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Juneteenth Celebrates End of Slavery in the US
June 20, 2019
The celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. ... read more »
Kenya ‘Hanging At The Edge Of A Debt Trap,’ Observers Say
June 7, 2019
The Central Bank, which is the government’s banker, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) all say Kenya’s debt position is getting to dangerous levels and the country must engage a lower gear before it is too late. ... read more »
Thousands Gather in Nairobi to Clean Up the Earth
March 15, 2019
Heads of state, government ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and grassroots activists are gathering in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly - the world’s top body on the environment. ... read more »
Our History Matters: The Untold Stories of African American ‘Hidden Figures’
February 8, 2019
Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1878. Major Taylor participated in his first bike race as a teenager. Shortly after, he moved to Worcester, Massachusetts to become a professional cyclist. Throughout his career, he received several world records from competing in races around the world but that didn’t stop the racist fans from throwing things at him and competitors trying to bump him off the track during his races. One competitor by the name of W.E. Becker choked Taylor until the police separated the two. ... read more »
Shocking Documentary Delivers Jaw-Dropping Profile of ISIS
February 1, 2019
How much do you know about ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? Sure, you probably know that it is an extremist Muslim sect which claims to be a caliphate headquartered in Syria.  ... read more »
Hip-Hop Icons the Sugarhill Gang Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ‘Rapper’s Delight’
January 10, 2019
Hip-hop has come a long way. From its humble beginnings in 1974 it has become one of the twenty-first century's highest grossing music genre. Firmly embedded in the landscape of popular culture, Hip Hop has taken over the airwaves, influencing music, fashion, television, film, art and dance for over four decades. ... read more »
At New Museum of Black Civilizations, a Call to Come Home
January 3, 2019
The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art. The West African nation's culture minister isn't shy: He wants the thousands of pieces of cherished heritage taken from the continent over the centuries to come home. ... read more »
Time for France to Give Back African Art
December 20, 2018
The experts estimate that up to 90 percent of African art is outside the continent, including statues, thrones and manuscripts. Thousands of works are held by just one museum, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, opened in 2006 to showcase non-European art — much of it from former French colonies. The museum wouldn’t immediately comment on the report. ... read more »
When Trump was afraid of the weather…and other insults to veterans 
November 15, 2018
“…Trump could not find it in himself to get a little wet and honor the lives of men who would never return home? Instead his actions ring of contempt for those who were not rich enough or powerful enough to avoid the conflict.”  ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
October 4, 2018
For movies opening October 5, 2018. ... read more »
Brazil Museum Tallies Up African Antiquities Lost in Fire
September 14, 2018
The museum’s permanent African exhibit was named Kumbukumbu - a Swahili word for the memory of  people, objects and experiences. A throne from the Kingdom of Dahomey (current-day Benin) and ritual objects of Afro-Brazilian religion (Candomble) were some of the museum’s most prized possessions.  ... read more »
Brad Pye’s National Sports Beat (7/19-7/25/18)
July 19, 2018
Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond! ... read more / view gallery »
France Wins 2018 World Cup in a Showcase of Diversity and Integration
July 19, 2018
The French have managed to integrate their marginalized communities into society in a way that almost mirrors the American strategy. ... read more »
Amnesty International Finds Troubles Brewing in Cameroon
June 21, 2018
In a new 37 page report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary arrests and torture” in two restive regions in Cameroon tied to a power struggle pitting French- against English speaking Cameroonians. ... read more »
African Union to Hold Summit in ‘Slavery Hub’
June 21, 2018
According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, Mauritania has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world, with an estimated 43,000 living in modern slavery conditions, out of a population of 4 million. The practice especially affects the Haratins, who have been caught in a cycle of servitude enforced by the Moors, the lighter-skinned descendants of Arab Berbers. ... read more »
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