mehreenkasana:

Pakistan’s indigenous African community

Pakistan’s ethnic African community, known as the Sheedi, can be found in Karachi’s Lyari neighbourhood. The Sheedi are believed to be descendants of sailors who came to Karachi 200 years ago.

Although they form a small group, another indigenous African group is found in Balochistan called the Makrani people. That makes two indigenous African people of Pakistan who came here a century or so ago. The Sheedi in Sindh and the Makrani in Balochistan. Both in the southern region of Pakistan.

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African migrants face 'impossible' life in Greece

sinidentidades:

Stuck in a small Athens flat all day to avoid being caught by police, earning another stint in prison and possibly a beating, 29-year-old Cameroonian Eugene Manaa rues the day he came to Greece.

“Life is not just difficult here. It’s impossible,” says Manaa, who recently spent two months in prison on the island of Crete for illegal entry into Greece.

“There’s no work, no money, no housing,” he tells AFP. “There are fifteen of us sharing a flat, we face police checks at every corner, we are subjected to racism and we cannot go to another country.”

Like many of his compatriots, Manaa is among tens of thousands of undocumented migrants caught in a vicious trap.

Lured to the European Union from war-torn homes in search of safety and a better future, they find themselves in Greece at the worst possible moment in the country’s postwar history.

— Hostile environment —

Near-bankruptcy, recession and soaring unemployment have created a hostile environment for migrants and refugees who are seen to be taking jobs from suffering, law-abiding, tax-paying Greeks.

For the past few months, the government has been rounding up migrants who cannot prove residency and placing them in detention centres for repatriation. Over 61,000 people have been inspected since August and over 4,000 have been detained according to police figures.

Ironically, the operation is code-named Xenios Zeus, named after supreme ancient Greek god Zeus, protector of guests.

“You go out to buy bread and you vanish for three months, it happened to me,” says Eric, an Ivorian just released from a detention centre in Corinth.

Worse still, gangs of racist thugs now roam Athens and other main cities by night, looking for foreigners to beat up.

Violent attacks on migrants have escalated after the political success of a neo-Nazi group, Golden Dawn, which in June won over 400,000 votes in national elections and sent 18 lawmakers to parliament.

Though police have been unable to find hard evidence linking Golden Dawn to the attacks, migrant groups say victim testimonies incriminating supporters of the ultra-nationalist group are irrefutable.

A Congolese man who declines to give his name takes out his cellphone to show a picture of a friend, lying on a hospital bed after being stabbed on the street in one such attack.

“Four people attacked him,” says Guy, a fellow Congolese from Kinshasa.

“They chased him down the street like a goat.”

“When I first arrived in Greece in 2011 there was not so much racism. Now it’s very hard,” says Guy, lowering his head.

The response of police authorities to these attacks is at best half-hearted. Rights groups say migrants are often discouraged from lodging complaints, and some officers are themselves suspected of beatings that go unpunished.

Out of a population of 10.9 million, Greece has around 1.5 million immigrants of whom around 600,000 lack residency papers. The largest group is Albanian but most come from Asian and African countries.

“A month ago, the other residents of the building who are Greek held a meeting and told us to leave,” says Eric.

“A few days later at the bakery, a woman spat at me, saying ‘Black man, why are you here, go back to your country’,” adds Eugene.

Many of these men would like nothing more than to leave Greece for other EU countries, where some have relatives and friends.

But hundreds are intercepted at the country’s borders, or by authorities in neighbouring countries and sent back to Greece.

“Some of these men have lost four, five consecutive air tickets after being intercepted at the airport,” says Father Maurice Joyeux, a Jesuit priest who holds mass for them every Sunday.

Unable to make a living, the small group face additional humiliation in having to ask their families and friends in Africa for help.

“I have to ask friends in Africa to send money so I can pay my rent,” says Manaa, reflecting on the bitter irony of his condition.

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prettyblackpeopleeverywhere:

Sam Greenlee on modern black filmmaking. Listen to these words! Digest them and take them as nutritional supplement to that chaos that is called modern day media.

If you want to be a rich ho, go to Hollywood. The Bling Blings are looking for a white audience.

I don’t write for black bougious intellectuals. I write for the people where I live.

There is no excuse now for black people not to be making their own films.

If you want to work for white folks, take what they got to give you, put the money in your back pocket and stop whining. And if its painful get out. You can’t have it both ways.

Once upon a time they used to own slaves. Now they just rent them.

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POT OF GOLD: 95 free Black History e-book package downloads

notaskingforpermission:

The second set of links for each package work better- you can download as many as you want at once and there’s no waiting in-between like with the first set of file-host links.

i just wish the selection was more woman-heavy :/

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simply-war:

Hamar boy with Kalashnikov II by david schweitzer on Flickr.

simply-war:

Hamar boy with Kalashnikov II by david schweitzer on Flickr.

akstatic:

Playing around with monster generator again to get some creativity flowing.
“Aboriginal lion girl who wears a tie and wants Hearing” - I left out the tie; she wants to hear the forest.

akstatic:

Playing around with monster generator again to get some creativity flowing.

