In The Diaspora

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

'I was there when gunmen tried to kill Bob Marley'

<b>It's 40 years since would-be assassins tried to kill Bob Marley, the most famous reggae artist of all time. Nancy Burke, who was at the singer's house in Kingston, Jamaica, as the shootings took place, recalls what happened.</b><p>During the 1970s, Marley led the way in the Caribbean island as it became …

Bob Marley

Man who allegedly admitted to killing football star Joe McKnight released without charges

The man who admits to killing Joe McKnight — a former high school and USC football star who was shot Thursday — was released without charges on Friday.<p>Ronald Gasser, 54, admitted to shooting McKnight three times at an intersection in the New Orleans Area around 3 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said …


President Obama is quietly expanding the war on terror in Africa while the world is distracted by Trump

On Nov. 28, a young man named Abdul Razak Ali Artan ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians on the campus of Ohio State University and then attempted to stab as many people as possible before he was fatally shot by a campus police officer.<p>According to preliminary reports, Artan, a student at the …


South Sudan conflict: UN warns of 'ethnic cleansing'

<b>Ethnic cleansing is taking place in war-torn South Sudan, the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) has warned.</b><p>It says it has observed starvation, the burning of villages and rape being used as weapons of war across the country.<p>The three-member commission, which was established earlier this year, …


Didier Drogba charity may have 'misled' donors - Charity Commission

<b>An investigation into a charity run by ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba found "no evidence of fraud or corruption" but said it may have "misled" donors.</b><p>The Charity Commission began its inquiry into "serious regulatory concerns" at the Didier Drogba Foundation in April.<p>That followed a Daily Mail …


Disabled bodybuilder: Weakness is a choice

Caleb Mutombo doesn’t fit the stereotype of a body builder. He was born severely disabled and weighs less than 40kg.<p>Despite that, he now competes in South Africa and hopes to inspire other people to follow him into the sport.<p><i>Video Journalist: Christian Parkinson</i>

South Africa

Ghanaian elections hinge on country's economy

In most election campaigns the economy features strongly but in Ghana it is pivotal, as people prepare for both presidential and parliamentary ballots.<p>The country has suffered after the fall in global prices for commodities such oil, gold and cocoa - among its key exports. And a three-year-long …


Gambia's President Jammeh 'to concede defeat'

<b>The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is about to concede defeat, the electoral commission chairman has told the BBC.</b><p>Mr Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, faced estate agent Adama Barrow in Thursday's election.<p>Electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie said it was unprecedented for a …


The Gambia election: 'I never knew freedom until today'

Opposition supporters tell BBC World Have Your Say their thoughts as news that Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia's president of 22 years, has been defeated in presidential elections by property developer, Adama Barrow.<p>Hear more reaction from The Gambia on BBC World Have Your Say.<p><i>Produced by Trystan Young</i>


Gambia's Yahya Jammeh loses election to Adama Barrow

Adama Barrow wins presidential election, bringing to an end Jammeh's 22-year rule which began with a coup.<p>Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia's long-time ruler, has lost the presidential election to the opposition leader, according to the electoral commission.<p>Adama Barrow's victory in the West African country …


Olive Garden donates $5,000 to comedian’s charity after incident with waitress

Olive Garden has extended a high-priced olive branch to comedian Ricky Smith after an alleged incident with a "casually racist" server resulted in Smith's party being asked to leave.<p>On Tuesday, the Ohio-based comedian was dining with friends at an Olive Garden in Parma, Ohio, reports FOX …


Sex crimes in focus at Hague trial of Ugandan rebel commander

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A top lieutenant of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony goes on trial in The Hague on Tuesday accused of war crimes ranging from child kidnapping and forced marriage to rape and murder during the rebel group's long rampage in northern Uganda.<p>The trial of Dominic Ongwen …


Gambia ruler predicts landslide; internet blocked amid vote

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Voters in the tiny West African nation of Gambia cast marbles Thursday in an election widely expected to keep the country's ruler of more than two decades in power despite a unified challenge from the opposition.<p>Polls closed at 5 p.m. and election workers were expected to work …

This Doctor Is Fighting the AIDS Epidemic Spreading Among Black Men

There is a HIV epidemic happening in the United States among African Americans. Although we are 12 percent of the population, we made up more than 44 percent of all HIV diagnoses in 2014. While diagnoses among black women are higher than women of other races, the virus is raging particularly among …


