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African History Month 2008 - A Look Back

Paintings, Afro-Quiz, jazz music, batiks, t-shirts... it's all right here.

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Ali Mazrui on the African Renaissance

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To anyone well-versed in history, it’s no surprise that Africans built the foundations of the ancient world through the Nile Valley Civilisations of Sudan and Egypt.Nor is it a surprise that Africa blossomed with later great civilisations such as that of Ethiopia, Mali, Songhay, Ghana, the Yoruba and Zimbabwe and so many others.To those who know more than imperial histories, it’s no shock that Africa created and disseminated arts, mathematics, philosophy, poetry, religions, textiles, painting, medicine and more.But no matter how great was the past, the African present is sadly over-determined by conditions of misery.The roots of that misery lie in the Maafa, the three waves of the holocaust against Africa: European and Arab human trafficking of scores of millions of people, the resulting deformation of those civilisations' development and progress, and imperialism that saw Europeans militarily occupying every country on the c…

My friend Malcolm Azania interviews fringestrumentalists

Featuring an interview with Dale Ladouceur, and performances by her on Chapman Stick, by Tippy Ogogo, and by John Armstrong on Theremin.


TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Jack Shaheen on Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

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Few institutions exercise as much power over national and international society as corporate media.

Corporations and the newspapers, magazines, movie studios, television networks, video games designers, web portals and more that they own offer a non-stop menu of images, sounds, and text for us to consume. And while corporate powers like to tell us we have the freedom to choose anything on the menu, we’re conditioned to be unaware of one critical fact: we don’t get to write the menu in the first place.

Corporate apologists tell media critics they’re merely serving people what they want, and if people didn’t want it, they wouldn’t watch it, listen to it or read it. But let’s take the case of political hip hop, which was enormously popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

When major corporations took an interest in the multimillion dollar profits of hip hop, they bought out the small labels which were distributing the most creative ma…