Top Ten News Items on Health, 20th September 2019

Bill Gates to African Leaders: Invest more in girl-child education, health. Number of women dying in childbirth way off track to meet worldwide targets. Yellow fever: Gombe confirms three cases, says source traced to Yankari in Bauchi. Nigeria Commemorates first World Patient Safety Day. Nutrition studies now in schools curricular, says Nutrition Society of Nigeria. 34,000 children face acute malnutrition in Taraba — UNICEF. Women in Kebbi community record massive antenatal services. Millions of donated Malaria drugs diverted in Nigeria — Federal Govt. Osun residents applaud Oyetola’s commitment to health…

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Ben Carson Reportedly Continues War On Trans Community With ‘Disrespectful’ Comments

Source: Bill Clark / Getty People in Ben Carson‘s own department are starting to realize how bigoted he is and now they’re leaking all the details to The Washington Post. According to a number of sources who work closely with Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary is still not supporting the transgender community. In fact, he continues to make “dismissive” comments according to them. For example, at an internal meeting while visiting HUD’s San Francisco office this week, three people said Carson expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying…

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You probably didn’t know that Nicodemus, Kansas is named after an African prince sold into slavery

Although the town of Nicodemus, Kansas, has since 1996 been designated as a National Historical Site in the United States, the story of how it came to be named is one that puts a feather in the cap of Black history. Founded in 1877 at the end of the Reconstruction period, this mostly Black community is the only remaining western community established by African Americans after the Civil War. The town was founded by six freed slaves from Lexington, Kentucky: W. H. Smith, Benjamin Carr, Jerry Allsap, the Reverend Simon Roundtree,…

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Benin-Nigeria boarder closure causing economic crisis

Farmers and traders are distressed after Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari closed all neighbouring borders around the country with a plan to end Nigeria’s economic dependence on oil, by developing domestic agriculture and industry. The border closure means Nigeria is choked off from supplies until the next harvest by local farmers. “These tomatoes are rotting in the field because the border is closed and our customers have stopped coming to buy them. Everything rotted in the field and this means we end up being in debt,” said Parfait Glokpo, a Farmer.…

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The Climate Strike And Why Black People Should Be On The Global Protest’s Front Line

The largest-ever global demonstration to fight climate change got underway Friday by galvanizing the world’s youth who are concerned with cleaning up an environment that has been exponentially deteriorating. Formally called the ”Climate Strike,” the worldwide protest was reportedly inspired by a white Swedish woman. However, statistics and studies have shown that climate change disproportionately affects Black people and communities of color more so than their whiter counterparts. READ MORE: Opinion: Thinking Big With AOC’s Green New Deal Here in America, the task to educate Black and brown people about…

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Believe Absolutely Nothing the US Government and Media Say About…Anything

Source:  Black Agenda Report by Glen Ford Sept 19 2019 In any alliance with corporate oppression and militarism, Black America squanders reservoirs of respect among the Earth’s peoples. We betray ourselves and become Black Gringos. “The epic struggle for Black self-determination is inseparable from the struggle for peace and a livable planet.” There was a time, not so long ago, when most Black Americans of all classes were highly skeptical of every word that emanated from the mouths of white folks in power in the United States. A substantial body of Black opinion…

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EBONY Magazine Sept 2013: Fear of a Black Planet

[FROM EBONY SEPT 2013 ISSUE] Fear. When the verdict of not guilty was read in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin, the Black community experienced a range of stomach-churning emotions. Parents sat down with their children and tried to explain the impossible. For this special installment of EBONY’s “Saving Our Sons” series, we reflect on the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, a young man whose death is emblematic of the systemic profiling and persecution of Black men and boys by America’s…

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‘Sometimes, Latinos may even identify themselves with African and black culture more than black people’ – Fat Joe

Afro-Latino musicians identifying themselves as black and acknowledging their African ancestry isn’t a new thing. As a matter of fact, some are even given a pass with the use of the N-word. Currently promoting his latest single, “Yes,” Puerto Rican rapper Fat Joe stopped by Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning radio show for an interview where he touched on a lot of topics, including justifying why he feels all Latinos can identify themselves as black. According to the Lean Back rapper, all Latinos are black and Caribbean music is…

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South Africa: Political Songs | Resistencia – Los De Abajo

Raised in politically minded families, the band members of Los de Abajo have stayed true to their leftist roots as the struggle in Mexico continues. Like church shoes on the beach, many songs with overtly political lyrics don’t work as party music, giving more party political than political party vibes. But as always, there are exceptions, and Mexican ska punks Los de Abajo are a raucous example – let’s say the musical equivalent of a pair of revolutionary red slip-slops. Described as Mexico City’s counterparts of progressive punk rockers The…

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