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There is an overarching stereotype about the absence of African men in family and community development. Some claim that African "Black" males have failed to protect their communities while some say African leaders are the ones failing to protect their societies. Is there some validity is this stereotype?
However, history portrays Africa as an organized society where males prided themselves in protecting their communities. This character trait dates as far back as pre-colonial days were men were more socio-politically visible than women and in some societies; even though they deferred some of the sociopolitical roles to women. In those societies, women were allowed to make decisions pertaining to women affairs, but in general, men played various roles as councilmen, elders, and as a matter of fact, as those responsible for guarding the living from the forces of evil.
How do character traits of today's men differ from those of our ancestors? What have we forgotten to remember? Is it good to remember and continue to observe the cultural legacy and behavioral commitments of the ancestors? Is it possible to combine the Afrocentric governance with those of our ancestors? From the look of things, corrupt governments, killings, etc., it appears black leaders have moved too far from the good traditional practices of their ancestors. If this is the case, then who protects black communities? Should those good traditional protective roles be abandoned? Will electoral processes work in black communities, particularly, in Africa? Where do we go from here?
. The program is co-directed and co-produced by African Views.
The diversity of African people is defined by their uniqueness, which is one of their most important characteristics as a people. In the US, Black or African American is one category. Together they comprise approximately 14% of the population in the United States. One would expect synergy from the various groups that constitute the Black society in America. This includes Black immigrants from Africa, South America, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and African Americans. Current reality as revealed by pundits and mere public observation show that relating to one another in their respective communities is a common challenge.
The existing conflicts are both recent and antiquity based myths such as claims that African Americans don't like Black immigrants because they are reaping the benefit of their struggles for freedom with disregard for the experience of slavery while Black immigrants are said to think that African Americans are aloof of the opportunity of their circumstances. Other myths include the Willie Lynch’s effect and conspiracy theory of who might have been responsible for slave trade.
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An Angel Goes Home
Old age is such a blessing. But what good is it exactly? Methuselah, they say had lived for thousand years. But what for? Many people around the world shares a sense of loss about the recent passing of Maya Angelou. She had been a significant influence for good in world and shall always remain a pride of the African communities worldwide. Weeks before Dr. Maya Angelou's passing, Dr Ezi Mecha was planning to record a video message about her work relationship with Chinua Achebe. Something she had agreed to do. She had a strong sense of belief in her roots as a guide to the present and the future, and what it means to live a purposeful life.
Pharrell Williams, a brilliant and successful African American music entertainer said in his twitter feed that he is saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing: A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world.” Looking at Dr. Maya's what about her life and her contribution to Africa can we emulate?
A collaborative effort to celebrate Maya Angelou’s life and influence has been arranged to take place at 11a.m. to 1:00p.m on Saturday on the AV Teleforum. We invite all who wish to give tributes and engage in a dialogue about the influence of Maya Angelou – to join this week’s discussion live by phone or Skype as we connect local individuals to the global communities.
Intelligent discussions are no longer taking place in silos. If you have anything to say, here is the power to say it. The world is listening.
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Host: Dr. Ezi Mecha
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This past Friday, May 23rd, a massacre occurred, sparking a debate on women’s rights. The massacre was committed by a twenty-two year old man who, before committing suicide, murdered six people. The shooter had been planning this killing for almost a year in his “war against women.” Before the shootings he had left a YouTube video entitled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution” and a hundred and forty-one page manifesto stating that, "I'm twenty-two years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. And through college, two and a half years, more than that actually, I'm still a virgin. It has been very torturous. The popular kids, you never accepted me and now you will all pay for it. Girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, be loved by you. I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex, love, affection, adoration.” He also then killed three of his roommates by stabbing them to death. During the massacre the shooter purposefully targeted the Alpha Phi sorority house at University of California at Santa Barbara; fatally shooting two women standing outside the house. He then went on a rampage killing another man and then finally himself after injuring thirteen others.
His reason for this premeditated massacre was that a girl in the seventh grade of middle school rejected him. The ripple effect of rejection is toxic to the whole society and we should begin to have the discussion on how to educate ourselves, especially young people on how to understand and better manage impulsive emotion triggered by rejection.
Zambia holds a special place in Africa largely because of the leadership of Kenneth Kaunda, the Lion of Zambia, one of the most respected political leaders in Africa. Kaunda’s legacy includes belief that Zambia could establish a democracy where both Africans and European settlers could live in peace. As such Zambia managed to avoid the racially divisive power struggles that plagued its neighbors, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. He has also brokered efforts to resolve disputes within and between African nations and was particularly active in the long campaign that led to Zimbabwean independence in 1980. Today Zambia is one of the few African countries that have been multi-racially inclusive of persons of European Origin it is highest Office. Guy Scott was sworn in as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia on 29 September 2011.
Nonetheless, after 3 years in Office, Zambians are becoming frustrated about the administration of Michael Chilufya Sata, the current Zambian president and Patriotic Front party leader. Sata defeated the incumbent Rupiah Bwezani Banda in the 2011 elections with pre-election pledge to deliver a people driven constitution in 100 days after taking office. The recent announcement by the president in defense of his delay on the issue, saying Zambia has a constitution and the country is not in crisis sparked a protest which led to the arrest of More than 40 youth activists for wearing T-shirts saying: "New constitution a must. Release it now!"
Activista and other Zambian youth movement will get a chance to tell the world what a people driven Constitution for Zambia mean and why New constitution a must. Release it now on African Views. Read more
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THIS WEEK’S TOPIC : “ Women Hold up more than half the world”
Focus on MDG 3 :Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG5 : Improve Maternal Health
Special Guest : Sean S Tedjarati MD, MPH, MBA (c)
Dr. Tedjarati is the Chief & Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology & Robotic Surgery at New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center. He is actively involved in clinical research and serves as the principal investigator for the GOG, a research arm of the NCI at NYMC/WCMC. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards. He has been selected as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals
He has a strong interest in international and public health. He has volunteered extensively around the world including Africa, Central and South America, China, Vietnam and other developing nations in addressing the issue of women’s health and their rights. He has lectured extensively on area of international health with emphasis on women’s health as the nucleus of community development and empowerment. His other area of interest is healthcare disparities in minority populations and women’s rights. His focus is on a comprehensive approach to women’s development internationally as health being a gateway to a more sustainable approach to addressing other factors such as economic prowess, education development along with strong emphasis on policies that will change the environment that facilitate and foster a real and lasting change in women’s lives in developing nations.
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