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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Namibia's President Hage Geingob wins re-election

The ruling party's candidate has a second term, but his share of the vote has dropped significantly.

from BBC News - Africa

'Masturbation photos' prompt Tunisia's #MeToo anger

Outrage over the case involving an MP has led to an outpouring of stories about sexual abuse and harassment

from BBC News - Africa

Separated at birth: Was my mother given away because she looked white?

How one South African family discovered a secret that made them question their own identity.

from BBC News - Africa

Teen engineer: 'Let me introduce you to my laboratory'

Fifteen-year-old Cheikh Bamba Diaby got into robotics after he had to unblock his sister's mobile phone.

from BBC News - Africa

Media mogul, Bob Johnson offers advice to the Democrats

Media mogul and Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Robert Johnson gave an exclusive interview to CNBC this week and didn’t hold his words in discussing the presidential election and his predictions of the outcome.

“I think the president has always been in a position where it’s his to lose based on his bringing a sort of disruptive force into what would be called political norms,” says Johnson, who founded RLJ Companies business network, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble.

— BET Founder Bob Johnson wants Black folks to give Trump credit for what he’s allegedly done for the culture

Johnson further explains in the sit-down interview that Trump “brings his style” to the way he handles governmental issues. “That’s something that the president’s supporters like and the reason why they voted for him and will do so again next year,” added Johnson.

Believing that Trump has the enact ability to “dominate the news cycle” is what allows him to hold an advantage over the Democrats that plan to run against him. Often moving in a reactionary form, Democrats are often agitated over something that the president says or tweets, often taking them off their game. In addition, Johnson believes that “none of the Democratic presidential candidates appear to be “enough in the center” where most voters are, particularly African-American voters.”

— AMC Networks to acquire majority control of Robert Johnson’s streaming company for $60 million

You might recall, in September, Johnson went on another CNBC show expressing support for Donald Trump, saying “There used to be an old saying, that ‘When White America catches a cold, African-Americans get pneumonia,’” he explained in the interview. “It’s going the opposite way now. White unemployment is going down, [and] African-American unemployment is going down. That’s a plus-plus that you can’t argue with.”

“I give the president credit for doing positive things; when I see a president doing positive things, particularly for African Americans,” added Johnson.

Even with the recorded previous praise for Donald Trump; Johnson continues to describe himself as a longtime Democrat who has always been a man that speaks his mind no matter the outcome.

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Cyber Monday Deal: The New iPad 10.2 Is Just $229 ($100 off)

If you're in the market for a tablet, this Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 deal is probably the best you'll find this holiday season.

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Snoop Dogg has a new album and it’s a snooze fest

West Coast Hip Hop legend, Snoop Dogg, is releasing a baby-friendly, lullaby album, called Rockabye Baby!

News of Snoop’s latest project was confirmed by Rockabye Baby! Music; the company well known for making infant-friendly renditions of some of your favorite rappers’ songs. They have covered music for the likes of everyone from Eminem and Drake, to rapper Kanye West. Snoop Dogg is the latest to join the line-up. The company confirmed the release of the project on their official Instagram:

READ MORE: Snoop Dogg declares himself ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ shares hilarious mock cover

The new project, titled, Lullaby Renditions of Snoop Dogg, will include instrumentals of Snoop’s classic hits, including “Gin and Juice,” “Sensual Seduction,“Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and many more. The 12 track project is slated to be released next week, December 6th, however, a vinyl version is said to have already been released on November 29, in honor of “Record Store Day.”

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to babies and is always showing his love and admiration for his grandchildren on his Instagram page. Recently, Snoop’s wife Shante revealed that the couple had lost a grandchild, “Kai Love,” just 10 days after their son’s girlfriend gave birth.

Over the course of the years, the 48-year-old Hip Hop icon and grandfather has shown his versatility in music, including the release of a Gospel album back in 2018. Before Kanye released a Christian-inspired album, Snoop’s Gospel efforts, Bible of Love, scored the artist his first number one on the gospel charts.

