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Jorian Reeves

Discovering the Excellence Within: Realizing My Greatness in South Africa

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Jorian Reeves, Xavier University of Louisiana, reflects on CIEE’s 2018 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship experience in Cape Town. By Jorian Reeves Xavier University, Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy  I had my first taste of global cultural learning in 2015 when I traveled to Qatar at the age of 14 for a week-long Arabic debate competition. Two years earlier, in seventh grade, I had started taking Arabic classes at Lindbolm Math and…

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Member of parliament and musician Bobi Wine says there are still 40 million people living under oppression, and domination, and under dictatorship in Uganda.

Jamaica: Uganda Activist Bobi Wine Says He Is Still State Enemy

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The politician and freedom fighter said reggae music has helped to influence him to fight against colonial afflictions while growing up in the ghettos of Uganda. By teleSur — Member of parliament, freedom fighter and artist Bobi Wine traveled 36 hours to Jamaica, the politician says, to be able to spread his musical message to his fellow Ugandans and the rest of the world. Bobi Wine made the remark while…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

African Diaspora Rising — The Year of “The Door of Return to Africa”

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Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels — This year, 2019 marks the 400th year since the Dutch ship White Lion arrived in Jamestown in the British Colony that was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia with “20 and odd Negroes” from Africa. The arrival of these indentured enslaved Africans was the opening chapter in one of the most horrific events in human history, the holocaust of African enslavement, the MAAFA via the European slave trade. Proud African men and women from highly civilized…

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Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba’s Letter to his wife before his death on January 17, 1961

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Patrice Lumumba (July 2, 1925 – January 17, 1961) Lest We forget: The last letter written by Patrice Lumumba to his wife, Pauline, just before his death on January 17, 1961…   “My beloved companion, I write you these words not knowing whether you will receive them, when you will receive them, and whether I will still be alive when you read them. Throughout my struggle for the independence of…

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Senegal: Testing for Democracy in Nigeria and Senegal in 2019

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By Melvin Foote — Without question Africa is a continent that is very much on the move towards democratic governance. Africa has made incredible progress in the past two decades with many of Africa’s 54 countries now able to be called democratic, holding peaceful and credible elections, enjoying a free press, and governments that are generally accountable to their people. A driving force behind the democratic reform on the continent…

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Shortlisted contenders, from left: Collince Oluoch; Roy Allela; Beth Koiji; Neo Hutiri; Paul Matovu. Photograph: Brett Eloff and James Oatway/Royal Academy of Engineering

Turning air into drinking water: Africa’s inspired young inventors

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Shortlisted contenders for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize reveal their designs, from gloves that translate sign language into speech to smart lockers that dispense medicines. By Kate Hodal, The Guardian — The Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize, now in its fifth year, has shortlisted 16 African inventors from six countries to receive funding, training and mentoring for projects intended to revolutionise sectors from agriculture and science to women’s health.…

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December 31st Edition of Vantage Point Radio

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Topics: Emancipation Day in Black America • Significance of Haitian Independence Day to the Pan African World • The Door of Return to Africa 2019 Initiative. Guests:
Dr. Linda Michelle Baron (Author, Former Chairperson. Department of Education, York College/CUNY, New York), Judge Lionel Jean Baptiste (Founder, Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, Chicago, IL) and Rev. Dennis Dillon (Senior Pastor, The Rise Center, Brooklyn, NY).

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The Most Successful Ethnic Group in the U.S. May Surprise You

The Most Successful Ethnic Group in the U.S. May Surprise You

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You don’t know what it means to hustle … until you meet a Nigerian-American. By Molly Fosco, OZY — At an Onyejekwe family get-together, you can’t throw a stone without hitting someone with a master’s degree. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, professors — every family member is highly educated and professionally successful, and many have a lucrative side gig to boot. Parents and grandparents share stories of whose kid just won…

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A Polisario Front official surveys the Moroccan Berm in the Western Sahara. John Bolton and a former German President have helped spur the first negotiations over the disputed desert territory in six years.

Is One of Africa’s Oldest Conflicts Finally Nearing Its End?

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By Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker — For the past forty years, tens of thousands of Moroccan soldiers have manned a wall of sand that curls for one and a half thousand miles through the howling Sahara. The vast plain around it is empty and flat, interrupted only by occasional horseshoe dunes that traverse it. But the Berm, as the wall is known, is no natural phenomenon. It was built…

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