Africa Now August 24, 2016
Topics: Building Movements in South Africa; and What Does it Mean to Be African; and A Brief Talk by Sonia Sanchez
Topics and Guests: Today's Africa Now's are topics are Building Movements in South Africa; and What Does it Mean to Be African. Also featured a brief talk by Sonia Sanchez. On August 3rd South Africans went to the polls to elect local representatives. The governing African National Congress (ANC) won 161 of the 257 municipalities. In terms of percentage of the voters the, the ANC received 53.34 %, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 26.77 %, coming third was Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 8.14 % and other parties took the rest. But the ANC lost control of the urban areas of Tshwane (the capital), Johannesburg (for the first since coming to power with the fall of apartheid more 20 years ago) and Nelson Mandela Bay. In Johannesburg the ANC received 44.5% of the vote and the DA received 38.4% and the EFF gained 11%: EFF decided to give its votes to DA thus giving them the majority. With the recent elections as a background—as well as the youth-led Rhodes Must Fall/Fees Must Fall movement, black consciousness—Andile Mngxitama, and Africa Now’s Executive Producer and Co-Host James Pope discuss building movements in South Africa. Mr. Andile Mngxitama, is the National Convenor of the Black First Land First Movement in South Africa; he was formerly of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Africa Now! also features a brief discussion by renowned Professor Sonia Sanchez. This talks took place on Friday, August 19 soon after the screening of BADDDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ on the opening night of the 10th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival DC. Also in the brief conversation is the co-director of BADDDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and the moderator is Diarah N’Daw-Spech Co-Founder and Co-Director of the African Diaspora International Film Festival.
Synopsis of BADDDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ from 10th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival DC: Poet, playwright, activist; seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement; mentor to generations of poets and hip-hop artists. Champion for peace: in the classroom, on the street, around the world. Sonia Sanchez plays all these roles. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is a performance-filled documentary about this 80-year old artist for whom writing is both a personal and political act.
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