The Jamie Foxx of Africa? Nigerian Comedian Lands $1 Million Deal 

A comedian from Nigeria who has mostly boasted his comedic trade through Instagram and other social networks is now the new brand ambassador for Vomoz Communications, a company that offers airtime and international calling, and the endorsement deal is worth one million dollars. Henry Obiefule, better known as Chief Obi, is an internet sensation whose showbiz dreams…

Mel B. Files for Divorce

Former Spice Girl Mel B., real name Melanie Brown, has recently filed for divorce in a Los Angeles Superior Court. Mel B. and her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, have been married for ten years. The reason for the divorce was listed as irreconcilable differences. Scary Spice has previously been married to Jimmy Gulzar and has dated Eddie…

Gates/Zuckerberg-Funded Ugandan Schools to be Shut Down

More than 60 Bridge Academies—low-cost schools that favor a technological approach to pedagogy—have been ordered to stop operating by a high court judge in Uganda. The legal issue stemmed from complaints by education officials who accused the Bridge International Academies of providing substandard facilities and unqualified academic staff. Although the court ruling was issued in November…

Nepotism in the White House? 

Nothing about the Trump administration so far has been typical, not least of which is the apparent nepotism. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the President’s son-in-law and daughter, have significant and unprecedented roles in the administration. Federal law does include an anti-nepotism statute, but the Justice department concluded that the anti-nepotism law didn’t apply to White House staff. As Vox…

Top African and African-American Writers Among Winners Celebrated at PEN America’s Literary Awards

The 2017 PEN America Center Literary Awards evening touted a marvelous array of African and African-American authors among the writers recognized at this year’s gala. Celebrated at the New School’s glamorous John L. Tishman Auditorium on March 27, the winners reflect the complex tapestry of the African diaspora. The awards’ final night came with some surprises.…