Social Commentary

America’s first vampire was Black and revolutionary – it’s time to remember him

What is so remarkable about this story is that it is an anti-slavery narrative from the early 1800s which also contains America’s first vampire who is Black. It is also perhaps the first short story to advocate the emancipation of slaves, released 14 years before Lydia Child published An Appeal in Favor of That Class of …

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In history-making first, the World Trade Organization will be led by a woman The two candidates on the shortlist are also both women of color.

For the first time in its history, the World Trade Organization will be helmed by a woman, with finalists for the role from Africa and Asia. The Geneva-based intergovernmental organization tasked with regulating global trade agreements announced Thursday that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea were selected as the two finalists …

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Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state It marks the first time in nearly 30 years since a country dropped a monarch.

Barbados announced plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state next year, marking the first time in nearly 30 years since a commonwealth country dropped a monarch. Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason made the announcement in a speech Tuesday, revealing that the Caribbean nation would move “toward full sovereignty and become a Republic” by …

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colrado: This Is the Latest US State to Make Hair Discrimination Illegal

Hair discrimination is allowed in most of the US, but Colorado just became one of the few states where it’s banned.  The Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act went into effect in Colorado on Monday, according to Refinery29. First passed in March, the act protects against hair-related discrimination in public schools, workplaces, housing, public …

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Alicia Keys Launches $1 Billion Fund for Black-Owned Businesses

Singer Alicia Keys is using her platform to help further racial equality. She has launched a new $1 billion endowment fund aimed at supporting Black businesses and communities. The new fund will come as several crises unfold around the world, including the global coronavirus pandemic and the protests against systemic racism and injustice that were …

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The ebony consortium presentation and networking evening: 2nd October 2020 @ 7.30 via zoom : see below for log-on details

DETAILS : As a registered member you should have received your invite via email, please email admin if not received. LOCATION  7:30 PM (PST) Friday, October 2, 2020 Please access the link below for the meeting:Join Zoom Meeting Link:us04web.zoom.us/…/74480720607 Meeting ID: 744 8072 0607Passcode: NYZc5R Date and Time for Session 2 and 3 will follow. Log-in …

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Toots Hibbert death: Toots and the Maytals frontman dies, aged 77

Toots Hibbert, the frontman of reggae group the Maytals, had died, aged 77. The Jamaican singer “passed away peacefully” on 11 September “surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica”, his family announced. In a statement, his family and management team thanked “the medical teams and professionals for …

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