READ MORE: Snoop Dogg releases first video from his gospel album ‘Bible of Love’

The tracklist for Lullaby Renditions Of Snoop Dogg, below:

1. Gin and Juice
2. What’s My Name?
3. Beautiful
4. Drop It Like It’s Hot
5. Lay Low
6. Sensual Seduction
7. Young, Wild & Free
8. Snoop’s Upside Ya Head
9. California Roll
10. Trust Me
11. Slow Down
12. Doggy Dogg World

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Kid Rock continues to bash Oprah during his recent performance

Kid Rock is receiving backlash after his derogatory remarks and sexually explicit insults towards Oprah Winfrey, and other women in entertainment.

During a performance at “Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse,” in Nashville earlier this week, the rocker could be seen and heard on camera, telling the likes of Winfrey, Joy Behar, and Kathie Lee Gifford to “suck d*** sideways.”

“I’m like, Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar, they can suck d— sideways,” the star said in the video, which was obtained by TMZ. Rock even proceeded to repeatedly motion his hands and make a gesture, as if he were emulating someone’s head toward his crotch.

READ MORE: Black bartender alleges she was fired from Kid Rock’s restaurant for sporting an afro

The 48-year-old artist is seen on video continuing his rant saying, “F** Oprah Winfrey and fuck Kathie Lee Gifford.” Someone in the audience, possibly the person recording the incident, can be heard saying, “He’s blackout drunk,” in the background.

Later into his rant, Kid Rock addresses those who he claims may try to accuse him of being “a racist” later.

“‘Well, I’m pretty sure Kid Rock’s a racist,” he said, “I’m, like, ‘Fine. F– off,’ sideways.”

He continued, “I’m not the bad guy in this equation. I’m the f–in’ guy you want, like, hey, he’s pretty cool.”

Last night (Nov. 29), Rock tweeted the reason behind his personal disdain for the billionare mogul and powerhouse:


Rock’s rant occurred just days shy of the one-year anniversary of him doing a live morning show with “Fox & Friends” in which he referred to Joy Behar as the b-word, during a discussion with host Steve Doocy. “Screw that Joy Behar bi###,” Rock said.

READ MORE: Kid Rock says he loves Black people in open letter

This isn’t Kid Rock’s first time being flagged for being out of line for women, and more specifically, women of color.

Back in 2015, during Rock’s controversial interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he expressed his disinterest in Beyonce’s fandom, and undermined her star-power:

“Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a f***ing ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on earth,” Rock told the magazine. “How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’?”

His then went on to criticize Mrs. Carter’s popularity, as it pertains to beauty. “People are like, ‘Beyoncé’s hot. Got a nice f***ing ass.’ I’m like ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big tits.’ Doesn’t really f***ing do much for me.”

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Twitter bans Republican candidate Danielle Stella after targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar

After tweeting a series of seemingly crude and threatening tweets targeted at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), Republican candidate Danielle Stella has been banned from Twitter.

Stella, a vocal supporter for Trump who is looking to unseat Rep. Omar in the following election year, took to the official Twitter of her now deactivated campaign page (@2020MNCongress) to say the following:

“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella wrote Tuesday of Omar.

Stella reportedly followed up with an “a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows,” according to The Washington Times.

READ MORE: Rep. Ilhan Omar uses Africa visit to troll Trump on Twitter

Stella’s remarks stem from her beliefs that Omar has shared sensitive intelligence with the Iranian government, The Washington Times reports.

Following her ban, Stella told the Times in her own personal statement that Twitter’s ban to her account proves that the social media platform sides with “terrorists.”

Twitter simply stated that Stella violated “Twitter Rules.”

“The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules,” the company said.

READ MORE: Woman makes salacious claim against Ilhan Omar in divorce filing

On Friday (Nov. 29), Rep Omar reacted to the suspension in a post on Twitter, stating that “violent rhetoric” leads to “violent threats.”

“This is the natural result of a political environment where anti-Muslim dog whistles and dehumanization are normalized by an entire political party and its media outlets. Violent rhetoric inevitably leads to violent threats, and ultimately, violent acts.”


