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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.

Three trials, no convictions in fatal police shootings

<b>(CNN) —</b> All three cases started with a traffic stop.<p>A black man is pulled over by a police officer.<p>Why?<p>He was missing a front license plate. For suspicious activity. Because a cop thought the driver looked like a robbery suspect.<p>Regardless of the reason, the outcome was the same for Samuel DuBose, …

Policing

Lake Chad: The faces of the world's 'silent emergency'

<b>The moment photographer Chris de Bode realised the young man was eating the contents of a nappy is one he will never forget.</b><p>He had been photographing the plight of the refugees who were seeking safety in northern Cameroon when he came across the man, who appeared disabled, sat outside a hut in the …

Nigeria

'I buried my smallest one under a bush': starvation and sorrow in South Sudan

When Mary Cholil sought food and shelter after her village was torched, her three-year-old daughter died. In a country ravaged by hunger and conflict, such tragedies have become all too familiar<p>The news spreads fast during the day. The raiders are coming. Two columns of fighters, each thousands …

Africa

Massacres and mutilations in Congo have left more than 3,000 dead since October, reports say

Congo's Catholic church released a report this week claiming that 3,383 people have been killed in the Kasai region since October. The church, the only institution which has a presence across most of this gigantic and largely lawless country, said the brutal killings were perpetrated by the …

Africa

Why a Ugandan farmer gave land to a refugee

<b>In less than a year, a camp in northern Uganda has taken in more refugees than any other in the world, and all of them from war-torn South Sudan.</b><p>Here in Bidi Bidi it can take you one hour to drive from one end of the camp to the other. But it is not what you might envisage.<p>Much of this place is …

Africa

9 Misconceptions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

<i>This article was originally written for FRESH U HBCU by Stephen-Michael Thompson, Jr.. It has been given minor edits before re-posting.</i><p>Okay, let’s be serious. Last year when I was looking for my college home, HBCUs were just an alternative world for a lot of people. A PWI was just the normal …

HBCUs

EU offers 85 million euros to help fund Uganda's refugee response

(This version fixes typos in paragraphs four and eight to read Christos Stylianides and Antonio Guterres respectively, in the June22nd instance)<p>KAMPALA (Reuters) - The European Union has offered 85 million euros ($94.89 million) to help fund relief operations for hundreds of thousands of refugees …

Africa

Ancient Egyptian's wooden toe is sophisticated prosthetic

<b>(CNN) —</b> A wooden big toe that enabled a priest's daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found.<p>"By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the …

Ancient Egypt

Artist Creates Instagram Sculptures With Her Natural Hair

An actual work of art.<p>There are many ways to embrace natural hair, including turning it into mesmerizing art creations. Prepare to have your mind blown by Laetitia KY, a 21-year-old fashion designer from the Cote d’Ivoire who creates works of art with her natural hair — then shares them on …

Hair

What To Make Of Philando Castile's Death, One Year Later

As soon as Philando Castile's mother Valerie heard last week that a Minnesota jury had acquitted Jeronimo Yanez, she stood up and declared "f*** this!" and left the courtroom. That's according to Minnesota Public Radio reporter Riham Feshir, who was there, and talked to Code Switch about it for …

Policing

Report: More Than 3,000 Killed In Violence In Central Congo

More than 3,000 people have been killed in a remote region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new report from Congo's Catholic Church.<p>As NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports, the violence in the central Kasai region erupted last August, "when the military killed Kamuina Nsapu, a …

World News

Cliff Avril makes good on sack promise, builds homes and school in Haiti

RENTON, Wash. -- Defensive end Cliff Avril took a seat on the couch outside the Seattle Seahawks' locker room, started scrolling through his …

NFL

In world's largest refugee settlement, churches offer hope

BIDI BIDI, Uganda (AP) — Scores of thousands fled the violence of South Sudan's civil war with little but their faith. Now, in the world's largest refugee settlement, they are improvising churches.<p>They dance and sometimes speak in tongues. Preacher Daniel Rasash falls to his knees and weeps in …

Africa

Trevor Noah Calls Out NRA For Silence Over Legal Gun Owner Philando Castile

"According to their rhetoric, this is everything that they stand against, right?"<p>“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah started out laughing Monday night, cracking jokes about news stories including President Donald Trump’s Cuba policies and legal team. But he turned serious as he addressed the acquittal of …

