COMMENT: Fighting falsehood, reducing harm? Lessons from Africa’s complex countries

“We can’t forgive the person who started this rumour,” said Aminu Ahmed Tudun-Wada, chairperson of the Polio Victims Trust in Kano, northern Nigeria, as his son left the courtyard. He had contracted poliomyelitis as a child in 1963, a few years before the polio vaccine became available in Nigeria, leaving him unable to walk. In 2002, when his son Umar was born, an unfounded rumour about polio vaccination spread in the region and led authorities to ban the vaccine. Soon afterwards, baby Umar contracted polio too. [embedded content] I was…

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All-Black Women’s Army Battalion Receives Long-Overdue Recognition More Than Seven Decades After Service

More than 70 years after a historic all-Black women’s battalion disbanded with no recognition, the unit is getting its due thanks to a parade celebration and a new documentary. The Women’s Army Corps 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion made history during World War II after more than 800 Black women took on the task of sorting through millions of pieces unattended mail for American soldiers, according to the U.S. Army Center of Military History. The women tackled the parcels and letters when they arrived in England in February 1945. They…

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ANALYSIS: War on women or crime under control? The two stories of South Africa’s rape stats

Two narratives about rape, utterly opposed to each other, currently circulate in South Africa. The first, expressed most recently in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speeches, paints a picture of a country at war with its women, with the highest rape numbers in the world. The second, shown in police statistics, tells the story of an epidemic of sexual violence brought steadily under control. Both these versions of the present are alive with the ghosts of politics past.    Seventies estimate that only 5% of rapes reported We can date the start…

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Research by Black Female Professor Reveals Startling Truth That White Women Made Up 40% of Slaveowners

A set of data uncovered by University of California-Berkeley professor reveals southern white women played a heavier role in the enslavement of Africans than previously thought. Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, an associate professor of history at the university, combed through data from the 1850 and 1860 census and revealed that white women made up around 40% of slaveowners. Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, associate profesor of history at UC Berkely. (Photo: University of California Berkley) The findings helped Jones-Rogers compile her book, “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the…

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PUMA Announces Their Continued Collaboration Efforts With Nipsey Hussle

PUMA is continuing its collaborative efforts with the late Nipsey Hussle. Brand and Marketing Global Director Adam Petrick recently announced the news at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival. During a panel with G-Eazy, one of PUMA’s celebrity endorsers, Petrick explained how they pick the people who represent their brand. As they got on the topic of Hussle,… source: https://according2hiphop.com/puma-announces-their-continued-collaboration-efforts-with-nipsey-hussle/

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My Epic Road Trip to Swaziland

Traditional culture, wildlife, and awe-inspiring scenery all mingle together with Swaziland’s fresh mountain air, conjuring up a heady concoction of sensory pleasure that is deeply pleasing to the soul. Although tiny, the Kingdom of Swaziland packs a powerful punch, with a host of things to keep visitors busy. Here are some of the highlights. With lots to do, I was prepared to do a road trip with my friend who is actually a tour guide and a local of beautiful Swaziland. The country may be the smallest of the Southern…

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Look Good, Do Good: Madam C.J. Walker and Rihanna’s Beauty Politics

*This post is part of our online forum on Madam C.J. Walker for the centennial anniversary of her death.  Madam CJ Walker Product Advertisement , (Permission: Madam CJ Walker Family Archive) As the summer of 2017 drew its last breath and the fashion world gathered in New York City for fashion week, global superstar Rihanna launched her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty. Sold exclusively in the US on the brand’s website and at luxury beauty emporium Sephora, Fenty became the biggest beauty launch in the store’s history. Women of color flocked…

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What You Might Not Know About the Pedi Tribe

Not as commonly known as the Zulu or Xhosa (say it with a click), the Pedi tribe are beautifully unique with a history worth appreciating! Originating from the Northern region called Limpopo, these Northern Sotho speakers are well-known as the Pedi. With the beautifully knitted dresses in common three colours, Yellow, purple and blue is one of the common dresses for the females. Most people may confuse Pedi to Sotho because of their similar tongue touching. They are so similar in language that you may think Sotho is Pedi. Although…

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Cardi B’s Fashion Nova Season 2 Collection Makes $1 Million In 24 Hours

Cardi B’s second collection for Fashion Nova continues to set high bench marks. The line sold out almost completely within 24 hours of its launch, making a huge profit in the process. According to TMZ, Cardi B’s collection made the company $1 million on the first day of sales alone, outperforming her first collaboration with Fashion Nova, which… source: https://according2hiphop.com/cardi-bs-fashion-nova-season-2-collection-makes-1-million-in-24-hours/

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The Ruby Red Nipples On Cardi B’s Met Gala Dress Cost $500,000 Alone

The ruby red nipples that complemented Cardi B’s stunning 2019 Met Gala dress apparently cost her $500,000 alone. In a video interview Vogue Cardi explains the lavish jewels that sat on top of her Thom Browne-designed silk and organza gown featured 44-carat rubies. The custom-made rubies on her boobies were crafted by jewelry designer Corina Mihaila Larpin’s luxe jewelry brand… source: https://according2hiphop.com/tthe-rudy-red-nipples-on-cardi-bs-met-gala-dress-cost-500000-alone/

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