“My Name Is George Junius Stinney Jr”


The Adinkra Symbols – Sesa Wo Suban “Transform your character”


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Symbol of life transformation  This symbol combines two separate adinkra symbols, the “Morning Star” which can mean a new start to the day, placed inside the wheel, representing rotation or independent movement

The Adinkra Symbols – Nyame Ye Ohene “God is King”


Symbol of the majesty and supremacy of God

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The Adinkra Symbols – Akoma


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The Akoma Adinkra symbol looks exactly like a heart, but it represents more. The akoma “heart” symbol represents patience, goodwill, faithfulness, endurance and tolerance. According to the Agbo people group, when a person is said to “have a heart in his stomach,” that person is very tolerant.

The Akoma symbol is very popular in weddings throughout Ghana, and it’s not hard to see why.

-Courtesy of http://blog.africaimports.com/wordpress/2009/06/famous-adinkra-symbols-akoma-symbol/

 

Happy Kwanzaa!


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Kwanzaa, the Harvest.

Thinking back on how productive, joyful, powerful and how eventful this year has been. The challenge of this struggle is keeping yourself true to your pourpose in life. As a dear friend often sais: “Wisdom is the absence of choice”

We shall make our choices always the wise ones.

Happy Kwanzaa to all!

RIP Madiba


Heavenly warrior,

eternal soul,

freedom fighter,

respected elder,

now ocupies a place of honor among our ancestors

Live Always in Our Hearts!

The Adinkra Symbols – Funtunfunefu Denkyemfunefu (siamese crocodiles)


Funtunfunefu Denkyemfunefu (siamese crocodiles), symbol of democracy and unity

The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.

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This is a symbol of  democracy and unity in a diverse environment.  These reptiles share a common belly, yet they fight over food. There is urgency in implementing this ideology: the union of people from different cultural backgrounds must achieve commonly shared objectives despite their divergent views and opinions about the way of life. The symbol stresses the importance of democracy in all aspects of life. It also encourages inclusiveness, and naturally discourages discrimination.

CARIBBEAN STORYTELLING: Anansi ~ An African / Jamaican folktale | Denzel Washington


Denzel Washington narrates a hillarious story about “Anansi da spider big man in da bush. Him teeny-teeny, but animals dem give him big big respect, ’cause him own all da stories in da world.”

An animated Jamaican cartoon told by Denzel Washington, accompanied by the music of reggae band UB40. It is a celebration of African /Jamaican cultural traditions. Illustrations by Steven Guarnaccia. Written by Brian Gleeson.
1991… released 1992

CARIBBEAN STORY TELLING: THELMA PHILLIPS | MONKEY LIVER


Born Thelma Ermintrude Knights, Aunty Tek took the name Phillip after marriage.

A long time resident of Belmont in St George, Aunty Tek as a pioneer among women in Grenada, breaking long-held stereotypes — from being among the first women to own and drive a car on the island, to a career as a teacher and principal.

But it was folk tales that truly defined her career — as a raconteur, she was said to be rivaled only by the late Jamaican folklorist Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley and Trinidad-born and Grenada-raised Paul Keens-Douglas.

-Read more at: http://www.caribjournal.com/2011/12/15/grenada-mourns-its-greatest-storyteller/

 

The Adinkra Symbols – GYE NYAME


GYE NYAME: ‘ Except God (I fear none).’

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Symbol of the omnipotence and the omnipresence of God. (Fear no one, except God.)

From the Akan aphorism “Abode santann yi firi tete; obi nte ase a onim ne ahyease, na obi ntena ase nkosi ne awie, gye Nyame.”

Literal translation: “This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial; no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end, except God.”

The symbol reflects the Akan belief of a supreme being, the creator who they refer to by various names, e.g., Oboadee, Nyame, Onyankopon Twereampon .