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Maya Angelou pens Mandela tribute: ‘His Day is Done’

A video tribute to Nelson Mandela by poetess Maya Angelou is being distributed widely over the Internet. The American novelist, in an interview with CBS New York, described meeting Mandela in the 1960s. Mandela and Angelou’s husband were members of rival liberation movements when Mandela came to Egypt, where Angelou was living. ...

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French-African teen wins beauty pageant, igniting national uproar

A radiant French teenager whose mother hails from Benin was crowned Miss France on live TV, thrilling those who acknowledge the diverse population of the European nation. “I am very proud to represent a cosmopolitan France,” said Flora Coquerel. “It shows that today’s France is a mixed France, where there is every culture, and I think a lot of people will see themselves in me.” ...

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Mandela, pacifist or rebel?

Perhaps it’s a false contradiction. But today there are many who stress the pacifist message with which South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) emerged from prison in 1990, while few put an emphasis on his rebellion against apartheid, including armed rebellion, which landed him in prison. ...

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DEADLY SHOT ‘NO ACCIDENT’

Shawn Kolonich, a firearms expert for the Michigan State Police, testified Dec. 18 that the shot gun used by Theodore Wafer to shoot and kill Renisha McBride Nov. 1 did not fire by accident. Whether Wafer will face charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter — death by a weapon aimed with intent but without malice, and felony firearm in the death of McBride, 19, was the subject of a preliminary examinatio ...

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HOLLYWOOD MEETS HISTORY

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” the film biography of anti-apartheid leader and South Africa’s first Black President Nelson Mandela, will be released Dec. 25. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris will star as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, respectively. (Above) Elba is pictured with Winnie Mandela at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela who joined the ancestors Dec. 5. COURTESY PHOTO ...

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‘Follow the money’

Financial experts have come forth to aid the Detroit Board of Education in its battle to discover where public funds are being spent, all in the effort to oust the state-appointed emergency manager. Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry ruled last month the elected board had a right to access the district’s financial software, PeopleSoft. Board members sued the emergency manager to access the financial d ...

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The exploitation of Black athletes

A description of Rice University’s stand-alone major in sports management describes the enormity of the sports business: “Experts conservatively estimate the sport industry at $500 billion a year making it one of the top 10 industries in the nation.” Touting its sports management program, George Washington University in the District of Columbia observes: “No single aspect of our culture receives as much med ...

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Sovereign cities

Cities hold a special place in the development of human beings. Their emergence is linked to the shift from hunting and gathering societies to the development of agriculture. As humans succeeded in agriculture, we were able to develop more permanent settlements and begin the process of specialization and the exchange of goods, services and ideas that gave rise to city life. ...

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