US Secretary of State Concludes Africa Visit Earlier Than Expected

The first major visit to the African region from a high-profile American official in the troubled Trump administration was cut short due to diplomatic issues between the United States and North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former oil industry leader who has been at odds with President Donald Trump on various issues, participated…

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Black Rights Pioneer Viola Desmond Honored on Canadian Ten Dollar Bill

Canada is making important history. Civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond is being honored on the Canadian $10 bill. In 2016, Canada’s national bank announced plans to put a non-royalty woman on their currency for the first time and appealed to the public for suggestions. While many wonderful names poured in, Desmond rose to the top…

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Major Tennis Tournament Could be Played in Kenya Thanks to Serena Williams

The most dominant tennis star in the world wants to see greater participation in Africa, and she thinks that hosting a major international tournament in Kenya should be the first step. United States tennis legend Serena Williams recently stated that she would like to see a Women’s Tennis Association tournament staged in Kenya for the…

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US Secretary of State Has Tough Road Ahead With Africa Visit

In the midst of tense diplomatic relations between African nations and the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a week-long tour of the Continent, during which he is expected to meet with officials from Kenya, Nigeria, Chad, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Tillerson’s visit to the continent comes just weeks after President Donald Trump…

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International Women’s Day 2018: Making Inclusion a Priority

On March 8, the United States will join other UN nation states in celebrating International Women’s Day. This day is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It’s also meant to encourage further progress. Although progress has been made when it comes to women’s rights and gender…

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RippleNami: An African App Changing How We Look at the World

Of all the major developments of the Information Age, data visualization has been one of the most significant. Edward Tufte, a prominent American scholar who has been studying examples of data visualization since they first appeared on cave paintings of the Paleolithic period, has said that science and art have something in common: they both…

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Shining Star Egypt Ufele: Fashion’s Inspirational Preteen

What were you doing when you were 12? Egypt “Ify” Ufele, a remarkable 12-year-old from Queens, is CEO and designer of her own fashion line while tirelessly standing up against bullying. As if that weren’t impressive enough, she’s a Jr Ambassador of Peace for the United Nations and she teaches other kids how to follow…

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Black History Month: Spotlight on the Remarkable Sojourner Truth

The abolition of slavery in the United States is an important topic of discussion during African-American History Month. Although the abolitionist movement is often said to have started when the Mennonite and Quaker communities of Pennsylvania published a pamphlet condemning slavery in 1688, organized resistance by Africans was recorded as early as 1522. By the…

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How “Black Panther” is Promoting Youth Empowerment

The film Black Panther, part of the Marvel Comics Universe, is breaking global cinema records beyond expectation, and influential figures are taking notice about the positive messages young people can derive from this movie. Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, took to Twitter to express her gratitude to the Black Panther production team…

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‘Black Panther’ Audiences Rock Royal Fashion

Black Panther has been one of the most hotly anticipated films in years, especially for black moviegoers. By all accounts, it’s lived up to the hype and then some. At the official premiere, attendees walked the purple carpet in fashion inspired by African royalty. At the film’s huge opening weekend, a large portion of the…

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#HerFutureAfrica – Empowering Women Through Business Innovation

According to a 2016 report published by the United Nations Development Programme, African women who work in the informal sector earn 30 percent less than their male counterparts; furthermore, less than 30 percent of small and medium businesses in the Continent employ women as managers. As in other regions of the world, gender inequality presents…

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“Welcome to Wakanda” Dazzles at NYFW

The “Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda” fashion show was held Monday evening at Industria Superstudio in New York City. The exciting 2-hour event was presented as a highlight of New York Fashion Week and featured ten outstanding designers. Some of the fabulous style icons who showed off their talent for the runway show included Chromat,…

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Celebrating the Richness of African Ancestry and History

As the United States and Canada observe African American History Month in February, educators and historians are busy collaborating with artists, community leaders and activists for the purpose of preparing lessons, exhibits and events to highlight the importance of African ancestry and history to the development of North American society. Traditionally, African American History Month…

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Africa Tech Summit Kigali: A Successful Start to Continued Innovation and Development

While movie fans around the world are preparing for the premiere of the Hollywood film Black Panther, which is centered on the challenges faced by an isolated African technocracy, hundreds of technology leaders gathered in the capital of Rwanda to discuss a blueprint for future development across the Continent. On Valentine’s Day, representatives from 29…

