Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YouTube - Sankofa ..Return to our African Minds

YouTube - Sankofa ..Return to our African Minds

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bro Bobby Hemmitt: THE REAL ENEMY!!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

The Bad Guys Issue - July/August 2010 | Foreign Policy

The Bad Guys Issue - July/August 2010 | Foreign Policy



Racism at the USDA: Why Shirley Sherrod Isn't the Real Story

Racism at the USDA: Why Shirley Sherrod Isn't the Real Story

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wholesale Apparel


Kids in South Africa, 2007

Gert Fortuin has been an active gardener in the gardens for now nearly five years, having worked with us since late 2004. His ancestry is Koisan, the original people from which all humanity have risen.

A Mandela Square child of Khoi'San ancestry often seen caring for younger children.

san bush people in the kalahari.

a Zulu lady, by bozorgy

This is a Peul woman and her daughter who happened to be passing through Zindarou when I was there. Traditionally semi-nomadic, the Peul people are now largely settled and agriculturalist, although many groups retain herds of cattle that are moved around according to the seasons. The origins of the Peul people remain a mystery - they have lighter skin than the other tribes and different facial structures, with features that appear Caucasian more than Bantu African, but they are not Arab. The women can be easily recognised by their long thick dreadlocks, often woven with many beads, and elaborate beaded jewellery. The men typically wear very jaunty, European style hats and clothing. Djerma and Hausa people typically look down upon the Peul as inferior although I'm not sure why this is so. I think that in some areas the Peul may have been slaves to the Djerma or Hausa in history, but the Peul themselves had slaves also.

Child of Darfur, Child of Sudan, Child of Africa, Child of Humanity....Our Child.

Arafa Ali Daoud. This little girl may have a tumor growing in her eye that urgently needs to be removed. The eyes hurts her and she can barely close it. Flies constantly land on it and it gets damaged by drying out. If this is indeed a cancer, such as retinoblastoma, it could spread to her brain and other organs and quickly be fatal. We need to bring eye care to the people of the refugee camps in Chad and Sudan.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Touch Of Africa

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter has become widely known in the last decade as a beneficial skin care ingredient. The butter is a yellowish fatty acid that is extracted directly from cocoa beans.

Cocoa butter is a natural antioxidant that clears and smoothes skin considerably well. It is most commonly used for dry skin and the treatment of stretch marks, and has a natural source of vitamin E. It is also an excellent treatment for chapped hands, lips, pregnant skin and skin irritation.

Cocoa butter does not contain any petroleum, preservatives or harsh chemicals. It is grown most commonly in Ghana, from the Theobroma cacao tree.
Avocado in Soap

Avocado is a very recent discovery in skin treatment and remedies, and so far it has had outstanding results. Avocado oil is made from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is rich and heavy but penetrates the skin for a nutritive and therapeutic experience. Avocado oil contains more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins A, C, D and E, proteins, beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids and the “youth mineral” potassium. Avocado oil is high in unsaponifiables (sterolins), which are famous for being beneficial in reducing age spots, healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the skin.

Unsaponifiables are a group of compounds called plant sterolins. Sterolins soften the skin, having an amazing moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reducing scars. The sterolins in avocado oil have been found to diminish age spots. Oils with the highest unsaponifiables are shea butter, avocado oil, sesame oil, soybean and olive oil.

In a 1991 study at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that skin treatment with avocado oil significantly increases water soluble collagen content in the dermis, which effects the aging of the skin. Avocado is used in many folk medicines as an aphrodisiac. Avocado oil is an emollient and very stable. According to many dermatologists avocado does help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. Avocado also removes the fine wrinkles of aging and help protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.

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