Tag: Africans in America

USCIS announces massive increases in U.S. immigration fees

BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH | Miami Herald

The Trump administration announced on Friday an exorbitant increase in fees for some of the most common immigration procedures, including an 81% increase in the cost of U.S. citizenship for naturalization. It will also now charge asylum-seekers, which is an unprecedented move.

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Starting in September, you can get a minor in Africana Studies at Brock – ThoroldNews.com

By: ThoroldNews Staff

Brock University students will have the opportunity to pursue a Minor in Africana Studies in addition to their degrees starting this September. The university says the program will bring a new and broad perspective in understanding the challenges faced by people of African descent.

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United States appoints Damilola Ogunbiyi to Advisory Council of Development Finance Corporation

The United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Board of Directors has approved the first members of the agency’s inaugural Development Advisory Council of which Nigeria’s Damilola Ogunbiyi is one.

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Around the world, the U.S. has long been a symbol of anti-black racism

By Nana Osei-Opare  | The Washington Post

The extrajudicial killing of George Floyd has sparked days of unrest and protest around the United States. What is less well known but no less important is how this event has sparked massive anti-racism protests around the world, including in Nairobi, Lagos, London, Berlin, Toronto and most recently, Paris.

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‘Soon he’ll be seen as threatening, not cute’: What it’s like to raise my black son in America

By Ifrah Udgoon | Mail & Guardian

As a Somali immigrant to America, I am expected to be grateful to be here. But have I sold my soul to the devil? Black mothers have much to fear when it comes to their children. American soil is saturated with the blood of black people: slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration and the war on drugs, and police brutality have ensured that black people know pain and loss intimately.

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African immigrants struggle to find place in US

by Jaya Padmanabhan | San Francisco Examiner

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book “Americanah,” a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, comes to America and starts a blog about being a black person from another country. In one of her posts she writes, “Dear Non-American Black, when you make the choice to come to America, you become black. Stop arguing. Stop saying I’m Jamaican or I’m Ghanaian. America doesn’t care. So, what if you weren’t black in your country? You’re in America now.”

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Remembering The Black Men And Immigrants Killed By US Police

By Felicia J. Persaud | News America Now

Like many, it was horrifying to watch the life of another black man – George Floyd, squeezed out of his body – literally – by a member of America’s Finest. And in a pandemic no less! But the harsh reality is, that since I moved to this country in 1996, I have lost count of the number of black and Latino men and immigrants killed by police without genuine cause.

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African Diaspora and Disparities in Healthcare in the Age of COVID-19

By Grace A. Jibril | The Liberian Observer

What can we learn from the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to face about ourselves both culturally and socioeconomically across either side of the Atlantic? A comparative look at disparities in local healthcare provision America offers a revealing perspective.

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Some Africans are stranded in the United States, with no way home or health insurance: ‘We’re just trapped’

By Danielle Paquette  | The Washington Post

She was supposed to stay in New York for a month, exploring the city and swapping business cards. Then the pandemic struck, and her country shuttered its airports. Now, Nuong Faalong, a broadcast journalist from Ghana, is trapped on a friend’s pullout couch.

“This is a terrible nightmare,” said Faalong, 33, who doesn’t have American health insurance — or any idea when she can leave.

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Africa’s Billionaire Entrepreneurs Are Helping the Continent Battle the Covid 19 Challenge

By Ebimo Amungo

As Corona Virus ravages the world, straining health systems to creaking point in America, Italy, Spain, and countries considered advanced, the world watches with trepidation as the virus makes its way slowly, but surely, towards Africa. The World Health Organization and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have warned about the consequence of the virus taking hold in Africa. The prospects are dire for a continent with a dilapidated healthcare system and governments burdened with myriad fiscal and political challenges.

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