais detestáveis. É Necropolítica.
Mas a gente resiste! E vamos seguir em frente!
Ah! O amor segue como imperativo de minha sobrevivência. ❤
I am SO excited (/SCARED AF😅😅🤣) to announce that I will be performing LIVE in Accra, Ghana at AFROCHIC Noir in celebration of the #YearOfReturn!! So If you'll be there come show some support and vibe with me! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACES! -
Visit www.afrochicghana.com for info and tickets! -
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has unveiled a beneficial ownership register, which holds the details of real owners of oil blocks and solid minerals acreages in Nigeria;
NEITI said thursday that the register had become a requirement in Nigeria's compliance to the principles of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), adding that it also gives Nigerians an opportunity to know individuals who hold mining blocks and rights in the country.
However, details of the content of the register were not made available at the launch in Abuja as NEITI said it would upload it on its website later.
NEITI Executive Secretary, Mr. Waziri Adio, stated at the ceremony that the register contained 270 licences in the mining sector as well as the owners of 61 assets and 56 companies in the oil and gas sector.
Adio explained that an all-inclusive beneficial ownership register would subsequently be unveiled by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mining Cadastral Office (MCO), and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). "In a short while, the beneficial ownership register for the extractive sector in Nigeria will go live. At the touch of a button, anyone with internet access can find out, for free, the owners and the ownership structure of extractive assets that are in production in Nigeria. "These are the assets covered within the scope of the NEITI audits. In this free electronic register, you will find the owners of 270 licences in the mining sector, and the owners of 61 assets and 56 companies in the oil and gas sector. "The register will continuously be updated as more information becomes available and will periodically be upgraded to allow for better user-interface. The BO (beneficial ownership) registers by DPR and MCO are in progress, and they will be more comprehensive because they will contain ownership information of all extractive assets (whether producing or not).
#Steppin is so smooth and beautiful. This dance is a continuation of swing -> dowop -> bop. This dance form can be found in African American communications in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and more. It legit reminds me of salsa and the hustle but smoother and packed with swag.
We have always been partner dancing across the Black Diaspora for centuries.
What is your favorite partner dance?
Mine is Bachata!!! Ya tu fking sabe 🔥
Éclat dominical (Sunday glow) part 2 of 3
What really made this day magical for me was hearing the experience of the shoot from the different perspectives. I was a bit nervous and anxious before the shoot. I felt like the adrenaline pumping through my veins during the shoot really just kept me going even though it felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I couldn't even feel my hands after a while. I can't imagine how the models must have felt without their jackets on. Shout out to them. Eternally grateful for their love and confidence in me.
From the perspective of the models and the crew, they all commonly said that it was a very professional shoot and that it looked like I had my shit together. That was very interesting and validating to hear even though I felt very opposite of that in my cranium. It made me think "yo maybe I am cut out for this." I tried (I think successfully) to cultivate a open, safe, and comfortable environment, especially for the models who were getting intimate with people they did not know. I knew they would have to brave the cold for me so I asked myself, what would I want in their position? Alcohol, tea, & space blankets. If u kno u kno. To top off this dope shoot, basically everyone came by my crib after to hang out and sit around the fire. We even had marshmallows to melt in the fire. Like damn yo how bougie is that. They didn't even know each other, or me, like that but they felt so comfortable around each other that they wanted to continue chillin. That further proved to me that photography is so much more than just pretty pictures. It is first and foremost about the connection between people.
Also YO check out my website if you wanna see these pics large and in all their glory! Link in bio .
#TBT | #BlackDiasporaTravel: National Museum of African American History and Culture
This museum is beautifully designed, curated, and operated. Israel (@raebanz09 ) and I learned so much about the forced migration of our ancestors from Central and West Africa to the Caribbean, United States, and Latin America.
The #BlackDiaspora has created almost every genre/dance form from #praisedance, #swing, #steppin, #zydeco #dowop, #bachata, #samba, #salsa, #merengue, #hiphop, #kompa, #reggae, #cumbia, #tango, and more. We are probably creating new genres, dances, and inventions as I type this.
At the beginning and end of the day we legit should be proud/ honored to be Black cause we got the all the sauce.
Who has visited the museum?
Congratulations to South African #ZozibiniTunzi for winning #MissUniverse!
