The Africanist Podcast

This podcast investigates political, socio-economic, and cultural issues in contemporary Africa and the African Diasporas. It engages Africanist scholars, artists, activists, athletes, opinion leaders, business people, and ordinary citizens in a critical conversation about the challenges facing Africans and people of African descent.

Graduate/Doctoral Research Amidst a Global Pandemic

January 15th, 2021

 

"The Pandemic started when I was finishing my dissertation. I have done a lot during this pandemic, it kind of forced me to finish."

"I was supposed to start my fieldwork over the summer, I was supposed to be gone by the end of May, I had already made my travel arrangements and then the pandemic hit."

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of life including the possibility to conduct dissertation fieldwork. In this episode, doctoral students (Astou Guèye - University of Wisconsin, Bright Gyamfi - Northwestern University, Margaret Rowley - Boston University) and recent graduate (Dr. Nicholas McLeod, Rider University) share their experiences about doing fieldwork and writing a dissertation amidst a global pandemic.

 

#EndSARS: Protest Against Police Brutality in Nigeria

December 6th, 2020

In this episode, Ph.D candidate and #EndSARS protest facilitator, Shamsudeen Abubakar, talks about the origin and manifestations of the #ENDSARS protest that has been taking place in many Nigerian cities/States and abroad. He also delves into his personal involvement with the organization of a peaceful protest against Nigerian police brutality in Louisville, Kentucky back in October 2020. 

African Philosophy and the “Existential” Quest

October 12th, 2020

In this episode, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Dismas Masolo (University of Louisville) revisits historical attempts to deny the existence of African Philosophy as well as African scholars' response to these attempts. He also discusses Ubuntu philosophy and the concepts of personhood and community as understood by scholars such as Menkiti.

Pan-Africanism Today: Linking Africa & the Diaspora for Cultural, Economic and Social Empowerment

September 1st, 2020

This episode is the outcome of a Zoom panel that The Africanist co-organized in the framework of the annual African Heritage Festival of Louisville, Kentucky. In this panel, Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Amos Azerimana, Dr. Babacar Mbaye, Dr. Nicholas McLeod, and Aukram Burton discuss the origin and the relevance of Pan-Africanism in the 21st century. They walk us through some of the cultural, political, and economic challenges that the Black Atlantic has been facing and how responses can/should be coordinated to solve these issues.

 

Music by Ismael Lo:

I do not own the rights to the music.

On Black Liberation Movement, Capitalism and Spirituality

August 21st, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Tony Van Der Meer from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, talks about his activism and his involvement with the black liberation movement. He also invokes some of the obstacles that have historically impeded the struggle of Black folks in Africa, the United States and other parts of the Black Atlantic. 

Ajamization, Islam in West Africa and Racism in the Arab World: A Conversation With Prof. Fallou Ngom

July 29th, 2020

Professor Fallou Ngom (Boston University) discusses his award-winning work on Ajami and the diffusion of Islam in West Africa. He also talks about racism in the Arab world and the use of Islamic texts to justify racist and discriminatory actions towards people of Africa descent. 

Tragedies, Solidarity & Black Social Protest Part 2

July 9th, 2020

Aukram Burton, Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, discusses Black activism in the 1960s and 1970s in relation to the recent protest movements following the death of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. He also talks about his own experience as a freedom fighter in the 60s and his encounter with prominent civil rights activists including Robert F. Williams his mentor. 

Contact: theafricanist2020@gmail.com

Tragedies, Solidarity & Black Social Protest Part 1

June 30th, 2020

Aukram Burton, Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, discusses Black activism in the 1960s and 1970s in relation to the recent protest movements following the death of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. He also talks about his own experience as a freedom fighter in the 60s and his encounter with prominent civil rights activists including Robert F. Williams his mentor. 

Contact: theafricanist2020@gmail.com

Postcolonialism in Theory and Practice

June 3rd, 2020

Dr. Mawuena Kossi Logan discusses Postcolonial Theory in relation to literary productions and the African experience. He also examines how a postcolonial thought process can help in the COVID-19 pandemic management on the African continent.

Discussing an Africa and African Diaspora-centered non-profit organization: Bridge Kids International.

May 8th, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Stacy Bailey Ndiaye, founder, and director of Bridge Kids International, a global non-profit organization that serves Africans and people of African descent. We also talk about the meaning and importance of reconnecting with African cultural heritage as well as the economic opportunities Africa can offer to people of African descent. www.bridge-kids.org 

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