The oldest black-owned construction firm headed by this woman was founded by her slave great grandfather

Two centuries ago, a Tennessee slave named Moses McKissack, started a trade in construction after he was taught the trade of making bricks by his Scottish slave master. Today, in 2019, that business is the oldest, still running, African-American-owned construction management firm and it is headed by Moses’ great granddaughter – Cheryl McKissack Daniel. Cheryl McKissack of McKissack & McKissack, 1001 6th Ave., New York, New York, February 9th, 2018. Yvonne Albinowski/For Commercial Observer McKissack & McKissack was incorporated in 1905 by Cheryl’s grandfather and great uncle as a family…

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Africa: Next Week’s U.S.-Africa Summit a ‘Unique’ Initiative Promoting Closer Economic Ties – CCA CEO Liser

Photo: AllAfrica Florizelle (Florie) Liser, CEO and President of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). interview Washington, DC — The largest gathering of American and African government and business leaders is set to begin on June 18 in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Organized every two years since 1997 by the Washington, DC-based Corporate Council on Africa, this year’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit is the third to be held in Africa. In an interview, CCA CEO and President Florizelle (Florie) Liser outlines plans for what she describes as a ‘unique’ high-level event.…

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5 contemporary African festivals to attend this summer

Festivals are a big deal all over the world, especially for the black community which has used festivals as a way of preserving and promoting their culture and way of life. The art of cultural festivals for the black community started in Africa and slowly spread throughout the world among black people especially in the Caribbean. In Africa, older festivals for a long time were the only ones that have been celebrated and honoured. However, the turn of the 20th century brought with it the birth of new festivals that…

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Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ Returns to Theaters to Celebrate 30th Anniversary on June 28

According to deadline.com, Universal Pictures plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s groundbreaking and still-topical film Do the Right Thing with a re-mastered 4K restoration that will hit theaters June 28. In partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and the Criterion Collection, the re-release will include one-week engagements as well as single-day showtimes June 30 at select AMC, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, and Alamo Drafthouse theaters. There also will be 35mm screenings at select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and Brookline, MA. “When Spike Lee’s revolutionary Do the Right…

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Rapper Scarface Running for Houston City Council Seat

Rapper Scarface, best known as a member of Geto Boys, is running for a Houston City Council seat. Scarface, 48, whose real name is Brad Jordan, announced his candidacy over the weekend on Instagram Saturday, saying, “I’m offering myself for service as the next Houston City Council member for District D.” Jordan grew up in […] source: https://www.ebony.com/news/rapper-scarface-running-for-houston-city-council-seat/

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Health Alert: 137,000 people in Africa die annually from contaminated food

By Jessica Ahedor Dr Owen-Laws Kaluwa — WHO Country representative to Ghana A World Health Organizations latest report on food security has revealed, the African region has the highest burden of food-borne diseases with about 91 million people falling ill from consuming contaminated food. As such, an estimated 137,000 people in Africa die annually from contaminated food. According to the WHO representative in Ghana, Dr. Owen Kaluwa  who was speaking at the maiden commemoration of World Food Safety Day in Accra said  Children under five years of age carry 40%…

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Ghana: Disbursement of Zongo Development Fund to Start Soon – – President Akufo-Addo

press releaseBy Rex Mainoo Yeboah The Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development will soon disburse funds from the Zongo Development Fund (ZDF) captured in the 2019 Budget, for the commencement of infrastructural developments at the Zongo communities in the country. This follows the signing of the 2019 Commencement Warrant for the Zongo Development Ministry, to officially draw funds from the Zongo Development Fund for the provision of some infrastructure projects at the country’s Zongos. The fund will be used to provide water, rehabilitate school blocks and build new ones,…

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AOP London Investor Forum 2019

On June 11, 2019, the forum will once again unite the continent’s top executives and leading government officials with investors from around the world in London. The one-day program will highlight the most pressing issues facing the industry today, and bring together policy makers, financiers and the private sector to tackle the issues and opportunities in Africa’s energy sector. Syndicated content. For original article click here

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African officials to attend follow-up FOCAC meeting in Beijing

China will host the next step in achieving the goals of last September’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, with a coordinators’ meeting planned for June 24 and 25 in Beijing. The meeting, announced Monday by spokesman Geng Shuang of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will see ministerial officials from 54 African countries and their Chinese counterparts gather to discuss implementation of the 2018 FOCAC agenda on trade, security and development. Outcomes of that summit included a USD$60 billion commitment from President Xi Jinping in a mix of grants, loans…

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Leading Africans reach out to Afwerki, but will Eritrea respond?

More than 100 African thought leaders have appealed to the Eritrean president to allow a delegation to visit the isolated Horn of Africa nation, meet with its leaders and citizens, and open a dialogue with a view toward democratic reforms. The letter to President Isaias Afwerki was created on May 25 for Africa Day and made public on Monday. Its first signature is from Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, a Nobel laureate who is one of dozens of artists and creatives, journalists and lawyers, human rights advocates, politicians and civil society…

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