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Pan African Film Fest 2018 – Showcasing Black Experiences Through Film and Art

What if there were an event that was 100% dedicated to black movies and black art from around the globe? What if the event was especially focused on reinforcing positive images and helping to destroy negative stereotypes of the black experience? What if this event was sponsored by everyone from government officials and sports teams…

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African migrants in Israel: A Bleak Future Awaits

    In February 2018, the Israeli government made good their long held position that African asylum seekers including migrants and refugees should return to Africa by issuing and distributing deportation notices to over 60,000 Africans in Israel. The new immigration policy initiative will see thousands of African who crossed into Israel seeking asylum deported…

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Sabrina Simader: Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Alpine Skiing

Sabrina Simader: Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Alpine Skiing During the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there will be one competitor’s name that will surely standout from the rest in the alpine skiing events: Sabrina Wanjiku Simader. The February 9th to 25th games will be an opportunity for the 19-year old…

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Black Panther Could Help Highlight African Royalty Traditions 

  At the premiere for the hotly anticipated film Black Panther, star Chadwick Boseman told reporters, “It’s not just a movie.” He’s right. It’s an exciting blockbuster, sure, but the story of superhero T’Challa and the African nation of Wakanda is also a celebration of Africa and its rich history and culture. We knew Black Panther was going to…

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Black Panther Delivers: tickets show massive sales

Black Panther Delivers  The long-awaited film Black Panther won’t hit theaters for a few more weeks but advance tickets have been selling like crazy. In fact, they’re outselling all previous superhero movies. Though the general public still has to wait a bit longer, the premiere has come and gone and there have been a number of early screenings. Initial…

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African Athletes Make Waves at Winter Olympics

The South Korean city of PyeongChang is ready to welcome athletes from around the world for the major international sporting event known as the Winter Olympics. Even though news preceding the opening day ceremony have mostly centered on the participation of North Korean athletes and the reinstatement of Russian competitors previously banned for doping violations,…

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African Single Airline Transport: Open Skies in Africa

African Single Airline Transport: Liberalizing African Continent For over half a century, African leaders have pushed for a Pan-African solidarity marked by greater coordination, cooperation and consolidation of key sectors of African society. Past and present leaders across the continent have made progresses towards achieving these, but few have come close to transforming African continent…

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Total African Nations Championship Heats Up in Morocco

On the second Friday of 2018, officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) gathered in Casablanca to formally start the fifth Total African Nations Championship, a continental tournament that features players actively signed to local leagues. This competition, which goes by the name Total CHAN Morocco 2018, is important for many reasons, and one of…

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Farmart Ghana Offers an Innovative Online Farmers Market

Across Africa, tech entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the burgeoning consumer trend of online shopping and delivery services. In Ghana, Farmart is bringing the farmers market experience directly to consumers who can have the freshest produce, meats, poultry and seafood delivered to their doorsteps by placing orders right from their smartphones. Grocery and food delivery…

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VConnect: Planting Seeds for Economic Growth in Africa

Lack of efficient connections is one of the most difficult challenges experienced by regional economies in Africa. In Nigeria, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for nearly half of the country’s gross domestic product, and they employ more than 80 percent of the workforce; however, their financial output pales in comparison to industrialized nations. One…

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2017: A Last Look Back at the Year’s Highlights

The year 2017 will forever be remembered with a sense of apprehension since it marked the departure of former United States President Barack Obama, who handed the administration to Donald Trump, a former reality television star. Setting aside this unfortunate development, there were many positive aspects of 2017 that are worth mentioning and remembering: Women’s…

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2017 in Review: A Challenging Year on Many Fronts

“Challenging” is perhaps one of the best words to describe 2017, a year that brought us closer to the second decade of the 21st century with scandals, political shifts and catastrophes that tested societies around the world. Here are some of the most consequential events experienced in 2017: Politics In the United States, President Donald…

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African Roots of Trinidad & Tobago’s Christmas Cuisine

  Our cuisine like our peoples, over time has become a melting pot of indigenous, Spanish, British, French, African, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, and in more recent times, German and Italian influences. However, this article pays tribute to the culinary creativity of our African ancestors who crossed the Atlantic in chains, with meal preparation a distant memory.…

