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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, 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

( – 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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