Black History Month Special : Iconic Historic Black Personalities


The month of October is known to many people as a significant month in many ways. It signifies for some the beginning of autumn, Filipino American history month, Domestic Violence awareness month, …

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Black History Month Special : Iconic Historic Black Personalities


The month of October is known to many people as a significant month in many ways. It signifies for some the beginning of autumn, Filipino American history month, Domestic Violence awareness month, Italian American Heritage month, and Black history month. Contrary to all the controversies surrounding this month long celebration of black heritage and history, and different camps for or against its celebration, it is still a recognized month-long event.Although it seems to be getting lesser media coverage, it remains significant to those who affiliate themselves with history and achievements of black people not just in America, but worldwide – “If you know your history, you will know where you are coming from” Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley

We have decided to mention a few individuals(present and past) who we would like to recognize for their exceptional humanitarian and individual achievements  not just relevant to their race, but to mankind in general. Some of these individuals are not as popular as the others, but their efforts and achievements has outlived themselves, hence our recognition of these ICONIC HISTORIC BLACK PERSONALITIES this black history month. 

Halle Berry-The first and only African-American Actress to have ever won an Award for Best Actress in the Academy Awards, for her role in Monster`s ball 2001.

Ira Aldridge was Born New York in 1807, but emigrated to Britain. He was the first black actor to perform on a British stage. He became famous after his performance in Shakespearean play Othello in which his performance was described as an “act of genius”. The newspapers back then were not too kind to him making constant reference to his skin colour

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Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American woman to win the Academy Awards, and also won best-supporting actress for her role in the popular 1939 movie GONE WITH THE WIND. She was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star; she was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.

  

   

Sidney Poitier: Sidney Poitier was born on the 27th of February 1927.In 1963; he became the first African-American actor to win the Best actor award at the prestigious Academy Award for his role in lilies of the field.

 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa. He became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its discriminatory policies. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first black president.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa He is well known worldwide in his fight against racial discrimination and dedication to using religion as a powerful tool for advocating racial equality in the 80s.

                                                 

 Ken Saro-Wiwa:(10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) An environmental activist from Ogoniland in Delta State, Nigeria who was popularly known worldwide after his public execution in 1995 for fabricated charges against him due to a “conflict of interest”, whilst staging peacful protests against the effects of oil spillage in the Niger Delta.

His popular quote was “I harbour the hope that in founding the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, in empowering the Ogoni people to fearlessly confront their history and their tormentors non violently, that in encouraging the Ogoni people to a belief in their ability to revitalise their dying society, I have started a trend which will peacefully liberate many peoples in Africa and lead eventually to political and economic reform and social justice”. We recognize his bravery, outspoken quality and struggle.

Barrack Obama: Born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barack Obama is the 44th and first African-American president of the United States. He was a civil-rights lawyer and teacher before pursuing a political career. He was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2004. He was elected to the U.S. presidency in 2008. President Obama continues to enact policy changes in response to the issues of health care and economic crisis.

Mary Seacole: Was born in 1805, Kingston, Jamaica to a Scottish father and a Jamaican mother. She was well known for her part in the Crimean war were she used herbal and traditional methods learned from her mother, to treat soldiers from both sides, as well as her treatment of cholera in Panama. Her exemplary efforts and sacrifices during the war were clouded by racial prejudice hence not formally recognize for a long time. We would like to recognize Mary Jane Seacole as an iconic woman this black history month.

Olauda Equiano was born in approximately 1745 in what is now Nigeria. He recounts in his autobiography called The interesting narrative of the life of  Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa , the african  first published in 1789 where he descirbed how he was kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold into slavery. He later became an abolitionist and his account considered the originator of a slave narrative.

What are we doing to make a positive difference in the society we live in? What do we want to be remembered for?  Wherever we find ourselves, whoever we are and whatever we do, let us endeavour to  leave a positive legacy…who knows, in years to come, someone might be writing about you.

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH🙂

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Afrobeats Twitter set ablaze after the MOBO 2014 “Best African Act” award was presented backstage!


Last night the twitter world ran amok with hashtag #MOBOShunsAfrica trending at a rapid pace. This was as a result of the best African act of this year’s MOBO(shortened form of Music Of Black Origin) 2014  awards, being presented away from the media,  in a glamorous backstage ceremony to Fuse ODG which some considered a travesty. Afrobeats lovers and sympathisers took to twitter last night to register their disapproval, and express their dissapointment! This now beggars the question, “Has Afrobeats not yet attained the recognition status in the UK considering it is the biggest location outside of Africa where the genre is well known?” Why was the award presented backstage away from the media hence not receiving it’s due(or should we say expected) recognition? We are yet to get an official feedback from MOBO Awards regarding this, but we will endeavour to keep you in the picture. Check out a screenshot of tweets with the #MOBOShunsAfrica tweets.

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Interview with Malaysian R&B singer Dasha Logan


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Meeting Dasha Logan, you get that instant impression of a soft-spoken, next-door-neighbour, almost shy-looking young lady. However, once she starts singing, you realise that there is so much energy packed behind her voice, as well as passion! Meet 26 year old Dasha Logan who has caught our attention at Afrocentricity Unleashed and has completely mesmerized us with her almost hypnotic voice(more like sirens beckoning to sailors lost at sea).

