Sculptures dedicated to our enslaved African ancestors by Kwame Akoto-Bamfo

Sculptures dedicated to enslaved Enslaved African ancestors lost by drowning, rivers, lakes and the Atlantic oceans by Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, Ghanaian sculptor. "What you see are the faces of our ancestors who were caught within slavery... I'm trying to portray what our ancestors went through... So we have various narratives. We have various people from different tribes. We have various states in which they were  before they were captured. There were those who were prisoners of war. Those were who were just purely kidnapped. There were those who were coerced. There were those who were clueless as to what was really...

STONO & The African-American tradition of “Stepping”

    Speak. Step. Teach. ✊🏽 When we lost the right to use our drums we turned to our bodies as our primary percussive instruments. These percussive movements gave rise to some of our most distinctive art forms, including the ring shout, tap, hambone, and stepping. Stepping is a highly energetic percussive art form rich with song and dance rituals performed in large part by African-American fraternities and sororities.   The videos here are from Step Afrika!'s 2020 virtual performance series entitled "STONO." @stepafrika, a professional dance company based in Washington, D.C., connected the dots between the stepping of today...

Celebrating International Peace Day

Celebrating International Peace Day International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides an opportunity to commit to being at peace with one another, to explore the meaning of peace within ourselves, and to create a more peaceful world. Check out African Ancestry family members, Common and Black Thought speak on it in “Say peace.” Take a listen.

How Much Do You Know About Africa?

We had so much fun playing the Africa Memory Game with Paulette Mpouma! While she created the game as an educational tool that is also fun and easy to help children increase their knowledge of the history, geography, and culture of different African countries, the game is enjoyable for all ages! She has created over 12 games, including the At Your Fingertips game, which highlights specific countries in Africa. Her company's diverse offerings include games, books, puzzles, dolls and other collectibles. She is an entrepreneur who responsibly sources her products and empowers artisans across the Continent.