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Eritrea Qualifies for Its First Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics are expected to unfold against a backdrop of political tension in the Korean Peninsula, particularly between the leaders of the United States and North Korea; nevertheless, sports analysts are expecting lots of excitement as winter athletes from some previously non-participating nations will make their debut in February. One such athlete is…

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Rihanna: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

The numbers certainly don’t lie: Rihanna has sold more than 200 million records globally, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The native Barbadian stuns everyone with her beauty, compassion, generosity, intelligence and sexiness. Those sensuous curves, those lips, those eyes and that bone structure are reasons why the Most Beautiful…

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In the Aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma

Hurricanes Irma and Maria were two of the largest and costliest hurricanes to ever strike the Caribbean. Among the countries that lost lives and suffered from catastrophic damage were: Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico. Months later, residents are still dealing with the aftermath. The small island…

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Total African Nations Championship Will Embrace Technology

While football federations in Europe and the Americas are yet to be convinced about FIFA’s implementation of goal line technology and video assistant referee (VAR) systems, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) plans to use both technologies in 2018 during the Total African Nations Championship. During a CAF meeting in Cairo, officials resolved to roll…

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France Makes Commitment to Return African Archaeological Treasure

During a late November tour of various African nations by French President Emmanuel Macron, the young and progressive leader made an unexpected announcement from Burkina Faso, where he delivered a lecture before students at the University of Ouagadougou. President Macron spoke about post-colonial issues in the areas of immigration, development and economy, and he underscored…

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New Africa Tech Challenge Focuses On the Construction Industry

During a few weeks in November, a group of young Kenyans competed in the fourth edition of the Africa Tech Challenge, a professional skills competition sponsored by AVIC International, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. More than 100 competitors showed off their carpentry, masonry and steelwork skills at the future site of…

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Amidst Criticism, President of Tanzania Pushes On Towards Development and Stability

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania has been praised as the type of African leader that his country has desperately needed in the 21st century. Since taking office in November 2015, President Magufuli has been executing on an agenda that has largely consisted of shooting from the hip;  his targets have included international mining companies,…

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African Tech Will Be Featured at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

During three days in January 2017, more than 184,000 people from around the world packed the majestic Las Vegas Convention Center for the 50th anniversary of the Consumer Electronics Show—the largest trade event focused on technology innovation developed specifically at the consumer level. Each CES features the latest and the next in consumer tech. The…

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Sexual Harassment through an African Lens

  The hashtag #MeToo has been trending globally following reports of sexual harassment occurring mainly against female celebrities by prominent men in Hollywood. The hashtag has brought to light the prevalence of sexual harassment not only in the entertainment industry, but also in everyday situations experienced by women from all over the world. In Africa,…

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Engaged!

It’s official, groundbreaking, and the ring is a stunner! Britain’s Royal Palace announced Monday morning that Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged. The news came straight from the office of Harry’s father Prince Charles, according to People magazine. The statement also mentioned that the beautiful couple had become engaged earlier in the…

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Dangerous Shopping: Black Friday in the United States

On November 24, the day following the traditional Thanksgiving celebration among American families, shoppers across the US will engage in a shopping extravaganza that some people consider a perfect example of a society in decline. Black Friday is an ode to consumerism expressed by incredible discounts, particularly on electronics and popular toys, that many people…

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Thanksgiving: A Time for Family and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of our most meaningful holidays. The day is about gratitude and family. Many people travel home to spend time with family while others celebrate “Friendsgiving.” Thanksgiving is usually centered around food and for many, the day is also about football. In many African-American communities, Thanksgiving food goes beyond just the traditional turkey.…

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Cool Runnings: Nigerian Bobsled Team Heads to the Winter Olympics

The 1993 Disney film Cool Runnings, starring the legendary Canadian comedic actor John Candy, told the curious story about the national bobsled team of Jamaica and the squad’s unlikely appearance in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Although the premise of Cool Runnings was based on the oddity of a bobsled—or bobsleigh—squad hailing from a Caribbean…

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Victoria’s Secret Showcases Sensuality in Shanghai

Can you say “Shanghai sensuality?” That’s exactly what the people got when the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017 took to the runway at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, on Monday. It was thrilling, sexy, and the elegant VS Angels made history on the catwalk because this was a first ever Victoria’s Secret…

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A New Look for Barbie: Hijab!

