Friday, April 20, 2018

EP 30 - The African Narrative


In This Episode:

Since the release of Black Panther, there has been a massive increase in the love and appreciation of African Culture, African Fashion, African Music, and African Dance. As a matter of fact, more people have gotten their DNA tested to determine their Ancestry, and people now celebrate whatever percent of African they have in them!

We are very happy to see all the love people have for Africa, but we can’t help but wonder when the AFRICAN PEOPLE would receive as much love and acceptance as AFRICA.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Black Panther: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/
2. Dashiki: https://www.dashikipride.com
3. Wakanda: http://marvel.com/universe/Wakanda#axzz5DBadyKla
4. Amazon Queens of Dahomey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahomey_Amazons
5. Mansa Kankan Musa: https://www.history.com/news/who-was-the-richest-man-in-history-mansa-musa
6. An African Girl Abroad: https://www.facebook.com/AnAfricanGirlAbroad/
7. Mon Afrik TV: https://www.monafriktv.com
8. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com

Connect:
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Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
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Friday, April 13, 2018

EP 29 - Tourism & Africa


In This Episode:

When you speak of Tourism and vacations, very few people look to Africa and when they do, they only go to the same places.

Which is why in this episode, we are going to introduce you to The Obudu Ranch and Resort located in Nigeria. It is a wonderful vacation destination with amazing sights and lots of family-friendly activities.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Obudu Ranch and Resort: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obudu_Mountain_Resort

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/

Friday, April 6, 2018

EP 28 - Winnie Mandela


In This Episode:

She was a woman of strength, she was a woman of courage, she was a woman who fought for her people. She was an anti-apartheid activist, a politician and she was the mother of South Africa.

Winnie Mandela, a true African woman.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Winnie Mandela: http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/winnie-madikizela-mandela
2. African National Congress (ANC Party) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_National_Congress 
3. Nelson Mandela - https://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/biography
4. South Africa - http://country.southafrica.net/country/us/en

Connect:
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Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
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Friday, March 23, 2018

EP 27 - Gun Control & The African


In This Episode:

According to CNN.com, “We're only 11 weeks into 2018, and there have already been 17 school shootings (in the USA) where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to 1.5 shootings a week”. Also according to CNN.com “American’s own nearly half (48%) of the estimated 650* million civilian-owned guns worldwide.

Africa has constantly been referred to as a third-world continent, some people even say we are “backward in our thinking and actions”; but I think that when it comes to Gun control, America has a thing or two to learn from our continent. Allowing any and every one to have such a powerful weapon in their possession, is something I feel is worth rethinking.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Gun Control: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_control 

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
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Friday, March 16, 2018

EP 26 - The Dahomey Amazons


In This Episode:

The Dahomey Amazons were some of the fiercest women to walk this earth!

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we will be sharing the story of these fearless women who went above and beyond to defend their people, leaving their mark in history as the greatest all-female military regiment.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. International Womens Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com 
2. Black Panther: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/
3. Dahomey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahomey
4. Viola Davis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_Davis
5. Lupita Nyong’o: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupita_Nyong%27o
6. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/
7. FBI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation
8. KGB: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/KGB

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/

Friday, March 9, 2018

EP 25 - Breaking The Glass Ceiling & Women


In This Episode:

It’s Women’s month and we are dedicating this month to celebrating amazing African Women who are doing extraordinary things.

In this episode, I would introduce you to Angel Vendeline Namshali, a Tanzanian woman who withstood the barriers of being deprived of an education because she is a ‘girl child’; to become the first woman (worldwide)to run a resort that is managed and run by an all-female staff.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. International Women's Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com 
2. Press For Progress: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme
3. Angel Vendeline Namshali: https://www.asiliaafrica.com/meet-the-angel-of-the-serengeti/
4. Usambara Mountains: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usambara_Mountains
5. Asilia Africa: https://www.asiliaafrica.com
6. Tanzania Dunia Camp: https://www.asiliaafrica.com/east-africa-safari/tanzania/serengeti/dunia-camp/
7. Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/

Friday, March 2, 2018

EP 24 - Black Panther, Hollywood & The African


In This Episode:
“The African and Hollywood”; this was the idea that birthed Excuse My African. When I started this podcast in 2017 Hollywood was at a point where they weren’t ready for MY kind of ‘African’. In the exact words of a Casting Director, I am not “African Enough”.

