1. MOTHERLAND - A film by Owen Alik Shahadah


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    Motherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinematic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa's past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager). Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth. From the acclaimed producers of the multi-award winning 500 Years Later , Motherland is Directed by Owen ‘Alik Shahadah. Motherland has been in the making since 2004 and is expected l2010 The film features some of the greatest minds from Africa and the Diaspora; Harry Belafonte , Meles Zenawi, Nicole C. Lee, Gamal Nkrumah,Tony Browder, Musa Njoko, Haki R. Madhubuti, Frances Cress Welsin, Tsedenia Gebremarkos, Hakim Quick, Jacob Zuma, Didymus Mutasa, Dr. Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Jeff Radebe, Molefi Asante, Maulana Karenga, Kimani Nehusi, Desta Meghoo, Hakim Adi, Esther Stanford, Mohammad Ibn Chambas, Mulugeta Asrate, Amina Salum Ali, Sheik Elias Redman, Adama Samassekou Samia Suluhu Hassan. http://www.themotherland.info

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    • Bagamoyo, Lay Your Heart Down


      from Jake Salyers Added 1,392 17 2

      Long before the first African stepped foot on North American soil and long after the last slave ships plied the Atlantic Ocean, East Africa harbored its own dark trade. For centuries until the 1920s, Arab traders traveled into Africa’s heart to collect slaves for use both on African plantations and throughout the Middle East. Along the way, these slaves endured atrocities as cruel as many that happened in West Africa. Death marches to the coast for thousands of miles. Pain, hunger, exhaustion. Families split apart. The clash of culture, language and religion. Before being shipped around the world, many slaves were funneled through one small town in modern-day Tanzania: the quiet yet diverse Bagamoyo. How did a community born of brutality become a place of tolerance and forgiveness? In this eye-opening and compelling film, Jake Salyers sheds light on a forgotten piece of history. Through the prism of Bagamoyo, Salyers examines the East African slave trade and its reverberations into the present day. From the ancient ruins of Arab colonies to the testimonies of villagers who can still remember the slave trade, BAGAMOYO, LAY YOUR HEART DOWN reveals a classic story of past loss and present redemption.

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      • Kmt - What does Kemet mean? Black Land or Black people?


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        There is an academic debate that the Ancient Egyptians called themselves Black based upon KMT (Kemet) which in some circles is translated as "Black people." Now at the end of the word KMT is an ideogram which can only mean physical place (the cross road sign above). The ideogram indicates the context in which the word applies. An ideogram for humans would always be used to represent a word that applied to people. However Kemet can only mean Black Land since the ideogram indicates it is describing a built or non-human environment. But none of this discredits the founders of Kemet as being African people, just like the Fulani or the Amhara. "Black" in the North American context. The "social "construction of race in America does not rely on skin color. "African Americans," as Asante notes, " constitute the most heterogeneous group in the United States biologically, but perhaps one of the most homogeneous socially." The issue is color is used against African interest, for example: Statement: "The Anicent Egypts were Black people", Reply: "no there were brown in color, and not black as we know it" Truth: They were African people and like many African people display skin colors from high yellow to deep black. Blackness is relative to Whiteness and a modern term. It is accurate to say the people of Egypt were an African civilization and were native to that region-- like the Ethiopians and the Nubians. It is absurd to have a civilization located in a continent but default and describe its builders by an identity that divorces them from their location. Clearly it is part of the take away in Eurocentric academia-- reassign civilization outside of African claim.

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        • How Many Slaves


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          • African Resistance to Slavery and Colonialism


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            “Of course the image is always given that the Africans themselves acquiesce to the process of slavery. But you’ll find that in West Africa there was a polity or a political entity that existed that guaranteed security right across West Africa and that was the Songhay Empire. We saw the emergence of Nasir Al Din in the 16th Century. We saw Malik Sy in the 16th Century as well, and men like Abdul Qadeer and Cherno Sulayman Kaba, these men who waged resistance in what is known as Futa Toro and Futa Jalon. -- Muhammad Shareef

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            • The African Side Movie Trailer


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              This is a movie showcases the side of Africa you don't know. The film focuses on the positive side of Africa rarely seen. The film presents the cultural richness of Africa and explains ancient customs and traditions while celebrating the music, dance and welcoming nature of Africans. Tracing the most recent history of Africa – the last thee hundred years the film attempts to explain the reasons for the negative perception of Africa by the news media, other filmmakers and the west in general. It addresses issues stemming from the slave trade as well as more recent western ideologies such as colonization, apartheid and assimilation and their impact on Africans. Join the conversation on Africa => http://www.africanside.com

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              • Black History March Volume iii


                from Anthony Bila Added 692 3 1

                Black History March is an ongoing project series, now in it's third year, this project seeks not only to commemorate and remember various time periods in African history and it's diaspora through words, motion picture and still photography but to celebrate it. The body of work through all three volumes serves as an ode to black history. Each volume of work speaks to a different time period, a different place, different people but all African. - See more at: www.anthonybila.tumblr.com & Black History March Volume i here: http://on.be.net/1nz3GUn & volume ii here: http://on.be.net/1ualCoC I purposefully launched this project a month after the Black History Month actually occurred, it’s traditionally held in February but I wanted to dispel the notion that black history needs a ‘special month’, the shortest month of all no less, dedicated to it as commemoration and remembrance of the rich incredibly vast history of Africa and it’s peoples. My thoughts about black history are that it should be venerated just as any other significant part of history is, at every given opportunity. The name of the series is a double entendre. March being the month we are in and march in the sense that we soldier on, as a people moving forward but never forgetting to reflect and look back at where we have come from. Something I believe we should all do.

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                • A Cleft of Diamonds


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                  This is a video trailer for my new novel titled 'A Cleft of Diaminds' It is, a story of high adventure set in colonial East Africa in 1914/15. Published by Smashwords.com and available through most ebook retailers.

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                  • Suggested essential history books


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                    Professor James "Buddy" Conyers suggests African history books you should have access to for basic study in African American (and by extension) African history.

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