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By Dr. L A Morrison | Articles pertaining to Africa, and people of African descent. Articles, news clips, interviews, and media segments.

A Black Man Died in His Cell Four Months After Being Jailed for Shoplifting From A 7-Eleven

Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested on April 22 for stealing a Zebra Cake, a bottle of Mountain Dew, and a Snickers bar from a 7-Eleven. For that crime the authorities in Portsmouth, Virginia, held him in a cell without bail for about four months. Last Wednesday, the 24-year-old died behind bars—but it …


Ethiopia: Haile Selasse - Lion of Judah or Pro-Western Dictator?

On 27 August 1975 a French reporter phoned the Ethiopian imperial palace, which had been overrun by Marxist army officers the previous year. Haile …

News (South Africa)

Could teen have run with severed spine after being shot by St. Louis police?

(CNN) — The St. Louis police shooting death of 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey sparked days of protests earlier this month, and now one searing question has risen to the forefront: How could Ball-Bey have run from police after his spinal cord was severed?

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham …


Suspect charged in fatal shooting of 9-year-old Ferguson girl

A suburban St. Louis man faces charges in the shooting death of a 9-year-old girl, the Ferguson Police Department said Thursday.

De’Eris Marquan Brown, 21, of O’Fallon, Mo., has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed …


Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies

BALTIMORE (AP) — Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in the Marine Corps, has died.

Frank E. Petersen III said his father died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, on Maryland's Kent Island, of complications from lung cancer. He was 83.

The New York Times reported …


Ethiopia races to preserve 'Africa's Jerusalem'

Archaeologists face a race against time to save 800-year-old structures crumbling away from moisture damage.

Conservationists are facing a race against time to prevent one of Ethiopia's most sacred religious site from crumbling away.

The ancient churches of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia have been a …


Social-Media Murderer Waited for the Perfect Shot

He zoomed in and out, one hand holding his phone steady, the other his Glock. Vester Flanagan then filmed his slaying of two ex-colleagues—his final seconds on camera.

The video suggests Vester Lee Flanagan was holding his cellphone in his upraised left hand as he approached where Alison Parker and …


2 Killed, Including Police Officer, In Louisiana Domestic Dispute

Two people were killed, including a police officer, and two others injured in an apparent domestic dispute near a Louisiana convenience store on Wednesday night.

Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson, the sister of a local mayor, died in the attack carried out by suspect Harrison …


Book club members say they were kicked off California wine train due to race

Members of a California book club have claimed they were asked to leave a train during a group outing over the weekend because of their race.

The eleven club members, all but one of whom is African-American, told KTVU that they are considering legal action after they were ordered off the Napa Valley …

California Wine

Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient is discharged singing and dancing

Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient emerged from a treatment center Monday singing and dancing, marking a celebratory start to the 42-day countdown to the country being declared free of the virus.

President Ernest Bai Koroma was among a joyful throng waiting to receive Adama Sankoh on the …


Root, Root, Root For Uganda In Tonight's Little League World Series

The Little League World Series is in full swing. Perennial teams like Japan are still alive, but so is a country making just its second-ever appearance: Uganda.

The team has experienced highs and lows so far. Sunday night it lost 7-0 to Venezuela, but the squad is still alive thanks to a win over …

Little League World Series

Kenya's stadium for alcoholics

Kenya recently announced a crackdown on illegal alcohol and so many people are now being treated that a sports stadium has been converted into a rehabilitation centre, as the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza reports. Some of the names of those interviewed have been changed.

Anne Wanjiku looks at her notebook …


University of Wisconsin Official Explains Why Stealing From Stores Like Walmart Shouldn’t Be a Crime

It’s no secret that law enforcement agencies target some crimes more fervently than others. But one University of Wisconsin official is saying that …


Peggy Hubbard becomes viral star with rant at Black Lives Matter protesters

Peggy Hubbard, a mother and former Navy officer who lives in Illinois, said on Thursday that Black Lives Matter protesters should focus less on …


Why I call myself a 'coconut' to claim my place in post-apartheid South Africa

Towards the end of 1997, the year before I turned seven and went to big school, I asked: “Mama, at big school next year, can they call me Gloria?” Gloria is my second name. My mother looked at me, a little confused, and simply said, “No. Your name is Panashe, so they will call you that.”

