Obama invites top black celebs to Oakland to help empower young men of colour

Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature programme, My Brother’s Keeper, is advancing with its mission to empower black boys and young men of colour as it readies to organise its first national convening in Oakland later this month. The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance Summit, slated for February 18-20, has been dubbed MBK Rising! and it coincides with the fifth anniversary of the My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative Obama started after the killing of Trayvon Martin. Martin is the African-American teenager whose shocking death gave rise to the BlackLivesMatter Movement. More…

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Canada honours its first black mailman with commemorative stamp

Over a century ago, he was the first black person to deliver the mail in Toronto, Canada. Today, he is on the mail. Albert Jackson, who fought racial discrimination to become the first black postal carrier in Toronto, Canada has been honoured with a commemorative stamp this February, which is also Black History Month. “It’s surreal,” said Jamaal Jackson Rogers, the great-great-grandson of Albert Jackson, who died over a 100 years ago. More about this “The first thing I told myself when I heard about him being put on a…

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These African presidents opted for prayers in the face of tough economic times

There is a general saying that prayers without hard work would not solve a nation’s problems. But most African countries, in recent years, have proven to have none of that. When faced with tough economic troubles, their leaders turn to prayers for a miracle to change the situation instead of tackling the matter head-on with prudent initiatives and other financial measures. They even go as far as ordering a shutdown of other activities for a daily or a weekly national prayer for divine intervention. More about this Prayers are good, but…

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Roy Allela, Kenyan engineer and innovator creates gloves that could revolutionize sign language communication

A new type of wearable technology could revolutionize the way that those who are deaf and those who can hear, but who do not necessarily understand sign language, communicate. Called Sign-IO gloves, the wearable tech was invented by young Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela. The Sign-IO gloves are capable of translating sign language into audible speech. The glove has been designed to connect through Bluetooth to an Android phone and uses the device’s text-to-speech function to provide translated speech based on the hand gestures of the person signing. More specifically, Allela’s…

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Uganda: NGOs, Mining Companies, and Rock-Splitters

opinionBy Aran Valente In this article, the author talks about the complicity of non-governmental organisations and mining companies in impoverishing the people of Moroto, northeast of Uganda. Beyond the summit of Mount Moroto, in the Moroto District of northeast Uganda’s Karamoja Region, another peak touches the sky ahead. A local man describes this next peak as home to “the Tepeth people” who are in conflict with the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and have raided cattle in the past. In Karamoja, cattle raiders and the UPDF engage in constant conflict…

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South Africa: Cape Wine Production Set to Be Low After 3-Year Drought

The Cape’s three-year drought has taken its toll on the wine industry and early indications are that this year’s harvest will be even lower than the poor 2018 harvest. Anton Smuts, chairperson of Vinpro, a non-profit company representing around 2500 wine producers, said on Wednesday: “It’s been a bit of a shock. It is the roll-over effect of the drought. The Worcester area thought they would have a good crop until they started to harvest, and they were down radically. Also Robertson and the Olifants area.” Smuts said the 2019…

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