Relevant Considerations for African and African Diaspora Working Classes
By James Counts Early
The ideological and political struggle among Venezuelans, and the country’s economic crisis have become the center of the hemispheric and global contestation over governance power and self-determination. Most critics of the elected Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, denounce him as the main problem facing Venezuela, and his removal from office as the sole objective and solution.
As European Union (EU) Member States prepare to go to the polls shortly, to renew the 751-member European Parliament (EP), what has long been dubbed the refugee and migration crisis continues to feature among top news items on various media outlets across Member States of the Union (EUMS).
The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) – the Federation representing workers in Tunisia – played a key role in the country’s citizen-led revolution of January 14, 2011, against President Ben Ali’s autocratic government.
Although the history of Nigeria’s film industry dates back to 1903, featuring mainly distribution of imported films by Indians and Lebanese, the first Nigerian filmmakers, such as Ola Balogunand Hubert Ogunde appeared in the 1960s. But they were frustrated by the high cost of production. But in 1992, Nigeria's home video industry, popularly known as Nollywood, made a dynamic debut with the release of Living in Bondage, an Igbo movie, produced by Ken Nnebue.
Ways of being together, thinking together, moving along a particular path emerge in ways that are discernible to locale. And where specific locations matter, so do the foundational traditions that travel beyond, and are larger than those locations. Music exists at the nexus of place and tradition. When we listen to the genre misnamed “jazz,” we hear echoes of deep African traditions, signifying on the meaning of the human condition. We hear what that life is and what we would like it to be. It is not always easy listening.