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I'm not sure I feel that the Save Darfur Campaign is a scam, however, it is definitely a lobby and a well funded one. They practically put San Francisco on notice last month, with their ads all over town. I thought it was great, since SF is such a financial powerhouse on the West Coast and this genocide has a lot to do with who funds who.
However, the campaign is not without critisim. Just as most campaign to "Save" Africa, it won't be solved by money or aid alone, but a change in mindset. The mindset of the west in its inherently condescending approach to Africa and the mindset of Africans abroad who need to wake up and start cleaning house.
Excellent review of the new Musée du Quai Branly, in France, which is supposed to be for non-European art. It's old but raises some great questions about what it means to have authentic art and who get's to determine the "meaning" behind it.
Stripping black sports' stars of some evidence of their success is apparently not enough-for the governing bodies which previously rode these stars to riches and big advertising dollars. If the cases of Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Marion Jones are anything to go by, only the complete humiliation and debasement of these athletes is sufficient.
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By Greg Mills
Published: November 2, 2007
International Herald Tribune
'Let's have a test," challenged a colleague recently in Rwanda, "as to what NGO Landcruiser next arrives in the parking lot."
It was no joke. The parking lot of any upmarket restaurant in any African capital speaks volumes about the neo-imperial game being played out in Africa.
Four-wheel-drive after four-wheel-drive emblazoned with the logo of some donor agency or children's charity jostle for space.
The humanitarians are not hard to spot in person either. Usually white, generally loud, they prefer a shabby-chic uniform of T-shirt, jeans and sandals. But they are more powerful and usually less benign than they appear.
Sitting recently in the Café Bourbon in the smart, new shopping
precinct of Kigali opened my eyes (and ears) to some of the
implications. "We must just transfer the $8.5 million," rasped the
American working for a prominent NGO.
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"The amount is almost equivalent to the combined annual expenditure of three East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, whose total budget obligation for this financial year is about $18.2 billion."
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MINNEAPOLIS – It is obvious when listening to Yohannes Tona’s compositions that he draws his music from everywhere. Born into a gospel musical family in Shashamane, 150 miles from Addis Ababa, Yohannes has wanted to play the guitar for as long as he can remember. His late father was an organist, while his mother was a renowned gospel vocalist. Apar
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So far so good. I've had a really enthusiastic response to the blog, so I guess I'll keep at it! I've updated some links and there's hundreds more out there. I hope to have at least every region and or country (where there is a black presence, even if its the one guy/girl in the city!) in the world represented in some way, whether its through music (which is in the lead), a magazine, fashion, art, a designer of that heritage, or whatever. It'll be interesting to try and tricky when I get to the smaller Island countries, but if there's when think I know, Afropolitans are out there, and I'm gonna find them!
So I want this site to be a means of highlighting blogs, people, organizations, companies, etc. that are are thinking outside the current discourse when it comes to Africa. I'll especially feature different blogs, articles and links on the web that offer fresh and complex outlook on what lies ahead. I'll start with blogs because its always good to link to a fellow blogger.
Afirca is Ready for Business: a great business site that has lots of links concerning African enterprise. Its pretty dope and there's lots on here that I'm sure many Afropolitans haven't seen. Check it out! Good read.
Oakland, CA --- Yes! This blog is debuting as a call to arms for those of us of African descent, globally especially, in the cradle of mankind. Let’s shine the light on the uplifting and highlight the immense beauty and creativity that exists in Africa. Let’s be Doers and movers and not pointers and loiters. So to all black nerds, hipsters, Kenyan expats, half black, outcasts, incasts, too smart, too radical, sublime, subprime, over achievers, slackers, lazybones, crybabies, baby-mamas, thinkers, socialites, those who fight, and those who can’t be bothered, Africa's future is already here.