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Sudan: Meroe Pyramids

Meroe was a wealthy metropolis of the ancient kingdom of Kush in what is today the Republic of Sudan. The city was located at the crossroads of major trade routes and it flourished from 800 BCE to 350 CE. As no one yet has been able to decipher the Meroitic script, very little can be said for certain on how Meroe grew to become the wonderous city written about by Herodotus in circa 430 BCE, but it is known that the city was so famous for its wealth in ancient times that the Persian King Cambyses mounted an expedition to capture it (the expedition faltered long before reaching the city owing to the difficult and inhospitable terrain of the desert). The city was also known as the Island of Meroe as the waters flowing around it made it appear so.”

For more information on in the Kingdom of Meroe and its famous queen, Candace Amanitore click here


What a way to begin an acceptance speech. Lupita has made sure that we never forget the sufferings of Patsey and Solomon, and thus the millions of enslaved Africans who were dehumanized in one of the greatest crimes against humanity in the history of the world.

Unspeakable crimes that have gone largely unpunished. How can people scream ‘post-racialism’, ‘non-racialism’ and other ignorant statements when justice, if true justice can ever be attained for such acts, is yet to be achieved?

Didn’t mean to derail from Lupita’s acceptance speech but as important as her win is, so to is the vessel that brought her there - the story of Solomon Northup.

(Source: lupita-nyongo)


Big Debate on Racism: Has the Rainbow Nation project failed in South Africa?

The tension in this debating arena is so thick, you’d need a chainsaw to cut through it and even so, you may not be able to slice through it. But all this comes as no surprise considering the topic of the conversation, as well as the time and place in which it is held.

Operating around the question: “Has the Rainbow Nation failed?”, South African hot topic debating program eNCA’s “The Big Debate South Africa" (a favourite of mine) hosts yet another riveting discussion on race relations in the "Rainbow Nation" 20 years after a democratic country was born. 

With a diverse panel and even more diverse audience members, the question yields a colourful array of responses. A multitude of topics and issues are raised throughout ranging from white privilege, white poverty, and the layered politics of power, to affirmative action, the exclusion or underrepresenation of coloured and Indian populations in South African internal race relations, the intersectionality of race, class and gender, and the failure of the broader reconciliation movement of the 90s.

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