US marks the arrival of Angela, the ‘Eve’ of enslaved Africans | AFP

Angela, one of the first known African slaves brought to British North America, appears in records in 1619, arriving after a long and arduous journey that saw her ripped from her homeland in present-day Angola, forced to endure a sea voyage across the Atlantic, attacked by pirates and ultimately forced to work for British settlers in Jamestown, Virginia. 400 years after her arrival, the country looks back on America’s beginnings, and what would lay the foundation for slavery, as well as inequality and hardship that still exist today.

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Africans flee to South America on journey to US

Hundreds of Africans are joining Central American migrants on the long, dangerous journey for seeking asylum in the US. One family shares their experience after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo through South America. (July 16)

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‘Scared’ World Cup migrants face Russia deportation

Like thousands of other Africans, Lamin came to Russia during the 2018 tournament on a “Fan ID” that allowed spectators to bypass the country’s usual visa requirements. While most came purely to watch the football, others had plans to stay on and find work or claim asylum in Russia. But seven months after the World Cup, their hopes are dashed and the Russian interior ministry has said it is stepping up measures to deport all over-staying guests by the end of March.

Traditional medicine wins with decriminalisation of cannabis

The 18th of September marked the historic South African Constitutional Court judgment on the decriminalisation of personal use, cultivation and possession of cannabis in the private space. Traditional healers across the country, from various communities came together to celebrate this verdict dubbing it a landmark for traditional medicine and Africans across the continent. The benefits of this Constitutional Court ruling will not only be felt by the traditional healers themselves, but the vast communities of patients which they heal.

Parisians protest outside Libyan Embassy against slave auctions

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Libyan Embassy in Paris, Friday, after footage emerged earlier this month of Africans being sold at slave auctions in Libya. Protesters held placards denouncing the response of the Libyan government and demanded that world leaders tackle modern-day slavery. The rally was organised by several French human rights organisations.

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Bones of freed slaves ‘haunt’ St. Helena island

They made it to freedom, just about — hundreds of Africans who were rescued from slave traders in the 19th century were taken to the remote island of St Helena, but many of them died of their injuries. Their graves were discovered in 2008 during work to build a road for the new airport, but a decade on the remains are still in storage, with campaigners hoping they will one day receive a dignified burial.

The Man Who Relives Slave History Through Food (HBO)

Culinary historian Michael Twitty has made a name for himself touring the country to lecture about southern food traditions. His new book, ‘The Cooking Gene,’ is out today. The book explores the history of cuisine in the American south, by focusing on the people who laid the foundation for it — enslaved Africans. Twitty is currently on a teaching residency in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. VICE New’s Dexter Thomas joined him there for a meal.

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