Social responsibility of intellectuals in building counter-hegemonies

Intellectuals pride themselves as producers of knowledge. They are also articulators of ideologies, a role they do not normally acknowledge. Respectable universities worth the name call themselves sites of knowledge production. I say “respectable” because these days many neo-liberalised universities have abandoned the role of knowledge production in favour of packaging disparate information and branding their “products” (students) to make them saleable on the market.  That is a story for another day. Today I don’t want to talk about packaging factories.  Today I want to address those intellectuals who still consider themselves…

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CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History Month

Kathy Kraninger, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the agency’s plan to repeal a rule aimed at stopping the payday lending debt trap. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA) By Charlene Crowell, Communications Deputy Director with the Center for Responsible Lending and NNPA Newswire Contributor Each February, Black History Month commemorates the unique American experience of Blacks in America. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, Virginia arrival of captured and shackled Africans. In the ensuing years, as slavery grew, so did the wealth of those who…

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Act Of Kindness Displayed By Black Men In Florida Goes Viral

An act of kindness displayed by three young Black men from Florida has warmed the hearts of people across the nation. According to Yahoo Lifestyle, a video that captured the men helping an elderly couple into their car has gone viral. A police officer in Florida recently saw three young Black men helping an elderly couple, and decided to film them and share it with the world! (The officer told reporters, “I know… https://t.co/oTJShZt2ns — Black News (@BlackNews) February 8, 2019 The men were at a gas station store when…

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Most Black Virginians Support Ralph Northam Despite Blackface Scandal

If a new poll is accurate, Black Virginians are more willing than white residents are to forgive Gov. Ralph Northam for his blackface scandal. SEE ALSO: Twitter Reacts To Virginia Black Lawmakers’ Call For Justin Fairfax To Resign The Washington Post-Schar School poll that was released on Saturday found that Virginia residents overall are split at 47 percent each on whether Northam should resign. However, 58 percent of Black Virginians want the governor to stay in office, compared with 37 percent of whites share their view. Meanwhile, Northam said Saturday that he has…

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Entrepreneur Creates Coloring Book Series To Empower Black Women

A Black entrepreneur from North Carolina is creating coloring books for the culture. In celebration of #BlackExcellence, Latoya Nicole launched a coloring book series that visually highlights African-American history and culture, the Charleston Chronicle reported. Latoya Nicole’s coloring book “24 Shades of Business” is not only a therapeutic activity, there are also inspirational quotes and crossword puzzles that test your black history and reminds of what it takes to be successful in your career #BlackHistoryMonth https://t.co/z6WRttOZFh — Charleston Chronicle (@ChronicleChasSC) February 9, 2019 The coloring book—dubbed 24 Shades of Business—is an ode…

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3 dead, ten injured as Ethiopian helicopter crashes

By Deng Machol The crashed helicopter seen inside the compound of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei. Photo courtesy: Kabiru News Network Juba – The United Nations says three crew members are dead after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside the compound of the U.N. peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan – South Sudan border. The statement says 23 passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed Saturday morning while carrying Ethiopian soldiers. The MI-8 helicopter was on routine operation carrying Ethiopian troops on rotation…

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Battalion Chiefs Queen Anunay and Kishia Clemencia Rise Through Male-Dominated Ranks of D.C.’s Fire Department

Battalion Chiefs Queen Anunay, left, and Kishia Clemencia in Washington. Both lead mostly male teams in a field dominated by men. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post) Young cadets Queen Anunay and Kishia Clemencia stood out in their class at the D.C. Fire Academy as being among the few women in a male-dominated field. Of the department’s 1,550 members at the time, 35 were women. Fast forward nearly three decades, and Anunay and Clemencia are the ones in charge. The two women were appointed in recent months to battalion chief posts…

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi now African Union (AU) Chairperson

Nearly six years after Egypt was suspended from the African Union (AU) in 2013, it’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has now taken over as AU Chairperson till 2020 when South Africa is set to take over. Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, handed over the AU Chairmanship to President Al-Sisi during the opening ceremony of the AU’s biannual heads of state assembly, which commenced today and will run till tomorrow, February 11, at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. In recognition of challenges and prevailing need to recognize links between displacement…

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SPCA Wellington my Chosen Beneficiary as MySchool celebrates 21st Birthday.

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme is celebrating 21 years of giving back. To date, the program has raised over R500 million for South African schools, charities, animal and environmental causes, thanks to supporters simply swiping their cards when they shop at participating retailers. I’m proud to have had a card for about 15 years, and as a regular at Woollies, know that I’ve contributed towards the program over the years. In celebration of its 21st anniversary, MySchool has launched the ‘21 years of Giving Back’ campaign, with R2.1…

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Africa’s leaders gather to launch new health financing initiative

African Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Health and Finance, business leaders and global partners gathered yesterday ahead of the 32nd Summit of the African Union (AU), to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing commitments for health, improving the impact of spending and ensuring the achievement of universal health coverage across Africa’s 55 countries. With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development just over a decade away, H.E. President Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda and AU Chair,convened the Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing in Health to encourage African governments and global partners to…

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