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Audio Released in the Police Shooting of Dion Johnson

Photo: Shutterstock Protests have raged across the country in righteous outrage at the police killing of George Floyd. In Phoenix, protests have been held not only in honor of Floyd but also for Dion Johnson, the 28-year-old black man who was shot and killed by an Arizona Department of Safety Trooper the same day Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Advertisement AZ Central reports that audio from the May 25 dispatch call from the incident was released by an unknown source. In the three-minute audio released on…

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $1.6 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to protect the next generation with lifesaving vaccines

Global leaders unite to safeguard 300 million more children from disease and mitigate consequences of COVID-19 Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Gavi Board with Bill Gates.File Picture from a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2012 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a five-year, US$1.6 billion commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to deliver lifesaving vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. The commitment was announced at the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. Funding secured today…

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Shawn Wooden: Corporate America, it’s time to stand up against racism

This is an OP-ED I am a proud American, and I am having trouble breathing in the country I love. Even though the Declaration of Independence stated that Americans have the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, these are realities for some yet remain out of reach for far too many. […] source: https://www.ebony.com/news/shawn-wooden-corporate-america-its-time-to-stand-up-against-racism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shawn-wooden-corporate-america-its-time-to-stand-up-against-racism

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Obama Thanks Protesters, Encourages Young People To Take Advantage Of The Moment

Source: YouTube / Obama Foundation Our forever President Barack Obama addressed the nation during a virtual town hall event on Wednesday afternoon to offer some words of reassurance as the nation protests race-based police violence. His calm, measured tone was the type of presidential response that’s been missing from a government that has vilified and threatened protesters with the type of police violence that got us all here in the first place. Billed as “a conversation with President Obama: Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence,” Obama was…

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Katherine Dunham: legendary dancer who founded the 1st American black dance company

Katherine Dunham was a legendary dancer and choreographer, producer, author, scholar, anthropologist and Civil Rights activist. She has been called the matriarch and queen mother of black dance. She had one of the most successful dance careers in Western dance theatre in the 20th century and directed her own dance company for many years. Her pioneering work introduced much of the black heritage in dance to the stage. One of her most known dance innovation is the Dunham Technique, a system of movement and exercises based in traditional dances of…

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Michael Jordan’s 20-page love letter to girlfriend in the ’80s sells for $25k at auction – Read excerpts

A 1989 handwritten love letter from Michael Jordan to actress Amy Hunter has now been sold for $25,703, with the price of the auctioned letter benefitting from Jordan’s recent 10-part docuseries The Last Dance. Six years ago, the letter had been sold for only $2,560. But Jordan’s penciled confessions to his inamorata is not the only thing that has seen good PR since Last Dance. The NBA icon’s rookie card has now sold for $97,200 while a game-day jersey has also gone for $288,000 following the release of the documentary.…

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24-year-old Nigerian Damilola Arowolaju just bagged Ph.D. in Law from The George Washington University

A 24-year-old Nigerian Damilola Arowolaju has just bagged a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Law from The George Washington University Law School, Washington DC. The honor was conferred on Arowolaju who hails from Ekiti State in Nigeria during the university’s virtual graduation ceremonies held last month. Born in Nigeria, Arowolaju immigrated to America as a young child with his parents. Confronted with racisms and many other challenges facing the entire global black community, growing up the son of a former special advisor to Nigerian Governor Segun Oni, Dr. Bayo Arowolaju,…

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Top nine coronavirus myths in Africa

Chinyere Okoroafor If you log on social media, almost everyone is talking about COVID-19. The outbreak has become a trending topic on all platforms. But because COVID-19 is still relatively new, a lot of misinformation and false facts have surfaced across the web.So it is important to know what is true and what is not. Here are the nine myths in Africa circulating about COVID-19: 1. Mosquitoes spread coronavirus (False) 2. Useless remedies (antibodies, hydroxychloroquine) can stop Coronavirus (False) 3. Fantastic remedies (sesame oil rubbed on your body, child’s urine,…

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‘Now is the time’ – BET founder Robert Johnson wants U.S. to pay $14 trillion in slavery reparations

The issue of reparation for slavery has been raised by descendants of slaves in the Americas and the Caribbean for several years now. The belief that white Americans owe black Americans a moral debt for compensation for slavery, Jim Crow and long-standing racism has been ongoing since emancipation. Critics of reparation say that it would be difficult to make fair calculations as to how much victims would take and in what form, considering the years involved. And though attitudes towards reparations for slavery tend to polarize the U.S., BET founder Robert Johnson believes…

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Education is a political and ethical matter

COMMENT With the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, ministerial announcements and public commentary, never before have Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire’s ideas about education been more relevant.  In 1970 Freire argued that education is political and ethical, and cannot be detached from the current context of social and political realities. This is evident in the policies that govern education, the distribution of educational resources across the country, the pedagogy and the assessments used in classrooms.  Every day, politicians, parents and society at large are debating whether schools should reopen or not.…

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