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Articles by Abayomi Azikiwe

‘The Book of Negroes’: TV miniseries tackles historical myths

February 18, 2015

“The Book of Negroes” miniseries by Lawrence Hill, director Clement Virgo and executive producer Damon D’Oliveira. The cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lyriq Bent and Louis Gossett Jr. This six-part, historical fiction, television series recently concluded its premiere over the [...]

Long live the legacy of Malcolm X

February 12, 2015

February 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, who was gunned down by three men at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, N.Y., in 1965 as he prepared to address several hundred people. The meeting was sponsored by the Organization of Afro-American Unity, [...]

Louisiana’s African slave revolt of 1811

February 6, 2015

Some writers today note that an often hidden and misrepresented anti-slavery rebellion in 1811 along the German Coast in Louisiana — located above New Orleans on the Mississippi River — was the largest African uprising during the antebellum period. Historiographical accounts of resistance to [...]

Civil Rights to Black Power: The Alabama freedom movement 1965-1966

January 27, 2015

In June 1963, Bernard Lafayette was brutally beaten for his efforts to register black voters and almost died. With the release of “Selma,” tremendous interest has been generated among youth activists about the struggle for voting rights as it reached its apex in March 1965. This campaign for [...]

Despite decline in Ebola cases, global attention needed

January 26, 2015

World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan reports that the number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases are rapidly declining. However, the United Nations-affiliated agency says the world community must not become complacent in efforts to contain and eliminate the disease. This [...]

Detroit MLK Day rally highlights Selma, Ala.

January 24, 2015

MLK Day march in Detroit on Jan. 19.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe This year’s “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March” commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Selma campaign that created the conditions for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The program was organized by the Detroit [...]

Anti-racist struggle continues in 2015

January 14, 2015

An upsurge in mass demonstrations and rebellions across the United States portends much for developments in 2015. The federal government and ruling class have not seriously addressed the underlying factors associated with the rise in police killings and other racist incidents. The profound [...]

‘Selma’: A phenomenon in the midst of a resurgent movement

January 13, 2015

The movie “Selma,” which chronicles the 54-mile march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, was distributed nationally on Jan. 9 and has already been viewed by millions across the U.S. and the world. The Associated Press reported Jan. 11 that “Selma” came in second at the weekend box [...]

Oil price decline impacts African economies

January 10, 2015

During 2014 many Western-based financial publications declared that the Federal Republic of Nigeria had surpassed the Republic of South Africa as the largest economy on the continent. Nigeria relies on oil exports to generate its foreign exchange earnings. Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi [...]
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