Wilmot Collins, the Liberian refugee who became the first black mayor in Montana

The dream that is thought to be uniquely American – a land where there is a way only if one is willing – does not come for most people. But when it does, it leaves us with some awesome and inspiring stories. Like the story of Wilmot Collins, mayor of Helena, the state capital of Montana. Collins, 56, is the first black man to have been elected a mayor in Montana’s 130-year history. But the fact that he is not a native-born American makes his story more intriguing. More about…

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Contain Yourself

This article was first published in South African Airways Magazine, Sawubona in their November 2020 Issue. With a trend towards sustainable travel and the ‘tiny house’ movement, find all you’ll need and more in these natural escapes and off-the-grid container stays all within three hours drive of Cape Town. Gone are the days of vast spaces and opulent furnishings topping the list of desirables for travellers. Instead; authentic experiences and sustainability are starting to drive decision-making for many holiday makers. Aside from being compact, container-living options are also more eco-friendly…

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1619?

JMW Turner’s “The Slave Ship,” 1840 We are living in a “memory boom” he says. From Charleston to New York, the national mall and university halls, on land and at sea, we’ve been busy. Taking down and putting up. And taking down and putting up. Again. Monuments and memorials. Remember they say. Remember. The accomplishments, the foundings, the triumphs (abolition not slavery). Remember they say. Remember. The founding fathers (never founding mothers). But whose memory? “They ask me to rememberBut they want me to remember their memoriesAnd I keep on…

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Apply for StackUp, Andela’s 5-months Program in Rwanda

Andela has announced call for applications for its 5-months program, StackUp, open to aspiring and entry-level engineers in Kigali, Rwanda.  Leveraging Andela’s experience over the past 5 years, the intensive remote program will provide engineers with the necessary technical and soft skills to become a FullStack JavaScript Engineer. StackUp will also boost the aspiring technologists’ level of experience to meet the market demand as they seek to gain employment. Opened to entry-level engineers, the 5 months program is divided into two stages; a 2-months Roll Up Phase where learners go through…

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Go To Kenya This Year

Have you always wanted to watch 1.7 million wildebeests thunder across the Maasai Mara? This is the year to realize your wildest dream— witnessing the Great Migration, shopping for elaborate beaded jewelry, and riding camels in the desert. An hour by plane from Nairobi, you can be at the new Sanctuary Olonana, whose 14 glass-walled suites have wide decks facing the Mara River, or &Beyond’s recently rebuilt Bateleur Camp, where you can watch elephants graze while you bask in a crescent-shaped infinity pool. Or skip the savannah altogether and head for Kenya’s beaches, which…

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The racism is the point.

The following essay was written by Robert Newby for The Morning Sun. “The Donald Trump presidency is a perfect example of the costs of racism when comes to America’s current and future health as a nation. Donald Trump is president because a majority of white voters wanted him to be president. They wanted him to be president knowing that he demeans people of color. The jury is still out as to how many whites voted for him in spite of his racism, or how many voted for him because he…

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Macron sends more troops to Sahel within new counterterrorism plan

France plans to send additional troops to the Sahel and appealed for more international support for counterterrorism efforts, following a summit in the French city of Pau attended by leaders of the G5 Sahel nations on Monday. President Emmanuel Macron said 220 soldiers will reinforce the 4,500 Operation Barkhane troops and their partners fighting alongside Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad. There also will be more cross-border cooperation beyond the existing 50-kilometer ranges established by the joint forces. The decision, and the Pau summit itself, come amid increasing criticism…

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