Africa's past is a great past. But if you thinking of moving forward, do not look to Africa or Africans now as a model of what should be done for African Americans NOW. It is Black Americans who are at the forefront of the Black evolutionary and revolutionary struggle. Financially, we may be of little assistance to Africa in the way that the asians and middle easterners are helping (exploiting and using) Africa, but Africa, the Carribean, Brazil and Latin America, Australia, an India are looking at Black Americans will renewed strength an vigor on how to FIGHT their own oppression and their oppressors. In the time I've been off here, one of the things I've been doing is gathering information and friends of African descent, mainly Nigerian (slightly ironic, I had no positive things to say about Nigerians in particular before I left here). Yeah, they still believe many of us as lazy in this 'land of opportunity' but they see that many of are us not deluded with the lies, deceit, and deception of the white man, and that we angry and reject him, his lies, and propaganda. This is something Africa in particular is having a hard time dealing with and accepting, likely because there are few whites in Africa, and blacks are running most or all of the countries there. When you don't deal with whites and white supremacy everyday and directly with whites, I guess it's easier to see them as more benign or less harmful beings. But there are a lot of Nigerian and African revolutionaries standing out and speaking against western influences and imperialism, corrupt african leaders, the christian and muslim hold on more than 2/3 of Africa, the class disparity, and preaching African unity in the process. I am learning a lot about Africa, in particular that country - and they are learning about us, our struggles, how we think, and what we fight for or against (or at least what many of us are most vocal about). Also learning some things about the Australian Aborigines - who are all coming to together back to their 'black' (aboriginal) roots even after nearly fading out and away from so much white/euro mxing. Don't forget about the Dalit Panthers, and Brazilians that are now claiming African roots and designating themselves African Cuban, or Afro Brazilian thanks to their stateside American counterparts. Note that more Black Americans are becoming atheist and/or have a growing interest in African spirituality such as Yoruba, Ifa, Voudoun, an other ATR, Africa is still being seized by the what as seen as the religion of arabs and white west - muslim and christianity. Note that in this revolutionary struggle you have blacks of all skin colors, while in many Latin Amercan countries they are fractionated due to skin color, creating a color and skin tone hierarchy that creates division instead of unity. It is a good time to be African/Black American as we lead the way and the struggle for our black, Afrikan, and Afrikan descended brethren of the world. Not sure if any of this has been posted, but here are a few videos for your thinking and viewing pleasure Music Video - Monday Midnight, Pissy Pissy About Corruption and poverty in Nigeria Video How are our Native Iraqi Black Brothers are treated there Video French police dragging Black/African women in the street, some over their own babies Video Video Story is that they are immigrant squatters in a housing project scheduled for demolition. They were offered temporary accommodations but refuse to take it, so they police were apparently order to remove the group forcefully.