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If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?

People associate different regions/continent based on media, informational material, myths, stereotypes and such. The main idea of this discussion is to find out what people who never had "first hand experience" think about the continent. Thanks for your contribution.


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  • Mar 28 2013: as an ambitious african american brutha from los angeles id always not only hoped to go to the motherland, but also find ways to reconnect with my african bruthas. as far as the media playing a role in how people perceive the identity of africa, i cant ignore the energy that "THE MAN WITH THE PLAN" create there own generic Picasso masterpiece by exploiting certain countries in africa. like you said mary, curruption is EVERYWHERE.. but when i think about it, i can only remmber king shaka, hotel rawanda, and many more things that people take for granted, such as the fact that there are very intellegent people who live in poverty. not to long ago i was watching this documentary about a boy from sierra leon that made his own radio transmitter with scrap. that action alone created a positive vibe thru out his whole village!. he was so smart that M.I.T, flew him out to give him an oppertunity to work with the "american elite" .. that was AWSOME!!.. as a rebel baby, i refuse to even think of the motherland as troubled. it history has crystallized it character. when i see such movies as "IN MY COUNTRY" (WITH SAM JACKSON) i learn of such spiritual movements as that. when i dream of africa i dont think of morroco, or tourist attractions. i think of people who live in areas where they are being oppressed just as the african american ive grown up around in south l.a. i belive its been the same systemused on our kind for generations to keep us from blossuming the way we could. malcom x knew it could be done, he tryed, they killed him. we tryed to create a black enterprise with quiency jones and the doode whoran soultrain. they came in and sucked us out. we had a renniacance in harlem, they systematicly broke that down. just like in africa the oppressed add more pain to an already going issue, such as selling drugs to our already broken black community. i kant wait till i can actually go to africa, as malcom x to reach out with those alike and wish for a more bonded black
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      Mar 28 2013: Hey Akili....again...by the way Akili means brain in swahili,

      I just love your approach and boi....that whiz kid aka Kelvin (Sierra Leon) is a nature of African. You can't imagine how creative and innovative Africans are. The issue is that Africans don't really believe in their own power and talents and their just bury them, or there isn't the incentive to act.
      Yes "rebel baby" don't even entertaining of motherland been troubled.....geez, I grew up in Kenya and yes I am wealthy, healthy and sane! Africa need to rise and stop looking for gold some far away country...while the gold is seated underneath our feet.

      I see you going to Africa sometime soon.

      Love, Mary

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