Originally published on TRT World.

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/black-iranian-heritage-emerging-from-the-shadows-45081

A new generation of Black and Afro-Iranians are revitalising their distinct histories and culture.

California is one of the many places Priscillia calls ‘home’, adding to an impressive list that includes Nigeria, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and her native countries of Congo-Brazzaville, Iran and France. She’s hoping Sierra Leone will be added to the list one day because of her husband’s heritage. She tells me, “No-one can really pin me and I do not belong anywhere, rather everywhere”.

But that doesn’t mean heritage isn’t important for the 38-year-old writer, filmmaker and human rights consultant. In fact it’s the basis of a new project…


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Originally published on Amaka Studio

A quick primer on the history of Bogolan mud cloth.

djembe drum, the seat of one of West Africa’s most illustrious empires, and — in the modern day — has developed its own unique musical traditions, exemplified by the likes of Ami Kota, Sekou Bambino and the legendary singer Salif Keita. But it’s also spearheaded an ancestral technique of dye and cloth art that continues to intrigue international audiences, artists and fashion houses, known as Bògòlanfini. Mali is laden with a rich culture that continues to flourish on the continent and beyond. It is the…


Originally published on Amaka Studio

This Women’s History Museum Is Boldly Championing the Contributions of Zambian Women

Whether it’s the Museum of Black Civilisations in Senegal, Benin’s Zinsou foundation or the National Museum of Slavery in Angola, ‘decolonising’ education and narratives relating to Africa’s various cultures is becoming increasingly important, particularly for the continent’s burgeoning tourism sector. For artist Mulenga Kapwepwe and journalist Samba Yonga, Black women have always been an integral force for the development of nations, including their native Zambia. …


New library Feast Afrique established by Ozoz Sokoh, a well-known Nigerian food explorer, aims to bring the African diaspora together through food, history, and hand-me-down recipes.

A new digital library has brought together almost 200 recipes and history books dating 1828 to celebrate various cuisines from the African diaspora.

Bowl of jollof rice, topped with roasted sesame oil, with oven baked plantain and coleslaw created by Nigerian chef Ozoz Sokoh, posted on Kitchen Butterfly Instagram on January 11, 2021. (Instagram/Kitchen Butterfly)

A new digital library has brought together almost 200 recipes and history books dating 1828 to celebrate various cuisines from the African diaspora.

The library consists of more than 190 books and collections, many of which are out-of-print and live on the virtual shelves providing…


To celebrate the UK’s Black History month, a new historic festival celebrating Black Muslim history and identity is launching on October 2.

The Black Muslim Renaissance Festival is a month-long programme of lectures, workshops, seminars, panel discussions, business showcases and special events to bring the global Black Muslim community together in a spirit of empowerment and racial justice.

It’s founder is award-winning author Na’ima B Robert who also founded the critically- acclaimed SISTERS magazine, a magazine focusing on Muslim women. …


Rebuilding after conflict is never simple. Countries such as Rwanda, Bosnia and Sierra Leone can attest to this. In this series, Adama speaks to Somali-Europeans that are combining culture with sustainable development to reconstruct Somalia’s urban landscapes.

It’s October 14, 2017. More than 500 people were killed and 400 injured, when two trucks filled with several hundred kilograms of military and homemade explosives were detonated at one of the busiest intersections in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. It’s described as the deadliest terror attack in Somalia’s history. …


“We got rhythm, we got pride, we birth kings, we birth tribes”

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s ‘Black Parade’ is pretty much Formation 2.0.

Much of its message is steeped in the celebration of Black unity, progress and heritage, with a few lines slipped in to remind folks that she still slays as ‘Queen’.

The merit of the song is her call for all Black folk to join ‘her parade’- the obvious catch of course is we’re all under lockdown in some form or fashion. But it draws upon ongoing demonstrations for Black lives, which are themselves parades of protests and power:

“Pandemic…


So this episode tracks Malcolm X’s entry into the Nation of Islam and his meteoric rise as a minister in the organisation. No doubt, he was seen as too powerful by some, and this almost certainly would have made him a target. Additionally, this episode specifically focuses on the wrongful imprisonment of two suspects earlier mentioned too. Here are key five take away points from this episode:

  1. We know that Talmadge Hayer was one of five assassins responsible and in charge of murdering Malcolm X. That’s because he says so later in an affidavit where he names four of the…

Netflix’s ‘Who Killed Malcolm X’ is a six-part documentary original series which follows veteran activist Abdur Rahman Muhammad in his attempt to uncover one of the greatest assassinations of the 20th century. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 25 1965 at New York’s Audubon Ballroom in Upper Harlem. It’s believed some members of the Nation of Islam were involved as well as the political establishment. At the time, Congress of Racial Equality Chairman James Farmer believed it was a political killing.

“The official account of Malcolm X isn’t true.”

Muhammad says Malcolm’s death is in fact unsolved. Convinced it’s a…

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