In less than 20 minutes Eglash demonstrates new ways to identify and analyze complex knowledge systems indigenous to the African continent. Embedded in and integral to the art and design of various African peoples, these systems have been preserved for the discovery of later generations. We need but look, as Eglash so artfully demonstrates. But our worldview has been dominated and colonized by the West with the obvious results being our tendency to see Africa and the rest of the world as beneficiaries rather than initiators and innovators of science and technology.
Eglash’s work reminds us of the opportunities that await those with the insight and fortitude to pursue the study of the history of science and technology in Africa. It reminds us of the work that remains to be done to tell Ourstory … the story that is the shared heritage of all humanity.
They’re outcasts in Yemen, living in isolated communities. During the day they are street sweepers; at night they return to their homes in garbage-filled slums. Many of them joined the protests at Change Square, hoping the uprising would bring them a better life. But so far, nothing has changed. We examine the plight of dark-skinned Yemenis who are called “al-akhdam” or “servants”.
Filmmaker Gary Keys’ tribute to Afro-Cuban Jazz. – The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Afro-Cuban music’s role in the daily life of Cubans. Filmmaker Gary Keys (Memories of Duke and Dizzy’s Dream Band) brings the audience into the heart and soul of Havana, through a vibrant mosaic of street musicians, big bands, dancers, religious rituals, and classic cars. Keys shows us Afro-Cuban music in New York City, with the music and commentary of jazz legends Billy Taylor, Candido Camero, and Chico OFarrill.
The extraordinary global musical collaboration featured below is Episode #52 from Playing for Change, a foundation dedicated to providing music education for students in impoverished communities. Be sure to check out their blog for tour information, fundraisers, and other Playing for Change activities and events.