European Antics: Episode 4(Dog Steps)

Staircases for dogs??  You got to be kidding me!  Why is this necessary?  When you’re making love to your spouse…do you want Fido hopping into bed with you??  Fur under the sheets is sick!  This is a stupid invention in my opinion.  Just more proof of the unsettling closeness Europeans have with canines and animals … Continue reading

Was Fidel Castro a friend to Africans?

The Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro passed away on Friday 25th November. I am not going to provide an account of the Cuban Revolution, rather I just wanted to pay a brief, but heartfelt tribute to Castro, without deifying him or pretending that he was perfect, which is a common tendency when people write about … Continue reading

Umoja Karamu- Embrace your Heritage

Umoja Karamu (oo-MOH-jah kah-RAH-moo) is a celebration of unity within the African-American family, community, and nation. Umoja Karamu is a Swahili term meaning “unity feast.” Many African Americans celebrate this day as an alternative to the national Thanksgiving Day holiday. The unity feast may also be observed during Kwanzaa celebrations in late December. The concept … Continue reading

Ana Nzinga Mbande-Queen of Angola

In the 16th century, Portuguese slave traders turned to the Congo and southwest Africa, after their stake in the slave trade was threatened by England and France in the northern part of the continent. Their most stubborn opposition came from an unexpected source: an Angolan queen who ruthlessly maneuvered her way into power, fought off … Continue reading