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Warrior Queen: The Great Asante Queenmother Yaa Asantewaa

Ekiah Productions – Warrior Queen from Bowstring Studios on Vimeo.

Warrior Queen, a short by Ekiah Productions, tells the story of the great Asante Queenmother Yaa Asantewaa who led her people into battle against the British.

“Booker’s Place”: A Mississippi Story

Democracy Now MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012 In 1965, Booker Wright, an African-American waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi, dared to be interviewed by NBC about racism in America, a decision that forever changed his and his family’s lives. Wright said during the interview, “I always learned to smile. The meaner the man be, the more you smile. […]

Jazz Legend Randy Weston on His Life and Celebration of “African Rhythms” (Democracy Now!)

In a Black History Month special, Democracy Now! airs an extended interview with the legendary pianist and composer Randy Weston. For the past six decades, Weston has been a pioneering jazz musician incorporating the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. His most famous compositions include, “Little Niles,” “Blue Moses,” and “Hi-Fly,” and his 1960 album, […]

“Memory is the Active Agent of Collective Social Progress”: Randall Robinson on His New Novel Makeda

Makeda On the eve of the Civil Rights movement, while struggling to survive the emotional vacuum of his family, young Gray March escapes into the safe and magical world of his grandmother Makeda’s tiny parlor. There his life is transformed by his visits to the aging matriarch, a woman blind since birth but who […]

Angano…Angano…Tales from Madagascar

Plot: “Tales, tales, nothing but a tale,” says one of the master storytellers at the beginning of this winsome and deceptively easygoing documentary. “It’s not me telling lies, but the people of long ago–and that’s how they heard it as well.”

Angano…Angano…Tales from Madagascar (“Angano” means “story”) showcases the living culture of the Malagasy people […]

McIntosh County Shouters: Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia

The McIntosh County Shouters is a ten-member Gullah-Geechee group that began performing professionally in 1980. They have educated and entertained audiences around the United States with the “ring shout,” a compelling fusion of counterclockwise dance-like movement, call-and-response singing, and percussion consisting of hand claps and a stick beating the rhythm on a wooden floor. African […]

Complete 4 Part Series: The Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens by Kwadwo Gyasi Nkita-Mayala

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Bid ‘Em In by Oscar Brown Jr. – A Short Film

Find more videos like this on Adiama Network: Carrying on the Tradition

Cosmic Slop: The Space Traders

The Space Traders is the startling opening to the classic trilogy Cosmic Slop directed by Reginald Hudlin. In this compelling story a group of aliens visit the U.S. promising to solve all the country’s major problems in exchange for all people of African ascent. Can you guess what happens next? Fast forward to now, […]

I Ain’t Lying: Folktales from Mississippi

1975 16mm documentary based on fieldwork William Ferris conducted with African American storytellers and bluesmen in the communities of Leland and Rose Hill, Mississippi. The stories include include folk and religious tales, jokes, toast telling sessions, and characters from African American oral tradition. FULL DOCUMENTARY

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