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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Europe, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America, Southeastern Asia, Spotlight with tags , , on August 15, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Do you know the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, MoCADA? It is located at 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 1999 by its Executive Director, Laurie Cumbo. Originally  located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, in 2006, with the help of a cultural affairs grant from New York City and private money, it relocated.

Its mission is to ‘rewrite history’ so to give an accurate account of the historical, artistic, and cultural contributions of people of African descent to the world. Due to the arrogance of racism many of these facts were never documented or celebrated as achievements of the descendants of Africa.

‘Ain’t I a Woman’, a group exhibit featuring paintings, videos, and works of mixed media is currently on display until December 19, 2010. Featured artists include:

  • Eric Alugas
  • Andrea Chung
  • Elizabeth Colomba
  • William Mwazi
  • Kenya (Robinson)
  • Phoenix Savage
  • Damali Abrams
  • Francis Simeni

The exhibit offers an insight on African Diasporan Women as they choose to be seen. Its name was borrowed from an 1885 speech given by Sojourner Truth. The exhibit is in keeping with her work as an activist to promote taking ownership of one’s image and identity.

For more details contact MoCADA

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Blood or Conflict Diamonds of Africa

Posted in Awareness, Europe, Humanity, Mother Africa, North America with tags , , , on August 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Diamonds are precious stones that historically have been the product of child labor, poverty victims, and environmental rape. The proceeds of these stones have been used to fuel exploitation, discrimination, and  violence in  the very countries that produce them. The glitter of these stones blind owners of its bloody background.

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In recent years, civil conflicts such as the one Sierra Leone experienced, gained global attention to what is being called conflict or blood diamonds. An international response to the buying, selling, and trading of conflict stones has produced new laws and guidelines.

1st Black Elected Official in Russia

Posted in Awareness, Europe, NEWS with tags , on July 27, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Jean Gregoire Sagbo is the 1st black elected official in Russia. Forty-eight year old Sagbo was born in Benin, West Africa and now calls Novozavidovo, Russia, home. Sagbo was elected one of 10 councilors in Novozavidovo. Novozavidovo is located 65 miles north of Moscow.

African Solicitors Must Exert Themselves in the Diaspora

Posted in CULTURE, Europe, Mother Africa, NEWS, North America with tags on July 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Olawunmi Biriyok nee Shonowo, a Ghanaian born SolicitorMrs. Olawunmi Biriyok nee Shonowo, a Ghanaian born Solicitor in the UK, called on lawyers of African descent in the Diaspora to exert themselves . . .

African descent solicitors must exert themselves in the Diaspora . . .

Sickle Cell Anemia

Posted in Europe, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, Our Health, South America with tags , on July 7, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Sickle Cell Anemia is a chronic blood disorder that causes hemoglobin to crystallize. Hemoglobin in red blood cells carries oxygen from the lungs to organs and tissues. In sickle cell anemia, red blood cells may:

  • Cluster
  • Stiffen
  • Form sickle-shapes
  • Fail to circulate sufficiently

This condition is potentially fatal.

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Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease occurring in the following heritages:

  • African
  • Native American
  • Hispanic

It also occurs in people from Italy, Greece, India, and the Middle Eastern countries.

Children of parents who both carry two of the sickle cell gene are at the highest risk of inheriting the disorder. Although sickle cell anemia is present at birth early signs might not develop until age 4 months. Inexpensive blood screening test are available to be done at birth.

Symptoms first appear in infants as fever, abdominal pain, and pneumococcal bacterial infections.  As they grow they will experience symptoms associated with common anemia symptom such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and feeling cold. Episodes of severe pain,  called crisis,  are  also a symptom. Insufficient blood flow and shortage of cells may cause:

  • Damaged retinas that may lead to blindness
  • Damage to Kidneys, liver, lungs, bones, and nervous system
  • Swelling in the hands and feet accompanied with fever
  • Stroke
  • Slow growth
  • Bacterial infections
  • Ulcers in feet and legs
  • Yellowing in skin and eyes

Treatment focuses on the individual symptom and  include blood transfusions, oral antibiotics, and a drug called Hydroxyurea.

Deaths Per Year

Countries

Number of Deaths

United States

477

Brazil

219

Dominican Republic

76

Venezuela

40

Colombia

34

Cuba

30

Panama

29

Bahrain

14

Mexico

6

Canada

6

Kuwait

5

Germany

5

Puerto Rico

4

The Bahamas

4

Nicaragua

4

Argentina

3

Costa Rica

3

Ecuador

2

Barbados

1

El Salvador

1

South Africa

1

Peru

1

Israel

1

United Kingdom

1

Australia

1

Egypt

1

Read more on how these statistics were derived.

Learn more about Sickle Cell and genetics @ Learn.Genetics

 

Global Racism Directed At Descents of Africa

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Europe, HISTORY, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , , , , on July 4, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Have the descents of Africa been a global target of racism? If so why? The issue of racism has often been addressed. Focus has been placed on the injustice of it, areas where racism manifests itself, and combating it. Seldom do we focus on why it was created, why it still exists, or why its targeted races are chosen.

Ignoring these essential questions allows the continued growth of racism, because it allows the survival of the root. What is at the root of racism?  Consider these components:

  1. Basis – Ignorance and Arrogance
  2. Division – Based on Differences
  3. Justification – Absents of Guilt

Racism is based on not understanding groups of people different from you. Couple ignorance with feelings of superiority to the new group, and the result is arrogance. There is usually an economic basis to institutionalized racism. History reveals greed as a consistent factor.

Historical Examples of Greed

Descents of Africa have been targets of this sort of racism for centuries. Proclaiming these groups as less than human justified the continued discrimination and inhumane treatment. Examples of this sort of racism can be found globally.

In an article on racism, Anup Shah said this about racism . . .

“Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred of others in times of conflict and war, and even during economic downturns.”

African Descent Tribes Living in India

Posted in CULTURE, Europe, HISTORY, Mother Africa with tags , on July 3, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Africans have migrated to India since medieval times. These tribes are called Siddi; which is sometimes spelled Sidi or Sidhi, and Habsi; sometimes spelled Habshi. Europeans also brought Africans to India as:

  • Laborers
  • Soldiers
  • Special servants
  • Herbalists and Midwives

Some tribes traveled to India with Arab merchants.

African tribes came to India from:

  • Ethiopia
  • Sudan
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania

Siddis and Habsis have settled into Indian culture. They have settled into different regions of India. Marital, religious, and language depends greatly on the region in which they settled.  Habsis were often brought as soldiers; Siddis were often brought as servants.

Today, a significant number of these tribes live in poverty as farmers or unskilled workers. In some regions Siddis are doctors, lawyers, businessmen, journalists, teachers, and land owners.

Notice instruments that are used by the African Diaspora in Brazil.