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NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson

June 25, 2020

Photo: Mary W. Jackson/NASA WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA. Jackson started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research…

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In a recent inter-continental video conference, Ghanaian and U.S. leaders are named to the board of The Collaboration for IT and Communications Excellence

May 29, 2020

A group of business, professional, academic, civic and public-sector leaders from Northern and Southern Ghana, and across the U.S. recently convened by video conference, in the first, inter-continental organizational board meeting for The Collaboration for IT and Communications Excellence. The attendees affirmed the non-profit organization’s mission statement, which is,  “To help Ghana’s students and entrepreneurs…

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Michelle Obama launches online reading series for kids

April 20, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama launched a series of online video readings for kids with the classic picture book “The Gruffalo,” which the former first lady called the story of a mouse who uses his “wit and imagination” to get the best of a fox and other would-be predators. “Mondays with Michelle Obama” is…

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World Bank warns: “severe food security crisis in Africa” due to coronavirus

April 15, 2020

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a pre-dawn raid in food-starved Zimbabwe, police enforcing a coronavirus lockdown confiscated and destroyed 3 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables by setting fire to it. Wielding batons, they scattered a group of rural farmers who had traveled overnight, breaking restrictions on movement to bring the precious produce to one…

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies at 78

February 14, 2020

By Mogomotsi Magome ASSOCIATED PRESS  JOHANNESBURG  — The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78, the group and the government announced Tuesday. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Tuesday morning, his family told local media. He was globally known for his…

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Miss Universe to have official homecoming celebration in Africa

December 17, 2019

Photo: SPhotograph/shutterstock.con Mama’s Grits and Tea by Mama Here’s your dose of needed distraction to get you through the day. We know some love to mind celebrities’ business more than their own. ….Get your plane tickets ready! New Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi is having an official homecoming in South Africa. The date and details…

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Congress marks 400th anniversary of slaves arriving in US

September 11, 2019

By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress observed the 400th anniversary Tuesday of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America at a time of renewed interest over the history of slavery and its continued impact on contemporary society. “We must tell the unvarnished truth,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during the ceremony…

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