10 inspirational Nina Simone quotes you need to know

Nina Simone was one of the very first Black women to go into the Jazz genre and become a global sensation, rising to fame in the 1950s. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina, she nurtured her music passion from the beginning. After leaving the Julliard School in New York where she was studying classical piano, she turned to performing in nightclubs focusing mainly on jazz, blues and folk music. Though her mark as a talented musician is still being felt today, she is also…

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How Zimbabwe celebrated its independence in 1980 with a memorable Bob Marley concert [Video]

On this day in 1980, Southern-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe gained its independence from Britain. To celebrate the incredible milestone and liberation after decades of colonization, oppression and segregation, legendary Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley was invited to perform at a concert. The event took place at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare with the venue filled to capacity. Marley even agreed to play at the same venue the next day much to the excitement of those who could not attend. The late reggae icon apparently rejected a performance fee and footed his…

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PICTURES: Celebrating legendary Malian photographer Malick Sidibe

Popularly known as “The Eye of Bamako”, Sidibé showed the world the true richness of African culture through his splendid collections of photographs. Born in the Malian capital of Bamako in 1935, Malick defied the odds of poverty and social injustice to establish a career that the world still highly admires. Although his photographs were specifically meant to unveil the popular culture of Mali in the 1960s, the astute photographer was able to project the lenses of his camera to represent Africa as a whole and all the lovely untold…

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How Senegal’s Waalo female warriors resisted colonisation from the 11th to 19th century

In the story of Queen Ndate Yalla Mbodj, the last Queen of the Waalo kingdom which before the invasion of the French and Arabs was one of the strongest kingdoms in what is now Senegal, there is the mention of the strong female army that fought the French off until they were defeated. This piece of information peaks high interest as the most popular and documented female army in Africa is the Dahomey Amazons who inspired the female warriors in Black Panther. Dahomey Amazons In the absence of no recorded…

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Largely ignored in the U.S., this was the first black man to reach the North Pole in 1909

In April 1909, many people believed that explorer Robert Peary was the first of his expedition to have landed at the geographic North Pole. Only a few at the time knew that it was rather his servant, Matthew Henson who first set foot on the northernmost point on Earth in that on the expedition, making him the second man to reach there after American explorer Fredrick Cook who made it in 1908. Born in Nanjemoy, Maryland, in 1866, Henson was only 11 and without any formal education when he left…

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Zawditu, Ethiopia’s only female monarch who helped abolish slavery in 1923

On September 27, 1916, Zawditu became the Empress of Ethiopia and was given the title the King of Queens. This marked a great significance in the history of the Ethiopian Empire as well as African history as she became the first female head of an internationally recognized state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. Empress Zawditu Empress Zawditu earned the right to the throne after the death of her father Emperor Menelik II’s only son when he was still a child. However, at the death of her father…

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