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Rep. Bass Statement of Concern Regarding the Appointment of Lana Marks as Unites States Ambassador to South Africa
November 16, 2018
“In order for our country to fully take advantage of these opportunities, it is imperative that people with strong backgrounds relevant to the countries they will serve are appointed to be ambassadors, especially to sensitive countries such as South Africa, where less than 70 years ago, the United States refused to stand with the rest of the world in opposing the Apartheid regime established there. South Africa is a key strategic partner and a key ally on the continent and I look forward to continuing our work to build capacity there.” ... read more »
South African Student Makes History by Using Official Language in Thesis
October 25, 2018
When the time arrived for Nompumelelo Kapa to write her doctoral thesis at the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape, South Africa, she likely responded: Masambe – a word that, when translated in English, means “Let’s Go” in the original South African language of isiXhosa. ... read more »
The Rhetoric and Reality of Race
October 25, 2018
The racial conscious­ness and discourse of the West was forged on slave ships carrying human car­gos into the Caribbean and the Americas. The search for agricultural commodi­ties and profits from the ex­treme exploitation of Black people, deemed as less than human, gave birth to the notion of racial inequality. ... read more »
“Vaya” —A Remarkable Look at Innocence Lost in Modern South Africa  
October 18, 2018
Nigerian Director Akin Omotoso Film Debuts November 1st on Netflix  ... read more »
UN honors Nelson Mandela as peace summit begins
September 27, 2018
Nelson Mandela’s South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman – the “Long Walk to Freedom” of his autobiography title – is one of the 20th century’s great stories of struggle, ... read more »
Nation Faced with Rising Suicides Among Young and Old
September 14, 2018
Mayosi was a world class cardiologist who focused his research on bettering the lives of Africans. In 2014, he presented the first data set tracking rheumatic heart disease in Africa, the most common cause of heart disease among schoolchildren in Africa. ... read more »
African Critics See Dark Side to China’s ‘Charitable’ Loans
September 14, 2018
At the confab, with representatives from 53 of 54 African countries, sky-high numbers were bandied about. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced $60 billion in funds for eight initiatives over the next three years, in areas ranging from industrial promotion, infrastructure construction and scholarships for young Africans. ... read more »
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts 
Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday with the
 Grammy Award-winning Joyous South African Musical Ensemble
The Soweto Gospel Choir is a Grammy Award-winning group that has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music — including U2, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, and Diana Ross — and scored an Academy Award nomination for its work on the soundtrack to Pixar’s WALL-E. The 43-member choir, drawn from churches in and around Soweto, inspires audiences, sharing the joy of faith. ... read more / view event »
Land Fever Sweeps Southern Africa, Pressing Govt’s to Act
September 1, 2018
The day of reckoning is arriving in Southern Africa for the hundreds of thousands of Blacks whose lands were taken forcibly by White settlers – a crime that goes unpunished despite promises for land reform year after year. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Responds to Trump’s Tweet about White South African Farmers
August 24, 2018
Cedric Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus   WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), ... read more »
South African Activist Takes the Reins at Amnesty International
August 24, 2018
In his first message as Secretary General on Aug. 16, Naidoo said that Amnesty International "is now opening its arms wider than ever before to build a genuinely global community that stretches into all four corners of the world, especially in the global south." ... read more »
Two Parties Declare Victory in Zimbabwe’s Presidential Polls
August 10, 2018
On Monday, 22 members of Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) appeared in court facing charges of inciting violence and causing malicious damage to the ruling ZANU-PF party offices. They must return for bail hearings because it was no little time for the judge to hear their cases. ... read more »
South African Women March Against Gender-Based Violence
August 10, 2018
Thousands of women and gender activists joined together on the first day of Women’s Month to protest the rising incidence of gender-based violence across the country. ... read more »
Congressman Ron Dellums: A ‘Fierce’ Focused Fighter
August 9, 2018
Dellums was a fierce, focused fighter for justice, an anti-war activist who served in the military, authored several CBC Alternative Budgets (budgets that focused on human needs rather than military buildup) and was an indefatigable fighter for South African freedom. ... read more »
Institute of the Black World 21st Century Conference
August 9, 2018
More than two thousand came from the greater Newark/New York region, Black America and the Pan-African world, drawn by the urgent impulse to connect, network, bond, share and unite in the wake of the most hate-filled, demagogic and divisive presidential campaigns that produced a presidential regime, elected by less than a majority of the popular vote, embedded with racism, white nationalism and Islamophobia.  It was one of the most threatening moments since the arrival of Africans on these hostile American shores. ... read more »
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