By DAHMANI YOUSSEF LATIFA BABAS | Yabiladi
Since he left for the United States in 2006, Mohamed El Aissaoui has been working to introduce Moroccan heritage, especially the one of the Jewish community, through the organization of meetings, gatherings and cultural activities. His activities caught the attention of royal adviser André Azoulay.
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The Kenyan community in the Midwestern state of Kansas is a close-knit group, with most of its members sharing in common their Christian faith. Protestant church membership in the community is normal, and many Kenyans come together in houses of worship to foster a sense of diaspora community.
By Kelly Wairimu Davis | Religious News Service
Continue reading “Amid pandemic, the Wichita Kenyan community unites virtually through food and family”
By SHEILA REGAN | SAHAN JOURNAL
Hassan Nor, a Somali elder and self-taught artist known for his intricate drawings layered with stories, characters, and aspects of cultural life from pre-civil war Somalia, died May 19 after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83.
Hassan resettled in the United States in 2002, but the art he created earlier did not survive the journey.
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By Ebimo Amungo
As protests erupt all over America over the killing of George Floyd, renowned Nigerian-born pathologist, Benneth Omalu, has expressed extreme disappointment with findings of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner on the George Floyd case, calling it “Professional buffoonery at its best.”
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By MOTOLANI ALAKE | Pulse Nigeria
Nigerian superstar, Davido has announced that his 2017 single, ‘Fall’ has been certified gold in the US and Canada. The connotation of that is that as of May 27 2020, ‘Fall’ has sold the equivalent of 40,000 and 800,000 copies in Canada and the US respectively.
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by Gail Mitchell | Billboard Magazine
Tiwa Savage, Davido and Mr Eazi are opening doors (and labels’ checkbooks). Here’s what they’re up against.
The next musical revolution is brewing in Africa.
Continue reading “‘This Isn’t a Fad’: Three of Africa’s Biggest Stars on Making the Industry Come to Them”
By Judd Devermont | Providence Journal
The idea that Providence, the capital of the smallest state in the union, has such an outsized connection to the world’s second-largest continent tends to surprise Washington bureaucrats. Many of our nation’s diplomats regard Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis and New York City as more consequential hubs for U.S.-African relations. Providence, however, should not be underestimated. It has deep historical and cultural ties, and it routinely leads the United States in its activism and policy engagement. Some of Africa’s leading lights have lived in Providence, and the African community has supported the city’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. These linkages, as significant and deep as those of our country’s largest cities, underscore why Africa matters to Providence.
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By Jake Kanter | Decider
Netflix has renewed its first African original Queen Sono for a second season. Starring Quantico‘s Pearl Thusi, it centers on a highly trained spy who takes on dangerous missions, while also facing challenges in her personal life. The second season will see her search for the truth as her newfound need for revenge takes her on a mission across Africa.
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By Claire Voon | Artsy
Somali-American Mariane Ibrahim is always thinking ahead. As a young dealer, she is enjoying a precocious, meteoric rise on the international art scene. She’s built her reputation with a roster of trailblazing contemporary artists, predominantly from the African diaspora.
Continue reading “The Meteoric Rise of Somali Gallerist, Mariane Ibrahim, Champion of African Diasporic Art”
Jeff Metcalfe | azcentral
Promise Amukamara is something of a throwback to the days when women’s basketball players went overseas after college and only surfaced in the U.S. consciousness during an Olympic year.
Continue reading “Nigerian basketballer Promise Amukamara’s persistence is carrying her to the Olympics”
By Brandon Yu | San Francisco Chronicle
Ramy Youssef is floating. But not exactly in a good way, and certainly not in a spiritual transcendence kind of way. The comic and star of the hit Hulu show, “Ramy” — about a Millennial Egyptian American Muslim adrift in New Jersey, struggling to live a good life and stay true to his faith — is currently holed up in Los Angeles “doing the thing, the quarantine.”
Continue reading “Egyptian-American Ramy Youssef hosts Mahershala Ali as a sage spiritual leader in new season of hit show”
by Nathaniel Crabbe | YEN
Ghanaian-born Chief Warrant Officer Two (CWO2), Pearl Amoako, has become a force within the US Navy, currently serving as the Food Service Officer at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. As the Food Service Officer, she is responsible for feeding all military personnel and civilians at the base.
Continue reading “Pearl Amoako: The Ghanaian Serving as Food Boss on a US Naval base”
By TRACY SCHUHMACHER | ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
Just four months ago, the dreams of the musicians in the African drumming troupe Womba Africa felt tantalizingly close. With little money in their pockets, they had moved from Ghana to Rochester. They had found a place to live and were adjusting to life in America. Word had spread that the energetic cultural group was in town, and they were getting booked to play at schools, libraries and festivals.
Continue reading “Ghanaian Group, Womba Africa, holds tight to ‘America’s Got Talent’ dreams”
Harley Wong | Artsy
Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo has experienced a meteoric rise in the art world over the past year. Known for large-scale portraits of Black subjects rendered in bold, gestural strokes, Boafo has only gained momentum in 2020. Recently, in April 2020, he donated a painting, Aurore Iradukunda (2020), to an online benefit auction supporting the Museum of the African Diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The painting sold in early May for $190,000, nearly six times its $35,000 estimate.
