Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Marcus Garvey’s Africa

Late last year I had the opportunity to review College of William and Mary History Professor Robert Vinson’s remarkable new book, The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa. Vinson details both physical and intellectual journeys between South Africa and the United States in the decades before apartheid. His characters

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

10 songs about Marcus Garvey

Roots reggae singer Fred Locks count downs the top 10 songs about Marcus Garvey (including his own “Black Star Liners”) from Port Royal, Jamaica for the revamped Large Up. The blog, with its focus on Caribbean culture,...

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Marcus Garvey in South Africa

In the 1920s and 1930 black men and women in segregationist South Africa–including leaders and members of the African National Congress, the party now governing South Africa–appropriated Marcus Garvey’s ideas of “… racial pride, pan-Africanism, and modernity...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Happy Birthday Marcus Garvey

Early 20th century Jamaican black nationalist Marcus Garvey’s ideas of black uplift and racial consciousness still hold sway among large parts of the black South African population, especially adherents of Rastafari. Like in this short video, filmed...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Old Money’s Mothership Is Here to Save Us All

Dutty Artz, the New York-based record label I run and release music with, just put out a new EP by Old Money. This morning I put my remix of the title track ‘Mothership’ on Soundcloud, and for a limited...

Friday, March 21st, 2014

An Afropean Journey

A few years ago, on a snowy January evening, a stranger mistook me for someone he had seen the previous week, aboard an evening train heading to Frankfurt. The moment lasted seconds, but our brief encounter would...

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Kwame Nkrumah’s team are going to the World Cup

Despite coming in for plenty of criticism from European and American journalists, Africa’s high-stakes, winner-takes-all World Cup qualifying system once again threw up an enthralling set of matches. The most remarkable result was Ghana’s whopping 6-1 win...

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Weekend Music Break 61

Your weekly collection of new tunes and videos -- this week from Zambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mali, South Africa and the Netherlands, but first: Congo. This year's Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF), which took place in Goma...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

When Bob Marley went to Africa

The public persona (and the politics) of Bob Marley, whose birthday it is today,* was heavily informed by his relationship with Africa (both symbolically and in a real sense). In director Kevin MacDonald’s critically acclaimed film, “Marley,”...

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

A Very Short History of the Africa Cup of Nations

The big kick-off is nearly upon us. Just 11 months after that extraordinary Zambian triumph in Libreville, starting Saturday we have another month of football ahead as Africa’s top teams (and South Africa, there as hosts) fight...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Summer List: NYC shows and parties

[We'll be taking a break from blogging during August. For many of AIAC's contributors, summer's finally here so you'll find us outside. We asked the collective to tell us what they were up to: which shows, exhibitions,...

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The United States of Africa

The rapper Awadi was a founder of a Senegalese’s brand of political hip hop. As ‘kola wrote on this blog, Awadi was at the forefront of a 1990s social movement that helped to galvanize a youthful constituency...

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Last Wednesday the Brooklyn rappers collectively known as Black Star*–Mos Def (now going as Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli–were guests on the satirical news show,”The Colbert Report.” They last brought out an album, “Mos Def & Talib...

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

October is Black History Month

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Motherland

The documentary film, Blacks Without Borders: Chasing the American Dream on Foreign Soil (2008, directed and produced by Stafford U. Bailey. Co-produced by Judy Thayer-Bailey)–which tells the story of a group of African-American professionals who immigrate to South...

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Cape Town and the Caribbean

I’ve blogged here before about the impact of Garveyism on South African cultural and political life, an area ripe for research. Which brings me to “The Prodigal Son,” a film by my friend, director Kurt Orderson. It...