Saw this on Iquo's page. Thought it was interesting. Thoughts?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Hmmm....I guess that's it. Nothing really to do with bad governance.
According to BBC News, Presley Chweneyagae, the star of Oscar-winning South African film Tsotsi, has appeared in court in Pretoria to face a fraud charge.
In the film, Chweneyagae plays a tsotsi (gangster), who heads a gang of armed robbers in a Johannesburg shanty town.
The 22-year-old actor was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly possessing a fake driving licence.
Police said he was arrested after applying to convert a forged Ivory Coast licence into a South African one.
Tsotsi, by South African director Gavin Hood, won the 2006 Oscar for best foreign language film.
Getting cast as Tsotsi was Chweneyagae's big break. "I grew up in a township so I knew guys like Tsotsi," he said last year as the Oscar news was announced.
On Wednesday he appeared in Pretoria district court in a smart black suit, attracting cheers from a crowd of female fans, the Pretoria News reported.
The case was postponed until 27 February to allow Chweneyagae time to complete work abroad.
"By consensus vote President (John) Kufuor of Ghana has been elected to the presidency of the African Union," Alpha Oumar Konare, the A.U.'s chief executive, told reporters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Friday, January 26, 2007
This year, Africa Unite will join forces with the Emerging Leadership Programme, initiated by the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, which honors the peacemaker and iconic Nobel Peace Laureate, Desmond Tutu. The Emerging Leadership Programme grooms young leaders with value-based leadership for reconciliation, transformation and peace in global communities. Africa Unite 2007 will also support the Shanduka Foundation's Adopt-a-School Programme that is committed to providing quality education to all African children, and the Ubuntu Institute that is dedicated to the development of young social entrepreneurs on the African continent who are committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Each organization will contribute their combined resources to Africa Unite 2007 and share in the singular goal to unite Africa through peace, education and empowerment for all people.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Read more here.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Back in the building- Banky W
Baaba Maal and Wandama (a tape one of our writers found in Senegal)
Africa Plays On- Various artists
Saul Williams- Saul Williams
Carnival 2006- (a mix from our DJ friend)
The New Sound of Gospel- Various Artists
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
"I certainly didn't expect to find myself in this position a year ago," Obama said in a video posting. "I've been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics. So I've spent some time thinking about how I could best advance the cause of change and progress that we so desperately need."
Obama announced on his Web site, www.barackobama.com, that he was filing a presidential exploratory committee. He said he would announce more about his plans in his home state of Illinois on Feb. 10.
Can he be the nation's first black to occupy the White House?
Sometimes I feel that living in New York City, having a good family and friends, and just being alive is a dream, that perhaps this second life of mine isn’t really happening. Whenever I speak at the United Nations, Unicef or elsewhere to raise awareness of the continual and rampant recruitment of children in wars around the world, I come to realize that I still do not fully understand how I could have possibly survived the civil war in my country, Sierra Leone.
Most of my friends, after meeting the woman whom I think of as my new mother, a Brooklyn-born white Jewish-American, assume that I was either adopted at a very young age or that my mother married an African man. They would never imagine that I was 17 when I came to live with her and that I had been a child soldier and participated in one of the most brutal wars in recent history.
In early 1993, when I was 12, I was separated from my family as the Sierra Leone civil war, which began two years earlier, came into my life. The rebel army, known as the Revolutionary United Front (R.U.F.), attacked my town in the southern part of the country. I ran away, along paths and roads that were littered with dead bodies, some mutilated in ways so horrible that looking at them left a permanent scar on my memory. I ran for days, weeks and months, and I couldn’t believe that the simple and precious world I had known, where nights were celebrated with storytelling and dancing and mornings greeted with the singing of birds and cock crows, was now a place where only guns spoke and sometimes it seemed even the sun hesitated to shine. After I discovered that my parents and two brothers had been killed, I felt even more lost and worthless in a world that had become pregnant with fear and suspicion as neighbor turned against neighbor and child against parent. Surviving each passing minute was nothing short of a miracle.
Wow...it's been a year since Mama Africa had her first female elected head of state. BBC reported that the economic situation is still bad, and Liberians are waiting (hoping) for a change. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has one of the the most difficult job in trying to rebuild Liberia and she needs time. Let's hope it's sooner than later and she's getting all the support that she needs.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
But, apparently, the dress code ain't working. For one, the "national dress" wasn't comfortable for the younger generation. Also, the designers apparently copied a common Nigerian style and Kenyans didn't like that. Oh...and the clothes are very expensive.
Cameroon's government has organised a mass wedding of more than 50 couples, most already living polygamously.
Cameroon's first lady Chantal Biya offered gifts to the newly weds, mostly Muslim couples, at the all-expenses paid ceremony in the capital, Yaounde.
The women's affairs minister said the event was aimed at providing legal protection to concubines.
Many couples are choosing not to wed as they fear a wedding will be costly and to register the union costs up to $25.
Madonna has urged more people to adopt children from Africa, sidestepping comments by actress and fellow adoptive mother Angelina Jolie about only adopting from countries with clearly defined adoption laws.
Madonna, 48, who is in the legal processes of adopting a 1-year-old boy from Malawi, was accused by adoption groups last year of using her celebrity status to bypass laws about foreigners adopting from Malawi.
"There's over a million orphans in Malawi, and in my opinion the laws need to change because these children need to be rescued," said Madonna.
Only two countries in Africa - Ethiopia and Kenya -- had clearly defined adoption rules with other African countries not used to dealing with such issues.
I thought it seemed sketchy at first. And didn't like the idea that African babies seemed to be used as accessories in 2006. But...let's face it. African kids need to be "saved" at times.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Apparently, the high pitched crooner is outselling his competition from ALL GENRE'S...
After only 8 weeks he has sold an outstanding 1.2 million CD's, compared to 1.2 for Jay-Z after seven weeks, a cool million for Ludacris after 15 weeks, 1.2 million for Fergie after 16 weeks and 800K for John Legend after 11 weeks on the chart.
Artists are desperately seeking at least one collaboration with Akon. We would love to see him do more collaborations with African artists. Put them on the charts. And stop the nonsense talk about polygamy being okay with all Africans.
The 'Bad Boys' star filmed Muhammed Ali biopic 'Ali' in South Africa and wants to relocate there with his family. He told Britain's Empire magazine: "We want to move to Africa. Actually, I found a house in South Africa, but it was before 9/11 and when that happened, we thought, being Americans, it was a time to be home. But I just loved South Africa.""I definitely felt like there was magic there and it was a magic I wanted my family to experience." Despite his plans to leave the US, Smith is still fiercely loyal to his native country.
He knows where the real home is.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Women of Africa- Various
Africa Unite: The Singles COllection- Bob Marley & The Wailers
Hip Hop is Dead- Nas
Afro-Latin Party- Various
Umu Africa- Various
The Best of Fela Kuti- Fela Kuti
See what our friends are listening to here.
Okay okay...I know how Africans like to claim. But on Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, he said he traced his father's ancestors to Nigeria, from the Igbo tribe. During the show, he also talked about how he really admired the director of the movie Last King of Scotland, for pushing to do it in Uganda instead of South Africa (where they have a better "filming infrastructure"). The movie wouldn't have been as great. In the latest issue of the magazine, we have a great review you should read. Find out why this role, was a "role of a life time" for Forest.