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“Towards a Transformation Communication Theory: UbuNtu, Prince, and the Oral-Aesthetic Perspective”

“Towards a Transformation Communication Theory: UbuNtu, Prince, and the Oral-Aesthetic Perspective” was recently published in The Journalist SA. To read the article, click here: http://www.thejournalist.org.za/academic-papers/towards-a-transformation-communication-theory-ubuntu-prince-and-the-oral-aesthetic-perspective

Panther Kings, Barkcloth & Milk

From ancient times to the present day, Africa’s collective imagination has to one degree or another been influenced by the leopard as a symbol of its cultural and spiritual potency. The black panther is the melanistic color variant of leopards in Africa, so perhaps the phenomenal success of the movie of the same name can be used as a current barometer of that potency. North, south, east, west, and diaspora – the leopard is a powerful symbol of African warriors, sages, magicians, priests, gods, goddesses, queens, and kings. In West Africa, sculptures from Ife and Benin portray the leopard as a symbol of wisdom. This statue from ancient North Africa depicting King Tutankhamun riding through the underworld on the back (more…)

KuNtu: A Well-Painted Home

I didn’t grow up a comic-book super-fan (more like occasional reader), nor grew to become enticed by Hollywood’s silver-screen adventures of super-heroes from the big-3 comic-book universes: Marvel, DC, and X-Men. Marvel’s recently-released trailer for the Black Panther movie (set for release on February 16th, 2018) may just have changed all that. (more…)

Bantu Roadmaps… The Motown Connection


“You went to school to learn, girl
Things you never, never knew before
Li-i-ike “I-before-E-except-after-C”
And why “2-plus-2-makes-4”
Na… na… Now…
I’m gonna teach you,
All about love…” (J-5)
 

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Bantu Roadmaps… Random Connections

Desmond Tutu

“Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it UBUNTU… It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humaneness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~ Desmond Tutu  (more…)

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