AFRICA BRIEFS

This space is dedicated predominantly to developments and trends in the various spheres of the African continent which are constantly evolving.

Leading US Black Bank Announces Financial Literacy Youth Contest 

Students from across the country between the ages of 8 and 12 are encouraged to read a financial literacy book of their choosing, and either write a 250-word essay or create an art project to show how they would apply what they learned from the book to their daily lives. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by June 30, 2021. The Bank will choose ten winners and award each winner a $1,000 savings account at OneUnited Bank by August 31, 2021. For more information, please visit: www.oneunited.com/book.

Teri Williams, OneUnited Bank President and author of “I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money, wrote the book when she found that there weren’t enough books geared toward educating urban youth about finances.

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Court TV Records Highest Viewership For The George Floyd Verdict

Court TV viewing peaked April 20 between 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET – during which time the verdicts were read – at 402K viewers 2+. Court TV was ranked in the top 15 ahead of such networks as ID, ESPN, TBS, TNT, FX, Discovery Channel and 100 others in viewers 2+ when compared with ad-supported cable networks 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET April 20.

April 20 was the most-watched day since Court TV was rebooted in May 2019 with increases as high as +10 times the pre-Chauvin trial time period average. The network’s trial coverage itself was up more than +330 percent.

In terms of streaming viewing, Court TV was up more than 20 times for the trial and more than 40 times for the verdict versus the pre-trial average.

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 W. E. B. Du Bois 1903 Historical Perspective On Race Relation In America 

In his 1903 text The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote that the “police system was arranged to deal with blacks alone, and tacitly assumed that every white man was ipso facto a member of that police.” The ideologies of that earliest iteration of American policing—designed to prevent the freedom and enfranchisement of Black people and to protect the interests of white people—still persist in today’s policing system.

The Caribbean Writer Pairs the Virgin Islands Online Literary Fest.

The University of the Virgin Islands’ international journal The Caribbean Writer together with the Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair (VI Lit Fest) will host the 7th iteration of the literary celebration from April 30 to May 2, 2021 under the theme, “Diasporic Rhythms II: Interrogating the Past; Imagining a Future”. The festival will begin with Pre LitFest activities aimed at school children held during the morning hours of Friday, April 30 while the main part of the weekend program will be staged Saturday afternoon, May 1 from 1 to 6, and from 1 to 6 pm on Sunday, May 2. Award-winning authors and publishing agents taking part in the event include Edwidge Danticat, Kwame Dawes, Chika Unigwe, Canisia Lubrin, Vladimir Lucien, Shara McCollum, Jacqueline Bishop, Michela A. Calderaro, Mervyn Taylor, Sele Adeyemi, Stefan Carty, Tiphanie Yanique, Rozena Maart, Tobias Buckell, Cadwell Turnbull, Richard Georges, and Biko McMillan, among others.

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Available via African Books & Literature 

A Former Ambassador's Wake Up Call To Africa And The Rest Of The World

A dynamic new book – Africa 101: The Wake Up Call – presents the past of the oldest history of man with a view of the future by one of the leading advocates for an African renaissance, Her Excellency Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the former Ambassador of the African Union to the United States, and the Americas.

It is a book that dissects Africa’s past and her 600-year relationship with the rest of the world; the travesty that was the Berlin Conference of 1884, designed to strip Africa of herself, and from where the greed of the Europeans took over.

The book was finished and ready to go press, when the international calamity of the George Floyd murder gripped our nation and the author stopped the press to capture the unfolding saga of Floyd’s death in the book. To the best of my knowledge, Africa 101 is the only one that records Mr. Floyd’s last words; and anyone who was not moved by what they read, did not read or truthfully understand the book and the Ambassador’s message.

As she says in her dedication:

“I dedicate this book to all Africans, people of African descent, friends of Africa worldwide and all who have good intentions in support of the continent’s advancement and development. I also dedicate this book to our African Ancestors, those who died on the continent as well as those who died as enslaved people across the Atlantic. They paid the ultimate prize and it is their shoulders we stand on today. In addition, I also dedicate this book to all black men and women who were murdered by racist white men, from Emmett Till to George Floyd.”

After reading the 600-plus pages, all persons of African descent should all be ready to ask everyone including themselves:

“What have we ever done to you that you treat us the way you do?”

Excerpt from Africa 101:

The final words of George Floyd... the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds

“Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe it’s my face, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe, Please your knee, I can’t breathe, I will, I can’t move, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa Mamaaaaa, Mamaaaa, I can’t, my knee, my neck, I’m through, I’m through, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I’m claustrophobic, my stomach hurt, my neck hurt, everything hurt, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, need some water or something, please, please, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe officer, they gonna kill me, they gonna kill me man, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I cannot breathe, I cannot breathe, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, they gonna kill me, they gonna kill me, I can’t breathe, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, I can’t breathe, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, please, please, please, please, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa, please, I can’t breathe, please, please, Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa Ahaaaaa!!!

Transcribed by: Susan Rosario

Africa and France: An unfulfilled dream of independence?

France’s former African colonies are celebrating 60 years of independence. But France’s influence remains all-pervasive and critics say it is time that Africans cut the umbilical cord and put an end to Françafrique.

“Sixty years on, francophone countries in Africa still do not have true independence and freedom from France,” says Nathalie Yamb, an adviser to Ivory Coast’s Freedom and Democracy Party (LIDER). Even the content of school textbooks is often still determined by France, she added.

But more importantly, the political system in many of the countries was introduced by France. “Shortly before independence, France decided to abolish the parliamentary system in some countries like Ivory Coast and introduce a presidential regime in which all territories and powers are in the hands of the head of state; Yamb told DW. The reason being that in this way,” only one person with all the power needs to be manipulated,”she said. Françafrique, as the French influence in the former colonies is called, remains a fact, particularly galling to the young, whose resentment of the former colonial power is growing. Beginning in the 1980s, many French presidential candidates have been announcing plans to put an end to Françafrique. 

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