The new BET web series The Breakdown explores the lesser-known aspects of Black History and culture and presents it from an African viewpoint.
In the first episode of The Breakdown, a recently-launched web series, host Klarity delves into a topic people in the world over consider on a daily basis — the zodiac. But this time around the script is flipped back to the truth.
The Breakdown dives deep into Black History and culture to expose lesser-known facts and presents the uncovered knowledge from an African viewpoint. Darnley Hodge and UPTOWN co-founder Len Burnett created the series for BET Digital, and it streams on the BET YouTube channel. The first episode is now live and more episodes are expected to roll out later this week.
Rather than discussing the characteristics of the individual signs, as the modern zodiac is usually explored, episode one of The Breakdown presents the history of astrology. And guess what, you can just throw away the myth that the Ancient Greeks created astrology. Like so much else, astrology was observed and studied by Ancient Africans who shared their knowledge with the Greeks, who then coopted; adapted; and presented the findings as their own. And we already know how history is written by the winners conquerors and oppressors.
Kemetologists and historians Anthony Browder and Ashra Kwesi discuss how culture, science, technology, and civilization sprung from Ancient Africans in the Nile Valley in The Breakdown. These ancestors valued science and studied the Earth and the heavens, and chronicled their findings and the patterns they observed, according to the experts. Ancient Kemet was the place to be, says Browder in the 10-minute episode. Anyone who wanted scientific knowledge and/or spiritual enlightenment went to Kemet, including Claudius Ptolomy (Ptolemy), whose writings form the basis for modern astrology. Alexander of Macedon also studied in Kemet and eventually conquered the entire civilization for Ancient Greece, renamed it Egypt, and usurped thousands of years of African knowledge, according to The Breakdown. Under Greek control, African astronomical science morphed into the astrology we know today because the Ancient Greeks didn’t understand it, Kwesi explains in the series.
Through The Breakdown, we’re able to reclaim the knowledge of our ancestors from the Nile Valley and elsewhere, even if we’re just learning our legacy today.
The history of slavery did not begin in the cotton fields. It has been going on since the dawn of humanity. Part 1 of this four-part documentary series investigates how Africa became the epicenter of human trafficking. The first installment of the series “Slavery Routes – A Short History of Human Trafficking” opens the story of the slave trade. By the 7th Century AD, Africa had already become a slave trading hub. Barbarian invaders brought on the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD. Less than two centuries later, the Arabs founded an immense empire on its ruins, stretching from the banks of the Indus River to the southern Sahara. Now a new era of systematic slave hunting began, from the Middle East to Africa. At the heart of this network, two major merchant cities stood out. In the North, at the crossroads of the Arabian Peninsula and Africa, Cairo – the most important Muslim city and Africa’s main commercial hub. In the South, Timbuktu, the stronghold of the great West African empires, and point of departure of the trans-Saharan caravans. This documentary tells how, over the course of centuries, sub-Saharan peoples became the most significant “resource” for the biggest human trafficking networks in history. DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch top documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary.
A new book is addressing the age old question about whether people of African descent were present in biblical history. “The Bible is Black History” explores DNA evidence and the work of historians and scientists to prove that black people were part of the Israelite community in the bible.
Stephen Henderson talks to the book’s author, Dr. Theron Williams. Episode 4710/Segment 3
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HomeTeam History is a multi-media platform that incorporates African history, culture and worldview into popular culture. “Remembering our ancestors through reasonable dialogue and reclaiming the world from an African perspective.
A concise look at the history of the chosen people of Yah, the nation of Israel. This documentary traces their journey from the split into two kingdoms in ancient times to the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD and their sojourn in a strange land prior to being scattered among the nations. And we also address who they are today and what fate awaits them.
On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the country.
But the Gullah are now discovering that land ownership on the Sea Islands isn’t quite what it seemed. Local landowners are struggling to hold on to their ancestral land as resort developers with deep pockets exploit obscure legal loopholes to force the property into court-mandated auctions. These tactics have successfully fueled a tourism boom that now attracts more than 2 million visitors a year. Gullah communities have all but disappeared, replaced by upscale resorts and opulent gated developments that new locals — golfers, tourists, and mostly white retirees — fondly call “plantations.”
Faced with an epic case of déjà vu, the Gullah are scrambling for solutions as their livelihood and culture vanish, one waterfront mansion at a time.