A spokesperson for Omar recently told the Jerusalem Post: “Since the day she was elected, Saudi Arabian trolls and mouthpieces have targeted Omar with misinformation and conspiracy theories.”

Rep. Omar is the first Somali-American member of Congress and is one of two of the first Muslim women ever elected along with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.


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Gabrielle Union responses with grace and humility after ‘America’s Got Talent’ exit

After much speculation surrounding her exit from America’s Got Talent, actress Gabrielle Union has taken to Twitter to express she is “humbled and thankful.”

“So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever,” the former AGT host said in one of two new tweets since news of her departure from America’s Got Talent went viral.


READ MORE: Gabrielle Union shows she’s above ‘America’s Got Talent’ drama in precious family photo

Although the 47-year-old actress has yet to address the details surrounding her departure, an exclusive story from Variety reports that Union, a new hire for the 14th season of the show, went to producers to report a racially insensitive joke made by former NBC late-night host, Jay Leno, during a taping where Leno starred as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent.

According to the media outlet, Leno joked about host Simon Cowell‘s painting of Cowell’s dogs, commenting that the pets appeared to be something that one would find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant,” four witnesses present for the taping told Variety.

The line was ultimately cut from the episode when it eventually aired on August 6, Variety reports.

READ MORE: Dwyane Wade backs Gabrielle Union after she exits ‘America’s Got Talent’ over reported racial issues

Multiple insiders familiar with the incident said that Union urged producers to report it to human resources, however, several insiders also told Variety that the report was never filed.

Since news of Union’s exit from America’s Got Talent went public last week, fans speculated racism as the root of Union’s departure, with the conversation being that Union was the personal victim. Some even speculated that Union was fired for her many, culturally-inspired hairstyles as seen on the show.

Prior to her most recent tweet, Union’s husband, Dwayne Wade, went public with his support for his wife, following her leave from the show.


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Shooter of Detroit honor student, Taea Hines, is still at large

The alleged suspect in the shooting of Detroit teen and high school honor student Taea Hines, currently remains at large nearly a month after an altercation that stemmed from music.

According to Hines’ mother, Shonta Hines, on Nov 3., she and her daughter were being kept awake by the loud music of their next-door neighbor. Upon approaching a woman at the residence, a small altercation ensued between Shonta Hines and the resident, and her 16-year-old daughter came to her aide.

READ MORE: Florida father grapples with death of his mother as 13-year-old son is accused in killing

“The girl is outside the car with her jacket and her shoes off coming at me like she wants to fight,” the mother told FOX 2 News Detroit while detailing the moments leading up to the shooting of her daughter.”In the process, I hear a gunshot. Then I hear my roommate say ‘oh he’s got a gun.’ Then I hear two to three more gunshots and then I hear my daughter say, ‘I think I got hit,’ Hines continued.

She then added the gruesome details surrounding the aftermath of her daughter’s attack. “She was bleeding from here and bleeding from here.”

The shooting took place around 1:45 a.m. Sunday at apartments on the 9500 block of Vaughan Street on Detroit’s west side.

READ MORE: Chicago man denied bail in killing of student who admitted ignoring his catcalls

The horrified mother told the local news outlet that her daughter is a bright student and regular churchgoer. “[An] honor student, she goes to school for cosmetology, she’s a well-rounded child, she’s involved with the church, she has a job,” Shonta described of Taea.

While Hines is expected to make a full recovery, she has already undergone six surgeries in the past month and as a result, has established a Gofundme page to help support.

According to FOX 2 Detroit, the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was said to have last been seen fleeing the scene in a 2011 Infiniti car, with a driver. He has been described as a 5’5 man, black hair, brown eyes and is 37-years-old. A photo has also been released of the suspect, and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Hines’ family told the station that they know the shooter.

“We’re familiar with him. We see him all the time he is a next-door neighbor to her,” said cousin Ashley Elledge.