Philando Castile

Home Invasion Suspect Battered And Bruised After Victims Fight Back

“He kept wrestling with me ... that’s when I punched him in the eye twice.”<p>This home invasion suspect picked the wrong people to mess with.<p>A group of friends was able to turn the tables on a suspected armed intruder after he allegedly broke into their Tennessee apartment late Sunday night, only to …

Crime

NHS launches urgent appeal for black people to donate blood

Call prompted by demand for Ro subtype, more common among black people, to treat conditions such as sickle cell disease<p>Health officials have launched an urgent plea for more black people to give blood.<p>NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said that 40,000 more donors were needed to meet growing demand …

Medicine

'Half' Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

<b>Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has reportedly been diverted, the government says.</b><p>It described it as a "diversion of relief materials", which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.<p>A statement from the acting president's office added that …

Nigeria

Who shot Kuki Gallmann? The story of a Kenyan conservationist heroine

Since she moved to Kenya, she’s lost her husband and son. Now she’s been shot by tribesmen determined to take her land. But Kuki Gallmann’s going nowhere<p>There is thunder and the equatorial rain falls perfectly straight, drenching the lawn and a pair of towering candelabra trees that frame the …

Africa

Tanzania albino attacks: 'My neighbour hacked off my hands'

Mariam Staford Bandaba was attacked in Tanzania by a gang of men who chopped off her arms, believing that albino body parts had magic properties.<p>Yet she is now able to work as a weaver.

Security

Castile family outraged over acquittal

The family of Philando Castile is outraged after a jury acquitted the officer who shot him. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Policing

Arrests follow protest against Philando Castile verdict

At least 18 people arrested in the US city of St Paul following acquittal of officer who shot and killed a black man.<p>At least 18 people have been arrested in the US city of St Paul during a mass protest that erupted following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed an African American …

Policing

Zambia: Zambia 'Becoming a Dictatorship', Say Church Leaders

(Photo: Zambia Reports)Church leaders in Zambia are worried that the country is turning into a dictatorship with challenges relating to governance, …

Africa

In Congo, artists rely on the patronage of the wealthy

Congo's poor musicians employ "mabanga", the practice of name-dropping powerful people like politicians in their tracks.<p><b>Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo -</b> JC Kibombo, aka Professa Zikfull, a 32-year-old rumba singer and songwriter, was paying tribute to Congolese music legend Papa Wemba at a bar …

Africa

Four women face charges in Arkansas hot car death

<b>(CNN) —</b> Four Arkansas women are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was left inside a day care van all day, police said.<p>The boy's body was found Monday inside the van in the West Memphis day care's parking lot. He had been picked up at home before 7 a.m., …

Crime

In Goma, Lights May Flicker but Looks Stay Sharp

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the birthplace of SAPE, a loosely organized cult of dandies known as “les sapeurs.” SAPE is an abbreviation of the group’s name, which in English translates as the Society of Ambience and Elegant People. The contrast between the extravagance of their attire and …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

What birth control in 1970s Kenya and mobile phones today teach us

Ayo Ajayi remembers his first years as a doctor in the outpatient department of a Nigerian state hospital as frustrating. Now, about four decades later he encounters a similar frustration. Only this time, as the director of the Africa Team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation he has the power …

Birth Control

Barack Obama Delivers Moving Tribute To Jay Z At The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office."<p>Jay Z became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday night ― and he got one heck of an introduction.<p>Former President Barack Obama delivered a videotaped message heaping …

Music

Graduating senior refused to read speech written by administrators, so they withheld his diploma

Marvin Wright, president of his high school senior class, spent two weeks working on his graduation speech, staying up till 5 on the morning of the event to finish.<p>But later that day, the principal of Southwest Edgecombe High in Pinetops, N.C., told him he would be giving a different address, a …

U.S. Navy

Parents' lawsuit in Georgia gym mat death is dismissed

<b>(CNN) —</b> The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of the South Georgia teen found dead in a rolled gym mat has been dismissed by a federal judge.<p>US District Court Judge W. Louis Sands dismissed the case because Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson failed to serve defendants with their amended …

Law