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“The Head and the Load,” William Kentridge’s Homage to Africa in the Great War


The South African artist William Kentridge’s performance piece “The Head and the Load,” currently at the Park Avenue Armory, is by turns dumbfounding, eviscerating, and beautiful. It chronicles—through dance, projected images, speech, song, pantomime, shadow play, and music, and in a score of other ways, like a fusillade of arrows hitting not one but many bull’s-eyes—the history of the Africans in the First World War, and particularly the experiences of those who worked as porters, hauling cannons, munitions, provisions, and even ships across the continent. Kentridge, who, at sixty-three, has a rumpled, professorial mien, was born and grew up in Johannesburg, in a Jewish family. Both his parents were lawyers and worked on civil-rights cases. When he was a schoolboy, the history…

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Belize delegation visits Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in effort to bolster expertise in World Heritage Conservati…


From left to right: Richard Bontjer (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia), Mr Roosevelt Blades (UNESCO National Commission for Belize), Patrick Faber (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Belize), Leeanne Enoch (Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia), and Mahani Taylor (Department of the Environment and Energy, Australia). Photo: Government of Australia

BELMOPAN, Belize — A high-level delegation from Belize visited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from November 26 to 30, 2018, to exchange best practices on leveraging their reef’s iconic World Heritage status, to protect their fragile ecosystems from climate impacts and secure sustainable livelihoods, jobs and income for local…

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The African Toll of the Great War, in Song and Shadows


Though only some of this year’s centenary commemorations have acknowledged it, the European armies fighting in the trenches comprised more than Europeans alone. World War I was also fought by African, Asian, Caribbean and Polynesian troops, who came to the Western Front by choice or conscription. Even less acknowledged is the death toll of soldiers, laborers and civilians on the African continent, whose fatalities probably exceeded one million, according to the International Encyclopedia of the First World War. From Namibia to Morocco, Cameroon to Tanzania, Africans served, fought and succumbed to violence or disease — and when it was over, the powers signing the peace treaty in Versailles gave them nothing at all.

The South African artist William Kentridge has turned to this shamefully…

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How the Great Migration redefined the black community and American culture in the 1900s


The Great Migration is regarded as one of the most significant turntables for the Black community in American history and most importantly, the history of African Americans that started in the 1900s. It is considered the world’s largest and fastest movement of people that was not caused by any immediate danger or violence. However, the causes of the Great Migration are still very significant and cannot be downplayed.

Also referred to as the Great Northward Migration that saw the massive movement of African Americans from Southern America to the more urbanised northern parts of the country, the Great Migration started in the 1900s and ended in the 1970s with the Great Depression causing a break in the migration in the 1930s.

The African American population was very huge…

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Adoption is a Great Option – The Charleston Chronicle


Nsenga and Kai Burton (Photo: Nsenga Burton)

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Entertainment and Culture Editor

November was National Adoption Awareness Month, which came about as an effort to encourage families to consider adopting children in the foster care system.

First introduced in 1976 by then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis as National Adoption Week, who wanted to help find forever homes for the massive number of children in foster care. Former President Gerald Ford made the initiative a proclamation due to the large number of states participating in the week. Thus, the month of November which is usually associated with Thanksgiving – a time for families to come together over food, fellowship and football — was proclaimed as National Adoption…

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10 great African innovations



African tech start-ups received more than $560 million of investment in 2017, a new record, while in 2018 the number of internet users increased by …
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