Cultural appropriation is when a dominant culture takes, claims and establishes itself the creator of the cultural heritage and artifacts of a minority and or marginalized culture thereby erasing the history of the marginalized culture.
With more than a billion people spread across 54 countries speaking more than 3,000 languages, Africa cannot — and should not — be limited to a single narrative. Africa Straight Up is a more complete story about Africa and its diaspora.
Share your personal story about Africa at Africa.com or on Twitter @Africa_com with the hashtag #AfricaStraightUp. #OYRchallenge
Homeschooling or private education has been thrown negative bones in this century. Yet, I remember when it was the hopes of many for their children to receive a healthy private education. While growing up in the 1960’s New York City, private education was sought after by wealthy and middle-class families. Even some poor families did without so that their children could receive premium educations. The news of protesters advocating for public education often uncovers connections to teachers unions and government organizations. Few show any sincerity, besides platitudes, for the general welfare of our African children. The statistics and news reports of violence against our children while in their care supports this. Disparaging slurs and rehearsed talking points on African American progress, news, and education further highlights the need for African American children to be educated in an African-friendly environment. And I say this because????
Dr. Samori Camara invests in socializing African children within their culture, with the current advancements in the American society. He also recognizes the necessity for them to utilize the talents of those of like minds in the rudimentary subject matters and expanded materials. This initiative is not just for African children; it is done all over the world, by many communities, ethnicities, and religions. We still live in a system where the wealthy may choose how and by who their children will be educated, yet the poor are hounded when trying to privately educate their children. Poverty imprisons our children to learn from those who do not respect or appreciate us.
Today, we are urged by teacher’s unions, who are by-the-way champions of race discrimination in public schools, to support public education. Data is collected on failed private entities, such as some Charter Schools, to support their ragged claims to the ignorant that public education is best for our children. Not so. Our inner city public schools are a mess of calculations, re-designations, social manipulations, and traps to keep our African American communities helpless and hopeless.
Private education is best for the entire family and community. Parents and other involved adults are now responsible to forward their own education in order to supply their students and children with the most current and diverse education available, while fostering positive images of their culture and communities. Teachers are family members, friends, and local talent. Families are not sending their children off to robotics class to learn “how to work for someone else,” but are learning to seek out and appreciate their own talents within their communities.
Families I encounter on trips to libraries, seminars, workshops, and entertainment venues, take these opportunities to expand their children’s education. Education is a life experience, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You pay your principal, therefore he or she listens to your concerns. If you are homeschooling, concerns are addressed within your community. Your family’s life journey does not end on Friday at 3:00 pm. So why should its education begin with someone else. #OYRchallenge
Education for Liberation: The Top 20 Questions and Answers for Black Homeschoolers by Dr. Samori Camara Get it here:
Afrikan centered homeschooling is on the rise, but we should definitely not do it alone. A cooperative can help with your Black homeschool endeavors. In the video, I cover some of the benefits. They are many more. Watch, share, subscribe.
Dr. Samori Camara
A three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition.
Presented by AlJazeera English.
Back in the day when the rent needed to be paid, people used to hold rent parties. At these parties, the tenant would charge a nominal fee in order to raise enough funds to ensure they kept a roof over their heads. Today, that would be called crowd funding. This is where a group of people put their money together to support a cause or fund a project on the Internet.
Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com are two of the main crowd funding sites on the Internet today. Others crowd funding sites bursting on the scene are Rockethub.com, Newjelly.com, and Quirky.com, and Cofolio.com, which target specialty projects.
- Trailer: Doc ‘Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower’ | Shadow and Act (habariganiamerica.com)
- Crowd Funding in a Nutshell (medlinkflash.wordpress.com)
- Mark Shuttleworth About Ubuntu Edge: We Have to Smash Every Record in Crowd-Funding History (news.softpedia.com)
- Crowd funding! (redthebloggie.com)
- Crowd Funding Expert Kendall Almerico Discusses How Crowd Funding Is Supporting The Battle for Privacy and Freedom (seaofinfo.com)
Black men are capable of greatness beyond our wildest imaginations. But it is because of this greatness that they remain oppressed by the powers that be, convinced to embrace their own self-destruction, given pathways to either the prison or the morgue at a very early age. We have failed many of our boys by not teaching them the things they need to know in order to grow into adequate husbands, fathers, citizens and leaders. The destruction of a community starts with destroying the family. To destroy the family, you can often start by getting rid of the male. Far too often, millions of black men are marginalized and terminated before they ever have a chance to learn how great they can be.
