‘The Birth of a Nation’; the 1915 film screened at the White House depicting blacks as savages

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film, The Birth of a Nation is considered as the birth of the American film industry. The film’s effect on the film medium and culture was so immense that that the repercussions are still felt in the lives of people of African stock. The film stands out on many fronts technically. It contained the first scene shot at night with phosphorous light. It was through this film that new developments in editing and camera movement were executed. But culturally, it proved disastrous for people of color such…

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Never Bloomberg: Will Black Voters Threaten To Sit Out Election Day If He’s The Nominee?

Source: WENN/Avalon / WENN Mike Bloomberg entered the presidential race when it was already packed with candidates, and in a short amount of time, he’s already become a formidable candidate. Black people are concerned. But there are also Black people who are in full support. The former New York mayor is steadily becoming the most polarizing candidate in the 2020 election — so much so that some influential Black leaders are adapting an “anyone but Bloomberg” mantra. On Friday, writer and political commentator Charles Blow tweeted, “I’m fine with any…

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Countering climate denialism requires taking on right-wing populism. Here’s how

History may in due course record 2019 as the year in which the penny finally dropped about the climate emergency humanity faces. A sense of urgency was triggered last year by both Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s courage in challenging world leaders to take the crisis seriously, and the apocalyptic fires that engulfed large parts of Australia recently. Increasingly, there is an understanding that the climate emergency is not an environmental problem. It has grave ecological implications, but it’s a human development issue above all. And, it has profound…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 14th February 2020

Nigeria gets 3 centres to test for coronavirus. NGF, state health commissioners strategise on primary healthcare. Nigeria, Ivory Coast to get $20m Safe Birth Initiative. Improving Funding for Epidemic Preparedness. Fayemi approves six months maternity leave for Ekiti workers. Kaduna Health Insurance Scheme enrols 12,000 persons in one week. State Insurance Laws will improve health indices – FG. UK, Nigeria launch £10m partnership to tackle threat of drug resistance. Nigerian public hospital where nurses treat patients with respect and system is digitised. CS-SUNN advocates multi-sectoral plan for nutrition. READ ALL…

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Black Movie Fridays: Love Jones Is The Iconic Black Love Movie But for Me, Brown Sugar Is The GOAT

Screenshot: Brown Sugar (YouTube) The 1990s and early aughts were a good time for black movies. From Boyz n The Hood to Menace II Society to What’s Love Got To Do With It to sleeper classics like The Wood, almost every year we got several dope black movies that showed us some version of blackness that existed in our communities. In 1997, during my senior year of high school, Love Jones dropped, and it would (deservedly) become the go-to romance movie for many of us—though not me, and I’ll explain…

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Africa: Climate Change Can Set the Stage for Violent Conflict – Expert

Cape Town — Levels of poverty, economic opportunities, and unemployment are key factors increasing the likelihood of conflict, and there has been strong agreement that climate change, is a major driver of violent conflict. Climate has affected the risk of violence within countries, and as global temperatures climb, the risk of armed conflict is expected to increase substantially. But some of the biggest uncertainties are about how and why. allAfrica.com’s Jerry Chifamba spoke with Ferrial Adam, an environmental justice activist who has been in the sector for about 15 years.…

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In Pursuit of Knowledge: A New Book about Black Women’s Educational Activism

This post is part of our blog series that announces the publication of selected new books in African American History and African Diaspora Studies. In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Education Activism in Antebellum America was recently published by NYU Press. *** The author of In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Education Activism in Antebellum America is Kabria Baumgartner, an assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Hampshire at Durham. Her research and teaching interests focus on early African American culture and history, with an emphasis on…

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Media Watch: Somalia govt refutes allegations of harassing journalists

As part of our news analysis slot on Africanews, we will be updating a media watch page that deals with major issues of media ongoings across the continent. It will cut across happenings in mainstream and across social media with also a special eye for fake news. Media freedoms in Somalia US embassy calls out fake news over Nigeria pastor’s visa Nigeria army arrests journalist, Burundi jails journalists Ethiopia ombudsman decries info blackout AP racist photo, BBC’s Kobe – LeBron mix-up Internet outage in Togo Beninese radio station fires all…

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Africa: Coronavirus – Govts Should Do More to Support Africans in China

London — The death toll from the mysterious new coronavirus that originated from China has topped 900, and infections have skyrocketed to 40 000. Many comparisons are being drawn to the 2003 SARS epidemic, which was also caused by a coronavirus with an epicentre of southern China. I was a medical student in southern China at that time and was among those quarantined for coming into contact with a fellow student who was a suspected SARS case. I saw first hand how the Chinese government, after an initial delay, launched…

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Accor set to expand Ethiopia footprint with management agreement for new Ibis Styles hotel

Design-Led Economy Property in Addis Ababa to grow group’s presence to five properties countrywide DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, February 13, 2020/ — Accor (Accor.com), a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is expanding its presence in Ethiopia after signing a management agreement to open a new property under its design-led economy brand, Ibis Styles. In a move that ramps up its ambitious development plans in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Group has partnered with private conglomerate, Yuluch Elyano Trading plc, to operate the 150-key Ibis Styles Addis Ababa, its fifth upcoming property in the…

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