White U.S senator Elizabeth Warren pushes for reparations for black Americans

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, has thrown her weight behind reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, an idea that is estimated to cost trillions of dollars. “We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining the ability of Black families to build wealth in America for generations,” Warren, who is white, said in a statement to Reuters. “Black families have had a much steeper hill to climb – and we need systemic, structural changes…

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[WATCH] Obama’s caution to black boys against falling into exaggerated male stereotypes

President Barack Obama has cautioned hundreds of young boys of colour in Oakland about the evolving role of men in society and how an exaggerated stereotype of how a man is supposed to be is affecting the coloured community. Together with Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry, Obama attended his flagship My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance Summit held in Oakland on Feb. 18 to 20 where they touched on sensitive issues including social pressures, inequality and how success is wrongly portrayed. “We live in a culture where our worth is…

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New Yorkers hail city’s new law against discrimination based on hair which can attract $250k penalty

Thanks to new guidance issued by New York City, it is now illegal to discriminate someone based on their hair. The law was passed earlier this week and has since been received very well especially by the black community who have suffered in several spaces due to their naturally given hair. Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City is reported to have expressed immense joy at the very much needed developments stating that “bias against the curly textured hair…

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Why the Cape Town Carnival in South Africa is a must-attend in 2019

If you ever thought Africa was just a continent with several festivals, think again. Contrary to popular knowledge, the continent has a few carnivals very similar to the very popular and well-attended carnivals in the Caribbean and other parts of the Western World. The Cape Town Carnival has over the years become one of the biggest and most attended carnival in Africa, attracting tourists from all over the world every year for a memorable African experience. Started in 2010, the Cape Town Carnival might be a very young festival but…

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Germany needs 260,000 immigrants every year to ease labour shortage

Germany will need at least 260,000 immigrants a year for the next four decades to meet increasing demand for labour, cites a new study. The research, published by the Bertelsmann Foundation last week, said without foreigners, the number of workers will be massively reduced by about 16 million people (almost a third) by 2060 due to an ageing population. “Even if German women and men worked equally and the retirement age was set at 70, the demand for skilled workers could not be covered by domestic funds,” the report, which…

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China hands over magnificent presidential palace gift to Burundi

Four years after the launch of construction, China has presented the 150 million Yuan (US$22 million) presidential palace it built for Burundi as a gift to seal its diplomatic relations with the East African country. Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza at the launch of the construction of the presidential palace in December 2015. The Ambassador of China to Burundi, Li Changli, handed over the new building located in Gasenyi in the north of the capital Bujumbura on Feb. 14 to Ezechiel Nibigira, Burundi’s Foreign Affairs Minister. “It is a symbol of…

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Confront your dark colonial past in Congo and apologise – UN tells Belgium

Belgium must apologise for its dark colonial history and atrocities committed during the period, says a group of UN human rights experts at the end of a visit to the country. The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent carried out a fact-finding visit to Belgium this month and released its preliminary findings in Brussels last week. The working group, in its findings, said Belgium must recognize the true scope of the violence and injustice of its colonial past in order to tackle the root causes…

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Nigerians fume at postponement of elections 5 hours before polls open

Nigerians woke up Saturday morning to the news that the presidential and parliamentary elections have been postponed for a week, leaving many of them angry. The country’s electoral commission took the decision just five hours before the vote was expected to take place. Following an emergency meeting in Abuja which lasted for hours, the electoral body said on Saturday that the elections will now be held on February 23 due to logistical challenges. “Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan and the determination to…

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U.S. Senate just passed a bill in 2019 to make lynching a federal crime

After years of unsuccessful attempts at legislation, the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill that makes lynching a federal crime. The bill was introduced by three black senators: Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tim Scott, R-S.C. Last December, the Senate passed the bill but the House did not act in time to send the measure to President Donald Trump’s desk, reports the AP. This time around, the Democratic-led House is expected to advance the legislation with more time left in the congressional session, the report added.…

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Applications open for the $100,000 Anzisha Prize 2019

Melissa Bime, 2018 Anzisha Prize winner The Anzisha Prize program which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has just launched the call for 2019 applications. The prize is looking for Africa’s most innovative social and business entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22. Young entrepreneurs who apply will have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000, connect to a global network of leaders and receive business consulting support. The grand prize winner will win US$25,000, 1st runner-up will receive US$15,000 and 2nd runner-up will…

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