Continue reading “Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo, Is Navigating Art-World Success While Lifting up the African Diaspora”
By Francis Addo | ModernGhana
Ghanaian rapper Kwaw Kese says he is thinking of seeking asylum in the United States of America, where he is currently stuck because of the closure of the country’s borders and airports as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to him, he has given himself up to the end of the month to concretise that decision.
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Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Baffour Adjei Bawuah has disclosed that a lot Ghanaians have died from COVID-19 in that country.
“Quite a number of Ghanaians have been affected and indeed we have 33 people who have been verified to have died from the disease in New York alone,” he said.
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Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, has announced the launch of Def Jam Africa, a new label division within the continent dedicated to representing the best hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap talent in Africa. Def Jam Africa will follow the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years.
Continue reading “Def Jam Africa Launches in South Africa and Nigeria”
By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo | The Quartz
On the first day of class, as a way of introduction, I asked the 15 diverse students in my class at the School of Visual Arts in New York City why they chose to take Afrodiasporic literature. One after another, these young men and women from America, India, Haiti and China stated what motivated them to register for the course. Most of them felt it would be a good addition to their knowledge of the world. Only three of them had been to Africa. One went to Egypt, one to South Africa and the other visited her parents’ country of Nigeria.
Continue reading “Modern African literature is taking a journey through the diaspora back to the continent”
By Joyce Karam | The National
Deal could pave way for Khartoum to be removed from US list of terrorism sponsors
The US and Sudan have reached a common understanding for an outline agreement to settle compensation claims over the 1998 Al Qaeda bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
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Menna Demessie is the Vice President of Policy Analysis and Research at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She also serves on the advisory board of APSA’s Congressional Fellowship Program. She talks to Political Science Now about how a Political Science PhD prepared her for her new role
By Political Science Now
Continue reading “Meet Dr. Menna Demessie: The Ethiopian-American Vice President at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation”
Solomon Ayele is from Ethiopia. He and his family migrated to Kenya and then to the United States, settling in the Bay Area in California in the mid-1980s. After earning a degree in environmental economics at University of California, Berkeley, he returned to Africa. There, his work as a conservationist — fostering economic opportunities for indigenous residents of the mountainous rain forest of Kafa in southwestern Ethiopia — reintroduced him to honey wine. He brought what he learnt to America. Today, he is a known promoter of Honey Wine and was voted by Food and Wine Magazine in 2019 as a Tastemaker.
By Mike Dunne | San Fransisco Chronicle
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By Aishat Babatunde | Premium Times
A Nigerian has become the first black valedictorian and the graduating student with the highest grade points ever recorded at a United States’ high school. Timi Adelakun, 18, graduated with 5.604 GPA at South Broward High School in Florida.
The youngest of three children, he said his feat means a lot to his family and community.
Continue reading “Nigerian teen, Timi Adelakun, sets two records in U.S. high school”
By Ebimo Amungo
Netflix has a new hit and it is from Africa. Blood and Water has taken the world by storm since it made its worldwide debut on the streaming platform on May 20. In only a few days the series now holds the number 1 spot among the Top 10 most streamed shows on Netflix in the United States.
Blood and Water is also the most watched series in France, Libya, Nigeria and a number of countries across the world.
Continue reading “South African series, Blood & Water, Lands Number 1 Spot On Netflix’s Top 10 In US”
By Vincent Amenuveve
The Upper East Community of Ghana (UPEC) in the United States of America has presented medical supplies and hygiene materials to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the Upper East Region to help fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The items valued at about US$6,000 include 100 packets comprising 10,000 pieces of hand gloves,1,000 pieces of “FFP2” respirators, 30 pieces of face shields, one infrared thermometer and 20 gallons of hand sanitizers.
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By Patrick Condon | Star Tribune
Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose unlikely rise from refugee to one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. House, has written a memoir that comes out next week. From childhood onward, according to her new memoir, Rep. Ilhan Omar often seemed to find herself in the middle of nasty fights.
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By Vicky McKeever | CNBC
US-Nigerian fintech company Flutterwave has created an e-commerce platform for African companies, becoming the latest start-up to see opportunities in the lockdowns that have been imposed as a result of the coronavirus.
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by Sheefeni Nikodemus | The Namibian
“DREAMS really come true,” says Brave Gladiator Annouscka Kordom.
However, unlocking your dream requires sacrifice, perseverance and a helping hand. No sooner had she obtained her degree in sports and marketing management from the Corban University, than Kordom set out on her next adventure – to make a difference by assisting others get opportunities similar to what she had received.
Continue reading “Namibia soccer star, Annouscka Kordom, Instills Hope with new foundation”
By NANCY AGUTU | The Star
Media Personality Larry Madowo has been crowned the winner of the 2020 Philip Greer Award for his Financial Writing at the Columbia University in New York. Madowo, who was the British Broadcasting Corporation Africa Business Editor, was admitted to Columbia University back in April 2019.
He was admitted to the prestigious university as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in the class of 2019-2020.
Continue reading “Kenyan Journalist Larry Madowo scoops prestigious Philip Greer Award from Columbia University”
Twenty (20) Ghanaians living in the United States (US) have died after contracting the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The figures were disclosed by officials of the Ghana Embassy in the United States of America (USA). The victims are reportedly members of the Ghanaian community, most of whom reside in New York and New Jersey.
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