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Michelle Obama, Daughters, and Mother Land in Liberia for Visit to Stress Education for Girls

First lady Michelle Obama landed in Africa last week with her daughters and her mother for an overseas trip promoting education for girls, starting with a country recovering from the recent Ebola epidemic. The Obamas were welcomed in Liberia's capital with a red carpet and traditional dancers wearing the red, white and blue colors of both the American and Liberian flags. They visited Morocco and Spain. Whil ...

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Obama Immigration Plan Blocked by 4-4 Tie at Supreme Court

Jackelin Alfaro, 7, of Washington, hugs her aunt Gelin Alfaro, of Veracruz, Mexico, during an immigration rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016. A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The justices' one-sentence opinion effectively kills the plan for the dur ...

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The African Dictator You Never Heard Of

BY LAURA SECORUN PALET “This is going to be your last breath,” they told Imam Baba Leigh as they threw earth over his bound body. Then they stopped and laughed. It was a mock execution, one of many tortures the Muslim cleric told Amnesty International he endured during his months in captivity. His crime? Criticizing the president. Welcome to the Gambia, home to one of the most vicious and bizarre dictatorsh ...

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The First Airline Founded By A Black Woman Is Going International This Month

Last year, Air Zimbabwe and Ethiopian Airlines made major strides towards the inclusion of women in the aviation world with the launch of their all-women flight crews. Women continue to be at the forefront of African-based air travel with the establishment of South Africa’s Fly Blue Crane, the first airline to be founded by a black woman. Fly Blue Crane, which has been operating domestically within South Af ...

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Bold City (FL) Links Chapter Increases International Presence by Contributing to Jamaican Schools

The Bold City (FL) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated of Jacksonville recently contributed to the revamping of Jamaican elementary schools as a part of the national organization’s Global Delegation initiative. Over 160 Links’ members and several chapters from around the country joined the service mission to transform, change and contribute to the lives of Jamaican youth. One of the primary sites of the visi ...

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Nigerians Who Escaped Boko Haram Graduate from Texas HBCU

by Janell Hazelwood, blackenterprise.com Mother and two daughters earn honors after family relocates to U.S. Before the tragic story of the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in April 2014 ever went viral, three women fled from their northern Nigerian home to escape the wrath of militant group Boko Haram. [Related: More Terrorism: Diasporans React to Yola ...

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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

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – 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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