“Aboriginal lion girl who wears a tie and wants Hearing” - I left out the tie; she wants to hear the forest.

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super-eklectic1:

sooolondon:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

shadyoaks:

hipsterloli:




So i just saw here on tumblr the word Udoli and did a quick research,to find out there is a fashion culture attached to it!
It is aparently some kind of combination between Japanese gyaru and traditional african princesses,giving it an ethnic touch that is quite enjoyable.Udoli are black girls who created a lifestyle based on looking like a Wealthy African Doll.They mostly wear Fur, Cheetah Print Material, Lots of Gold and Diamonds. “(acording to Urban Dictionary)

a girl called Jochan ViVi Miekayo appears frequently referred to as the the creator of this trend.
It is also very inspired by japanese street styles,but is also related to korean concept “ulzzang” that is related to pretty faces.
Many Udoli girls or “black dolls” need to know about their african origins and culture,and from here we see how the basic Udoli spreads into a bunch of sub-styles (as in gyaru) but inspired by african and caribbean culture:
Xuba- wild and colorful Insikamuntu- animal person Amahle- Uber tribal doll Bachiko- Royalty doll Lulamtoti- sweet and simple doll Mandla- bad ass
As long as i have more information,i´ll let you know.There´s probably hundreds of you out there that know more than me so please,please help me out in this one XD I love when ethnic and cultural references gets mixed with fashion.I wish we had more gaucho inspired modern trends here in Argentina,or maybe some tribal inspiration based on mapuche and tehuelche people.
Since i have a grandmother with mapuce roots,she is deeply interested in this culture and she even took me to some small ceremonies and gave me some simbolic ornaments,like the coloured belts that simbolizes nature elements.I have combined them with my daily clothes many times,and when its done well (this means,respectfully for the original culture) looks fantastic.
oh,im out of subject again.
So,if there is any Udoli girls out there i´d love to get some help from ya.

So…I just found out about Udoli. holy shit. this is so cool. I am impressed and inspired!! Would it be weird if a white girl started doing a little of this? haha

…omfg, I know Vivi. xD

I love everything about this.

yes
yes
yes

super-eklectic1:

sooolondon:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

shadyoaks:

hipsterloli:

Xolani

Kimmi Msizi

So i just saw here on tumblr the word Udoli and did a quick research,to find out there is a fashion culture attached to it!

It is aparently some kind of combination between Japanese gyaru and traditional african princesses,giving it an ethnic touch that is quite enjoyable.Udoli are black girls who created a lifestyle based on looking like a Wealthy African Doll.They mostly wear Fur, Cheetah Print Material, Lots of Gold and Diamonds. “(acording to Urban Dictionary)

a girl called Jochan ViVi Miekayo appears frequently referred to as the the creator of this trend.

It is also very inspired by japanese street styles,but is also related to korean concept “ulzzang” that is related to pretty faces.

Many Udoli girls or “black dolls” need to know about their african origins and culture,and from here we see how the basic Udoli spreads into a bunch of sub-styles (as in gyaru) but inspired by african and caribbean culture:

Xuba- wild and colorful 
Insikamuntu- animal person 
Amahle- Uber tribal doll 
Bachiko- Royalty doll 
Lulamtoti- sweet and simple doll 
Mandla- bad ass

As long as i have more information,i´ll let you know.There´s probably hundreds of you out there that know more than me so please,please help me out in this one XD I love when ethnic and cultural references gets mixed with fashion.I wish we had more gaucho inspired modern trends here in Argentina,or maybe some tribal inspiration based on mapuche and tehuelche people.

Since i have a grandmother with mapuce roots,she is deeply interested in this culture and she even took me to some small ceremonies and gave me some simbolic ornaments,like the coloured belts that simbolizes nature elements.I have combined them with my daily clothes many times,and when its done well (this means,respectfully for the original culture) looks fantastic.

oh,im out of subject again.

So,if there is any Udoli girls out there i´d love to get some help from ya.

So…I just found out about Udoli. holy shit. this is so cool. I am impressed and inspired!! Would it be weird if a white girl started doing a little of this? haha

…omfg, I know Vivi. xD

I love everything about this.

yes

yes

yes

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cuntymint:

africanabibliophile:

1890s Blacks were tortured in German concentration camps in Southwest Africa (now called Namibia) when Adolph Hitler was only a child. Colonial German doctors conducted unspeakable medical experiments on these emaciated helpless Africans decades before such atrocities were ever visited upon the Jews.
Thousands of Africans were massacred. Regrettably, historians neglected to properly register the slaughter—that is, to lift it from the footnote in history that it had been relegated to—until now.
In an attempt to give the incidents their rightful recognition in the historical context of the Holocaust, Dr. Firpo W. Carr has authored a new book entitled, Germany’s Black Holocaust: 1890–1945. In it, he reveals the startling hidden history of Black victims of the Holocaust. The mayhem and carnage date back to the turn of the 20th century, many years before there were ever any other unfortunate victims—Jew or Gentile—of the Holocaust.
Carr conducted three incredibly revealing interviews with: (1) a Black female Holocaust victim; (2) the Black commanding officer who liberated 8,000 Black men from a concentration camp; and (3) an African American medic from the all-Black medical unit that was responsible for retrieving thousands of dead bodies from Dachau. (White medical units were spared the gruesome task.)
“Kay,” the Black female Holocaust survivor, laments: “You cannot possibly comprehend the anger I have in me because of being experimented on in Dachau, and being called ‘nigger girl’ and ‘blacky’ while growing up.”
Testimonials from the Black commanding officer and African American medic are memorialized, for the first time ever, in Carr’s book. The research is based on voluminous documentation, and more.
If you are like most people, you simply have never heard the unbelievable story of Black victims of the Holocaust. You are invited to read about the human spirit’s triump over events that occurred during this horrible piece of hidden history.

