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African Festival of the Arts – Chicago – 2016

Dayo-Egungun-Ancestor

“Egungun Ancestor”, by Adedayo Laoye Oil on Canvas, 1998 From the Dixon School Art Collection, Chicago, IL

The African Festival of the Arts announces Rose Royce and Howard Hewett to headline ‘togetherness’ celebration

Monday headliners join stellar entertainers from across the African Diaspora

(CHICAGO) – The African Festival of the Arts (AFA) has announced a stellar lineup of entertainment led by its Labor Day headliners Howard Hewett and Rose Royce.

Hewett and Rose Royce will take the stage Monday evening, Sept. 5th. Held each Labor Day weekend in Chicago, the Festival offers the best in entertainment from around the world, and this year is no exception.  From Sept. 2-5 in historic Washington Park, these headliners are just one element of the renowned festival that offers a glimpse into the many unique treasures of the African Continent including African-centered offerings from across the globe.

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Failure of Democracy

Hillary Clinton VS Donald Trump rack up additional wins

US presidental cannidates with corrupt records.

As President Barack Obama spends his last term in office, we are faced once again with the democratic process of electing a new President. We are taught in grade school that the President’s role is to be the administrative head of the executive branch of the Government, which includes numerous agencies, such as the Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Transportation, etc. The President also serves as Commander In Chief of all United States military forces deployed around the world. The image that is promulgated throughout the world is that democracy is the best the world can hope for regarding stability and improvement/advancement. What is promoted is that people are choosing their leadership by popular demand, thus it brings with it stability because everyone had a vital input in setting the course of the nation’s agenda. Thus, the Presidency represents people’s hopes and dreams. This is what is projected to the world and the President is the figurehead that represents democracy. However, if we look beyond the idea that is projected, we will see that democracy is no more than a governing tool. It is a business management tool set for the bottom line and that bottom line is power and control over people and their resources. Another flaw with democracy is it allows for any con-artist with enough money and influence to become the head of state despite their corrupt nature.  So in essence, the U.S. Presidency and democracy must be viewed in this context to get a better understanding why there is a push to spread democracy throughout the world.

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Survivor’s Notebook: Climate Change & COP21

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) is welcomed by French President Francois Hollande (R) and (L to R) French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, President-designate of COP21, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as he arrives for the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTX1WFXF

Leaders of governments responsible for destroying the world meet in Paris to discuss Climate Change in 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE: a term that represents possibly the biggest threat to human survival. Ironically, this threat is also seemingly the result of human activities. Scientists and environmentalists have been reporting that the global temperature has been at a historic high and as these temperatures continue to rise, increasingly catastrophic events will follow. They predict that melting ice caps will lead to rising sea levels, coastal cities and islands will submerge under water and so on. Amid these concerns, the governments of the countries responsible for this destruction have begun to meet as they pretend that they plan to do something about the problem. However, traditional wisdom states that “the one who betrayed you yesterday will not save you today.”

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Indigenous Resistance

Wixarixa woman with baby

Wixarixa woman and baby

Indigenous: a word commonly used to describe people who live in nature somewhere far away from us, people who have somehow missed the boat of modernization. We envision “Indians” in feathered headdresses or forest people who live in jungles wearing only loincloths, or bush people living in mud huts. We may imagine such people as part of the decor for exotic tourist destinations, but if we try to imagine ourselves living like them, most of us will find it difficult.

As hard as it may be for some of us to imagine, we only have to go back a few hundred years in human history to find a time when virtually the whole humanity fit the description of indigenous. Our recent tendency to consider “indigenous” populations to be interesting because they are “diverse” and “different” needs to be reexamined. If people called indigenous are simply living the same way humans always have, as expressions of nature, living in harmony with nature, then it is us, the modern people, who are now different. But what makes us different? What makes the lifestyles of our Ancestors unthinkable to us? If our Ancestors lived in harmony with nature and understood themselves to be expressions of nature, by saying we’re different is just to say that we have disconnected ourselves from our place of origin. The only difference exists in our minds and our mentalities.

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A Cross Cultural Look at Fasting

Fasting-Cover-ImageIt is said in the Kemetic traditions that the reason the world is round is so that another world can exist in the limits of our horizon. The diverse traditions that are found all around the world demonstrate the human being’s ability to adapt to their surroundings. Cultures around the world have been able to take what their surroundings have to offer, adapt, and ultimately create traditions to be followed for many generations.

Although this diversity is something to marvel at, it is also equally astounding to see the similarities found  throughout the world. Many of the same traditions are practiced by several different cultures around the world, despite the distance between them. Some of these include veneration of ancestors, giving food offerings to dead relatives, chanting and fasting.

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