Fast forward to February 2018 and Black Panther, a movie that praises and glorifies the beauty of Africa; is currently the number 1 movie in the whole world. However, this hasn’t changed the tune of Hollywood.

In this episode, I will tell you about a very recent experience I had with an agency. This time it wasn’t about my looks, it was about my accent.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Black History Month: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month  
2. UN: http://www.un.org/en
3. Women’s Month: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_History_Month
4. Black Panther: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/
5. Dialect Coach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialect_coach
6. Gringo: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3721964/
7. David Oyelowo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Oyelowo
8. A United Kingdom: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3387266/fullcredits

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/

Friday, February 23, 2018

EP 23 - AFRICA BEFORE THE SLAVERY PT. 3 "THE BENIN EMPIRE"


In This Episode:

As the Black History Month Celebration comes to an end, we have decided to share with you, the oldest surviving kingdom in the world, The Great Benin Empire which is located in Nigeria, Africa.

This year, our aim during Black History Month was to educate and remind people about African history before the slavery. Even though this month is coming to an end, we must not forget to continue celebrating Black History and the beauty of Africa and Africans.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Edo State: http://www.edostate.gov.ng  
2. Benin Empire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Empire
3. Oba Ewuare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewuare
4. Harlem: https://www.nycgo.com/boroughs-neighborhoods/manhattan/harlem
5. The Great Wall of China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China
6. James Robert Phillips: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Robert_Phillips
7. Queen Idia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idia
8. Queen Iden: http://www.edoworld.net/Queen_Iden_of_Benin_Kingdom.html

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/

Friday, February 9, 2018

EP 22 - Africa Before The Slavery PT. 2 "Queen Amina"


In This Episode:

Still, in the spirit of celebrating Black History Month, we are going to take you on a journey through the life of one of the greatest and most courageous African Queen's to walk this earth, Queen Amina of Zazzau.

This month, we are celebrating the history of the times before slavery, the Black History we should never forget to celebrate.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Queen Amina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina  
2. Zazzau (Zaria): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zazzau
3. Queen Bakwa: http://www.whenweruled.com/?p=84
4. Turunku: http://allafrica.com/stories/200607170777.html
5. Amina Walls: http://digest.bellafricana.com/tourist-attractions-in-nigeria-part-2/

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/

Friday, February 2, 2018

EP 21 - Africa Before The Slavery

In This Episode: 

Welcome to Black History Month!

Usually what people celebrate during this period are the achievements of African-Americans after the slave trade, or how they persevered through the slavery. 

However, a lot of people do not know about the great things and great people that lived in Africa before the slave trade. 

So in honor of this year's celebration, we have decided to take you back in time to the days before slavery. The days of the African Kings and Queens, the Black History we should never forget  to celebrate as well. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Black History Month: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month   
  2. Kush: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Kush  
  3. Axum: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axum 
  4. Black Panther Movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/
  5. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States  
  6. King Mansa Musa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali
  7. Niger City: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger
  8. Timbuktu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbuktu
  9. Goa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Goa
  10. Djenne: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djenn%C3%A9
  11. Google : https://www.google.com
  12. Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/
  13. Times Magazine: http://time.com/
  14. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ 
  15. Jeff Bezos : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos 
  16. Jacob Davidson: http://time.com/money/author/jacob-davidson/
  17. Mecca: https://www.britannica.com/place/Mecca
  18. Chimamanda Adichie: https://www.chimamanda.com/
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, January 26, 2018

EP 20 - Unsung African Heroes: "Abebech Gobena"


In This Episode:

When you speak of ‘Heroes’ in Africa, you immediately think of people like Nelson Mandela, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Desmond Tutu and others. However, Africa has a lot of other Unsung Heroes.

Today, I will introduce you to Africa’s Mother Teresa; Abebech Gobena.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Abebech Gobena : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abebech_Gobena  
2. Agohelma : http://agohelma.org 
3. Ethiopia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia
4. Mother Teresa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa
5. Africa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa
6. Google : https://www.google.com
7. Addis Ababa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addis_Ababa

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican
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