If you have information on this incident or know the whereabouts of the suspect, contact Detroit’s 6th Precinct’s Investigative Unit at 313-596-5640 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.


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Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

New satellite imagery of the Milky Way, plus an astronaut-shot photo of Earth.

from Wired

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

DMV privacy, a password ruling, and more of the week's top security news.

from Wired

Scott Adams Has Some Ideas for a Calmer Internet

A new book from the 'Dilbert' creator, who came under fire for supporting Donald Trump in 2016, lays out some ground rules for online civility.  

from Wired



Nigerian club FC Ifeanyi Ubah's bus attacked by armed robbers

A bus carrying Nigerian Premier League side FC Ifeanyi Ubah is attacked by armed robbers leaving some players 'critically injured' according to the club.

from BBC News - Africa

How Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. A record number of shoppers are making plans to support their favorite businesses, as small business owners across the nation gear up for #ShopSmall.

When Small Business Saturday first began, incentives got people to come in and shop. But today, it has become a movement to support local businesses. Since 2011, Congress has designated a National Small Business Saturday, which is November 30 this year.

A One Day Shopping Event for Millions

Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010, as a response to small business owners’ most pressing need; getting more customers. Held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday helps rally communities nationwide.

NFIB data shows that, in 2015, restaurants and independent retailers saw $16.2 billion in spending during Small Business Saturday, a 14% increase from the $14.3 billion in sales during Small Business Saturday 2014. Fortune also reports that, in 2015, 95 million consumers participated in this event.

Since 2014, there have been more than 1.6 million new small businesses added to this one-day shopping event. For 2016, American Express has teamed up with basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal to encourage card members to Shop Small and get two times the rewards this holiday season. American Express, an official sponsor of the NBA and six of its teams, has also partnered with O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, for the 2016-17 NBA season.

The Key to Small Business Saturday Success

Part of what helps make Small Business Saturday successful, in terms of getting consumers to #ShopSmall is a Small Business Saturday coalition of supporting organizations. Essentially, national, state, and local associations help coordinate #ShopSmall activities with merchants, consumers, and small business owners.

Another group that drives Small Business Saturday activities are the Neighborhood Champions, which is comprised of small businesses, associations, local Chambers of Commerce, and other community groups.

Small business owners can make the most of this day through social media. Your online presence, email marketing, and social media networks are great ways to target and connect with local consumers, through timely updates and compelling calls-to-action. Develop themes for your email templates and update your website and Facebook profile picture. To be part of the nationwide conversation, use the hashtags #SmallBizSat and #ShopSmall on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

It’s likely that many other small businesses in your community also rely on the holidays for a good chunk of income. So, see if you can partner with complementary stores or businesses to cross-promote each others’ goods or services, as suggested by the U.S. Small Business Administration. One example the SBA cites is that a cosmetic store and a hair salon might develop a cross-promotion, which offers a time-limited discount on makeup and hair coloring if the customer frequents both businesses.


Editors’ Note: This article has been updated since it originally published on November 25, 2016.

from Black Enterprise

How Overexcited Neurons Might Affect How You Age

New research makes a molecular connection between the brain and aging—and shows that overactive neurons can shorten life span.

from Wired

This Is an Extinction Crisis, and Some Species Are Loving It

A controversy over how many species are disappearing is raising questions about how species adapt, and which ones are the ultimate winners and losers.

from Wired

African Champions League: Etoile beat 10-man Ahly at start of group phase

Yassine Chikhaoui scores to give Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel a 1-0 win over 10-man Al Ahly of Egypt on Friday as the African Champions League group phase kicks off.

from BBC News - Africa

A New Way to Make Comfy, Durable Smart Garments

Long-lasting, electronics-laced PJs and gloves may help you sleep better and keep your trigger finger toasty when you jump out of a plane into battle.

from Wired

How to Change the Tires on a Race Car—at Zero Gravity

The Red Bull Formula 1 team executed a pit stop aboard a Russian plane used to train cosmonauts. It required some adjustments.

from Wired

Friday, November 29, 2019

DR Congo: Is it one of the most dangerous places to fly?

