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President Magufuli says tests were found to be faulty after goat, sheep and pawpaw samples test positive for COVID-19. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has dismissed imported coronavirus testing kits as faulty, saying they returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw. Magufuli made the remarks during an event in Chato in […]

Six years after an Ebola outbreak led to travel restrictions for many West Africans, the coronavirus pandemic has reversed the situation: A growing number of African countries are imposing restrictions on visits by Europeans. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 led to flight shutdowns, visa bans and quarantine regimes that affected thousands of travellers from the […]

What escapes many people is that the whimsical killing of enslaved Blacks in the U.S. during slavery, and even after by white folks without punitive consequence is based on laws passed by white politicians, who happened to be plantation owners as well. One such devious law is the Casual Killing Act of 1669 which declared […]

These days, Salif Keita has transcended the negative perception associated with his albinism although he is the first to tell you that there are tens of thousands across the continent who have not and may never. Keita is a record-making millionaire, award-winning soulful Afropop singer with global repute. That kind of privilege places you in […]

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago. Hundreds of […]

The murder of black boys George Armwood on October 18, 1933 and Emmett Till on August 28, 1955 by white mobs comprising men, women and children stunned well-meaning people – black or white. However, in this piece, involving 17-year-old mentally unstable youth Jesse Washington by another white mob in May 15, 1916 will send chills […]

In America we celebrate the past all the time—the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the Bill of Rights, and so much more. It doesn’t matter that these all took place long ago, before we were born, before anybody alive today was born—these historical triumphs make many of us feel good about who we are […]

A new book on Amilcar Cabral by professor Peter Karibe Mendy of Rhode Island College sheds new light on this important 20th century agronomist and pan-Africanist thinker who led an anti-colonial struggle against Portugal. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Although he was assassinated more than 45 years ago, the spirit of Amilcar Cabral lives on, and his […]

“Nappy” should make you happy. If you follow a Eurocentric standard of beauty it could destroy your self-esteem as a melanated man or woman. You will learn to hate your melanin, wish your hair was straight, and try to become something you are not. Listen here, contrary to popular belief having “nappy” hair is actually […]

Meet Nyakim Gatwech, the South Sudanese descent African American model who’s teaching people not to be afraid of the dark. With her deeply pigmented skin and fierce determination, the dark skin model is breaking down the barriers of conventional beauty and encouraging others to do the same. The 24-year-old African model and fashion icon, who […]