Teen fatally shot months after speaking against gun violence

A 19-year-old man was shot to death on Monday in Oakland, Calif., only months after speaking out against gun violence.<p>In January, Roderick “Treyvon” Godfrey gave an emotional speech at a town hall meeting in Oakland about the impact of gun violence in his community.<p>He shared that he had lost five …


Cameroon Rights Protests Escalate

There has been a serious outcry after videos of police brutality against unarmed protesters from the English-speaking provinces went viral.<p>(file …


New Strategies for Fighting Corruption in Africa

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor<p>This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.<p>Corruption violates the dignity of citizens …


Fort Worth gang members who bragged about 'pimping' plead guilty to child sex trafficking | Crime

The Fort Worth woman typed her runaway daughter's cell phone number into the Google search bar and waited.<p>Several websites popped up with photos of …


Ahead of Chicago trip, Colin Kaepernick reiterates his protest stances

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a polarizing figure throughout this NFL season, a 29-year-old athlete who has drawn both widespread praise and antagonistic backlash while speaking out with pleas to reduce social injustice. Kaepernick first drew the spotlight in August when …

Colin Kaepernick

Goalkeeper scores spectacular 96th-minute overhead kick in South Africa

Oscarine Masuluke executes textbook last-gasp overhead kick Keeper’s audacious effort earns Baroka FC point against Orlando Pirates<p>It’s been done before, but rarely in such spectacular and dramatic fashion.<p>Goalkeepers getting their name on the scoresheet is nothing new, but not often do they …

South Africa

Uganda: Army hunts for militia linked to tribal king

A total of 87 bodies recovered after fighting between police and a militia loyal to a tribal king over the weekend.<p>Ugandan police said another 25 bodies had been recovered after weekend fighting in a western kingdom whose tribal monarch is accused of stoking a separatist rebellion, bringing the …


Some African-Americans applaud Castro's efforts at equality

DETROIT – To many African-Americans, Fidel Castro was not the brutal revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and held the Caribbean island in an iron grip. He was a freedom fighter who cared about improving the lives of all Cubans, regardless of race.<p>Castro, who died Friday at …

Latin America

He was a nurse’s aide in Maryland. Now he’s a tribal king at the center of a bloody conflict in Uganda.

The city of Kasese in western Uganda suffered through another spasm of violence in recent days as police came under attack and then retaliated against the bodyguards and followers of a local king. At least four dozen people were killed.<p>The king’s name is Charles Wesley Mumbere, and he is the leader …


Sudan: Three UN workers abducted in Darfur

Two Nepalese and one Sudanese UN staff taken to an unknown location by unidentified gunmen.<p>Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped three workers from the United Nation's refugee agency in Sudan's restive Darfur region.<p>The three workers - one from Sudan and two from Nepal - were kidnapped on Sunday from …


2016 sets new record for asylum seekers reaching Italy by boat

Central Mediterranean is once again the main migrant route into Europe, partly due to the chaos of civil war in Libya<p>More asylum seekers have now reached Italy by boat in 2016 than in any previous year on record.<p>Nearly 171,000 people have arrived in Italy from north Africa since the start of the …


Nicholas Walters stuns boxing by committing the sport’s ultimate sin

The ferocious Jamaican puncher delivered a knockout blow to his reputation by quitting after the seventh round of his world title fight against Vasyl Lomachenko<p>The ugliest word in boxing is “quit”. Muhammad Ali wouldn’t do it when he fought all the way to the finish with a broken jaw against Ken …


South African ministers call on Jacob Zuma to resign

President has faced mounting criticism from within the ANC after fresh allegations of corruption this month<p>Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s beleaguered president, is facing the most serious challenge of his seven years in power after three ministers called for his resignation.<p>The News24 agency, citing …


At least 62 dead as Uganda moves against tribal king

Police and militia clash after government says King Mumbere's guards were training with separatist group.<p>The death toll from a weekend of fighting in western Uganda has risen to 62 after clashes between police and a militia loyal to a tribal king, according to regional police.<p>An initial 55 deaths …


CVS employees call police on black customers looking for cheese

A late-night cheese run to CVS turned into a brush with police after employees hid and called the cops on a pair of black customers.