The country has a notorious air-safety record - but is it the worst?

from BBC News - Africa

Breast cancer: A mother's story of her battle with the disease

Othelia Maimane, a mother-of-two from South Africa, describes her two-year battle with breast cancer.

from BBC News - Africa

Gabrielle Union shows she’s above ‘America’s Got Talent’ drama in precious family photo

Amid all the rumors, accusations and drama following Gabrielle Union‘s firing from popular NBC variety talent show America’s Got Talent, the actress showed fans that she has much to be thankful for.

On her Instagram account, Union posted pictures of her and her family, which include husband of five years and retired NBA baller Dwyane Wade, 12-year-old stepson Zion Malachi Airamis and daughter Kaavia James, a.k.a “Shady Baby.”

READ MORE: Dwyane Wade backs Gabrielle Union after she exits ‘America’s Got Talent’ over reported racial issues

The Wade family was all smiles in their Thanksgiving photos that Union captioned, “Grateful ❤❤❤ Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I’ve never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking…All praise, gratitude and thankfulness.”

Union’s post came in the midst of a firestorm following her firing from America’s Got Talent last week. Rumors began to surface that the popular judge was let go for wearing hairstyles that were deemed “too Black” by producers, according to People. There were also reports that her firing came after she spoke out about a racist joke made by guest judge Jay Leno, which was later edited out of the show.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Union took to Twitter to thank fans for their continued support amid all the drama.

“So many tears, so much gratitude,” she tweeted on Wednesday night. “THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”

People also reported that she seemed to reference the America’s Got Talent fallout in an Instagram story video she posted of her and her husband working out.

Husband Dwyane Wade has also made his voice heard about his wife’s firing. He wrote a series of tweets coming to her defense.

“‘Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t.’ Over this past year I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show,” he tweeted. “So when i got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”

Wade also praised his wife for standing up for the Black community and being a great example for their daughter.

READ MORE: Gabrielle Union leaving her post as judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’

“As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US,” he wrote. “So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world.”

In a statement to People, an NBC spokesperson wrote, “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

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Egypt U23 coach Gharib wants Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for Olympics

Egypt's under-23 coach Shawky Gharib wants Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to be one of his overage players at the Olympics next year.

from BBC News - Africa

10 Best Black Friday Deals That Will Make Great Gifts (2019)

From robot vacuums to affordable streaming devices, these are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that we're buying for our own friends and family.

from Wired

3 Ways Small Business Owners Can Increase Sales This Black Friday

The most significant shopping time of the year has finally arrived! According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), approximately 165.3 million people plan to shop in stores and online from Thanksgiving to Black Friday to Small Business Saturday to Cyber Monday.

While many larger corporations can offer deeply discounted deals and increase profits throughout this time, small business owners can position themselves to do just as well. Here are a few easy but impactful ways:

1. Offer discounted products and services for Black Friday

Do you have a service packaged and ready to go? Or do you have a surplus of products? This time is a great time to review your inventory or offerings to see what services can be discounted but still increase your bottom line.

Offering gift cards is also a great way to increase revenues at this time. Consumers are expected to spend $27.5 billion on gift cards this holiday season, according to NRF. So why not offer them?

2. Create an email campaign to boost revenue

After you have determined what services you can offer, next, it is time to get the word out. Using free newsletter providers such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, and others are great ways for little to no cost to get your message to those who matter. Create catchy subject lines, use pictures that pop, and keep your words to a minimum to capture your readers’ attention.

3. Find more customers

While it is good to spread your net wide, this is not always advantageous when advertising. If you have operated your business for some time, you should have an understanding of who your customer base is. For instance, if young professionals are likely to purchase, then you should focus your advertising efforts on this group.

Take advantage of social media postings and ads to target these groups. Lastly, write in your target audience language! Capture their attention by focusing your advertising efforts specifically to their needs and what they are likely to respond to.