Remember Hijarbie? Haneefa Adam has been styling Barbie dolls, often based on inspiring real-life women, with homemade doll-sized hijabs and sharing pictures on her Instagram account. She did it to address the overwhelming lack of representation and to inspire young Muslim girls. Now, Mattel is releasing its first-ever official hijab-wearing Barbie doll. The doll is…

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Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards Celebrate Strength and Talent

Glamour’s annual Women of the Year Awards has always celebrated the strong pioneer, including those who have set out on new journeys, played by their own rules and made significant progress in unchartered territories. The 2017 awards ceremony was recently held at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, and what a memorable event it was. From an…

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2018 Pirelli Calendar Features All-Black Cast

  The 2018 Pirelli calendar is out and this year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland. The unique aspect of this year’s photo shoot is that it took a diversity approach casting an all-black cast featuring Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, South African lawyer Thando Hopa, Whoopi Goldberg, Sudanese-Australian model Duckie Thot, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, among others.…

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No End in Sight for Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

More than 2,925 bodies have been recovered from Mediterranean waters this year; they represent the desperation of people from Middle Eastern and African countries where civil society has broken down due to armed conflict, terrorism, lawlessness and economic despair. Over the last few years, the Mediterranean refugee crisis has hung like a specter over European…

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Tomorrow’s African Billionaires Will Emerge From the Agricultural Sector

The fertile soil of Africa could hold the key to economic development by giving young entrepreneurs an opportunity to become part of the next generation of billionaires. The African Development Bank believes that global consumer demand for farming products is something that the Continent should rise up to meet; to this effect, a youth program…

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Black Tudors: Opening the Door to a Hidden History

It is generally believed that black people first came to England as slaves. That assumption is a common misperception and one that historian Miranda Kaufmann is working to correct with her first book, Black Tudors: The Untold Story. This remarkable book explores the heretofore unknown history of black people in 16th century England—individuals who lived freely…

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“The Lion King” Remake’s Hype-Worthy Casting Announced

Over the last few years, Disney has put out a number of live-action remakes of their classic films including Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella. The Disney live-action remake has become so ubiquitous now that it would take something extraordinary to get people to take notice and get excited. Well…something remarkable is taking place for the upcoming Lion King remake in…

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NAACP Issues Travel Advisory for Black Travellers on American Airlines

American Airlines, an already troubled carrier in terms of passenger satisfaction and customer service, is at the center of an unusual travel advisory issued by the United States National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). According to a recent NAACP press release, passengers of African heritage could be flying the unfriendly skies aboard…

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Football a Lifeline for Poverty-Stricken Brazilian Girls

As one of the world’s most populous and majestic cities, Rio de Janeiro is home to over six million residents, and about a quarter of them live in favelas, low-income neighborhoods improvised from former shanty towns. The favelas are a reminder of the deep issues of inequality in Brazil; these are poor communities where Brazilian…

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Robert Mugabe’s Post of WHO Goodwill Ambassador Rescinded Following International Outcry

  A WHO Goodwill Ambassador is typically a celebrity that uses their fame and talent to advocate for matters relating to health across the globe. While former ambassadors have been carrying out their duties, mostly unnoticed, the recent appointment of Robert Mugabe caused public uproar. The President of Zimbabwe, aged 93, was appointed as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador…

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Dangerous Obsession: Trump’s Constant Efforts to Undermine Obama’s Policies

In the current political climate of the United States, even the most meticulous analysts have had a hard time trying to determine a constant, defining theme of the Trump administration. In the words of former President George Walker Bush, Donald Trump can be described as a “flip-flopper,” a politician whose views, goals and convictions seem…

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North Korea’s Controversial Relationship with African Nations

Many may not be aware of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s cozy and lucrative relationship with African countries. Following earlier attempts to establish links with some nations on the Continent through the provision of aid programs, this relationship has intensified with North Korea currently having embassies in 11 out of 54 African countries.…

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Violence on the Rise as Southern Cameroon Seeks Independence

  The Anglophone citizens of Southern Cameroon, who comprise 1/3 of the country’s population, have historically felt marginalized by the French-speaking government of the Republic of Cameroon.  Anglophone Cameroonians accuse the government of discriminating against them in matters of governance of the country, and claim that the government is forcing the French language on English-speakers…

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2018 African Nations Championship Controversially Awarded to Morocco

The Total African Nations Championship , also known as CHAN, football tournament that serves to complement the Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in 2018. While the decision was unanimously awarded by executives of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) during a meeting in Nigeria, controversy ensued amidst reports…

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Sonequa Martin-Green: “The Sky is the Limit for all.”

