History for Black Scifi


History for Black Scifi

From Lion's Blood to Kindred, history influences alot of black speculative fiction. This is a group to discuss history, its presence in speculative fiction, biographies, counterfactuals and whatever else anyone thinks is relevant...

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Le Negre Marron- Haiti


"Le Negre Marron" (The Black Maroon; in creole, "Neg Mawon"), often translated in English as the "Unknown Slave" statue; on the boulevard "Champ de Mars" with Haiti's presidential palace in background. The "Negre Marron" is shown with left leg extended (broken chain on his ankle); a machete (partially hidden by flower wreaths) is in his right hand, and his left hand holds a conch shell to his lips. The conch shell was often used as a trumpet to assemble people. Created by the Haitian sculptor/architect, Albert Mangones (1917-2002) in 1968 or 1969, the statue was commissioned by the Duvalier government to commemorate the slaves who revolted against France.- Excerpt from The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life In Americas, Virginia.edu


*note- the statue was put up by the infamous Duvalier dictatorship, part of their continued efforts to appropriate and co-opt images of the popular Haitian Revolution to further their very anti-revolutionary and brutal reign.

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Enter the Fray

Started by G.H. Wright Sep 17, 2015. 0 Replies

My debut novel Enter the Fray is partially set on a planet where the colonists were influenced by the hunters (simbons) of West Africa. As a group they are among the most important of the social…Continue

"The Visitor" Black Sci-fi film

Started by Tyy Sams Feb 20, 2014. 0 Replies

Hey History for Black Scifi!Thank you all for watching my film "The Visitor" for the Hollywood Black Film Festival mobile challenge. We truly appreciate your support!We (the cast & crew) are very…Continue

Timbuktu’s Destruction: Why Islamists Are Wrecking Mali’s Cultural Heritage

Started by Djeli. Last reply by Eccentric Yoruba Jul 4, 2012. 9 Replies

Ansar Dine, a radical Islamist militia, has set about destroying mausoleums and shrines in the historic Malian city of Timbuktu, which was once a great center of Islamic learning in the 15th and 16th…Continue

Tags: Sufist, Ansar, Dine, Saints, Medieval

Black Anti-Fascist dieselpunk and the Spanish Civil War

Started by Djeli. Last reply by Whiyayul & Diop Malvi Apr 20, 2012. 5 Replies

 The Spanish Civil War…Continue

Tags: Brigade, Anti-Fascist, Fascism, Lincoln, Abraham

Face to Face with the Descendants of the Elite force of the Malian Empire

Started by Djeli. Last reply by Kirk A. Johnson May 5, 2012. 3 Replies

Face to face with the descendants of the elite force of the Malian empirePhotographer Philippe Bordas spent several years with Mali's hunters capturing on film their mastery of their trade. Now he…Continue

Tags: Hunters, Mali

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Comment by Whiyayul & Diop Malvi on August 19, 2011 at 10:29pm
Thank you Mr. Benson. Good luck to you on your work.
Comment by Jason Benson on August 19, 2011 at 10:17pm
@ Whiyayul & Doip Malvi. This Info was indeed useful. Thank you so much for this. You've helped me a lot.
Comment by Whiyayul & Diop Malvi on August 19, 2011 at 1:06pm

To my limited knowledge, there isn't an in depth work on said conflicts. You will see a brief paragraoh or an illustration depicting Kush/Nubians bringing up tribute. During Ancient Egypt's high days, they had raised forts and colonial cities in early Kush.  When a strong unified Kush folk began to whelm them, the Egyptians retreated.  The isle of Elephantine, in the midst of the Nile upriver from the Land of the Blacks, long remained a boundary stronghold of the Egyptians.

 Part of the mainstay of the Kush armies, were their archers.  It can be believed that many an assault by the upriver armies ended broken by the constant barbed rain that fell upon them.    There is info on the invasion led by the Kush king Piankhi who conquered and united Egypt and laid the foundation for his ( very reluctantly) aknowleged Black dynasty.   It's rise coincided with that of an aggressive Mid Eastern empire, the Assyrians.    They were destined to collide!

Comment by Jason Benson on August 19, 2011 at 8:37am
Does Any one have information on the ancient Kushite / Egyptian war? I'm looking for anything pertaining to how it started, what tactics were used, anything that I can find would be of great use to my epic that I'm working on. Thank you so much.
Comment by Whiyayul & Diop Malvi on January 14, 2011 at 9:52am
It seems to be the habit of certain totalitarian regimes of erecting heroic statues while they vilely murder, loot,and be in general as bad if not worse than the regime they replaced.
Comment by Charles R. Saunders on January 11, 2011 at 3:03pm
There's an interesting article on Timbuktu in the January 2011 issue of "National Geographic."  As a bonus, there's also an article on the pre-Columbian North American city, Cahokia.

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