Marcus Garvey


Friday, December 6th, 2013

Three Myths about Mandela Worth Busting

I sometimes feel Nelson Mandela is in need of rescuing, trapped in some pretty bizarre narratives that have nothing to do with his own story or politics. Full disclosure: I freely admit that Nelson Mandela is the only politician for whom I’ve ever voted; that I celebrate him as a moral giant of our age,

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...