Africa

On the April 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Hajooj Kuka about his award winning documentary Beats of the Antonov. It tells the story of refugee communities Sudan and how music and dance has been vital to keep their cultural heritage alive. The film is playing at the San Francisco International Film Festival. How does music unify people? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Hana Baba and you.

Guests:

Hajooj Kuka, former war reporter and the director of Beats of the Antonov

 

On the December 3rd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation about growing foreign investment in the African continent.  At a recent U.S.-Africa leaders summit in Washington, American private investors pledged $14 billion for construction, clean energy, banking and information technology. China has been the single largest source of annual foreign direct investment in the continent for the past several years. What do outsiders want from Africa? And what does this mean for the future of the continent? It's Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you.

LGBT Africans Speak Out On Growing Homophobia

Nov 13, 2014

  

With Uganda's ruling party this week proposing a new anti-gay bill many LGBT advocates say is even worse than the law struck down in August, a Ugandan civil rights leader and two activists from Cameroon appear on Out in the Bay (Thursday, 7pm) to give first-hand accounts of the situation in their countries.Pepe Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), talks about government tracking of activists and the public backlash after Uganda's high court nullified the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and describes how homophobia and transphobia are sweeping across Africa. Gaelle runs the Cameroon non-profit women's support organization Elles; Cedric, who worked for an AIDS organization, fled Cameroon last year fearing for his life and now lives in the Bay Area. (Gaelle and Cedric did not want their last names used.) We also hear "We Were the Hunted Then" from St. Louis, Missouri-based singer/songwriter Jon Valley.

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Last June, the U.S. Congress made a landmark decision to pass immigration reform. The new law eliminates the Diversity Immigrant Lottery Visa, also known as the Green Card Lottery. 

Stanford Storytelling Project: "How Not to Give" The story of an entrepreneur who wanted to give one million t-shirts to Africa.

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God Loves Uganda is a new feature-length documentary about the influence of U.S.-based evangelical Christian missionaries who have been whipping up anti-gay religious fervor in Uganda for many years.  Uganda’s parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would still be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world. The link that God Loves Uganda shows between religious extremists in this country and the virulent homophobia in Uganda is chilling and creepy.  Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams visited KALW studios to play film clips and talk about his journeys to Africa and Missouri to make this documentary with Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen. (Broadcast Oct. 31, 2013)

Homo-Fear in Africa

Jan 3, 2013

Homo-fear in Africa:   Host Marilyn Pittman gets a detailed debrief from journalist Edwin Okong'o about the fragile state of LGBT civil rights in Uganda and other African countries.


Photo by Christopher Connelly

In the last twenty years, the Eastern African islands Zanzibar have become a top destination for tourists. They come for the beautiful beaches, the food, the history and the architecture.  But in the last two decades another economy has developed:  the drug trade.