Category archives for: Artcultainment

Pharaoh killed in ‘execution ceremony’, hi-tech study concludes

Experts believe Seqenenre Tao II was killed after being captured on battlefield 3,600 years ago A hi-tech study has offered new clues about the killing of a pharaoh who ruled Egypt 3,600 years ago, according to the country’s antiquities ministry. Seqenenre Tao II, “The Brave”, who reigned over southern Egypt, famously led troops against the […]

Continuing our series on the book: Jack Cudjo. Newark’s Revolutionary Soldier & 1st Black Businessman

Military Service In 1777, the Continental Congress asked New Jersey to come up with four regiments with a total of close to three thousand men. This was General Maxwell’s Brigade, a major force of General George Washington’s army.  Cudjo was a Newark slave who fought on behalf of his master, Benjamin Coe during the Revolutionary […]

The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day

ARNIE SEIPEL Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men […]

Transatlantic Slave Trade & Chattel Slavery

PROLOGUE  “Chattel slavery, a peculiar system of domination and exploitation was unique in the sense that, though the subjugation of one person by another has been in existence since the advent of time, it was the first time that a person would be denied human status and declared another person’s personal property. This opened the […]

Actor-Activist, Isn’t Afraid to Use His Voice

The British-Nigerian star discusses his role in Steve McQueen’s “Red, White and Blue” and aligning his politics with his career. TARYN FINLEY This year has been absolutely maddening for John Boyega. “I never knew the plot twist could be so mad. I feel like God just maybe went to the toilet for a bit too […]

Ancient People

Historically, present-day Sudan is part of the region of Kush (a kingdom in Upper Nubia), a crossroads between Egypt and other parts of Black Africa in the Hebrew Scriptures. Ancient Egyptians knew it as Kush, the Greeks as Ethiopia (the Greeks, including the fifth-century historian Herodotus, referred to all of the lands between the southern […]

Did Akhenaten Influence the people that became the Akan?

Two interesting points usually glossed over need mention here. In Akan tradition, the Creator is known by the epithet Onyankopon Kwame (God of Saturday), because the Akan believe God’s day is Saturday. In traditional prayers, the first entity to be called is Onyankopon Twereduampong Kwame (Dependable Almighty God of Saturday). Other accolades and appellations of […]

Basic Similarities between Ancient Egyptians/Others and the Akan People

KOFI AYIM As Gardiner explains of ancient Egypt, “Among officials whose duty it was to look after the king’s own person there were sandal bearers, keepers of the robes and crowns, barbers, and physicians, the last sometimes highly specialized like oculists, stomach doctors, and the like. A host of servants were employed in kitchen and […]

The Akan People

It must be realized that all Twi speakers are Akan, but not all Akan are Twi speakers. In everyday life, Twi is a simple, straightforward language in syntax and structure, easier to speak and understand than many contemporary languages in Ghana and elsewhere. It is phonetical in nature yet tonal on drums and horns. However, […]

Beliefs about Natural Phenomena

“Modern superstition is symbolism in its state of dotage, when it cannot remember what the types originally meant.” – Gerald Massey, Natural Genesis, 1:50 KOFI AYIM In the early development of man, natural objects were employed out of necessity to represent and convey ideas, because primordial man had to represent the unknown through the known. […]