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February 15, 2017 · 9:16 am

Some Blk history Month reading.

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February 15, 2017 · 9:14 am

Nigerians release Portuguese edition of cartoon for Afro-Brazilian kids; ‘Bino and Fino’ presents African culture and history to children in a positive manner

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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: It’s finally here! Last April we presented to our readers a story about a team of Nigerian cartoonists who sought to bring their original cartoon, Bino and Fino to a Brazilian market in which there are very few black children’s characters nor positive representations of the deep history and influential culture of the African continent. This is a major breakthrough because, even though Brazilian lawmakers passed Law 10.639/2003 making mandatory the teaching of African and Afro-Brazilian History and Culture in all Brazilian schools, the law hasn’t been truly implemented in schools and in fact “has been forgotten by the State and most teachers.” 

It’s shameful how Brazil continues to ignore the history of a continent and its people that has had such a strong influence on the nation’s history. Let us not forget that during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, the nation that…

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February 15, 2017 · 9:11 am

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance

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Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to dominate their subjects. Erasing the memory of the language of our ancestors was a key ingredient in the process of Europeanizing the minds of millions of Africans brought across the Atlantic to the New World. But as with so many other things that we as a people re-interpret in our own ways, as in the example of Hip Hop, African peoples have taken European languages, sampled it and given them fresh interpretations. I’m often fascinated when I hear what Jamaicans and Nigerians have done with English as well as what Cape Verdeans have…

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In an article by Mema Ayi and Demetrius Patterson from the Chicago Defender, they wrote that “actor Morgan Freeman created a small firestorm…when he told Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes that he finds Black History Month (BHM) ridiculous.” Freeman goes on to say that “Americans perpetrate racism by relegating Black history to just one […]

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February 9, 2017 · 8:09 pm