Star Trek has a long history of diversity, the original TV series had television’s first interracial kiss and the show consistently showed progressive attitudes around race and gender. It was particularly important and revolutionary, Devon Maloney writes, for people of color who were “seeing faces like their own on television, in un-caricatured roles, for the…

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Reelworld Film Festival: Empowering Underrepresented Voices

Tonya Williams believes that there is power in storytelling. As a woman of color working in Hollywood as an actress, director, and producer, she recognized that many voices were underrepresented in storytelling and its power wasn’t being sufficiently harnessed for social good. In 2001, she founded the Reelworld Film Festival to showcase films that explore…

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Venture Capital Firm Focuses on Nurturing African Tech Talent

Technology innovation and expansion is in need of constant development by an adequate base of human capital. Major tech companies such as Facebook realize that society demands greater technological advancement, which can only come from human effort. For this reason, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, co-founded by Facebook’s CEO, started investing in Africa a few years…

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Raila Odinga Pulls Out of Repeat Presidential Polls

    Kenyan  National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, Raila Amollo Odinga, has pulled out of the repeat elections scheduled for 26th October 2017. Mr. Odinga has pulled out of the elections citing grievances not met by the electoral body in Kenya, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Following the nullification of the presidential…

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Canadian Politician Speaks Out Against Body Shaming of Black Women

  Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes who represents Whitby, Ontario in the Canadian House of Commons rose to the floor of the House recently to speak against bullying and body shaming of black women’s features. Not only did the MP call out those who bullied black girls for wearing their hair differently, but she also delivered…

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Barack and Michelle Celebrate 25 Years of Marriage

Is there any couple who embodies #RelationshipGoals more than Barack and Michelle Obama? This week, the former President and First Lady celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss. While Michelle was taking part in the Pennsylvania Conference for Women along with Shonda Rhimes, Barack popped in on a surprise video. As Michelle blushed and the ladies in…

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US Government User Data Requests to Google and Apple on the Rise

Google released its most recent transparency report last week, and the results show that the number of US government requests for user data and information has grown by more than 24 percent in the past six months alone. Between January and June of this year, Google reported that US government agencies requested information on 48,902…

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Despite Controversy and Conflict, Uber Celebrates Four Years in Africa

Personal transportation service Uber, the poster child company of the global “gig economy,” has achieved many milestones on the African continent over the last four years, but not without significant controversy and disputes. From its corporate offices in San Francisco, Uber has established operations in eight African countries and acquired nearly two million active users…

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October 1st: Celebrating Nigerian Independence Day

  Nigeria gained her independence on October 1, 1960 from Great Britain and will be celebrating 57 years of independence this weekend. The country was granted independence under a constitution with parliamentary government provision and a level of self-rule for the country’s three regions. Nigeria, however, became a federal republic after gaining full independence from…

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New York African Restaurant Week Highlights African Cuisine in the Big Apple

New York has Africans from all over the diaspora, and its cuisine is a wonderful reflection of that diversity. This October, those cuisines will be showcased at the annual New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW). Despite the name, the event will actually last much longer than just one week, spanning from October 1-22. That’s lucky…

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Prince Harry Opens the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

With an inspirational speech delivered by Prince Henry of Wales, more commonly known as Prince Harry, the 2017 edition of the Invictus Games kicked off in Toronto after a ceremony that attracted considerable media attention. The Invictus Games is an international sporting competition that brings together military veterans whose lives have been affected by injuries…

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Economic Recessions in Nigeria and South Africa Come to an End

The two largest African economies are beginning to emerge from the shadows of recession, but analysts believe that immediate growth could be slower than expected. After several months of stagnant economic output, the gross domestic product of Nigeria and South Africa showed year-over-year gains during the second quarter of 2017; however, both nations still have…

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“So Many of My Friends are Going to Africa to Get Rich”

US President Donald Trump made his much anticipated first appearance at the United Nations this week, which culminated in a 40+ minute speech where he threatened to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea and referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as ‘Rocket Man.’ Following this speech on Tuesday, Trump then hosted a luncheon on Wednesday…

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Sex Education in Nigerian Schools Sets a Rift Between Teachers and Parents

