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Global land rush has potential, and potential problems

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR The New York Times Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 1:00 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 9:07 p.m.

Sekou Traore stands in fields where he grows millet, sorghum and beans in the village of Soumouni, Mali, in November. Traore fears losing his house and land to a Libyan […]

45 Years After the Assassination of Malcolm X

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Earlier this year, WNYC Radio unearthed a 1960s interview between the civil rights leader and a reporter named Eleanor Fischer. On this somber anniversary, we consider Malcolm X’s legacy through the rediscovered tape, which has not been heard since the 1960s. We also speak to two people whose lives were profoundly affected […]

Gbagbo defiant at African ultimatum

A delegation of three West African presidents who met with incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo to deliver an ultimatum to step down or face force has left saying more meetings were needed.

West African presidents Boni Yayi of Benin, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde met Gbagbo […]

Black Gold: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Black Gold asks us ‘to wake up and smell the coffee,’ to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. The film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who […]

BANISHED: American Ethnic Cleansings | Independent Documentary

A hundred years ago, in communities across the U.S., white residents forced thousands of black families to flee their homes. Even a century later, these towns remain almost entirely white. BANISHED tells the story of three of these communities and their black descendants, who return to learn their shocking histories.

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Sa-Roc: Journey of the Starseed

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Soul Boy | Independent African Film | Kibera Nairobi, Kenya

SOUL BOY – A STORY OF AFRICAN FILM MAKING

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The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration | A Film by M.K. Asante Jr.

“The Black Candle” Trailer, Narrated by Maya Angelou from Dr. Maya Angelou on Vimeo. The Black Candle is a landmark, vibrant documentary film that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience.

Narrated by world renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, The Black […]

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, this film breaks the silence surrounding the tens of thousands of women and girls who have been kidnapped, raped and sexually tortured in that country’s intractable civil war. The filmmaker, herself a survivor of gang rape, talks with activists, peacekeepers, physicians […]

Outsourced African farming threatens to alienate locals

It is ironic that some farms in Ethiopia produce food for other countries when it needs more than $116 million in food aid itself. Jose Cendon / Bloomberg

The National (UAE) | Dec 20, 2010

Gavin du Venage

Ghana and Qatar’s announcement that they will jointly farm 50,000 hectares of land is the latest in […]