Runoko Rashidi (Black Star: the African Presence in Early Europe

Runoko Black Star Photo

Dr. Runoko Rashidi is an anthropologist and historian with a major focus on what he calls the Global African Presence–that is, Africans outside of Africa before and after enslavement.

As a traveler and researcher Dr. Rashidi has visited 103 countries and counting.  As a lecturer and presenter, he has spoken in 57 countries and counting.

Runoko has worked with and under some of the most distinguished scholars of our generation, including Ivan Van Sertima, John Henrik Clarke, Asa G. Hilliard, Edward Scobie, John G. Jackson, Jan Carew and Yosef ben-Jochannan.

As a tour leader he has taken groups to India, Australia, Fiji, Turkey, Jordan, Brazil, Egypt, the Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Vietnam, Cambodia, and many many more.

He is the author or editor of 18 books and we are going to talk about one of those entitled, “Black Star: The African Presence in Early Europe”


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Here is a chronological list of the songs played on the episode. Click the links to purchase.

  1. Melanin Man – Brasstracks (ft. Masego)
  2. Black Liberation Theory – Cashus King
  3. Ya Momma So Black – J-Live
  4. Brother – Sam Trump (ft. Add-2)
  5. Blk Girl Soldier – Jamila Woods

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  1. Pebbles peoples on 04/23/2017 at 1:37 PM

    Thank you for the factual informative descussion. I learn some very interesting points such as Perpetua and Felicity and i look foward in the near future to listening again….thank you so much.

    • Taj Salaam on 05/10/2017 at 7:34 PM

      You’re welcome!

  2. Barbara on 04/23/2017 at 11:48 PM

    I loved this powerful and informative interview. I have already started sharing this interview with family and friends. Thank you to the Host, and a special thank you to your guest, Runoko Rashidi. What you are doing is amazing and is much needed. We are such a beautiful people. A lot of us just don’t know it. I will purchase this book.

    • Taj Salaam on 05/10/2017 at 7:35 PM

      Thank you for your support!

  3. Njelela Kwamilele on 04/25/2017 at 7:21 AM

    Excellent, informative, earnest and prideful. To the brains and commitment of those who love the truth and endeavor to spread the pride and truth of who we are and from what and where we have created and contributed. Thank u explorers.

    • Taj Salaam on 05/10/2017 at 7:37 PM

      Thank you for listening! Please share this interview to help us spread the truth.

  4. Yolanda Sharpe on 02/27/2018 at 9:23 PM

    This is excellent! Shared & will be purchasing the book!

    • Taj Salaam on 03/16/2018 at 12:24 PM

      Hi Yolanda! We are glad that you enjoyed the show and shared it with others! Subscribe to our podcast and join our emailing list. Thank you!

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