Editors’ Note: This article has been updated since its original publishing date of November 24, 2017.

from Black Enterprise

Sleepwalkers Podcast: What Happens When Machines Find Their Creative Muse

Artificial intelligence algorithms are creating portraits, movies, and music, though the results are often … mechanical. 

from Wired

The Best Black Friday Deals for Under $50: Tech, Toys, and More

We found more than two dozen affordable deals help you round out your shopping list without blowing your budget.

from Wired

Air Travel in 2019 Saw Big Projects and Belly Flops

The number of Americans flying around Thanksgiving is projected to rise 3.7% this year. Just don't stash gun magazines in your carry-on. 

from Wired

Hey Congress, How's That Privacy Bill Coming Along?

As the year winds down without any federal online privacy law to show for it, Senate Democrats introduce new legislation and a set of “privacy principles.”

from Wired

Black Friday 2019: The Best Outdoor and Fitness Deals

From Patagonia outerwear to the Fitbit Versa Lite, we've got Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to keep you moving, outside, and happy.

from Wired

Black Friday 2019: Best Headphone and Speaker Deals, From Beats to Bose

From Bose speakers to AirPods to a Sonos soundbar, these are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday audio deals we can find.

from Wired

Fifa announce plans to raise US$1 billion for Africa

Fifa president Gianni Infantino plans to raise US$1 billion to build stadia across Africa.

from BBC News - Africa

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Arsenal 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt: Kamada double adds to Unai Emery woes

The pressure on Arsenal manager Unai Emery intensifies as Daichi Kamada's brilliant double earns Eintracht Frankfurt victory at the Emirates Stadium.

from BBC News - Africa

Africa Confederation Cup: Wits coach on 'nightmare' fixture congestion

Gavin Hunt says he faces splitting his squad to cope with a fixture 'nightmare' as the club try to juggle domestic and continental ambitions.

from BBC News - Africa

Black Friday 2019: The Best Home, Kitchen, Mattress Deals

Our favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on robot vacuums, Dyson, bed-in-a-box mattresses, Instant Pots, and more.

from Wired

Sudan crisis: Party of ex-leader Omar al-Bashir dissolved

An oppressive public order law that was used to regulate women's behaviour has also been repealed.

from BBC News - Africa

The Best Black Friday Laptop and Tablet Deals: iPads, MacBooks, Dell, Surface

From iPads to Chromebooks, we scoured the sales to find you all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on laptops and tablets.

from Wired

Black Friday 2019: The 26 Best Phone and Smartwatch Deals

Our favorite Android phones, smartwatches, Apple Watches, Kindles, and other mobile accessories for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

from Wired

Breast cancer: 'I have one breast, would you like to see it?'

Three women tell us why having a mastectomy never made them feel less of a woman.

from BBC News - Africa


Zimbabwe's health crisis: 'My cousin died as there are no doctors'

Health staff cannot afford to work, the government is now firing them amid what some call a "silent genocide".

from BBC News - Africa

Africa's top shots: 22-28 November 2019

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.

from BBC News - Africa


Black Friday 2019: The Best TV & Home Theater Deals Online

Our favorite deals on affordable televisions, OLED TVs, Roku, and more for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

from Wired

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Unused telecom cables, known as dark fiber, could help scientists finally map the ocean floor and discover new earthquake hot spots.

from Wired

GoFundMe donations spike for SFA player after upset of Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The biggest winner in the aftermath of Stephen F. Austin’s shocking upset of No. 1 Duke might be the fundraising effort for the family of the player who hit the game-winning layup.

A thankful Nathan Bain was still in “disbelief” Wednesday — about the contributions more than his clutch basket.

Since the end of the game, the two-month-old GoFundMe page set up to help Bain’s family in the Bahamas rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage had raised $88,281 and counting shortly after 7 p.m. EST Wednesday. It’s a massive spike from the roughly $2,000 it had raised before Tuesday night’s stunning result became the talk of college basketball.

To put that number in perspective, the fundraiser generated more in donations in less than 24 hours after the game than Stephen F. Austin pocketed from Duke for coming to Cameron Indoor Stadium and playing the game in the first place. SFA’s guarantee from the game was $85,000, a school spokesman said.

