Culture & Heritage











Worldwide, the name Bob Marley is recognized and celebrated. Twenty-nine years after his death, the love of his music still knows no boundaries in terms of race or ethnicity, generation or age, class, gender, or nationality.  For so many, he stood for so much: a genius musician, a political activist, a champion for the common people. Bob Marley was of particular importance to the African Diaspora as his music pin-pointed issues of mental and physical slavery, poverty, and injustice. His tragic and untimely death left fans heartbroken and truly believing that reggae music would never be the same.  

And maybe it won’t, but

DiamondMiningAs in most countries of the Americas, the African Diaspora in Brazil involved the coerced migration of Africans through the transatlantic slave trade. Brazil, in South America, was the principal destination for all Africans sold as slaves across the Atlantic. Recent estimates available in Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database ( show that Brazil alone received about five million slaves between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries; almost half of the total number of slaves carried across the Atlantic.



An exotic island of rose-colored beaches and turquoise waters, Bermuda calls golfers, divers, honeymooners and anyone looking for sensational beaches to its pearly shores.  Also, for those looking for rest and relaxation, no other place gently whispers “paradise” quite like Bermuda. Yet the island still has much more to say. The place where the first African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Conference was conceived, Bermuda articulates the importance of the development and conservation of black culture and heritage sites and programs.

Fran_Osseo-Asare_African_Cuisine_SpecialistThere’s a proverb among the Akan-speaking people of Ghana that says “The good soup comes from the good earth.” This saying recognizes that fresh, quality ingredients are the foundation for delicious food, and also that one needs to honor the earth from which these ingredients spring.

Portrait_of_Female_Soldier_by_Agustiv_V_CasasolaDe­­­veloped at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago by curators Sagrario Curz-Carretero and Cesáreo Moreno, From Yanga to the Present is a bilingual exhibition that examines the history, culture, and art of Mexico’s little-known African population. ‘Afro-Mexican’ refers to Africans who arrived in present-day Mexico as slaves or servants during 16th century Spanish exploration and colonization of the ‘New World.’ Most people think of Mexicans as having a mixture of Spanish and Indigenous origins, this view being furthered by the 1920s nationalist movement which emphasized the indigenous part of Mexico’s ethnic identity.  However, race and ethnicity in Mexican history have been more complex than this.


Sean Barlow is unique on the radio scene. His specialty is promoting music of Africa and the African Diaspora in America. He was introduced to African music at an earlier age and fell in love with its splendor and has been pushing it forward ever since. Never mind that he is a white guy.


On March 4, 2010, the British Museum in London opened an exhibtion showcasing works from the ancient West African city-state of Ife. As the kingdom of Ife was once considered the epitome of West African art and culture, this exhibition is sure to be a must-see.  Most of the pieces in the exhibition are loaned from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments. Featured works will date from the 12th to the 15th century and will include many mediums such as terracotta, brass, stone, and copper.

As old as these pieces of art may be, the Kingdom of Ife itself is actually even older;

Sapelo_Island_036Off the coast of Georgia—not far from bustling and tourist-rich communities such as Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island—sits another island that is everything these other islands are not.

Sapelo Island is a 16,000-acre barrier island that is somewhat frozen in place. There are no high-rises, supermarkets, strip malls—not even one traffic light. It has pristine beaches without an umbrella or beach chair; even beachcombers are hard to find.