Without the …

South Africa

Packing heat in Detroit: Motown residents answer police chief's call to arms

Detroit resident Darrell Standberry doesn't navigate streets of the Motor City without his licensed handgun, and it already has saved his life once.

“I never leave home without my weapon,” he said. “You never know when or what you’ll encounter.”

It was 2011, when Standberry stopped at a gas station …


From witness chair, Terrence Howard forced to confront past

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Terrence Howard needed a break.

He stood up from his seat, declared "I'm angry right now" and, with permission, stepped out of the room. Howard wasn't channeling Lucious Lyon, his character from the smash Fox series "Empire." Instead, he was undergoing tough questioning in a Los …

Terrence Howard

Black Man Shot by Police in St. Louis Died From Bullet to Back

An 18-year-old St. Louis man whom the police said they shot after he pointed a gun at officers died from a bullet that entered the middle of his back and lodged near his rib cage, the city’s chief medical examiner said Friday. The shooting, the latest killing of a black man by police officers, has …


Mistrial Declared In N.C. Trial Of White Officer Who Shot Unarmed Black Man

Following four days of jury deliberations, a North Carolina judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a white police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick faced up to 11 years in prison …


Uganda book tackles children sexual abuse

A book which teaches children how to recognise and reject sexual abuse has been launched in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The Bad Touch tells the story of a mother telling her children how to resist and expose abusers.

Author Lillian Butele Kelle said sexual violence was often swept under the carpet …


Florida Woman Lies About Kidnapping to Skip Work: Police

A Florida woman is accused of making up a lie about being kidnapped so she wouldn't have go back to work.

Police say Beverly F. Brooks, 43, came up with the fake excuse to cut out of her night shift as a nursing assistant at a hospital in Panama City, Florida.

A concerned co-worker called Brooks …


Ugandan LGBT publication, Bombastic Magazine, is making a huge impact

After Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, intolerance, aggression, and persecution for the LGBT community increased immensely. A new Ugandan …


A Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward Hospice Care

BUFFALO — Twice already, Narseary and Vernal Harris have watched a son die. The first time — Paul, at 26 — was agonizing and frenzied, his body tethered to a machine meant to keep him alive as his sickle cell disease progressed. When the same illness ravaged Solomon, at 33, the Harrises reluctantly …


No arrests days after fatal shooting of girl in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson police are searching for clues about the killing of a 9-year-old girl who was shot when someone fired into a home where she was doing homework on her mother's bed.

No arrests have been made in Tuesday night's fatal shooting of Jamyla Bolden and police don't yet know if …

Ferguson, MO

Judge denies Johnson's request for support from Griner

PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has denied Glory Johnson's request for $20,000 a month in spousal support from WNBA star Brittney Griner after their 28-day marriage.

Griner and Johnson were married on May 9, three weeks after the two WNBA players were arrested on domestic …


Crowds gather to protest St. Louis police shooting, but no outrage for murder of girl, 9

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening to protest the shooting of an armed suspect by Missouri cops, but no mention was made of the 9-year-old girl who had been shot dead by an unknown assailant just seven miles away the night before.

Jamyla Bolden was killed doing homework on her mom’s bed and her …


Oprah scholarship recipient and hate crime victim revealed to be white

• Shaun King, an author and writer who is one of the leading voices speaking out against police brutality on social media, has claimed he is mixed• 


'I didn't know what was going on, brah,' Treme man, 76, testifies of killing girlfriend

Seabon "Tom" Gibson, 76, is standing trial in the July 2014 stabbing death of Fannie Campbell, 58.