Learn More About Africa And African Countries

January 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

vfalls04.jpgAfrican Countries, their capitals, cities, customs and people are shown on the news almost every day but not always in a way that gives us some idea of what it is like to live there as an ordinary citizen. Read more

What is Kwanzaa and why is it celebrated

December 20, 2006 by · 1 Comment 

The Nguzo Saba

Kwanzaa is a pan-African (to use a phrase once popular during the 60’s) or Diasporic (to use a modern common collective description) holiday was devised by Dr. Maulana Kerenga as a way to re-connect African Americans, and other global hyphenated Africans, with African culture, and celebrations.

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Do you celebrate Kwanzaa?

December 6, 2006 by · 2 Comments 

Are you a Brit, Black and celebrate Kwanzaa? A reported 18-20 million people worldwide celebrate Kwanzaa between December 26th and January 1st each year. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Ron Keranga in California, once chair of the Department of Black Studies at California State University and was designed to unite and strengthen ties within African communities, in the US initially, but then throughout the Diaspora. Read more

Representations of Black people in the dominant media

May 9, 2006 by · 1 Comment 

“Within the logic of its narrative patterns, blacks tend to be depicted either as the source and cause of social problems – threatening to disrupt moral equilibrium – or as the passive bearers of social problems – victimised into angst-ridden submission or dependency” (Kobena Mercer)1

recent guardian newspaper image from article about homeless people. Photograph: Martin GodwinWe could argue that in an analysis of dominant media forms the black subject is still served up as a problem.

In the above quote from an article written in 1988 by cultural critic and author Kobena Mercer, he argues that black film practice comes up against the ‘official’ race relations narrative. It could be argued that this ‘official’ narrative is still in place. Read more