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.…

Ben Stiller and Vine’s Jérôme Jarre to Deliver Food Aid to Somalia

Comedian Ben Stiller is back in the news, this time teaming up with Vine sensation Jérôme Jarre to spread awareness about the famine in Somalia and to help bring aid to the devastated region. Jarre and Stiller have teamed up with American Refugee Committee (ARC), a non-governmental organization, to help raise money and deliver much-needed…

Against All Odds, Cameroonian Teenager Wins Google Coding Challenge

  Nji Collins Gbah, a 17-year-old student from Cameroon, is the latest winner of the Google Code-In Challenge, an annual contest that encourages young students around the world to show off their programming skills. Nji has certainly made his nation proud by becoming the first African to earn this prestigious award; moreover, he did so…

Navigating the Challenges of Interracial Adoption

  Interracial, or transracial, adoption continues to be a controversial issue. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, approximately 28% of adoptions are interracial, typically with white families adopting African-American or Asian children.  While in recent years interracial adoptions have been more and more common among celebrities, with white stars such as Tom Cruise, Sandra…