  Nigeria has introduced sex education in schools. In spite of the different views or opinions when it comes to addressing sex education in the syllabus, modern day issues have constructively pushed for its inclusion in the school system. The proposal to introduce sex education to Nigerian school systems is a sign of the demise…

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Sex Education in Nigerian Schools Sets a Rift Between Teachers and Parents

  Nigeria has introduced sex education in schools. In spite of the different views or opinions when it comes to addressing sex education in the syllabus, modern day issues have constructively pushed for its inclusion in the school system. The proposal to introduce sex education to Nigerian school systems is a sign of the demise…

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Trump Comes Out with Guns Blazing at UN General Assembly Debut

Just one day after United States President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations while promoting his Trump Tower building across the street where his White House advisor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has been a tenant, he returned to the General Assembly and issued a strong warning to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.…

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Emmy Awards Highlight Several Firsts for Black Talent

The 2017 Emmy Awards have come and gone. Stephen Colbert hosted the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Not surprisingly, Colbert and others got political. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer even made an appearance. Spicer’s bit is already being widely criticized, described as an attempt to normalize someone who repeatedly lied…

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Riri Launches Her First Makeup Line: Fenty Beauty

  The gorgeous Rihanna has been gracing headlines following the launch of her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Riri’s Fenty Beauty allows women to achieve glowing skin just like the talented musician. In partnership with Kendo Brands, an established beauty developer, Fenty Beauty dropped last week in 17 countries and is being sold in over 1,600 retailers worldwide. Being…

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Sexy Hits and One Miss at New York Fashion Week 2017

Work it, girl! The runways were graced with gorgeous African-American models at New York Fashion Week this year. One of the industry’s freshest faces is Blésnya Minher. The lovely 19 year old captured her special catwalk moments on her Instagram page. Minher was discovered through an open casting call in Angola. She walked for Calvin Klein as her star is just beginning…

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The Supreme Court of Kenya Grants NASA the Permission to View IEBC Servers

  The Kenyan National Super Alliance (NASA) petition against the presidential results began on the 26th of August with the party making demands to be granted permission to view the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers. Well, the Kenyan Supreme Court has granted Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, permission to view the server citing ‘read only’…

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Mayweather Wins Fight Against McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Resumes Retirement With Victory Over MMA Fighter Conor McGregor One of the most anticipated matches in the history of professional boxing culminated as most fans, analysts, and bettors expected. The controversial and undefeated Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to score his 50th victory against a mixed martial arts fighter who surprised the world…

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The Supreme Court of Kenya Grants NASA the Permission to View IEBC Servers

  The Kenyan National Super Alliance (NASA) petition against the presidential results began on the 26th of August with the party making demands to be granted permission to view the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers. Well, the Kenyan Supreme Court has granted Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, permission to view the server citing ‘read only’…

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Mayweather Wins Fight Against McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Resumes Retirement With Victory Over MMA Fighter Conor McGregor One of the most anticipated matches in the history of professional boxing culminated as most fans, analysts, and bettors expected. The controversial and undefeated Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to score his 50th victory against a mixed martial arts fighter who surprised the world…

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Christabel Ouko Widow of Robert Ouko Dies in Car Crash

  Christabel Ouko, the widow of Dr. Robert Ouko, Kenya’s former Foreign Affairs Minister from 1979-1983 and 1998-1990, died on Monday in a road accident in Kisumu along the Awasi-Kericho highway. According to the local traffic police, her car veered off course at the Muhoroni junction killing her instantly. Coincidentally, it was the same area where her late…

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African Fashion Week in Toronto: August 16 – 20

Each summer, African Fashion Week descends upon Toronto, Canada with the latest in African designers, trends, and models from all over the continent and beyond. The event, held at the Royal Ontario Museum, also includes networking events and competitions. This year’s African Fashion Week began on Wednesday, August 16 and continues until Sunday, August 20. The…

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The Expansion of Netflix across Africa

  Netflix is the leading entertainment streaming service in the world and due to its increasing popularity, gone are the days of restricting oneself to a television set when watching your favorite show. Netflix has a client base of over 60 million members across 190 countries. The platform offers approximately 120 million hours of entertainment through television shows, documentaries, and feature films.…

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What African Nations can learn from China’s Internet Censorship

  A number of African nations have been recently considering measures to take greater control of social media and internet usage domestically, and many of these proposals appear to be on the verge of censorship according to proponents of internet freedom. In comparison to the statutes enacted in China, internet freedom in most African countries is still far greater. Notably,…

