Something Disturbing Happens When People Say “Black” Instead of “African-American” – Mic

How is it that researchers/journaists totally miss how the world has changed – There are still many negative effects of old racism but the world has really changed and these are the people who led the change.

African-American says little since Africa is not  single culture, nation, or ethic grouping. A Black-American represents a diverse group of people who created a new culture in America and ultimately the world. With Jass/Jazz in music, language, style, all sort of arts, new art forms were invented and a new culture. That culture, which is uniquely American has become the unifying global youth culture. Hip Hop and Rap – the modern forms of jazz and blues can be heard and see in youth culture from Japan, China, India, Iraq, Egypt, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, England, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Chile and beyond. One need only view and listen to Chile’s Ana Tijoux’s – Vengo explosion on the world this hear to understand my point.

What follows is a view based on the 19th century, not the 20th or 21st.

What accounts for the difference? Today, in popular culture and journalistic discourse, the terms black and African-American are often used interchangeably, and neither has established a leg up over the other as the more progressive linguistic choice. But perhaps civil rights and religious leader Jesse Jackson, who championed “African-American” in the 1980s, was right to assume that the term served as an opportunity to recast black America in a more positive light. As Joe Pinsker notes at the Atlantic, the logic was that it “echoed the labels of groups, such as ‘Italian-Americans’ and ‘Irish-Americans,’ that had already been freed of widespread discrimination

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Film is a Living, Breathing Thing: The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival, June 2 – 6, 2015

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I recently took tea with Barbara Blake Hannah, cultural activist and consultant, filmmaker, writer, former Senator, blogger, mother, devout Rastafarian. Yes, all of the above!

Barbara speaks in a low voice. She sips her tea. We commiserate with each over our lingering “chik v” pains. She has an air of quiet dignity, but just under the surface is a dry sense of humor, a sharp intellect. Once she starts talking about her life and career in film (all kinds of famous names falling from her lips) she becomes animated. The words flow swiftly. I scribble in my notebook, barely able to keep up.

Taking tea with Barbara at Tea Tree Creperie… and our initials in chocolate!  (Photo: Quizz at Tea Tree) Taking tea with Barbara at Tea Tree Creperie… and our initials in chocolate! (Photo: C. Quizz Sigurdson)

But we were sitting in Kingston’s Tea Tree Creperie to talk about the Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival, to take place from June 2 – 6 in Ocho Rios. The…

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Vegan is only way! Pig in Jilin grows to 367kg in 2 years, is hauled off to slaughterhouse with forklift: Shanghaiist

Need any more reason not to eat animals?A pig at a farm in Changchun, Jilin province had grown to an astounding 367.5 kilograms in just two years. Naturally, its owner celebrated by slaughtering the animal for a New Year’s feast, and the hog was so massive that a forklift truck was required to carry it to its inevitable maker, the slaughterhouse. Warning: images documenting a pig turn into

A pig at a farm in Changchun, Jilin province had grown to an astounding 367.5 kilograms in just two years. Naturally, its owner celebrated by slaughtering the animal for a New Year’s feast, and the hog was so massive that a forklift truck was required to carry it to its inevitable maker, the slaughterhouse. Warning: images documenting a pig turn into stew ensue.

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