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Opportunities Abound in Ethiopia for African Americans
June 20, 2019
The government of Ethiopia is rolling out the welcome mat to African Americans to explore the business opportunities and tourist destinations throughout the historic nation. During a visit to Los Angeles on June 14, Ethiopian Ambassador Fitsum Arega outlined the many prospects for investors, companies and entrepreneurs to benefit by engaging with the country, which is experiencing an economic upswing under the administration of Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. ... read more »
SPECIAL REPORT: Mass Incarceration of Women and Minorities a New Crisis
May 9, 2019
Courtesy The Marshall Project/PBS Although the number of people in prisons and jails in America has slightly declined, numbers released on Thursday, April 25, by the ... ... 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 »
Largest Independent Reggae Label Celebrates 40th Anniversary
February 15, 2019
“VP is integral to the history of reggae and dancehall music. We take this responsibility seriously and we are using our 40th anniversary to celebrate the music's rich heritage as we steward the genre into the future,” said company president Randy Chin. ... read more »
World’s Largest Independent Reggae Label VP Records Celebrates  40th Anniversary
January 10, 2019
VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music company, announces a year-long calendar of activities in celebration of its 40 years in the United States. The year will feature a variety of music and cultural events, products, historical exhibits and experiences, in Jamaica, across the U.S., Toronto, Canada and London, England.  ... read more »
Studying Black Identity in South Africa Transformed My Worldview
December 13, 2018
My name is Chiagoziem “Sylvester” Agu. I’m 20, a sophomore of Albany State University, majoring in biology, a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity, with aspirations of pursuing a medical degree in cardiology. A few months ago, I had an extraordinary experience studying abroad in South Africa as a Frederick Douglas Global Fellow. I spent four weeks in Cape Town on a full scholarship, studying political Blackness, Black consciousness, and the complexities of colored identity. Every day, I was exposed to something different. Although the knowledge I was acquiring was both intimidating and scary, I also found it empowering. This is my story. ... read more »
Congressional Gold Medal Solidifies Tuskegee Airman Honor
November 30, 2018
Seven-plus years after her death at age 87 in June 2011, Ms. Conaway Stephens _ who served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945-49  posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest distinguished civilian award, during a luncheon ceremony Saturday at the CHEER Community Center. ... read more »
L.A. Black Worker Center Launches Citywide Survey to Demonstrate the Importance of Public Sector Jobs to the African American Community
November 29, 2018
For millions of Black families in the U.S., working in the public sector has long provided a dependable pathway to the middle class. Approximately one in five Black adults work in such fields as the government, teaching school, delivering mail, driving buses and working at hospitals. Blacks are about 30 percent more likely to have a public sector job than non-Hispanic Whites, and twice as likely as Hispanics. ... read more »
Violence Against Women – Never Acceptable, Never Ending
November 20, 2018
Violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today, remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it, says the U.N. on its webpage “end violence day.” The reality of domestic violence is a plague that affects millions of women, often trapped in a toxic environment they cannot escape.  ... read more »
U.S. Gets Green Light to Boot Thousands of African Refugees
October 12, 2018
A simmering dispute between the U.S. and Ghana appears to be resolved. Some 7,000 Ghanaians can now be deported from the U.S. and a key demand - that their Ghanaian citizenship be proven before deportation - has been dropped. ... read more »
Improving Black/Latino Relations is Their Job, Not Others’
October 12, 2018
Improving Black/Latino relations was never really a major political priority in Los Angeles but should have been. Why? Sustainable collaboration between the two groups, based on mutual respect and an explicit commitment to honor the terms of any agreement to work together, is really the only way to strengthen their relationship and respective goals. ... read more »
The Price of Black Disunity is Much Too High
September 27, 2018
The negative implications of disunity are clear though largely ignored, even though now, more than ever, Black unity on political, economic and public policy issues is crucial-not just for forward progress, but our very survival. Today’s column takes a closer look at Black disunity and the need to come together to develop strategic alternatives for concrete sustainable change. ... read more »
Climate Summit Predicts Floods Across the Globe
September 21, 2018
The U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists wrote: “Global warming is making heavy rain more frequent in many areas of the country. With human alteration of the land—like the engineering of rivers, the destruction of natural protective systems, and increased construction on floodplains—many parts of the U.S. are at greater risk of destructive floods.“ ... read more »
President’s Son Nabbed With $12 Million In Jeweled Watches
September 21, 2018
In a second bag belonging to Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president and son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, $1.5 million in cash was found, allegedly for medical treatment far from home. ... read more »
First African To Lead the U.N. Fought for Developing World Causes
August 24, 2018
Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary General of the U.N., is being remembered today for his leadership over ten tumultuous years when the world faced a crisis of poverty, injustice and disease. Mr. Annan passed away this month at age 80. ... read more »
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