The real ‘American Gangster’ who once ruled the heroin trade in NYC dies at age 88

Frank Lucas, whose story was adapted into the 2007 film American Gangster played by Denzel Washington, has died at the age of 88. The former drug kingpin who is reported to have died on Thursday night in New Jersey has inspired many Hip Hop songs and lyrics by artists including Bankroll Fresh, Quavo, 21 Savage,Continue reading “The real ‘American Gangster’ who once ruled the heroin trade in NYC dies at age 88”

Biafra declared its short-lived independence from Nigeria on this day in 1967

It was all celebration and joy on May 30, 1967, when the leader of the Republic of Biafra secessionist state, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared independence of the states in the Eastern Region of Nigeria. The South Eastern Region’s military governor made the announcement following a vote to secede from Nigeria after failed reconciliation over killingsContinue reading “Biafra declared its short-lived independence from Nigeria on this day in 1967”

African ‘dictators’ whose exit was openly regretted

Several African independence leaders who were anti-neocolonialists and anti-imperialists have been described as dictators due to their leaning towards leftist ideologies and rejection of Western ideals including capitalism. The United States of America and its rightist allies orchestrated the overthrow of some of these leaders creating anarchy in many African states. Dictatorship has been given different meaningsContinue reading “African ‘dictators’ whose exit was openly regretted”

The day Africa almost became a united state

The dream of a united Africa started way before the formulation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 following an intervention by the King of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I in Addis Ababa. In the early 1960s, when independence was sweeping throughout the colonized continent, liberation fighters and independence heroes were loosely speaking aboutContinue reading “The day Africa almost became a united state”

The powerful story behind this historic photo of black women set to graduate from West Point

The United States Military Academy in New York, also known as West Point, will make history on Saturday when it graduates its largest number of African American women in the history of the school. They are just 34 out of the over 950 cadets graduating, but this is a historic moment because the prestigious militaryContinue reading “The powerful story behind this historic photo of black women set to graduate from West Point”