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No Pause in Swaziland Royal Ceremony After 38 Teen Dancers Are Killed in Crash 

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Some 38 teenage girls, chosen to take part in Swaziland’s traditional reed dance festival, were killed instantly when the flatbed truck on which they were riding crashed into another vehicle. The girls were being driven to the royal homestead of Swazi King Mswati III. Some 40,000 girls take part in the eight-day ceremony, singing and dancing for the king, ...

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African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes: Why Challenging the Status Quo Went Viral

Mama Hope launched "African Men. Hollywood Stereotypes" in 2012 with the goal of starting a movement that would shift the perception about Africa. We were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children sifting through garbage with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s, and not much in between. We saw how these stereotypes hurt everyone. They hurt the African pe ...

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Cuban Embassy Opens in Washington

By Barrington M. Salmon Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer The culmination of secret negotiations brokered by Pope Francis and Canada, a realization by a U.S. president that the status quo was unsustainable and the willingness of two mortal enemies to work through distrust led to change between Cuba and the United States. In the months since President Barack Obama’s surprise December announcem ...

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In Kenya: Obama Weighs in on Gay Rights, Ignoring Local Taboo

( – Despite dire warnings that he faced expulsion from Kenya’s Parliament if he raised the subject of gay rights, President Barack Obama replied to a reporter’s question on the subject with a very personal response. “As an African-American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,” Obama said. “When you start treating peop ...

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Haitian Deportation in the Dominican Republic

by Safiya Mann Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News As of Wednesday, June 17, the deadline for the government of the Dominican Republic’s naturalization process aimed at “migrant workers” was reached at midnight. The alternative faced by migrant workers, as well as Dominicans of Haitian descent? Deportation. Thousands of these workers have deep roots in the Dominican Republic and have lived ...

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Remarkable Progress Five Years After Haiti Earthquake

Five years after the devastating earthquake in 2010 left millions in need of urgent medical care, Haiti has made significant progress toward rebuilding the national public health system. Working with the Haitian government, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners have made progress toward the reconstruction of the public health sector to establish disease surveillance system ...

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Reunites with Several Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls Who Escaped from Boko Haram

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) reunited with several of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls who escaped from the clutches of the terrorist group Boko Haram. The girls visited with Congresswoman Wilson in her D.C. office. “I am delighted to see these brave and wonderful young girls again. They’ve experienced unspeakablehorrors that no child should ever have to endure just because they want and des ...

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