A Black Panther lawsuit is testing the cultural exchange between Africans and African-Americans

Is it appropriation if African Americans draw influence from Africa? For all its box-office success and cultural significance, Black Panther has had to dodge a lot of uncomfortable issues around cultural appropriation. Now, one of the most celebrated elements of the Marvel film, its original soundtrack, is under fire for alleged creative theft. Just days after Kendrick Lamar released the song “All…

South Africans’ anger over land set to explode

Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Whatsapp In a country grappling with so many different challenges, land reform in South Africa has recently emerged as a dominant and potentially explosive issue – the focus of furious political contestation and increasingly inflammatory rhetoric. “Africa is for black people. Period. We…

In Historic Victory, Barbados Elects First Female Prime Minister

 Mia Amor Mottley even earned the backing of the country’s most recognizable national: FOUROAKS VIA GETTY IMAGES In a landslide victory, Barbados elects its first female prime minister. The Caribbean island of Barbados elected its first female prime minister Thursday, adding to a growing list of woman-led countries in the Western Hemisphere. TWITTER Mia Amor…

Tue, 05.19.1744 England’s first Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte born

Queen Charlotte of England, 1863 portrait *Princess Sophie Charlotte was born on this date in 1744. She was the first Black Queen of England. Charlotte was the eighth child of the Prince of Mirow, Germany, Charles Louis Frederick, and his wife, Elisabeth Albertina of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1752, when she was eight years old, Sophie Charlotte’s…

Remembering the first Queen of England of African descent

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, originally named Sophie Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744.  Queen Charlotte also held the titles of Electress of Hanover and Queen Consort of Hanover. Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a minute north German dukedom in the Holy Roman Empire. Queen Charlotte was the youngest daughter of Princess Elizabeth Albertine Saxe-Hildburghausen and…