“I believe there can be no global development without African development.”

  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged a $30 billion investment in Africa on August 27, 2016, noting that his country has faith in Africa’s future. Abe was in Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). He said the $30 billion in public and private support for education, healthcare…

Braids and Birth Control: Hairdressers Provide Free Family Planning Advice in Guinea

  Five salons since 2012 have been offering more than just a beautiful head full of braids; these Conakry, Guinea, businesses are sharing information with their customers about contraception. This idea is new for many of their patrons. With Guinea women having an average of five children, and the lowest contraceptive use rates in the…

TICAD VI – Promoting African Development for the Future

  The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) promotes high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. Japan proposed the conference to the United Nations in 1991 and held the first event in Tokyo in 1993. Subsequent meetings took place in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013 and most recently on Aug. 27-28, 2016.…

U.S. Women’s Basketball Team Celebrates 40 Years of Court Mastery

Unstoppable is the perfect word to describe the United States Women’s Basketball Team’s gold medal-winning performance at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The Americans were unchallenged in the tournament, winning by an average of 40 points-per-game and eclipsing the 100-point mark in five of those victories. Some observers believe the gold standard was set by…

The Vilification of Comedian Leslie Jones: Why She’s Received and Continues to Receive So Much Racial Harassment and Bullying Online

When news surfaced that the popular movie, Ghostbusters, was undergoing a remake with some interesting new characters, fans of the original were anxious to learn more. When the crew turned out to be a team of diverse yet hilarious women, not everybody was so excited any longer. Despite the fact that people had ill opinions…