The Afropolitan RE-education Project: A collection of Africa’s Greats

A collection of greats every Afropolitan should know My foray into African fiction has put me on a quest for more knowledge about African history, literature, music, culture…art. Who are our greats? Afropolitans don’t learn about them conclusively in western public schools–hell! Some African heroes have even been written out of history books in Africa!

I suppose the catalyst that brings me to the foot of this mountain is the research I’ve been doing for a future African-centered homeschool curriculum I have planned for my girls (later post, y’all). I’ve stumbled upon famous and lesser known African heroes and renaissance women. From Achebe, Adichie, Ama Atta Aidoo, Sefi Atta, Emecha Buchi, Taiye Selasi, Egyptology, Classical Africa, African spirituality, Wole Soyinka, Fela Kuti, Meryiam Makeba, Mandela, Nkrumah, Sankara,…Amenhotep…the list continues and I’ve gotten no where yet!

So, I’m starting a new project on the blog.

The RE-education Project. I’ve been on a journey reeducating my Afropolitan mind, will you join me? Great!

Tweet This!: The Re-Education Project; a collection of African greats, to inspire your curiosity and self-exploration. Will your “greats” make the list?

In this series I will attempt to compile a portal of intellectual discovery. A weekly digestible post drawn from a different fields of knowledge: History, Literature, Visual Arts, Science, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. My research will come from a variety of sources, and I’ll do my best to cite them.

Hopefully each entry will stimulate your mind and whet your appetite for more. My goal is to help complete our mis-or under-education about Africa’s contribution to civilization, by compiling a centrally located collection to guide us.

A brief summary of the journey ahead…

HISTORY
A survey of people and events that shaped African civilization and consciousness.

LITERATURE
Great writers, poets, and novels that inspire us.

VISUAL ARTS
An introduction to African Art, sculpture and architecture.

SCIENCE
Africans are ingenious people. We’ll talk about some people and concepts that came out of the continent.

MUSIC
Music is in our souls! A comprehensive review of our musical heritage.

PHILOSOPHY
From ancient Egypt to the twenty-first century, Africans greatest thinkers documented.

RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY
An overview of African spirituality, beliefs and rituals. Some of them exist in the West today.

This will by no means be an exhaustive project. I’m sure there will be people and events that I’ll miss, but it’s a start. An initiative that opens new horizons of intellectual discovery and sparks intelligent conversation. I hope our progress through this collection of knowledge inspires your curiosity and opens new areas of exploration in your life.

But first, tell me, who are your heroes? Who, or what should make it on this list? Help me complete this project. I know you have a few, please share!!! If you’d like to be a contributor to this series please email me. Thanks!

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Weekend-ing: My Afropolitan Tribe

Crowd-stopping Live Gogo band ROCKS OUT off the metro in Chinatown

This weekend kicked off at the movies with my tribe of girlfriends to see “Dear White People” followed by three hour discussion at a nearby restaurant. Of course the discussion went every which way, from race relations, to parenthood, to culture, to why middle class black folk need to stay in black neighborhoods and build ‘em up. Hmm…

It was random, and lots of fun. I love hanging out with these ladies.

Dear White People was interesting. It was “well done” as everyone keeps saying, and I believe I enjoyed it. It’s a start to open discussion about race which is badly needed.

One thing I did come away with was a theory about letting people in at our own time as part of healing race tensions in this country. The gong scene inspired my theory, where Sam, the militant protagonist, had a gong rang each time an outsider tried to come into the all-black dining hall, the black students would boo and catapult balled up notebook paper at the intruder to scare them away. In context, it was a funny scene. But it made me think. What if we allowed ourselves to sit with our anger, frustrations, hurt, or sadness without guilt. Without having to make concessions with anyone about how we feel and just feel it nonetheless, would we feel better? If given the opportunity to be angry, to work through it, to get sick of it, with no outside help…with no one constantly demanding to be let in, to understand, to interpret our feelings…would we eventually let them in when we’re ready…when we’re healed?

***“Gonnngg!“****

Saturday followed up with another fellowship session with brilliant afropolitan minds. I get giddy each time I connect with other people who get me. Other people in the diaspora who are on parallel journeys of asking questions, solving our issues, eventually finding our way back home.

I may not know my purpose just yet, and I can’t single out my god-given talent, but I’m pretty sure the universe, my ancestors, and my tribe are lighting my way.

 

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Flashback Friday: Backyard Fall Photoshoot

Backyard photoshootI took some Fall photos in the backyard one crisp September morning and I promised to share.

backyard family photos

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FallShoot10 kidsphotoshoot Ollie1 Ellie1

Ellie’s “Alex the Lion Dance” (from the Madagascar 2 movie)FallShoot01Enjoy…your weekend!

 

 

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