Bain said Wednesday the donation totals had “skyrocketed” when he checked the website several times after the game.

“I was just in disbelief at what basketball had done for my family,” the 6-foot-6, fifth-year senior guard told the Associated Press by phone. “It was truly a blessing.”

The initial fundraising goal of $25,000 was increased to $50,000 — only to have it, too, surpassed by early in the afternoon.

GoFundMe spokeswoman Aja Shepherd said the Bain family site was the second-most popular campaign Wednesday — surpassed only by one for victims of an earthquake in Albania that had killed at least 30 and injured more than 650 — with more than 1,500 donors from all 50 states giving an average of $36.

“I want them to know how much … we appreciate it, and how thankful we are that we’re alive,” Bain’s father, Norris Bain, a minister, told the AP. “As bad as it is, it could have been a lot worse.”

Norris Bain said the storm left more than 10 feet of water in the family’s single-story home in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and the house was “totally gutted” with none of their possessions recoverable.

The church he runs, the Tabernacle Baptist Church, had 5 feet of water inside and its affiliated K-12 school with an enrollment of about 800 had 4 feet of water and a hole in the roof caused by the Category 5 storm that hit the islands.

He said the roof has been fixed and enough repairs have been made to reopen the school, but among other issues, the phone system has not been fully repaired.

Dorian hammered the northern Abaco and Grand Bahama islands before giving a glancing blow to the southeastern United States. There were 67 confirmed deaths and 282 people were still missing as of late October along with $3.4 billion in losses for the Bahamas, according to a recent report.

“We just want to make sure we get the people around us taken care of at the church, at the school,” Nathan Bain said. “That’s really our main focus, to make sure everyone has a place to worship and to make sure the school is taken care of so these kids can get a proper education.”

Bain scored on a breakaway layup just before the overtime buzzer to give the Nacogdoches, Texas-based school an 85-83 victory that sent shock waves through the sport, ending the Blue Devils’ 150-game winning streak at Cameron against nonconference opponents — a run that extended nearly 20 years.

The upset that put the spotlight on the post-Dorian relief efforts came the night before the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament was to tip off in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Participants in the eight-team tournament — which includes No. 6 North Carolina and No. 13 Seton Hall — are assisting recovery efforts, with UNC senior Brandon Robinson leading a donation drive and Seton Hall raising money for hurricane relief.

Meanwhile, roughly 12 hours after pulling off the memorable upset against overwhelming odds, the Lumberjacks were back in East Texas on Wednesday morning distributing meals to the homeless for Thanksgiving — a project that was pre-planned, no matter the outcome at Duke.

“We have so much that the school gives us,” Bain said, “it’s only right that we give something back.”

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Florida father grapples with death of his mother as 13-year-old son is accused in killing

This holiday season is proving to be a tough one for a Florida family after a grandson was arrested for stabbing his grandmother to death.

On Monday, police responded to a 911 call to a St. Petersburg home where the body of 56-year-old Gloria Davis was found with multiple stab wounds. Her 13-year-old grandson Javarick Henderson Jr., was arrested that afternoon, accused of killing her and forcing a family to grieve two losses.

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“Everybody knows my mama was a good lady, loving lady,” Javarick Henderson Sr., said of his mother. “I’ve got to deal with my son. I want everybody to know he was a good, good child, also. Never got in trouble, no fights. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Henderson was a middle school student who had no history of disciplinary problems at school or trouble with law enforcement. His young brother, who was present during the stabbing, told investigators that he heard screaming coming from the kitchen and was encouraged by his half-brother not to call 911 because he “did something bad and he needed time to think.” It was unclear whether the boys were spending the night with their grandmother of if they lived there full-time.

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As of Thursday, authorities have yet to release a motive for the tragedy that took the life of a beloved grandmother and changed the life of a teenager who had yet to really live. Family members told the Times how much Davis, who worked as a mail carrier for almost 20 years, would be missed.