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Final IAAF Championship Highlights

Kenya and South Africa Finish Strong at the IAAF World Championships Surprise victories, stunning defeats, heartbreaks, and incredible levels of competition were among the highlights of the 2017 World Championships of the International Association of Athletics Federations, which finished in London on Sunday night. African athletes shone at the 2017 IAAF World Championships as Kenya…

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Charlottesville Erupts in White Nationalist Violence

Charlottesville and the Sad State of Racist Extremism in the United States A disastrously violent weekend in Charlottesville, a leafy university town in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has brought into focus the precarious issue of extreme American nationalism and intolerance. What started off as a political demonstration to protest the removal of a monument from…

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Reality TV Takes Kenya by Storm 

Kenya is typically known for having some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world with majestic creatures like a proud herd of elephants gliding quietly through long grasses midday. The East African nation is an amazing place that offers ethnic diversity and a beautiful and active culture, but there are also numerous challenges that often keep its people struggling.…

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The Habari African Festival

Habari African Festival: A Celebration of African Music and Culture For the fourth consecutive year, Toronto will celebrate the richness and diversity of African culture during the Habari Africa Festival. The multi-disciplinary arts festival will celebrate African music, dance, film, fashion, art, and culture. This year’s event will be held Friday, August 11 – Sunday,…

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IAAF Championship Highlights

African Athletes Impress at IAAF Championships in London At the 2017 World Championships of the Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), currently underway in London, quite a few African athletes have visited the podium to collect even more glorious hardware for their respective countries. As expected, runners from Kenya are dominating the long distance events, particularly…

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Erna Brodber: Caribbean Storyteller of Diasporic History

Caribbean history is generally marred by its colonial past and unequivocal injustices, highlighting the crucial need for modern literary heroes who write from a meaningful and often forgotten perspective of African diasporic people. Social activist and novelist Erna Brodber is one such voice. Her books and literary articles shine a light on all aspects of Jamaican culture, including gender, parenthood, music,…

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Raila Odinga: “Results are a sham”, calls IEBC meeting

Kenyans came out in large numbers on the 8th of August to vote for their preferred candidates for the presidential slot in counties and constituencies across the nation. As the tallying of presidential votes started, they maintained their calm, waiting patiently for the results. Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, took an early lead against Raila Odinga,…

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Giants of Africa

African “Hoop Dreams” Camp Will Hold Court in Kenya In the mid-1990s, basketball fans around the world were delighted by “Hoop Dreams,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of two young African-Americans in Chicago whose dreams of making it to the lauded National Basketball Association (NBA) were curtailed by socioeconomic factors and other life hardships. “Hoop…

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AT&T Shape Conference Dazzles with Latest Tech

The entertainment industry hasn’t always taken full advantage of evolving technology in augmenting its endeavors. However, AT&T is attempting to make rapid changes to this matter; the company recently held its AT&T Shape Tech and Entertainment Expo at Warner Bros. Studios—an event that brought together over 10,000 attendees from the worlds of technology and entertainment. Showcasing the…

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenas a Grand Jury

Criminal Investigation of Trump Administration Now Has a Grand Jury The ongoing investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on various affairs related to the embattled President of the United States has reached a new turning point. A federal grand jury has been impaneled for the purpose of hearing matters connected to the criminal investigation, which started…

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The Growth of Entrepreneurship in Africa

  Despite the many ethnic tensions and high levels of unemployment that continue to plague many African nations, the continent is now being referred to as the “world’s most exciting economic frontier.”  Africa is experiencing record economic growth rates, surpassing the vast majority of developed economies. Although there are many underlying factors behind the growth, most notably…

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Why the Finfinne / Addis Ababa Conflict Affects all Africa, not just Ethiopia

  Ethiopia has long been considered a model for other African nations. The country’s unique style of federalism has up until now been successful at keeping ethnic tensions from dividing the nation, and this is in large part due to Ethiopia’s robust constitution. However, ongoing tensions between the federal government in Addis Ababa and the…

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Tesh Mbaabu: Kenya’s Business Tech Wiz 

Kenya’s growing technological pursuits have coincided with a surge in entrepreneurial endeavors, particularly, among the country’s innovative youth. Tesh Mbaabu is a young Kenyan tech entrepreneur, having started several successful companies almost immediately after completing his degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi in 2015. Notably, Mbaabu’s ventures into the technological sphere commenced prior to earning his degree; having started Tesh Technologies Limited,…

