ahjamu umi returns...
one of the strongest pan-afrikanist voices in portland, oregon is ahjamu umi (anti-foreclosure/pro-community activist and member of the all African people's revolutionary party).
from his website (http://www.abetterworld.me/):
"I organize for political, economic, and social change. I also write and publish books that seek to raise critical questions around issues like racism, sexism, and economic exploitation of people and the planet. I have an activist history that stretches from the U.S. to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean."
he has been a guest of ours in the past; in light of nelson mandela's transition to the ancestors we wanted to get a pan-afrikanist viewpoint of mandela and his actions, particularly as we see activists in the motherland and beyond hold critiques which tend to get ignored amidst the praise and idolatry.
we also will speak with him (continuing the wonderful conversation we had with kamal shaw a couple of weeks ago) about the state of black masculinity (and humanity), in relation to figures such as kanye west and orville douglas, who wrote a piece from the guardian entitled 'why i hate being a black man'.
if you have a question or comment for ahjamu, we would also love to hear from you!