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Rediscovering truth – African storytellers tap into rich tradition


Why don’t chickens fly? When did the moon learn to be kind?

Storyteller Mainmouna Jallow performs to the crowd at the Re-imagined Storytelling Festival in Nairobi, Kenya December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hereward Holland

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Rediscovering truth: African storytellers tap into rich tradition


NAIROBI (Reuters) – Why don’t chickens fly? When did the moon learn to be kind?

Storyteller Mainmouna Jallow performs to the crowd at the Re-imagined Storytelling Festival in Nairobi, Kenya December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hereward Holland

Those and other mysteries were unraveled by dozens of African storytellers in Nairobi on Saturday, helping keep alive oral traditions increasingly under threat in the internet and smartphone age.

“To have that storyteller in front of you with an audience being able to interact is something very precious that we are in danger of losing,” said Maimouna Jallow, who organized the one-day Re-Imagined Storytelling Festival in Kenya’s capital.

Although written history has existed for centuries in West Africa, elsewhere on the continent knowledge and morality have…

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Georgia election fight shows that black voter suppression, a southern tradition, still flourishes


Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been sued for suppressing minority votes after an Associated Press investigation revealed a month before November’s midterm election that his office has not approved 53,000 voter registrations – most of them filed by African-Americans.

Kemp, who is running for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams, says his actions comply with a 2017 state law that requires voter registration information to match exactly with data from the Department of Motor Vehicles or Social Security Administration.

The law disproportionately affects black and Latino voters, say the civil rights groups who brought the lawsuit.

As a scholar of African-American history, I recognize an old story in this new electoral controversy.

Georgia, like many…

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How tradition inspired innovation, and a mission to cure the Caribbean |





Published:

04 Oct, 2018

For generations, Caribbean grandmothers have steeped and brewed indigenous herbs, roots and even bush, convinced of their ability to cure just about any ailment.  When two young entrepreneurs in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago decided to pay homage to this tradition, not even in their wildest dreams did they imagine that their earthy concoctions would be dubbed among the world’s most innovative foods.

Caribbean Cure, an award-winning tea company, draws from tradition to promote more naturally healthy lifestyles among those who sip their infusions.  The company is one of only two in the Region to be shortlisted for a SIAL Paris 2018 Product Innovation award, which recognises those who help shape what we eat today, and tomorrow.  They…

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MATHEMATICS OF AFRICAN TRADITION FOR BLACK YOUTH (3)


AllBlack youth can learn anything if they are taught by Ancient African standards, using Affect Symbolic Imagery and African Dialectic (today called the Socratic Method). Ancient Africans knew the supreme place for youth to learn was from the Processes of Nature and to absorb from them principles of Mathematics. This was because being in Nature’s congenial atmosphere is fun, above “right/wrong,” and–by being so busy “just doing it”–beyond having emotions colored by liking or disliking it. Since Nature and humans are an indivisible unity–like two sides of a coin—humans already “Know” much of Nature. Thus, youth readily become one with Nature while in a primal Universal “Non-Self” state of profound Peace (Hetep, Nirvana). This trains ones Subconscious mind…

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Wilmington's Big August Quarterly celebrates sacred tradition of fellowship



"When they come this weekend and celebrate and gather together, they're celebrating the solidarity of being part of not only the African American …
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