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Kwanzaa: A tradition in empowerment serves as alternative holiday

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For African Americans, or people of African descent who have been living in the United States since enslavement, the celebration of Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and ends New Year’s Day.

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Soulful and infectious reflections of Ethiopian food and music

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As more Ethiopians immigrate to the US, their culture blooms while retaining its unique identity.

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MOVE member granted parole after almost four decades

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After serving 39 years and ten months, Debbie Sims Africa, 61, one of the remaining incarcerated members of the MOVE organization, known as the MOVE 9, has been released on parole.

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East African deportee takes life while being transported back to home country

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Deaths in immigrant detention centers rise as immigration policy under the Trump Administration continues to show zero tolerance towards humane conditions and treatment.

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CBC briefing on the DRC crisis ignites tension

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Forum gets heated in talking about deteriorating conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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China-Africa economic relations continue to grow in billion dollar city development

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Chinese investment group plans to build a $7 billion city for tourists in Zimbabwe

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Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dead at 81

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former wife of South Africa’s first Black president Nelson Mandela, died Monday following a lengthy illness, according to a family statement. She was 81.

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National Geographic comes to terms with its racist coverage

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Racism, as part of American culture in any institution is far from an anomaly, but what happens when the standard bearer of international journalism comes to terms with its own contribution to the oppressive construct?

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Black Panther movie inspires conversation around African architecture | Podcast

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Ark Republic’s first podcast interviews Nmadili Okwumabua, an urban planner and founder of research company, Sub Sahara. As a professor and researcher who travels between Atlanta and Abuja, Okwumabua advocates to expand and develop modern African architecture.

Upon the recommendation of an admirer of her work, Okwumabua converged her exhibition of African architecture with the Black Panther Marvel film into a poster series.
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CARICOM ramps up call for reparations after British Gov reveals recent tax dollars paid off slave owners restitution loan

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At a press conference held by the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM’s) Reparations Committee last week, the group’s chair, Sir Hilary Beckles, announced that an 1824 loan taken out by the British Government for restitution to British slave owners for its financial losses from the end of slavery, was just completed in 2015.

The revelation was in response to a tweet by the Government’s Treasury that said, “Millions of you helped end the slave trade through your taxes.” Beckles said that Britains have been paying off the loan for money that went to slave owners and their descendants since the nineteenth century.

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