Triumphant Qatari football team celebrated for historic win

Doha, Qatar – Euphoric crowds lined the Qatari capital’s Corniche to welcome the national football team home after it won the AFC Asian Cup final after a thrilling campaign. In an historic and decisive victory, Qatar won 3-1 over Japan in a tournament that saw them defeat both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), two countries that are currently part of the quartet blockading Qatar since June 2017. The team, affectionately known as the Maroons, touched down at Doha’s Old Airport at 16:00 GMT and was welcomed by…

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C.A.R: AU, partners hope peace pact will end violence, insecurity

A warm hug by participants in the Central African Republic peace talks in Khartoum. Perhaps a good note to end talks in the Sudanese capital on peace and reconciliation to end insecurity. For the Central African Government, this agreement marks a new beginning for the country. We have sealed a peace agreement between the government and the 14 armed groups that will allow our Central African sisters and brothers to hope to put this painful page behind them once and for all. ‘‘We are happy to have achieved this result,…

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The struggles for Liberian citizenship

It has been one year since newly inaugurated Liberian President George Manneh Weah sparked controversy by declaring staunch support for enacting dual citizenship and repealing a constitutional “Negro clause”, which prohibits non-blacks from obtaining citizenship by birth, ancestry or naturalisation. Although the footballer-turned-president acknowledged the historical preoccupations of Liberia’s settlers who fled 19th century economic servitude in the United States and the Caribbean, he claimed that upholding the “Negro clause” and prohibiting dual citizenship would impinge upon the country’s 21st century post-war progress and prosperity, especially given the vital development contributions by Liberians abroad. Yet,…

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On Well-Intended White Folks: Thoughts on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the Making of a Public Image

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Less than eight months ago, after delivering a speech to a room full of educators about teaching strategies to help educators acknowledge and heal from a history of racism in education, I took a seat to hear the Gov. Ralph Northam speak. After expressing his commitment to educational justice, he held my book, For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too, in his hands and told an auditorium full of educators and school leaders to “… get this…

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority To Donate $1.6M To HBCUs During Black History Month

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are pushing #BlackExcellence forward. In the spirit of Black History Month, the sorority has pledged to donate over $1.6 million to historically Black colleges and universities throughout February, the Philadelphia Tribune reported. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has joined forces with the Educational Advancement Foundation for the creation of the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund, the news outlet writes. Many HBCUs have been facing financial woes and the sorority leaders developed this fund as an avenue to help them stay afloat. Through the initiative, $10…

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18-Year-Old Beauty Entrepreneur Lands Major Deal With Target

Zandra Cunningham hasn’t even reached her twenties yet and she’s already making power moves in the realm of entrepreneurship. According to Black News, the 18-year-old beauty entrepreneur just landed a major deal with Target to sell her brand’s beauty box in their stores. The box—dubbed the “Treat Yo Self” gift box—is an ode to Black History Month, the news outlet writes. It features a hand and body lotion, an exfoliating sugar scrub, and a lip and body balm. All of the products in Cunningham’s beauty line are plant-based and designed…

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Rwanda embarks on population categorisation based on livelihoods

By Jean d’Amour Mugabo Dr Alvera Mukabaramba. Even well about three years with the current social categories of Rwandans in use, inaccuracies in people’s categorisation dominate discussions in public meetings and informal discussions in the communities around the country. Complaints are numerous with people saying the final report put them in categories which do not match with their living conditions and the preliminary data they had provided during the classification exercise in their localities. “I provided data about my livelihood and was put in the first category at the village…

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Chicago Woman Leads Effort To Provide Hotel Rooms For City’s Homeless

As the deep freeze sweeps several parts of the country, concerns surrounding the homeless population have been heightened. Temperatures have reached dangerously cold levels and many are worried about how those living on the streets will stay warm. A Chicago woman has taken matters into her own hands. According to CBS Chicago, Candice Payne rented hotel rooms this week so that the city’s homeless residents could have shelter in the cold weather. Candice Payne’s selfless act spurred a group to rent 60 hotel rooms to keep homeless people off the…

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Kenya: Fake Kenyan Passports Sold in the UK for U.S.$500

By David Kwalimwa Illegal immigrants are using fake Kenyan passports and other identification documents to live and work in the United Kingdom, Nairobi News understands. An investigative piece by The Sun newspaper published Thursday traced how an immigrant living in UK is able acquire a fake Kenyan passport for paying an equivalent of Ksh50,000 in hard cash. A person posing as an immigrant in need of the travel documents was used to ascertain the facts. The person – name withheld – was then introduced to one Julius Muturi who passed…

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Ugandan woman becomes the first person to be found guilty of FGM in the U.K

A 37-year-old woman has become the first ever person to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the U.K. The landmark verdict was given in the London after the mother of three was charged of performing FG, on her daughter in 2017. Although she denied the charges, she was found guilty and will be charged on March 8. Her partner, a 43-year-old Ghanaian, was acquitted of all charges and her daughter was placed with another family. The case was first reported to the police after doctors confirmed that…

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