Darryl C. Richie
Inspirational Speaker, Author and Blogger looking to inspire with my story of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee. My focus is to share my pain, struggle and accomplishments with the world.
King Jayavarman VII: The Compassionate Warrior King of the Khmer Empire
The most prominent and enduring kingdom of early Southeast Asia was Angkor (802-1431). The builders of this civilization were Africoid people known as the “Khmers,” a name that is like Kmt (ancient Kemet, ancient Egypt). Much of the early knowledge of early Southeast Asia comes from Chinese and Indian sources. Chinese historical documents speak of the Funanese, who were the builders of the earliest kingdom in Southeast Asia. The Funan Kingdom was in present-day Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. The documents describe the people as “ugly and black.” Their hair is curly. The Khmer men, essentially the same as the Funanese, were described by the Chinese as “small and black.” In 1923, Harvard University anthropologist Roland Burrage Dixon noted that the ancient Khmers were physically “marked by distinctly short stature, dark skin, curly hair or even frizzy hair, broad noses and thick negroid lips.”
Music as a Healing Force in Ancient and Medieval Africa
The ancient Kemite Sages instituted tight controls on theatre and music because they understood indulgence in inappropriate entertainments was known to cause mental agitation and undesirable behaviors. Famous ancient Greek Philosopher and student of the Ancient Kemetian Mysteries, Pythagoras wrote that the ancient Kemites place particular attention to the study of music.
My top four favorite albums of all-time are in the genres of Hip-Hop and Reggae music. The number four means foundation, so my foundation best represents who I was in the past, who I am in present, and who I aspire to be in the future. My favorite music artists are Nas, The Pharcyde, Blu & Exile, and Chronixx, and they represent different time capsules in my life and through their music and lyrics, they captured what I was going through during those specific time periods in my life.
When We Ruled: The Importance of African Identity: The Yoruba and Edo
The country of the Yoruba people (Yorubaland) before conquest and colonization by Europe consisted of Southwest Nigeria, later under British rule, the Republic of Benin, later under French rule, and The Republic of Togo, later under German, (and later French) rule. During pre-colonial times, the Yoruba had many different prominent people from their many kingdoms who left their mark in African history during ancient and medieval times, and right before the eve of colonization by Europe.
The Wonders of the Ife Kingdom
The Yoruba country (Yorubaland) consisted of parts of present-day Southwest Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. The country included the Niger River, grasslands, mountains, hills, lakes, streams, creeks, and lagoons leading out to the Atlantic coastline. A variety of fruits and vegetables grew in the country such as sweet and sour sop, papaw, yam, bananas, koko, cassada, oranges, sweet potatoes, pineapples, beans (brown and white), plums, guinea corn, avocados, pears, guavas, apples, and mangoes.
Welcome to Yorubaland
The Yoruba are a diverse group of people who are united under a common language, religion, and cultural unity. Yorubaland (Early History: Pre-1500 to the Pre-Colonial Period: 1500-1800) was a country located in present-day southwest Nigeria, West Africa.
What If Part II: America
The African holocaust began during the 17th century when Europeans decided to enslave Africans for the transatlantic slave trade in the Americas. The Africans never saw themselves as slaves, but prisoners of war. After 400 years in bondage, the Africans became free, but faced new challenges from discriminatory racist practices and laws.
African Descendant People: Lonely Nation Away from Home
The African presence in early human history can be found all over the world. Their presence can be found in places like India, North America, Central America, South America, Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to name a few.
The Songhai Empire: The Golden Medieval African Civilization
The Songhai Empire (1464-1591) was the largest empire to emerge in West Africa. The capital of the Songhai Empire was Gao, which was located on the Niger River. This location was perfect for trading gold, kola, nuts, cloth, salt, and slaves for cowries (cowries are marine mollusks that was formally used as money in parts of Africa).