Revitalizing the Reparations Movement – Institute of the Black World


Revitalizing the Reparations Movement –
Institute of the Black World

The African Hip-Hop Generation Arrives


I remember it like it was yesterday. My older brother had just returned from his freshman year of secondary school and the loud engine of my father’s old Nissan Stanza pulling into the compound had sent us all rushing to welcome him.

Amidst my parents chatter about his grades and how he’d lost weight, my brother signaled me to follow him. He pulled out a Sony Walkman and told me he had a new dance to teach me. I can’t remember exactly what he called it, only that it was similar to the running man.

The soundtrack to that dance was a sound I had never heard before: ‘Hip-Hop music.’ I spent the days that followed filled with immense curiosity, digging into this new sound. Years later, I would come to learn the names of the artists on that cassette tape: Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One, Salt & Pepa, and Public Enemy. This was my introduction to a culture that changed my life.


The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara


The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara

It was early in the summer of 2012, and at the Mamma Haidara Library in Timbuktu , a clandestine operation was under way. For Haidara, 50, the scion of a distinguished family of scholars and collectors from Timbuktu and other towns along the Niger in northern Mali, the rescue marked the culmination of a long career as a champion of the country’s cultural patrimony.


The first Europeans: Bust Created from fragments of a fossil

5th May 2009

Quote: This clay sculpture portrays the face of the earliest known modern European – a man or woman who hunted deer and gathered fruit and herbs in ancient forests more than 35,000 years ago. It was created by Richard Neave; one of Britain’s leading forensic scientists, using fossilized fragments of skull and jawbone found in a cave seven years ago.

His recreation offers a tantalizing glimpse into life before the dawn of civilization. It also shows the close links between the first European settlers and their immediate African ancestors. It was made for the BBC2 series The Incredible Human Journey. This will follow the evolution of humans from the cradle of Africa to the waves of migrations that saw Homo sapiens colonize the globe.

The head is based on remains of one of the earliest known anatomically modern Europeans. The lower jawbone was discovered by potholers in Pestera cu Oase, the “cave with bones”, located in the southwestern Carpathian Mountains of Romania in 2002. The rest of the fragments were found the following year. The bones were carbon-dated to between 34,000 and 36,000 years ago when Europe was occupied by two species of human.

They were the Neanderthals, who had arrived from Africa tens of thousands of years earlier, and the more recent modern humans, also known as Cro-Magnons. Although the skull is similar to a modern human head, it has a larger cranium, is more robust and has larger molars. Fossil experts are also unsure if the skull was male or female.


Africatown Center for Education & Innovation at Columbia Annex in South Seattle this Saturday April 19!


Join us for the celebration of the opening of the Africatown Center for Education & Innovation at Columbia Annex in South Seattle this Saturday! (Scroll down for details).

Spring Open House @Africatown Center for Education & Innovation

Join us for the spring open house in our space in South Seattle.

1pm- 3pm – Tours

3pm Welcome to Africatown Center

3:15 Rep. Dawn Mason Report Back from Kenya & Mali

3:30 Africatown Literacy Initiative Read Aloud of the “Stolen Ones”

4pm Presentations from Spring Break Camps

Young Geniuses

Al’ Noor Academy of Arts & Sciences

Fashion Lab

5pm Screening of “The Yard People: An Intergenerational Love Story” (a film by Dr. Joye Hardiman)

An inspirational documentary about a lively group of African-American couples who came together in Buffalo, New York during the 1940’s, and tore down the fences in their back yards to create a more neighborly and supportive environment . Now in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, they remain friends today due to their celebrations of intergenerational love that they have ritualized in the form of “yard parties” and community activism.

5:30 “Building Our Village” Discussion


Henna by ANAAS
Plant in the Garden
Photo Booth

Africatown Center for Education & Innovation at Columbia Annex in South Seattle this Saturday April 19!

Sound of Africatown @ NW Folklife Festival 5/26


Sound of Africatown @ NW Folklife Festival 5/26
Apr 22 14 under arts, culture, events | Leave a comment


Africatown-Central District is a growing movement to preserve and develop the Central District as an epicenter of culture, commerce and innovation flowing to the rest of Seattle. Recognizing this potential, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has publicly endorsed the Africatown-Central District initiative focused on using the positive cultural assets of peoples of African-descent as a foundation for innovative economic development solutions in not only the Central District but throughout Seattle.

Come celebrate the Africatown movement in Seattle featuring hip hop artist Draze, who is riding a city wide wave of positive response to his video release The Hood Ain’t the Same. Draze tells the story of the gentrification of Seattle’s Central District through his life experiences growing up there and seeing first-hand the loss of cultural landmarks and forced emigration of residents due to changing political and economic conditions. “This song has become a type of anthem for the Africatown movement. The whole goal was just to try and get people from differing backgrounds to sit down and talk. I’m not satisfied but I am happy that the conversation is starting to happen” says Draze.

The hip hop gathering will feature a brief “State of Africatown” presentation by the Central Districts own K. Wyking Garrett. Wyking is a longtime educator and social entrepreneur at the forefront of Seattle’s gentrification debate and was recently honored with the 2014 Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy award.

Other featured performers joining Draze and Wyking in Celebrate Africatown! include Seattle MC Yirim Seck with hip hop from Seattle to Senegal (2013 album release ‘Audio D’oeurves’) and favorite live hip hop soul band Global Heat with MCP-Smith and B-boys.

Draze, Wyking and Yirim are all longtime friends who were raised in Africatown-Central District with ties to the African diaspora (Zimbabwe, Senegal and Grenada, W.I. respectively), as a result they feel compelled to utilize their collective voice and resources to bring awareness to the issues concerning the community.


Aborigine Assimilation by Abduction in Australia

Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00 By Ted Asregadoo , Truthout

In the United States, it’s estimated that almost 260,000 children are abducted every year. Most child abductions are by family members, with a smaller percentage committed by strangers.

If you’ve ever seen an Amber Alert on TV, electronic billboards or even your mobile phone, you know the whole area goes into a kind of hyper-vigilant mode of being on the lookout for a car or a person matching the description of the perpetrator. News organizations broadcast stories about the search for the missing child in an effort to keep the abduction in the public consciousness – and to get ratings. Often times, the child is returned to the parent in a matter of hours or days, and the perpetrator is soon wearing an orange jumpsuit and awaiting trail.