Dasha`s musical style can be described as eclectic since it amalgamates genres like Soul, RnB, Neosoul, and Jazz to create a very mature and passionate blend of music. Trust me guys, you want to listen to Dasha while lounging at the end of a hard day`s work, running through the park, walking your dog…EVERYTIME ACTUALLY!

Please enjoy our interview as we get up close and personal with the incredible Soul and RnB singer, Dasha Logan.

 

Afrocentricity unleashed: We would like to say a big thank you for honouring our invitation to this interview session Dasha.

Dasha Logan: My pleasure! Thank you for having me!

Afrocentricity unleashed: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Dasha Logan: Well, HI! I’m Dasha and I’m a singer/song writer

Afrocentricity unleashed: Where did you grow up and what was it like?

Dasha Logan: I grew up in a little island in Malaysia called Penang. It was a blast growing up by the sea!

Afrocentricity unleashed: You grew up in a musical family since your grandmother was a singer, and your dad as well as your Uncle David were members of the late 70s/early 80s group called The Alleycats. How did these influences affect your resolve to go into singing professionally?

Dasha Logan: My father was always performing around and outside Malaysia and we (my mother, brother and I) always watched him when we could. This made music a very big part of my life. Watching my father practice and perform was always my favourite thing to do. This made me want to sing as well from a very young age and I always knew that I wanted to be a singer.

Afrocentricity unleashed: When would you say your professional musical career finally started and what signified the beginning of this realisation?

Dasha Logan: I pin-point the beginning of my professional musical career when I could charge for my profession, that happened when I was 18 and sang at my very first wedding as a wedding singer.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Did you experience stage fright at the early stages of your career?

Dasha Logan: Yes very much so.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Could you give us a scenario where you experienced stage fright, how it felt for you, and how you overcame it?

Dasha Logan: When I was 14 I took part in a singing competition in a shopping mall. Just as I got up on stage and began to sing, I looked up and saw hundreds of people looking down, watching me sing. Even though I managed to finish the song, I got off stage shaking and telling my family that I didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t do it! And I didn’t want to do it anymore. I was overwhelmed with the fear of embarrassing myself. I had decided to quit singing.

2 years later, it was my mother who helped me start singing again. We were at another shopping mall that was coincidentally holding a talent competition. She secretly signed me up and when the time came, I heard my name being called to stage. Nervous, but not wanting to embarrass myself by avoiding the call, I walked up on stage and sang “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. It was exhilarating being on stage and have everyone (which included some friends from school who were in the crowd) cheer for me. I won, but it was not the prize that got me singing again. It was how happy it made me to sing out loud, to a crowd of people.

Afrocentricity unleashed: How would you describe your musical style?

Dasha Logan: it’s quite a mix of everything, as I have been influenced by many kinds of music. But mostly I like writing songs with an RnB feel, some soul and a little jazz when I can.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Who are your musical inspirations and influences?

Dasha Logan: My music influences are the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, John Legend and my father, Loga.

Afrocentricity unleashed: How would you say the journey has been leading up to now?

Dasha Logan: There have been lots of up’s and down’s. Some think that being in the musical business is just about performing, but it’s not. There’s so much work and passion and emotion put into it. It is not easy, but it’s worth it.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Have you released any singles or albums so far?

Dasha Logan: Yup!

Afrocentricity unleashed: I believe your fantastic single “Cleverly” produced by Triple O Productions( Twitter : @osmoojak) was released on the 12th of October. What does this single mean to you and how do you feel about it?

Dasha Logan: Cleverly is the first single from the forthcoming album and it feels exactly like I thought it would. I am over the moon, cant-believe-it’s-happened excited! And more than anything, it inspires me to write and sing and compose more for more albums to come.

Afrocentiricy unleashed: I am sure some of your fans, our readers and prospective fans would absolutely love to know where and how to purchase your music online. Can you advise anyone interested on where to go and download Dasha Logan`s music?

Dasha Logan: You can find the tunes on iTunes via this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cleverly-feat.-paul-johnson/id924014418

Afrocentricity unleashed: Do you have any gigs, shows or performances in the U.K or elsewhere anytime soon that your fans, our readers and prospective fans can look out for?

Dasha Logan: I have some shows in Malaysia coming soon. Best way to follow me while my web site is being built is to visit my blog: www.dashalogan.blogspot.com

Afrocentricity unleashed: I am sure some of our readers will like to connect with you on social media i.e. facebook, twitter and the like. Can you provide your fans, our readers and prospective fans with your facebook fan page, twitter handle and other ways they can connect with you online?

Dasha Logan: Here you go!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dasha-Logan/60022910933
Twitter :Follow @dashalogan
Instagram: http://instagram.com/dashalogan

Afrocentricity unleashed: Dasha, we at Afrocentricity unleashed are grateful to you for honouring our invite to this interview, and squeezing us into your already tight schedule. We are in no doubt that you have a successful career ahead of you, and we wish you the very best of luck.

Dasha Logan: Thank you so much for having me! Always a pleasure!

Enjoy the video of Dasha`s latest single “Cleverly” featuring Paul Johnson

 

Click the play button on the soundcloud page below to enjoy Dasha Logan`s single “Cleverly”…a definite chart-buster! Enjoy and share!

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