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Making The Road To South Africa, Cuba, and Brazil With Prexy Nesbitt

Travel to South Africa, Brazil, and Cuba with Prexy Nesbitt's 'Making the Road' - an organization committed to educational journeys.


I don't mean to employ hyperbolics here, but it's possible that the "Tubman/Cabral - Calendula Expedition" will change your life (as it did mine 6 years ago). The 3 week "expedition" takes off from the United States June 14 and will makes stops in Cuba, Brazil, and South Africa before returning to the U.S. on July 8. The value in this trip doesn't just come from the fact that it spans two continents, but rather the knowledge and experience of the trip's organizer, Prexy Nesbitt, a long-time educator and activist.

"Making the Road," Nesbitt's educational travel organization regularly brings together a hodge podge of folks who yearn for something other than a safari when travelling to Africa. During Nesbitt's regular jaunts to Southern Africa, group members get a full sense of how the decolonization movements shaped current social, economic, and political situations. Nesbitt was never an arm chair academic but rather an active member both in the U.S. and Southern Africa of organizations working to remove brutal colonial regimes. If you're lucky, Nesbitt might even share the story of how he illegally snuck into apartheid South Africa dressed as a nun.

To reflect on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, Nesbitt has organized the Tubman/Cabral journey to some of the world's major slave-providing nations. Trip participants will visit key sites of slave resistance and revolt with the aim of gaining deeper understandings of the popular "middle passage" narrative. The tour is a part of international solidarity work and participants from various countries and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

You've probably never travelled like this before. For more information, and to apply, go here.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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