Africa In The City: Rights, Religion And Racism – Brazil Edition


On this episode of Africa In The City, Tracy travels to Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro to explore what it means to be black in the country today. Although more and more Brazilians are identifying as black or Afro-Brazilian the county still remains divided along racial lines with many reports highlighting racial inequalities and disadvantages for Afro-Brazilians.

In Rio, Tracy meets with a prominent Candomble priest who discovered that his mission in life is to be a spiritual and political guide for his people. She also travels to an isolated Quilombolas,a former slave territory, to see how the battle for land rights is being fought.


Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story – Documentary

Melony Armstrong just wanted to earn an honest living. She didn’t realize she’d have to change the law to do that. After years of hurdling obstacles that were holding her back from providing for her family, Melony succeeded in breaking down the barriers to success. In the process, she became an inspiration to her community and changed hundreds of lives.

Locked Out is a modern day David vs. Goliath story. Watch Melony’s story and visit for more information on the film and how you can take action to help the other “Melonys” out there!


MTV host Sam Sarpong dies after jumping from a bridge in California

MTV presenter and Tommy Hilfiger model Sam Sarpong has died after jumping from a bridge in California.

He was the brother of former T4 presenter June Sarpong.

It’s reported police officers had spent seven hours trying to talk him down from a bridge in Pasadena on Monday before he jumped.

His death is being treated as a suicide, however an official ruling will be made following a post-mortem in Los Angeles.

The 40-year-old had a varied career presenting, acting and modelling for some of the biggest brands in the world.

As well as appearing on catwalks for Versace, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana he had been included in the “Hot 100 Young Hollywood with Style” list by Us Weekly magazine.

In a statement June Sarpong said: “I love my brother very much. Sam was an amazing human being. His passing is a loss for the world.”

Sam co-hosted Yo Momma on MTV alongside Wilmer Valderrama who said he was “so sad and so confused” by his friend’s death.

Sam’s acting roles included appearances in Cold Case and Bones.

He hosted backstage coverage of the BET Awards for several years and in 2013 presented the award for best international artist.

Valderrama said the two men had “made memories together that will last us forever”.

New Girl actor Lamorne Morris said Sarpong’s death had left him speechless.

CSI: NY star Hill Harper said it was a sombre day.

“I never saw @mrsamsarpong bitter,” he wrote on Instagram.

“He was always positive and he was always fly.

“Sadly, here in L.A. those are often signs someone is hurting inside.

“Gonna miss you, man.”

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Voxafrica to launch The Voice Afrique Francophone

The Pan-African television station, Voxafrica will launch the first season of The Voice in West and Central Africa. The Voice Afrique Francophone is set to launch on M-Net (DStv channel 101) in South Africa.

Voxafrica is a public limited company founded in 2007 by private investors with its headquarters in London, the network also has offices in Brussels, Douala and Abidjan. Currently a 3 channel network consisting of VoxAfrica, VoxAfrica Europe and Voxafrica UK providing coverage to Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. Voxafrica is the only Pan-African bi-lingual, news and general entertainment channel offering programmes and interactive services on cable, satellite, internet, IPTV and also available in hotels throughout Africa.

In related news, The Voice is currently the world’s largest and most popular music show format. Produced and broadcasted in over 180 countries, the show will run for 17 weeks and will give hopefuls across Africa the chance to audition and showcase their talents in French-speaking African countries.


IROKOTV Confirms It Is ‘Saying Goodbye’ To 130 Staffers

iROKOtv CEO, Jason Njoku, has confirmed the company is “saying goodbye” to 130 staffers at its Lagos office.

Techmoran first reported the downsizing yesterday, quoting sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, the company is cutting down its overhead as it attempts to crack profitability.

When TechCabal reached out to the company, Jason confirmed they are indeed laying off staffers, and also that the process has been a progressive downsizing that started a few months back.

“We’ve had to say goodbye to valued team members from the Lagos office over the past few months,” Jason told us. “Mainly our Lagos based offline marketing department were affected – we’re reducing numbers in that area of the company and approximately 130 staff have been let go.”

This is part of a larger restructuring, Jason says, that will see the company move personnel and resources to other parts of the business as well as relocate operations that require stronger infrastructure to its office in New York.

“There are some roles which required stronger infrastructure (moving large files) and experienced hands so we shifted them outside Lagos,” Jason says.

This is the first major restructuring iROKOtv is announcing since it switched from PC and mobile streaming to a mobile-only discovery and download offering back in July.

At the time, Jason said the decision was based on the distribution of users along devices used to access the platform.

According to him, “76% of users are via the mobile internet. If Nigerian Internet is mobile, the Internet TV company which wins needs to go mobile.” Data from the company at the time revealed that downloads on the platform increased more than 36% few days after it went mobile-only.

From the data Jason recently shared with us, the company seem to have gotten better since then with Nigeria as its strongest growing region.

“Nigeria has been our strongest adopter (68%) and is our number one market in terms of downloads, with close to 40,000 from the Google Play store since 1st July. Our Nigeria subscription base has increased 31% in the 3.5 months,” Jason said.

However, as its offline marketing team leaves the company, Jason says the company has increased headcount in other departments. iROKOtv has increased its engineering team from four to 17 over the past months (six in NY and 11 in Lagos). “We have also built out our product and design groups too,” he said.

Some of the engineers are likely from iROKOtv’s developer challenge that it started back in June to recruit the best developers and engineers in Nigeria with a prize money of N1 million and an option to work for the company.

Jason said the company is working on releasing a new version of its app before the year is out and it’s what the company’s product, design and engineering teams across Lagos and New York are focused on at present.

This is a developing story …


Blacks In Libya-North Africa -The Brutal Reality

Life for negros without western comforts is something the welfare pampered negriods in the USA will never admit too that they would be lambs to the slaughter. They are in their little bubble which is easily burst once outside their comfort zone. Here the stark reality meets them head on.


Africa: Will You Marry Me? (Full Documentary)

In Africa, woman is not Adam’s rib, at most, she is his shoulders and spinal column. For the vast majority of African women, even today, in the cities and in the countryside, their greatest dream is to get a good husband and have many children. We will approach different cases as beauty contests, polygamy and arranged marriages.


Strolling: Documentary series by Cecile Emeke

Strolling’ is a short documentary film series created by Cecile Emeke where we take a stroll with people in various cities and countries around the world, having refreshingly raw and honest conversations about various issues at the forefront of their society. We touch on everything from feminism, sexuality, gender, race and politics to philosophy, art, history, capitalism, war and poverty… and everything else you can think of.



Documentary: British Somalis: A Community Under Siege


This documentary investigates Britain’s security service’s targeting of Somali youth under the pretext of the war on terror.