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Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta holding hands before he left the island after a three-day official visit in 2019.

First CARICOM/Africa Summit in September

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Bridgetown, Barbados – The first ever Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-African Summit will take place virtually on September 7. Informed CARICOM sources, confirming the date, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “what is now being finalised is the agenda” for the summit. The sources said that among the speakers at the opening ceremony, scheduled for 8.00 am (Eastern Caribbean time) will be CARICOM chairman and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston…

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears with her choice for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic New York State Senator Brian Benjamin

Hochul picks Caribbean American state senator as lieutenant governor

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By Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life — Newly-installed New York Governor, Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday the selection of Caribbean American New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor. Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30 – which encompasses Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan. He was the chairman of…

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In this July 17, 2021 photo, a person holds a candle and a poster with an image of the late Rep. John Lewis during a rally in support of voting rights, at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

‘March On for Voting Rights’ Demonstrations to Mark Anniversary of 1963 March on Washington

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58 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands in the historic March on Washington. This year, King’s son and other organizers will march for voting rights. By Rachel Pilgrim, The Root — On Saturday, protestors will gather nationwide to mark the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington during the March On for Voting Rights, a gathering in which organizers will demand that Congress pass both the John R. Lewis…

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Mayor Ras J. Baraka

Mayor Ras J. Baraka appointed by EPA to serve on Local Government Advisory Committee

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Newark, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, along with 33 additional new members, have been appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to serve on the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced. The 39-member LGAC will include 20 women, 16 people of color, and representation from 30 different states, Tribal nations, and U.S. territories, representing a diverse cross-section of cities, counties, towns, and communities across…

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Taliban Fighters and Truck in Kabul, August 17 2021

Why ISIS and the Taliban really hate each other

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By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — As the Biden Administration scrambles to get U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of that country, President Joe Biden and Pentagon officials have feared an attack by one of the Taliban’s sworn enemies: ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria). And on Thursday morning, August 26, the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul suffered a deadly terrorist attack; multiple U.S. casualties were reported by the Pentagon. Details about the…

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#Garveynomics 2021: Which Way to Economic Empowerment?

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What #Garveynomics 2021: Which Way to Economic Empowerment? Commemorating UN Intl. Day for People of African Descent. 1-2pm – Opening Plenary: Political and Policy Matters 2-3pm – Media Matters: Lessons Learned & Way Forward 4-5pm – Money Matters: Lessons Learned & Way Forward 5-6pm – Parting Thoughts: Dr. Julius Garvey Institute of Caribbean Studies, The Jamaica Diaspora Show, Institute of the Black World 21st Century. When August, 31, 2021, 1-6…

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Black August: 20th Durban Commemoration, UN Permanent Forum & Reparations - Rev. D. Angelique, Dr. Amara C. Enyia JD, Dr. Ron Daniels, Prof. Gay McDougall, Dr. Pauline Muchina, Coumba Toure

Black August: 20th Durban Commemoration, UN Permanent Forum & Reparations

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What Black August: 20th Durban Commemoration, UN Permanent Forum & Reparations To engage a Pan African perspective to update participants on the impact of the 2001 Durban World Conference, UN Decade, Permanent Forum and Way Forward with Economic Priorities and Reparations. Sponsored by Advocacy Network for Africa (AdNA), Africans Rising. Who Rev. D. Angelique Walker-Smith, Chair of the AdNA Pan African Working Group Dr. Amara C. Enyia JD, Permanent Forum…

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The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters were war heroes. Then they came home to racism.

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The Harlem Hellfighters were the most celebrated Black regiment in World War I but were largely forgotten after returning to the United States, where they faced racism and discrimination. (via National Archives).  An exceptional unit of Black soldiers who fought in World War I will receive the Congressional Gold Medal. By Precious Fondren, NYT — For most of her life Debra Willett had a vague idea about who her grandfather…

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Black Businesswoman

New study explores wealth habits of well-to-do Black Americans

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The report finds affluent Black/African Americans, investing in the businesses of people they know, and attaining wealth through entrepreneurship. By Jeffrey McKinney, Black Enterprise —  When it comes to their finances, affluent Black/African Americans focus on backing family members, investing in the businesses of people they know, and attaining wealth through entrepreneurship. At the same time, eliminating debt and inadequately preparing and saving for retirement are ongoing obstacles for this…

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Rev. Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks about his and wife’s Covid diagnosis

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In an exclusive telephone conversation from his hospital bed on Sunday, August 22, the renowned civil rights leader expressed his ongoing support for vaccinations while explaining why his wife, Jacqueline, had not received the vaccine. “I have had both my shots,” Rev. Jackson said in the telephone call from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “My wife did not receive the vaccine because she has pre-existing conditions that were of concern.” Jackson maintained…

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Taliban fighters stand guard alongside a road near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on Aug. 16 after taking power in Afghanistan.

The U.S. replicated crucial flaws from the past in Afghanistan

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The Afghan government was built on corruption for more than a century. The Taliban exploited it. By Ali A. Olomi, The Washington Post — President Biden made the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan a central piece of his foreign policy platform, enacting a plan set in motion by former president Donald Trump, who infamously negotiated with the Taliban for a hasty retreat. Yet many analysts were caught unprepared for…

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Sun., Aug. 15 2021: A family eats breakfast in front of homes destroyed the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti. (Joseph Odelyn, AP)

Haiti reels as earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace deepen social crisis

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By Global Americans — On Saturday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake—more powerful than the 7.0 magnitude quake that savaged the country in 2010, killing nearly 200,000 and causing billions of dollars worth of damage—struck Haiti, killing over 2000 people, injuring at least 12,000 more, and leaving hundreds missing. The earthquake has only further battered Haiti—the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere—and its population of over 11 million, already reeling from the…

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