AFRICANGLOBE – South African and Canadian archaeologists have uncovered tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools, estimated to be up to one-million years old, at a site at the town of Kathu in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.


The First Rule of Blackface: It’s Not Hard to Understand, Everyone

It’s don’t wear blackface. The end. Now why is that so hard for some people to remember?

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Jaden Colbert is a 6 year old writer from Pittsburgh, PA who just published his first fully illustrated children’s book, My Dad is a Firefighter. My family knows him personally, and he is incredibly talented and we own 2 copies of the book ourselves. I am so blown away by him, and it would really mean the world to Jaden for you all to signal boost and spread the word about his work. He is such an amazing young prodigy and embodiment of black excellence!

Support Jaden and get the book on amazon: HERE



Bringing this back and thanks for the support everyone! Can we get this to 5,000 notes? Celebrating black excellence and this amazingly talented kid!

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Steve Biko was a pioneering anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Conscious Movement. His writing and activism inspired, empowered and mobilised South Africa’s black population in the fight against minority rule. 

Black Consciousness as defined by South African Students Organization (SASO) in 1972:

ii. the basic tenet of Black Consciousness is that the Black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity

iii. The Black man must build up his own value systems, see himself as self-defined and not defined by others

iv. The concept of Black Consciousness implies the awareness by the Black people of power they wield as a group, both economically and politically and hence group cohesion and solidarity are important facets of Black Consciousness

On this day 36 years ago - September 12 1977 - Biko was killed by the apartheid state - dying, like many black South Africans, in police custody. Biko’s activism and thought have continued to inspire and influence people and politics around the world.

Click through the images above for captions - and through the Steve Biko Online Archive

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That awkward moment when you leave a store without buying anything and all you can think is “act natural, you’re innocent”.

Black people probs


thought I was the only one.

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How many of you have heard Latasha Harlins?

*everyone is silent*

She was killed by Korean store owner Soon Ja Du, which set off the LA Riots. Ice Cube did a song about her called Black Korea, predicting that riot in fact. Some of us know. And no, I didn’t have to look her up. I remember. I read the Final Call.

She was murdered over a damn bottle of orange juice that store owner thought she was going to steal. There were eye witnesses and security camera footage.

The store owner still got no jail time! 

It’s not just an inconvenience to be followed around the store. You can be murdered if the store clerk decides to stand their ground.  If you’ve been followed around a store before, let Harlins tragedy serve as a reminder of why you shouldn’t go back.

Don’t spend money where you are not welcomed!

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My favorite’s ❤



    When it comes time for a black man to explode, they call it violence, but white people can be exploding against black people all day long and it’s never called violence. I have even had some of you come to me and ask if I’m for violence. I’m the victim of violence and you’re the victim of violence. In fact, you’ve been so victimized by it, you can’t recognize it for what it is today.
    They don’t mind you struggling for freedom as long as you struggle according to their rules. As long as you let them tell you how to struggle, they go for your struggle. But as soon as you come to one of them who is supposed to be for your freedom and tell him you’re for freedom by any means necessary, he gets away from you. He’s for his freedom by any means necessary, but he’ll never go along with you to get your freedom by any means necessary.
    United States history is that of a country that does whatever it wants to by any means necessary, to look out for its interest by any means necessary, but when it comes to your and my interest, then all of the means become limited. And we can’t go along with that. We say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If we are going to be non-violent, then let America become non-violent. Let her pull her troops out of Saigon and pull her troops out of the Congo and pull back all her troops everywhere and then we will see that she is a nonviolent country, that we’re living in a nonviolent society. But until they get nonviolent themselves, you’re out of your mind to get nonviolent. That’s all I say on that.
    I’m for peace, but I don’t see how any black people can be at peace before the war is over, and you haven’t even won a battle yet. If I have to follow a general who is fighting for my freedom and the enemy begins to pin peace medals on him before I’ve gotten my freedom, I’m afraid I’ll have to find another general because its impossible for a general to be at peace when his people don’t get no peace. It is impossible to give out peace medals when the people who are oppressed don’t have any peace.
    The only man who has peace is the man at the top. And I don’t think that black people should be at peace in any way. There should be no peace on earth for anybody until there’s peace also for us.


AFRICANGLOBE – A controversial new study in the United States claims that Black people age more quickly than White people. Published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, the study found that the difference in age can be up to three years and could shed new light on higher mortality rates in Blacks.


Zewditu I was Empress of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930. The first female head of an internationally recognized state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, her reign was noted for the reforms of Tafari Makonnen (later Emperor Haile Selassie I) and for her strong religious devotion.

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In a new article published this month in the American Historical Review, Carina Ray explores the connections between racialized sexual exploitation and anti-colonial nationalism.

While sifting through tattered copies of The Gold Coaster Leader, colonial Ghana’s most politically radical early twentieth-century African-owned newspaper, Ray stumbled upon a column provocatively titled “Immoral Sanitation.” The short article packed quite a punch. In it, white men were accused of sexually exploiting the colony’s young women and threatening the moral fabric of African society. With the help of Rachel Welsh, who recently completed her MA in History at Fordham, Ray undertook a comprehensive survey of the Leader’s thirty year print run and soon discovered that the column was one of many commentaries that appeared in the newspaper during 1919 and 1920 that challenged conventional colonial thinking about the locus of sexual threat in the colonies. At a moment when press reports in diverse corners of the globe were rife with tales about the alleged sexual threat black men posed to white women, the proverbial Black Peril, Gold Coast writers turned this tale on its head by asserting that white men were the real sexual menace.
In “Decrying White Peril: Interracial Sex and the Rise of Anticolonial Nationalism in the Gold Coast” Ray argues that racialized sexual exploitation was more than a quotidian reality of colonialism and other regimes of racial oppression, it was also a constitutive part of the political movements that brought these regimes to an end.
Carina Ray speaks about the reception of US power in Africa at History Day 2013

Carina Ray speaks about the reception of US power in Africa at History Day 2013

Currently, Ray is  teaching a course entitled”Assassination: a History of Post-Independence Africa” and “Race, Sex, and Colonialism.” This summer, she will be teaching a summer course in London entitled “Archiving Africa” (the course is now enrolling, and more information on joining the course is available here). Next year, she will be offering two UHC courses “Africa and the Black Atlantic” as well as the elective “20th Century African Icons” and the service learning course “The African City.”