The Future of Freedom in Africa

“Despite Ebola, Africa is rising. Since the 1990s, Africa has witnessed a change in its fortunes: the Cold War ended, apartheid was repealed, Marxism came to naught, and many cruel dictators lost their support. Africa is experiencing increased political and economic development, which is empowering African citizens to move out of poverty, develop their human capital, and continue development. While Africa’s growth is impressive, it is fragile and must be considered with cautious optimism.”

Source: https://www.atlasnetwork.org/news/article/the-future-of-freedom-in-africa

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Is Africa ready for a digital future?

“WHAT does digital connectivity mean for Africa’s industrial and economic development? Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa managing director, Barry Elliott, considers the possible impact of the ‘Internet of things in Africa’. Will automation, artificial intelligence and robotics – or as it’s been called, the ‘rise of the machines’ – really reduce the value of people and their roles as meaningful contributors to society?”

Source: https://www.chronicle.co.zw/is-africa-ready-for-a-digital-future/

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A Guide to Sun Ra on Film

“You could devote your entire life to exploring Sun Ra’s galaxy of music, art, and writing and never reach an end. During his 79 years on this particular planet, the interstellar bandleader was a perpetual motion machine of creativity, releasing countless records, touring constantly, and penning works of Afrofuturist poetry and philosophy. Ra’s universe is still expanding, more than a quarter-century after he left this earthly plane; there’s a seemingly never-ending flow of releases and rediscoveries, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, still an ongoing concern under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen, will release its first album since 1999 this month.”

Source: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/a-guide-to-sun-ra-on-film/

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A Journey to Afrofuturism: Dare us Ditch the Lemons?

“The central ethos of the concept of Afrofuturism is the reimaging of the future through the lenses of the African. In the words of Mark Dery, the American author, who is credited to have coined the word Afrofuturism, the central question of the movement is “Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures?”

Source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/1030863/a-journey-to-afrofuturism-dare-us-ditch-the-lemon.html

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Health tech pins hope on Africa’s pandemic shift to online care

“Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in the way medicine is practiced as medical care increasingly begins with an online consultation rather than a face-to-face meeting. But the opportunities in Africa, where access to medical care is often restricted, are transformational and offer growth prospects to companies that provide online consultations and online sales of medicine.”

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-africa-tech-insigh/health-tech-pins-hope-on-africas-pandemic-shift-to-online-care-idUSKBN25Y0VG

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Everybody Eats, No Questions Asked at This Donations-Only Black-Owned Restaurant

At Drexell & Honeybee’s in Brewton, Alabama, restaurant owners Freddie and Lisa Thomas-McMillan display classic Southern hospitality. With their business philosophy, “Feed the Need,” they operate on a donation-based system without turning anyone away reports Good News Network.

Guests from all walks of life can come in and enjoy southern cuisine served family style. After their meal, tucked in the corner of the mom and pop soul food establishment, is a donation box where guests can leave a donation that fits their needs. These donations go right back into running the restaurant meaning the owners get virtually no profit, says Black Business.

Source: https://afrotech.com/everybody-eats-no-questions-asked-at-this-donations-only-black-owned-restaurant

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Disrupt Africa to power startup-focused sessions at digital event “Africa Tech Summit Connects”

“Disrupt Africa, an African news, research and eventing company, has reprised its partnership with Africa Tech Summit (ATS) to power startup-focused sessions and pitching opportunities at the Africa Tech Summit Connects digital event next month. Following successful annual Summits in Kigali, London, Washington DC, and Shanghai, ATS will celebrate its 10th edition online on October 20-22. Africa Tech Summit Connects… will continue to drive business, investment, and connections with tech leaders, corporates, international investors, startups, and decision makers… The exclusive virtual business summit is not “another webinar,” and instead aims to maximize each delegate’s time with AI-powered smart matchmaking, live 1:1 video meetings, and the ability to find new customers, innovative products, investors, and opportunities via a virtual business marketplace.”

Source: https://disrupt-africa.com/2020/09/disrupt-africa-to-power-startup-focused-sessions-at-digital-event-africa-tech-summit-connects/

Virtual summits appear to be the thing of the future – and of the present, too, apparently. Connection is the name of the game. International connection opens doors that may not even exist domestically. So, if your tech startup is struggling to find startup capital, then perhaps a look at international opportunities may be in order.

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The Books Briefing: Imagining Black Futures

“The death of Chadwick Boseman last week revealed the ability of art to imagine new, daring possibilities for the future. In his roles as T’Challa, Jackie Robinson, and James Brown, Boseman expertly portrayed Black icons and heroes, providing visions of hope by embodying individuals who challenged power narratives. That is, in many ways, the core of Afrofuturism, a tradition represented in a long line of books written by Black writers such as Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany. These writers dared to build worlds infused with elements of magical realism, fantasy, and technological innovation to realize dreams of resistance and freedom.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2020/09/octavia-butler-tomi-adeyemi-ta-nehisi-coates-and-afrofuturism-books-briefing/616033/

The Atlantic’s Kristine Guillaume shares her weekly guide to the best in books. This article focuses specifically on Black writers and Afrofuturism, which draws from the history of the African diaspora to imagine liberatory possibilities for the future.

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Noughts + Crosses: Why You Should Watch This Afrofuturist Alternate History Romance

“First published in the UK in 2001, and in the U.S. in 2005, Noughts & Crosses tells the story of a dystopian alternate reality version of the U.K. (here, called Albion). In the Noughts & Crosses universe, people of African descent are called ‘Crosses’ and people of European descent are called ‘Noughts.’ The Crosses control the government and use the legal and economic system to oppress the Noughts. The main character of the novel series is Sephy Hadley (Masali Baduza, in the series), a Cross who is in a relationship with Callum McGregor (Jack Rowan), a Nought. Through this relationship, she begins to realize that the society she lives in is hell for those who don’t look like her. The story continues across five books, as the characters fight to end the institutionalized racism in Albion.”

Source: https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/noughts-and-crosses-peacock-review/

A government controlled by people of African descent that oppresses people of European descent? Interesting concept, but is that what you as an Afrofuturist envision for this planet? Worth a discussion, I’d say.

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A Fashion Historian Unpacks the Symbolism of Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Costumes

“When Beyoncé released her latest visual album Black Is King on Disney+ on July 31, casual fans and the BeyHive alike were treated to a glorious feast for the eyes that featured the rich range of cultures and countries of the African continent. While the Afrocentric narrative of Black Is King draws on last year’s The Lion King: The Gift album as a framework to explore both Africa’s vast history and the African diaspora through the coming-of-age story of a young king, the aesthetic component of the film plays an equally important role, thanks to the dazzling vision of Beyoncé and her creative collaborators, especially her stylist, Zerina Akers.”

Source: https://time.com/5875425/black-is-king-fashion/

Kudos to Beyoncé for bring it so blackety black that no one can help to be proud to be an African! Black Is King A must-see, visual album, a veritable collection of tantalizing sights and sounds that will delight the senses, touch the soul, and awaken the spirit no matter the color your skin.

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