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African World Festival wants to make Detroit designers fashion stars

For over three decades, the African World Festival has provided Detroiters a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage from all corners of the diaspora — drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, poetry, food and fashion. Now organizers want to make sure the D is dressed appropriately at this year’s festival by launching the Detroit Rocks the Runway Emerging Designer Showcase. Selected local d ...

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War resisters group holds first African CONFAB in Cape Town, S. Africa

War Resisters’ International, founded in 1921 by conscientious objectors to the First World War, will hold their first conference in South Africa, July 4-8. Conference organizers plan to draw attention to the great cost to Africa of the global arms trade, which prompted a report by Oxfam International titled, “Africa’s Missing Billions." “Since 1990, around $300 billion has been lost by Algeria, Angola, Bur ...

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Nova Scotia agrees to pay former residents of Home for Colored Children

The province of Nova Scotia, Canada recently reached a settlement in the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children case, according to the Halifax Chronicle Herald. At least 150 former residents of the Dartmouth home will share in the $29 million settlement. In their suit, the plaintiffs alleged extreme sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the facility, which housed mostly Black orphans or those from fami ...

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South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

South African miners are holding out for a living wage in the longest strike against mining companies in the country’s history. A deadline set for June 9 by the government was reached without progress and the talks collapsed. The two sides are far apart on the wage issue with the Association of Miners and Construction Union (AMCU) seeking $1,200 a month — double their current wage — while the companies are ...

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Nigeria bans additionaal protests over abducted girls

Police in Nigeria have issued a ban against further protests by Nigerian citizens, mostly women, who are demanding the government rescue the nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls whose whereabouts government claims to know. National anger and frustration has turned on the government for its failure to rescue the teenage students and many others being targeted around the country. The girls had been studying in th ...

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New president of Malawi takes power under felony cloud

In his second try for elected office, Peter Mutharika captured the winning margin of victory and edged out Malawi’s first woman president, Joyce Banda. The 74-year-old Mutharika, brother of a former president, was declared the victor last week in a disputed election. But he comes into office under a cloud, accused of attempting a constitutional coup two years ago by hiding the death of his brother, Presiden ...

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African Union to campaign against child marriages

The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the Koranic school in Agadez, for example, told the BBC marriage depends on the body of the girl and the man. “If the ...

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Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

Legendary poetess Dr. Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth. Comments on the Mail and Guardian website were already posting the morning of her death, as the news of her passing went worldwide. “Rest in peace daughter of the soil,” wrote “Hlambamanzi” on the M&G website. “You will forever live in our memories and consciousness. We thank God, our ancestors for ...

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Malawi’s first woman president faces ouster in disputed vote

President Joyce Banda’s legacy may be cut short if a court fails to uphold her annulment of last week’s poll and schedule a new election in 90 days. Banda, the second woman leader on the continent after Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, said the election was so deeply flawed she would not inflict its results on the Malawian people. ...

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Nigeria claims to know location of kidnapped girls

A month after more than 200 boarding school girls were kidnapped by a militia group dressed as soldiers, a top Nigerian officer claimed to know exactly where the girls were being held. But he downplayed prospects for a rescue. “We want our girls back,” insisted Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh. “But where they are held, can we go there with force?.. We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back ...

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