The next win needs to be in supporting #SouthAfrican leader, @julius.malema.sello Malema @effsouthafrica movement that wants to redistribute LAND From being owned by minority white south africans to (Majority) black South Africans.
Just Saying 🤷🏾♀️ okay a white owned organization validated our beauty and brilliance. Let’s move on and validate the decolonial policies of our modern leaders.
We need less symbolic wins and more wins in the implementation of a anti racist / decolonial framework throughout the #BlackDiaspora.
Black hair naturally defies gravity but Côte d'Ivoire Visual Artist, @laetitiaky takes it to the next level.
Through the medium of portraiture, she marries vibrant colors, texture, and hair sculptures to bridge the gap between the present and ancient African hairstyles.
Normalizing and challenging the often time negative stigma and punishment, people of African Descent endure for dawning their natural hair. An experience that isn't one of the past. In "post-racial" America, in May 2017 two young Queens in Massachusetts were punished for wearing braids.
Hair has always been used to assert one's identity. Hair is political. Just as we have freedom of speech, African Descendants/ Black People should have the freedom to wear our natural hair.
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@ashleyholmes__ is an interdisciplinary artist working across moving image, installation, performance, music and radio broadcasts. In the three-channel sound installation ”Space for Listening: The Likeness”, Holmes investigates the culture of bootlegging and cover versions within Black musical traditions. The work considers the ways in which the composition and narratives of original recordings are rearticulated and explores new spaces sonically in their reproduction, while retaining an element of familiarity.
The work is part of the group exhibition “away,completely: denigrate”, on view through February 1, 2020. Don’t miss the chance to see it!
#AshleyHolmes #soundinstallation#narrativeprojects #away,completely,denigrate #languidhands#groupexhibition#london#africandiaspora#blackdiaspora#blackartists#ebunsodipo#halimaharuna#libitaclayton
We all know #MerengueTipico, #PericoRipiao, or #Merengue, one of Dominican Republic’s cultural contributions to the world. Dominican Republic, a Black Nation, has gifted the world with Merengue, Bachata, Dembow, and so much more.
Similar to their Black Diasporic primos who have gifted the world with a plethora of genres, USA African Americans have gifted the world with Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Go-Go, Hip-Hop, to Zydeco.
When I saw the Zydeco dance I was like “Wow there is legit no difference between Dominicans and African Americans, we are all continuation of various indigenous African experience in urban environments.” Our similarities are blatant.
I mashed there genres up to show the similar dance, instrumentation, and use. We use dance as a ritual to commune with spirit, community, and our ancestors. Music and dancing is a ancient portal and we in the Black Diaspora have continued that ancient African tradition. We are all at the root walking indigenous Africans with new dress, languages, and addresses.
Unfortunately our colonized mindsets have left us pitted against each other, fighting for jobs, white validation, and resources rather than seeing the bigger picture and each other as reflections of one another.
We are beautiful, creative, abundant, and resourceful. There is so much to go around to ensure we all eat, are wealthy, and enlightened.
We need each other and I know we will rise together in a 2020 collective vision and mission.
P.S. I love and live in our past and present history. I majored in it at @wcupa and am dedicated to using technology and a transmedia approach to bridging the gap between the Black Diaspora and everyone in between.
With many thanks, love, and peace ✌🏾 #Blackhistory#blackmusic#Africandiaspora
It’s been a long, strange, tricky year, but thank you to @nextchapteredinburgh for reminding me that ultimately, it’s been an incredibly rewarding one. Very proud to have made best book of the year lists in The Guardian, The New Statesman and BBC History Magazine!
#BlackBritish historian and author #OnyekaNubia preaches about the genesis of modern Black identities via Center of Pan African Thought based in the UK.
This is the beginning of decolonizing Black identity and our position in the world. Understanding our modern labels, race,and ethnicities African, Black, Negro, Moreno, African American, Haitian, Dominican, Jamaican, Ghanian, Nigerian in relationship to the development of the Western world, in relationship to capitalism, would ground you in the reality that we are all modern inventions, effects of the TransAlanatic Slave as we all know.
Now we must come together and see what is next. How do we create a united experience in the context of where we stand globally as a people?
What do you think the next steps are as members of the Black Diaspora?
Click the link in my bio to take a quick community pulse survey so we can all get on the same page and understand what needs to be done.