This reminds me that there were black anarchists in Spain during the revolutionary war because they saw the rise of Fascism linked with the KKK and Jim Crow terrorism in the US. How many untold stories are there?

cuntymint:

africanabibliophile:

1890s Blacks were tortured in German concentration camps in Southwest Africa (now called Namibia) when Adolph Hitler was only a child. Colonial German doctors conducted unspeakable medical experiments on these emaciated helpless Africans decades before such atrocities were ever visited upon the Jews.

Thousands of Africans were massacred. Regrettably, historians neglected to properly register the slaughter—that is, to lift it from the footnote in history that it had been relegated to—until now.

In an attempt to give the incidents their rightful recognition in the historical context of the Holocaust, Dr. Firpo W. Carr has authored a new book entitled, Germany’s Black Holocaust: 1890–1945. In it, he reveals the startling hidden history of Black victims of the Holocaust. The mayhem and carnage date back to the turn of the 20th century, many years before there were ever any other unfortunate victims—Jew or Gentile—of the Holocaust.

Carr conducted three incredibly revealing interviews with: (1) a Black female Holocaust victim; (2) the Black commanding officer who liberated 8,000 Black men from a concentration camp; and (3) an African American medic from the all-Black medical unit that was responsible for retrieving thousands of dead bodies from Dachau. (White medical units were spared the gruesome task.)

“Kay,” the Black female Holocaust survivor, laments: “You cannot possibly comprehend the anger I have in me because of being experimented on in Dachau, and being called ‘nigger girl’ and ‘blacky’ while growing up.”

Testimonials from the Black commanding officer and African American medic are memorialized, for the first time ever, in Carr’s book. The research is based on voluminous documentation, and more.

If you are like most people, you simply have never heard the unbelievable story of Black victims of the Holocaust. You are invited to read about the human spirit’s triump over events that occurred during this horrible piece of hidden history.

This reminds me that there were black anarchists in Spain during the revolutionary war because they saw the rise of Fascism linked with the KKK and Jim Crow terrorism in the US. How many untold stories are there?

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Racism 101: A Comprehensive Guide for 2012

workingoninteresting:

This is a guide to answer some of your racial questions. I am not sure why we still need to explain some of these things in the year 2012 but here it is!

I will let you know that this is coming from my personal perspective so the races being spoken about are black and white. I am not intentionally leaving out other races. I can only speak from my own perspective. 

15 things every good racist/non-racist should know

Enjoy!

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nigerianculture:

Carniriv-GalleryDSC_4303_640x425 by Pixel Nigeria on Flickr.

nigerianculture:

Carniriv-GalleryDSC_4303_640x425 by Pixel Nigeria on Flickr.

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"You don’t have to be in the KKK to be racist…"

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RANT: WE´RE CULTURE NOT A COSTUME (OR SKIN COLOR).

thisshitisallracist:

366daysofwitchery:

I just reblogged a “we are a culture not a costume” post, I never liked these when they came up on my other tumblr’s dashboard only a vampire one made me laugh very hard and was worth reblogging, but for the rest of them I thought they were over all stupid. They were trying to tell people that we are not allowed to appreciate and use things from another culture. Yes, there are people who are jerks but there are people who use things in respect and pure appreciation for another culture.

For a long time I used some African jewelry and people often told me I shouldn’t because it was disrespectful to the black people. What people did not know when they said this to me was that I may look white but I have African and Native Brazilian blood in my veins and I respect both cultures with great love, even more than I respect the culture that made me born with white skin. Skin is only skin, I could have been born with my grandmother’s black skin, I could have been born with my mother’s curly hair, I could have been born with native features, but I was born with my father’s family’s white skin and straight as fuck hair and it does not change the blood pumping through my heart. Even if I did not have African back ground I don’t think using African jewelry would be disrespectful if used in a way it was clear I was not mocking anybody.

Well, before you go around telling people how they should not use this or that because they have certain skin color that does not apply to the culture they are showing appreciation for ask about their family, you might find out how stupid you are when you realize people have a lot more in their blood than in their skin.

And if you say things like “you have this skin color so you can use or do this or that” to somebody in my eyes you are just a racist fucker. I’m sorry, but that is just what you are. 

theuppitynegras:

Grace Bol is such a cutie

theuppitynegras:

Grace Bol is such a cutie

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