In The Diaspora

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

Africa's Richest Woman Prepares New Deals After Losing Oil Post

Less than a month after being fired as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company, Isabel dos Santos says she is studying new deals.<p>Dos Santos, …

Sharm el-Sheikh

WWE suspend Rich Swann following domestic battery and false imprisonment charges

WWE Cruiserweight Rich Swann has been suspended by the company after being arrested and on domestic battery and false imprisonment charges.<p>Swann, 26, …

WWE

Hannibal Buress was arrested for "disorderly intoxication" in Miami last night

<i>The Miami Herald</i> is reporting that comedian Hannibal Buress got into an altercation with police in Miami last night, one that ended with him being …

Crime

Why a rural African family without electricity might prefer a kerosene lamp to cheaper solar

The idea that technology and innovation can have a meaningful impact on African countries is something championed in many of the stories you’ll read on Quartz Africa. We regularly see ingenuity across the continent as different communities try to get around daily challenges, in many cases requiring …

Renewable Energy

Catholic priest tells black family he was 'blinded by hate,' apologizes for burning cross 40 years ago on their lawn

A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.<p>The Rev. William Aitcheson told Philip and Barbara Butler he was "blinded by hate and ignorance" when he targeted them in 1977 …

Racism

Victim says police not doing enough to find convicted rapist who vanished before sentencing

'I'm not waiting for a phone call I'm never going to get,' she tells CBC<p>After the man convicted of raping her vanished, the victim says police in …

Crime

Women with mouths taped shut demand end to S Sudan war

Hundreds of women take to the streets of the capital, Juba, to call for an end to the country's devastating war.<p>They marched in silence, yet their message was loud and clear.<p>Hundreds of women covered their mouths with tape on Saturday as they took to the streets in South Sudan's capital, Juba, to …

Africa

We’re Supposed To Care? R. Kelly Gives Us A Sympathy Tour Of His Burglarized Alleged Sex Slave Quarters

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)<p>R. Kelly Shows Footage Of Wipe-Out Crib After Robbery<p>The Piped Piper has been robbed! And now he’s crying about it …

R. Kelly

Uganda:85% Opposed to Age Limit Amendment - Survey

A survey conducted by civil society organizations has indicated that 85 per cent of Ugandans do not support the proposed constitutional amendment to …

Africa

Naperville man tried to lure young girl at bus stop: police

A Naperville man who tried to lure a young girl into his car Friday has been charged with two counts of child abduction, Naperville police said.<p>Early D. Kluss, 37, was arrested after a witness observed his interaction with the student waiting at a bus stop near Modaff and Massachusetts about 7:30 …

Crime

Antonio Brown to feature injured teammate Ryan Shazier on cleats

PITTSBURGH -- At least one Steelers player will have Ryan Shazier on his heart and his feet on gameday.<p>Antonio Brown used Snapchat to showcase his …

Ryan Shazier

Man Kills His 16-Year-Old Niece After She Threatens To Tell His Wife About Their Affair

<i>Photo Credit: Waterbury Police Department</i><p>A 27-year-old Connecticut man reportedly killed his teenage niece after she threatened to tell his wife, who …

Crime

U.S. Put 92 Somalis on a Deportation Flight, Then Brought Them Back

Ninety-two Somali citizens were flown out of the United States under orders of deportation on Thursday, but their plane never made it to Somalia. The flight landed in the West African country of Senegal and, facing logistical problems, was rerouted back to the United States.<p>It was an unexpected, …

Deportation

Navy sailor staged racist vandalism, investigation finds

A U.S. Navy sailor who claimed someone had written a racial slur on his bed has been disciplined after he reportedly staged the incident.<p>Marquie Little, 27, an African-American crew member aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, used a pseudonym to post photos of the slur Nov. 15, the …

NCIS

Zimbabwe’s white farmers will get compensation—but they’re not getting land back

Harare, Zimbabwe<p>Zimbabwe wants to address the chaotic and violent manner in which it took away land from local white farmers nearly 20 years later as new president Emmerson Mnangagwa bids to reassure investors his administration is restoring respect for property rights and investment protection.<p>The …

Africa

How a remote South African rural community, with barely any electricity, built its own ISP

Mankosi is a remote rural community in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. It is home to almost 6,000 people. The nearest city is Mthatha, about 60 kilometres away, as a bird flies.<p>Most homes are not connected to the electricity grid; residents charge their cellphones at a local shop or shebeen, …

Africa

The simple delivery kit that's saving mothers in Nigeria

<i>By Ayodeji Rotinwa</i><p>In June 2011, Adepeju Jaiyeoba heard that a sister of a close friend, Ramatu*, had passed away in hospital after an elective …

Ogun State

Chicago woman gets probation in hate crime, beating of disabled teen on Facebook Live

<b>SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE</b> - A woman who live-streamed herself and a trio of friends abusing a mentally disabled man and taunting him with racial insults …

Crime

Cops arrest 2 robbery suspects after getaway car runs out of gas

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two …

Crime

Teen charged in Facebook Live beating pleads to hate crime

A Chicago woman involved in a beating of a mentally disabled man that was shown on Facebook Live has pleaded guilty to a hate crime and been placed …

Crime

"Golden" girl with albinism shines as Kenya's top student

People with albinism, estimated at one in 15,000 sub-Saharan Africans, are frequently shunned, attacked and even killed<p>By Daniel Wesangula<p>NAIROBI, …

Africa

The little-known tale of the African slave girl adopted by Queen Victoria

The chemistry between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was just as strong in the 19th-century as it is between Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes on our …

Royal Family

The Story of Cudjo Lewis — The Last Living Slave Brought To America

As a slave, he went by the name "Cudjo," a day-name given to boys born on a Monday, as the slavers could not pronounce the name "Kossola."<p>Cudjo Lewis …

Black History

After looking at solar eclipse, woman has crescent-shaped blind spot on her eye

As Nia Payne waited outside her boyfriend’s Staten Island office to watch the solar eclipse together this past August, she spotted a woman nearby with a pair of eclipse glasses.<p>Payne asked to borrow the woman's glasses to look up at the rare phenomenon in the sky — not knowing it would change her …

Astronomy

NJ Trooper Sentenced For Stopping Women For Dates, Phone Numbers

Marquice Prather, 38, of Linden was sentenced to 3 years of probation for tampering with records to try and cover up his improper stops.<p>WESTFIELD, NJ …

Crime

Commentary: How America Bears Responsibility for Libya’s Slave Auctions

The story of slavery in Africa, like slavery in so many other parts of the world, is a painful chronicle whose origins go back centuries. It’s not a …

North Africa

Home nurse charged with stealing rings from elderly Lansing woman

A woman has been charged with stealing two rings from the south suburban Lansing home where she worked as a home health care nurse.<p>An elderly woman …

Crime

Charleston mother charged in 2-year-old boy's death from dehydration, malnourishment

A Charleston woman faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of her 2-year-old boy.<p>Authorities say 22-year-old Savannah M. Weiss is in custody at the Coles County jail on $1.5 million bond. Charleston police said Thursday that officers and paramedics responding to a report of an unresponsive …

Crime

Man apologizes to ‘racist’ woman who shamed him in airport

No one appreciates drama at the airport, especially on their birthday.<p>On Dec. 5, music executive Emmit Walker shared on Facebook his encounter with a “racist” woman who tried to cut him in the priority boarding line at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia. After his post went …

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