- Racism, Sexism, Identity, Oh My! (redsociology.com)
- Five Mindsets That Hinder Black Women From Relationship Success (straightforwardtalk.net)
- Black Male Turnout Higher Than Official Data Suggest (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- ANALYSIS: Obama to Morehouse Men: Don’t Let the World ‘Keep a Black Man Down’ (blackamericaweb.com)
- Black Men Vs. Black Women: Can We Squash The Beef? (madamenoire.com)
- He Will Never Be a Man Until He Sees a Man (plantedbliss.com)
- The Problem with Young Black Men is that They Are Not Violent Enough (newafricanmen.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin Open Thread (3chicspolitico.com)
- President Obama Delivers Powerful, Personal Message to Black Men (atlantablackstar.com)
People sometimes find themselves in a situation where they don’t quite fit in, and they are cast aside by others that do. It hurts that person’s feelings to know they are being pushed away from others. A new study finds that it also hurts the people doing the pushing, as it is not in our nature to exclude others.
- Having A Baby Boy Shortens Mother’s Life, Says Study | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Five Medical Symptoms That Should Never Be Ignored | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Foods You Should Stop Buying Immediately | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Healthy Love: Ever Wonder Why Men Cheat? | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Nomalanga: Why Black People Are Poor, Broke and Experiencing Lack | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Living a Lie: The Good, Bad and & Ugly | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Why The Black Female is Our Last Hope For Black Liberation (innerstandingisness.com)
- A Healthy Stepmother . . . looks at the past in her present. (ahealthystepmother.wordpress.com)
- Women: Heart Attack Symptoms That Get Ignored But Shouldn’t | Healthy Black Woman (habariganiamerica.com)
- Foods You Should Stop Buying Immediately | Healthy Black Woman (organicready.org)
A few years ago, it occurred to me that it might be fun to try to trace the family trees of a group of African Americans all the way back to slavery, and then when the paper trail disappeared, analyze their DNA through biologist Rick Kittles‘ company, AfricanAncestry.com.
- theGrio’s 100: Dr. Rick Kittles, uncovering our genetic roots (thegrio.com)
- Black Religious Leaders: Gun Control Is All About Controlling People (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Uplifting African-American foster youth | theGrio (habariganiamerica.com)
- Race linked to childhood food allergies, not environmental allergies (eurekalert.org)
- African-American work to be honored (toledoblade.com)
- February Featured LibGuide: African American Studies (claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com)
- What Vanessa Williams Learned In Mail-Order DNA Test (huffingtonpost.com)
- African American lives (oup.com)
- WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO: Love & Relationships In The African American Community (mymajicdc.com)
- State’s Hispanic students score well, but African-Americans lagging (suntimes.com)
The poverty rate for all African Americans in 2011 was 28.1% which is an increase from 25.5% in 2005. Actually the poverty rate increased between 2005 and 2011 for every demographic of African Americans except those ages 65 and over who experienced a decrease from 21.2% to 18.8%. Black families with children under 18 headed by a single mother have the highest rate of poverty at 46.5% compared to only 8.6% percent of married-couple Black families.
- The Hidden Poverty Rates of Smaller U.S. Minority Communities (theatlanticcities.com)
- South Dakota leads nation in Native American poverty rate (rapidcityjournal.com)
- More than 1 in 4 Arizona Hispanics living in poverty (bizjournals.com)
- 72 Percent of African-American Children Are Raised in Single Parent Homes (atlantablackstar.com)
Abdi Sheikh, a student at the school, said he saw hundreds of students fighting in what appeared to be a racial incident. “A big riot,” he said. “It was all types of races.”
- African-Americans Concerned About Focus on Immigrant Rights (hispanicbusiness.com)
- High School Food Fight Turns into Violent ‘Race Riot’ Leaving Three Students and a Member of Staff Hospitalized (amren.com)
- A Lil Positivity: 7-Year-Old African American Girl Becomes Youngest Person Ever To Create A Mobile App (bossip.com)
- Multi-culti Fail – Minneapolis Race Riot (theconservativetreehouse.com)
- Uplifting African-American foster youth | theGrio (habariganiamerica.com)
- Exercise Linked With Reduced Prostate Cancer Risk In Caucasians But Not African Americans (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Amanda Lindhout shares horrifying ordeal in bid to end violence against women (calgaryherald.com)
- South High Student: Brawl ‘Not A Good Look For Our School’ (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- African-American missionaries enlarging the Just Kingdom (multiplyjustice.net)