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Diaspora

Odunde Founder Dies

August 18, 2017

Lois Fernandez, the co-creator of the annual Odunde festival in South Philadelphia, leaves an African cultural celebration as her legacy   Lois Fernandez, the woman whose visit to a festival in Nigeria became a yearly tradition that brought visitors and dignitaries from around the world to South Philadelphia every year, died last Sunday morning. She…

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1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

August 17, 2017

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million, the United Nations said Thursday, a grim milestone for what has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Ugandan officials say they are overwhelmed by the flow of people fleeing South Sudan’s civil war and the U.N. refugee agency…

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Al-Shabab commander thought killed in Somalia airstrike

August 4, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Burning vehicles outside Midnimo mall after a car bomb attack on a popular mall in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, July 30, 2017. A police officer says a car bomb blast near a police station in Somalia’s capital has killed at least five people and wounded at least 13 others. Most of the victims are…

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Kenya election official tortured, killed days before vote

August 4, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Women pray out loud at an evangelical pre-election prayer rally for peace, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 30, 2017. Kenyans are due to go to the polls on Aug. 8. to vote in presidential elections after a tightly-fought race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Ben…

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Black, gray and gay: The perils of aging LGBTQ people of color

July 29, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Imani Woody, PhD, is raising $2 million to transform her childhood home into Mary’s House D.C., an affordable, independent living home for LGBTQ elders. (Courtesy Mary’s House D.C.)   By Chandra Thomas Whitfield NBCBLK/New America Media WASHINGTON,D.C.–Cecelia Hayden Smith, 72, knows exactly how she wants to live out the remainder of her golden…

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Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over Jerusalem shrine

July 29, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Palestinian women chant slogans prior to prayers at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, Friday, July 21, 2017. Thousands of Muslims prayed Friday in the streets near a contested shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, kneeling on mats spread on cobble stone to protest the installation of metal detectors at the holy site.. (AP Photo/Tsafrir…

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Google and the Equal Justice Initiative launch website about the lynching of African Americans

July 29, 2017

By Frederick H. Lowe new america media/NorthStar News Today The Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery, Alabama-based nonprofit organization that challenges poverty and racial injustice, has launched in partnership with Google “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Terrorism,” an interactive search engine designed to spark a national conversation about the more than 4,000 lynchings of…

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Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles

July 21, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  (AP Photos/Ahmad Seir)   By Jessica Gresko ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Their team shirts didn’t say “Afghanistan” and their name badges were handwritten, not typed, suggesting the last-minute nature of their entry into the United States. But the Afghan girls competing Monday in an international robotics competition in Washington were clearly excited to…

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2 missing Burundi teens entered Canada; no foul play seen

July 21, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO: Shutterstock   ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Police have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers gone missing after an international robotics competition have been seen crossing the border into Canada. The whereabouts of their fellow team members remains unknown and the search for all the teens remains ongoing, but Metropolitan Police spokeswoman…

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