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Black Live Matter Part I : Origins of the movement

Black Live Matter Part I : Origins of the movement

The movement Black Lives Matter was launched by three African American women : Alicia Garza, ¨Patrisse Cullors and Opral Tometi, the latter director of an advocacy group for immigrants in New York, the group named Black Alliance for Just immigration. As of February 2015, according to Patricia Cullors , there are 23 chapters of Black Lives Matters in United States, Canada and Ghana including. The movement gained momentum following the death of black citizens during police control, for instance : Eric Garner in New-York who was screaming many times to the police « I can't breathe », a sentence which will be used as a slogan...

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Pan-Africanism (Part I): Meaning and Origins of the worldwide Black emancipation movement

Pan-Africanism (Part I): Meaning and Origins of the worldwide Black emancipation movement

Destiny of Africa should lay in the hands of its children     Pan-Africanism is the belief that the destiny of Africa should lay in the hands of its children. The movement preaches unity and solidarity between black people and descendants of slaves worldwide. It states that all people from the African diaspora should go back to the motherland to help develop it and chase colonial powers and their influence out of Africa. It is an answer to the centuries of struggle and suffering African people had to bear, a response to colonialism and enslavement. The main idea of the...

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Malcolm X : the Black Power Hero

Malcolm X : the Black Power Hero

A childhood marked by injustice   Throughout the beginning of the 20th Century, and even before then, it was not easy to be black. The white people had used the black people as slaves for so long that they forgot they were human. The blacks were forced to be slaves, preparing tobacco fields, working in homes, and even caring for the children of the whites.   There was a major issue with segregation. Black children were not able to go to school with my children. White men and women were able to sit down on public buses, yet black people...

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Blaxploitation : Black movies for Black people

Blaxploitation : Black movies for Black people

What are Blaxploitation movies?   Blaxploitation (mix of the words “black” and “exploitation”) is the ethnic subgenre of the exploitation film, which emerged in United States in the 1970s. These movies were mostly done by black directors with black heroes and became the first style to use soul and funk music. The urban black population was the movies original target, however the audience of the genre soon had broadened across the ethnic and racial lines. From the gangster movie to the horror film, the western or the comedy, these movies covered almost all the subgenres and gave them an Afro-American touch for a new...

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Haïtian Revolution : The most succesful slave revolt in the History

Haitian revolution

Haïtian Revolution : The most succesful slave revolt in the History

How some heroic slaves overthrew a major colonial power   A inhuman island and the crushed lives of African slaves     Haïti (or Saint-Domingue) was a French colony in the Caribbean, and was the world main supplier of sugar. To exploit these resources, the white rulers of the island transferred a lot of African slaves to work in the plantations in the most inhuman conditions possible. Outnumbered by the slaves, the white masters tried to install a reign of fear to guarantee their safety. Slaves were regularly physically beaten and whipped, some were tortured or even castrated and burned alive....

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