Who are these little boys? Why are they crying? The hunt for a viral Twitter video

It’s not an easy video to watch. Two small boys in grey robes squat before a camera. They are balancing sticks on their outstretched arms. They shake as tears run down their faces. Between laboured breaths they shout a chant or song.   The video went viral when it was tweeted on 21 November 2019. It has since been shared more than 51,000 times and viewed by over 10 million people. The caption reads: “Chinese evil imperialism in Africa. Black kids are forced to speak Chinese.” But is this what’s happening…

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Hollywood Exec Claims Julia Roberts Could Reasonably Play Harriet Tubman Because ‘It Was So Long Ago’

Social media has erupted over a newly unveiled tidbit disclosed by the screenwriter of the recently-opened film “Harriet.” According to Gregory Allen Howard, a studio executive suggested in 1994 that the Black enslaved abolitionist Harriet Tubman be portrayed on-screen by “The Pelican Brief” star Julia Roberts. “When I got in the business, I wanted to tell these historical stories by turning them into entertainment. I didn’t want to give history lessons,” writer/producer Howard said in a Nov. 1 Q&A for the film’s distributor Focus Features. “I wanted to turn Harriet…

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Hundreds of Actors Make Good on Reenactment of Largest Slave Rebellion In U.S. History, But With an Alternate Ending

This weekend saw hundreds of reenactors descend on a small town in Louisiana where what’s considered to be the biggest slave revolt in U.S. history occurred more than 200 years ago. Described on the official website as “a community-engaged artist performance and film production,” Slave Rebellion Reenactment marched through LaPlace, Louisiana Nov. 8-9. As the actors made the 26-mile march in dress that was fit for the early 19th century, they recreated the German Coast Uprising of 1811. The event is a little-known incident that saw slaves on Andry plantation,…

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Halima Aliko Dangote Takes charge of Dangote Group Commercial Operations

LAGOS, Nigeria, November 11, 2019/ — Halima Aliko Dangote has been appointed as the Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) (www.Dangote.com), one of Africa’s largest and most diversified business conglomerates. According to a release by the company, Halima Aliko Dangote is returning to the Group after serving on secondment in several capacities across two of its Business Units over the last five years. She is also a Trustee of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the conglomerate.  In her most recent role, Halima served as…

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ANALYSIS: Baleka Mbete, the World Bank and that Al Jazeera interview    

“Embarrassing” and “painful”. These were some of the words used to describe a recent interview between South Africa’s former national assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan.  In an October 2019 episode of the current affairs TV show Head to Head, Mbete was asked about inequality in South Africa. “In economic terms, when we talk about inequality, the World Bank says that South Africa today is the most unequal nation on earth. That’s a pretty embarrassing title for your country to hold, is it not?” Hasan asked.…

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GTR Southern Africa 2019

GTR Southern Africa 2019. The region’s leading gathering of trade, commodity and infrastructure financing experts, will return to Livingstone, Zambia on October 30-31. The event is set to welcome a host of industry leaders doing business across the region and beyond, including senior government representatives, sovereign and corporate borrowers, agribusiness players, project sponsors, risk management specialists and leading financiers. The interactive two-day agenda will explore key trends impacting regional trade and investment including global geopolitical volatility, sovereign debt sustainability and accessing lending for sovereign projects, growth drivers across the regional…

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Visiting National Museum of African American History and Culture Just Easier: No Card Required

It’s down season at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, so the Washington, D.C., museum is making it a bit easier to visit. Although timed passes will still be required on weekends, patrons won’t need passes to visit the Black culture hub on weekdays from now until February, the museum reported on its website. “Visitors may enter the museum on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. every Monday through Friday through February 2020,” the museum reported on its website. The discovery of a noose inside…

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Racist Vandals Found Guilty of Defacing Monument Honoring Enslaved People Who Built UNC

A year or so after a national push to remove Confederate monuments seemed to have quelled, two neo-Confederates decided to vandalize a table commemorating enslaved people who built University of North Carolina Chapel Hill earlier this year. On Friday, the people responsible were found guilty of their charges. On Sept. 6, Ryan Barnett and Nancy McCorkle were found guilty of injury to real property, with Barnett also being guilty of public urination and indecent exposure, according to Independent Weekly. They each had also been charged with ethnic intimidation, but Orange…

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