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Global Book Launch Virtual Event: Black Power, Black Lawyer the Memoir of Nkechi Taifa

Global Book Launch Virtual Event: Black Power, Black Lawyer the Memoir of Nkechi Taifa

By News & Current Affairs

September 26, 2020, 12pm Noon EST — Join us for the virtual book release party of, Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice by Nkechi Taifa. Taifa’s memoir tells the story of the rebellious journey of a young sister growing up during the Black Power era and the social justice lawyer she becomes. Special Interview: Matsimela Mapfumo (Mark Thompson), Host of Make It Plain with Nkechi Taifa. Special…

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President Trump at a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 12.

The U.S.’s global standing plummets, while Americans yearn for a restoration

By News & Current Affairs

Two new polls show a decline in the country’s global reputation and deep American support for a return to robust diplomacy. By Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post — Under President Trump, global opinion of the United States keeps falling. That’s the conclusion of a new survey by the Pew Research Center, which polled attitudes in 13 wealthy democracies, including numerous staunch American allies. It found a significant decline in America’s reputation, thanks…

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Putin

Russian Media Is Rooting for Civil War in America: ‘The Worse, the Better’

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“It is better to remain neutral, but if we had to choose, then Trump is certainly ours.” By Julia Davis, The Daily Beast — There is no shortage of local topics that interest the Kremlin—from the poisoning of an inconvenient dissident, to the events in neighboring Belarus and the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. In the thick of it all, America remains front and center of the Russian state media’s steely focus. In Putin’s…

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Stressed Black Man

White Workers Are Getting Hired Back Twice As Fast As Black Workers

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Nearly all the improvement in the unemployment rate over the past few months has been for white workers. By Emily Peck, HuffPost — At first glance, the unemployment rate seems a lot less terrible than it did a few months ago. In April, at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, the jobless rate was a record-high 14.7%. This month, the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.4%. But…

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The Queen and Prince Philip in Barbados in 1966. The island plans to remove her as head of state and become a republic by November 2021.

Barbados revives plan to remove Queen as head of state and become a republic

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Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. A speech written by its prime minister, Mia Mottley, quoted a warning by the Caribbean island nation’s first premier, Errol Barrow, against “loitering on colonial premises”. Reading the speech, governor-general Dame Sandra Mason said: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian…

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People await help with unemployment claims at an event in Tulsa, Okla., on July 24.

The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% — And That’s Made the U.S. Less Secure

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

A new report shows that a $50 trillion redistribution of income to benefit the richest has made America less healthy, resilient, and secure. By Nick Hanauer and David M. Rolf, TIME — Like many of the virus’s hardest hit victims, the United States went into the COVID-19 pandemic wracked by preexisting conditions. A fraying public health infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies, an employer-based health insurance system perversely unsuited to the moment—these and other afflictions are surely contributing…

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Vantage Point: Black Native American Freedmen Demand Justice

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point September 14, 2020 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Ronald Graham and Marilyn Vann. Topic Black Native American Freedmen Demand Justice Guests Ronald Graham, President, Muscogee Creek Freedmen Band, Oklahoma City, OK Marilyn Vann, President, Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, Oklahoma City, OK Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI,…

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Nigerian migrants arrive in Lagos from Libya. Nigeria has, in the last two years, evacuated thousands of its citizens from Libya and Lebanon after they suffered several forms of abuses, including enslavement. Trafficking has resulted in at least 80,000 Nigerian women being held as sex slaves and forced labour in the Middle East.

The Exploitative System that Traps Nigerian Women as Slaves in Lebanon

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By Sam Olukoya, IPS – “I need help, right now I cannot walk properly,” trafficking victim Nkiru Obasi pleaded from her hospital bed in a video she posted online. The young Nigerian woman had been injured in the Aug. 4 Beirut blast, which ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing 190 people injuring a further 6,500 and damaging 40 percent of the city. However, it’s not…

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Dr. Benjamin Chavis

Civil Rights Icon Dr. Benjamin Chavis to Host Weekly Black Talk Show on PBS

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By Hazel Trice Edney — Civil rights icon Dr. Benjamin Chavis, former NAACP executive director and current president/CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), will become host of a weekly Black-oriented public affairs talk show on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) in October. As racial tensions and disparities have skyrocketed in almost every category of American life, Chavis and the show’s producer Clara Wilkerson says it’s time for a program…

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Romeline Moreau, left, and Kayla Sergeant studied the African diaspora while in high school in Brooklyn. Both say the Advanced Placement program helped focus their career plans.

New College Board curriculum puts the African diaspora in the spotlight

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The Advanced Placement program could elevate Black studies in high schools nationwide. By Erik Gleibermann, Washington Post — As the country grapples with issues raised by the emerging racial justice movement, the influential College Board is launching an ambitious national curriculum on race with an Advanced Placement program on the African diaspora. Given AP’s importance on high school transcripts and in college admissions, the program has the potential to make…

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