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Trump White House Trimmed as New Communications Director Ousted

After less than two scandalous weeks on the job, the Communications Director handpicked by besieged United States President Donald Trump has been abruptly removed from his post. Anthony Scaramucci, a billionaire Wall Street investment banker, raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill as a profane and outspoken man who loved the spotlight and boasted of his brash…

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Murder Most Foul: A Run down of events to shock discovery of Chris Msando

The violent and untimely death of Chris Msando, Director of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT Department, has sent shockwaves throughout Kenya and around the world. With the upcoming elections, Kenyan citizens are still coming to grips with what yet another death means for the fragile state of politics in the country. Msando was reported…

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Michelle Obama: A Pillar of Strength and Empowerment in the Face of Racial Attacks

On Michelle Obama’s recent visit to Denver, the former first lady made an inspiring speech in front of an audience of 8,500. Though the speech itself was not recorded, the Denver Post reported that Obama’s speech contained poignant comments about her experiences as the first black woman in the Oval Office. Her message was largely…

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Russia Retaliates Against US With Diplomatic Expulsions

Shortly after the United States government announced a fresh round of sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation, the Kremlin responded with an order to sharply reduce the breadth of American diplomatic presence in Moscow. According to a dispatch published by Russia Today, an online news publication funded by the Kremlin, the American Embassy has been…

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s Home-Grown Tourist Economy on the Rise

For many people, the archetype of African tourism has been the European model of the “safari.” Tourists come from distant lands, perhaps escaping the boreal winter, and bring hard currency and fuzzy preconceptions. They are seeking a once-in-lifetime experience, provided by a tourist industry that now employs about 7% of the Continent’s workforce. A quietly…

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The Abrupt Resignation of Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary

United States President Donald Trump has carried out the first major reorganization of his White House staff. This change, which comes at a time when Trump and a few of his close associates are being targeted by various investigations, has prompted the immediate resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the controversial spokesperson for the Trump…

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Investigators Follow US President Donald Trump’s Money Trail

During a jumbled and bizarre interview with The New York Times, United States President Donald Trump stated that the ongoing investigation being conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller should not have to veer into his personal business dealings. Less than two days later, financial news media giant Bloomberg reported that Special Counsel Mueller is…

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Crowdfunding Efforts Aim to Keep African Migrants from Entering Europe

The continued wave of mass migration from Africa to Europe has led to a huge range of political and humanitarian issues, and as a result, Europe is becoming increasingly divided into left-wing pro-immigrant and right-wing anti-immigrant camps. On the pro-immigrant side are countless NGOs that have been helping European governments to patrol the waters off…

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Jupiter and Okwess Release their Sophomore Album, Kin Sonic

According to Jupiter Bokondji, “the cultural riches of Congo are immense.” He and his band, Okwess International, are tapping into their rich heritage to create fun and innovative music for the world stage. Jupiter and Okwess have just released their second album, Kin Sonic. Born Jean-Pierre Bokondji in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jupiter is…

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The Republican Better Care Reconciliation Act is Dead in the Water

The withdrawal of support by two key Republican Senators for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) has effectively sealed the fate of the partisan effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Aside from being a political embarrassment for the Grand Old Party and for the Trump administration, Congress and healthcare…

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Donald Trump Jr. Scandal Deepens with Revelations of More Players Involved

The Russia scandal that has been threatening to envelop the Trump presidency since his inauguration now appears on the verge of turning into a full-blown crisis after more details have emerged about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer last summer. After continually decrying the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and…

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Humanitarian Drones Fly Over Malawi

In the central region of Malawi, a nation besieged by droughts and dangerous food shortages, unmanned aerial vehicles at the Kasungu Aerodrome are being loaded with emergency supplies to distribute across needy communities. These drones are airborne thanks to a collaboration between the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and the Government of Malawi. According…

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From Russia, With Love: Trump Jr Shock Email Scandal

The ongoing investigation into the alleged meddling by Russian operatives to destabilize the American democratic process has been rocked by a bombshell revelation by Donald Trump Jr., the firstborn son of the most controversial President the United States has ever seen. Even the Watergate-Nixon and Iran-Contra-Reagan political scandals cannot approximate the sordid levels being witnessed…

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