Megan The Stallion Named Revlon’s New Global Ambassador

Megan Thee Stallion is Revlon’s newest Global Brand Ambassador. Megan shared the news on Instagram on Thursday, August 6. She posted photos of herself rocking a full face beat and cute space buns, which were brought to life by celebrity hairstylist Kellon Deryck. She also posted a video to her Instagram Story rocking the glam.… source: https://according2hiphop.com/megan-the-stallion-named-revlons-new-global-ambassador/

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New York’s Bronx Zoo Apologizes For Putting African Man In ‘Monkey House’ More Than 100 Years Ago

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which runs New York’s Bronx Zoo, has apologized for its racist past. The WCS issued a statement on Wednesday, in the wake of the zoo’s 125th anniversary celebration, apologizing for its treatment of an African man named Ota Benga. Benga, a man of the Mbuti people — who were once known in the West as “pygmies” — of the modern day Democratic Republic of Congo, was put on display in a “monkey house” for multiple days in September 1906. “First, we apologize for and condemn…

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American Academy of Pediatrics Apologizes Decades After Denying Two Pioneering Black Doctors Membership

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a formal apology for repeatedly denying two Black doctors membership to the academy 80 years ago. Drs. Alonzo deGrate Smith and Roland Boyd Scott, both Black pediatricians, applied to join the AAP in 1939, and they would find themselves repeatedly rejected and denied membership for a period of six years. It wasn’t until 1945 that both doctors gained membership in the academy and became the first Black members of the professional association. The AAP issued a statement on Wednesday, apologizing for this…

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How we’re using artificial intelligence to scale up global fact-checking

Andy Dudfield is the Head of Automated Fact Checking at Full Fact, a UK charity that checks and corrects facts reported in the news. Africa Check, Full fact and Chequeado are part of an international fact-checking team that won a $2 million grant from Google.org. The organisations have launched an international project using machine learning to dramatically improve and scale fact-checking around the world. With much of the world adapting to a new normal, it is more important than ever that the public is aware of the dangers of false or…

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23andMe Genetic Study Found Significant DNA from Present-Day Nigeria, Overrepresentation of European Men In Descendants of Enslaved Africans

A groundbreaking study of the genetics of Black Americans highlighted lesser known aspects of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The study, Genetic Consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Americas, was spearheaded by consumer genetics company 23andMe and compiled genetic results from more than 50,000 volunteers, including 30,000 people of African descent, reported The New York Times. It was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics on Wednesday. A study by 23andMe scientists found unexpectedly high amounts of ancestry from the region that is present-day Nigeria in descendants of…

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COMMENT: South Africa’s poverty and income statistics fall victim to Covid-19

Let’s talk about counting people and things – about surveys. “What?” I hear you ask. “Don’t we have more important things to worry about right now?” With South Africa in Covid-19 lockdown for nearly four months and counting, and case numbers and deaths rising, what is so pressing about doing a survey right now? We’re not allowed to visit our family and friends – and let’s not even talk about those bans. But give me a few minutes. This matters, I promise. A recent article in the Business Day made…

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C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Activist and Close Confidant to MLK, Dies at Age 95

Civil rights activist and Martin Luther King Jr.’s close confidant C.T. Vivian died in the early morning of July 17 at his home in Atlanta. He was 95. Kira Vivian and Denise Morse, two of Vivian’s daughters, confirmed the death, The New York Times reported. Morse told the news outlet Vivian had been in hospice care. Born Cordy Tindell Vivian on July 30, 1924, in Howard County, Missouri, Vivian was the only child of Robert Cordie and Euzetta Tindell Vivian, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Civil rights pioneer C.T. Vivian…

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Tulsa Begins Search for Mass Graves Nearly 100 Years After 1921 Massacre to Help ‘Connect the Victims of This Event with Their Family’

Excavation on a potential mass grave possibly filled with victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre has begun nearly a century after the tragedy. The excavation of Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, began on Monday and is expected to take three to six days, according to CNN. It was originally scheduled to begin in April but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of people looking at smoke in the distance coming from damaged properties following the Tulsa Race Massacre, Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 1921. (Photo by Oklahoma Historical…

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Melinda Gates calls on leaders and policymakers to ensure that women and girls are not left behind in the global response to COVID-19

A paper released today by Melinda Gates outlines practical recommendations to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls. SEATTLE, United States, July 16th, 2020, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Melinda Gates has launched a paper exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has exploited pre-existing inequalities and drastically impacted women’s lives and livelihoods. In the paper, titled “The Pandemic’s Toll on Women and Girls,” Melinda makes the case that to recover fully from this pandemic, leaders must respond to the ways that it is affecting men and women differently.…

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Frederick Douglass Statue Ripped from Pedestal, Thrown By River on Anniversary of Speech About Fourth of July

A statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass in upstate New York was snatched off its base on Sunday, the anniversary of his famous “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” speech. The statue stood at Maplewood Park in Rochester, New York, a site that was once part of the Underground Railroad, reported The Associated Press. The sculpture was eventually recovered near the Genesee River gorge, about 50 feet away from its pedestal. Rochester Police said it “had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning…

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