“She was just beautiful inside and out,” Felicia Kennedy, who said she was Davis’ cousin, remembered. “It’s a shock. It’s just shocking.”

Henderson has been charged with second degree murder and officials are deciding whether they will charge him as an adult or a juvenile.

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Kodak Black, despite a lengthy sentence, gives back from behind bars

With the holiday season coming into full swing, many people find themselves compelled to give back to those in need, and that includes rapper Kodak Black, who decided to do a good deed from behind bars.

On Tuesday, Black’s attorney Bradford Cohen took to Instagram to praise his client’s generosity. Cohen’s post featured a picture of thousands of gift cards to the grocery store Publix, which, according to Complex, are set to go out to families in Broward and Dade County in the rapper’s home state of Florida.

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On Wednesday, Black shared a picture of a woman, whose face was covered by an emoji, standing with Cohen and holding one of the many gift cards. In the picture, which appeared to be a screenshot of the woman’s Instagram story, she wrote, “I had the pleasure of meeting @lawronin yesterday and with his help @kodakblack blessed my family with two gift cards and toys to start my kids Christmas! I wasn’t expecting my day to go this way but God. I’m so grateful to you both. Happy Holidays.”

Black captioned the photo with a message of his own, “You Become Strong By Lifting Others Up, Not By Putting Them Down 🎯🤞🏾”

Earlier this month, Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison on weapons charges that include him lying on applications to purchase weapons in Florida. Complex reported that the rapper is appealing his sentence.

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Jay-Z sues Australian bookseller for using some of his most famous lyrics

A small Australian children’s book company is about to have 99 problems with the man whose name is synonymous with the phrase.

According to TMZ, Jay-Z filed suit against Australian online retailer Little Homie after it used the hook from one of the rapper’s most popular songs in its children’s book “AB-Jay-Z.” On the book’s back cover, there is a drawing of a boy below the words, “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one.”

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In the suit, which was filed in federal court in Australia, Jay-Z claimed the retailer engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct by unlawfully using his name and lyrics for profit, TMZ reported. Jay-Z has also accused the company of copyright violations for using the lyrics to his famed song “99 Problems,” which was released in 2003.

Jessica Chiha, Little Homie’s director, released a statement on Thursday expressing her disappointment in the legal proceeding and said that the book was creating for parents to connect with children through hip hop.

“We are unbelievably disappointed to find ourselves caught in a legal battle with someone whose music we love and adore,” Chiha said in the statement. “To have someone like Jay-Z file legal proceedings is daunting beyond belief and hugely dispiriting.”

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According to The Guardian, Chiha raised $8,000 on Kickstarter to publish the “AB to Jay-Z” picture book, which refers to well-known rappers to teach the alphabet, and has since expanded to include a coloring book and clothing. TMZ reported that this is may have been the final straw for Little Homie as Jay-Z’s legal team sent a cease and desist to the retailer back in March 2018 and July this year, but they continued to use his likeness and image.

“We maintain we have done nothing wrong and intend to give it everything we’ve got for common sense and common good to prevail, to the extent we can fight the fight.”

Rappers Notorious BIG, Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg are also featured in the book.

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Illinois city plans reparations fund for Black residents using cannabis revenue

A Chicago suburb that has historically denied access to its Black residents is now hoping to confront history by taking advantage of is expected to be a booming industry come next year: cannabis.

Evanston, Ill., has seen a decline in its number of Black residents due to a racist history of redlining, which segregated the city based on race and economics.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Blacks went from 22.5 percent of the population in 2000 to 16.9 percent in 2017. Evanston Alderman Robin Rue Simmons helped to pass a resolution to give reparations to Black residents that have felt the pinch of the city’s racist past.

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“We were intentionally targeted,” Simmons said. “The law, the policy, the actions, the culture of the community, intentionally excluded black residents.”

Lifelong Black residents, even those with college degrees, have found it difficult to afford to live in the suburb.

“Despite the fact that I was born and raised here, and I live here, and I’m raising my kids here, I could not afford to buy here,” Toly Walker told CBS Chicago.

CBS Chicago reported that the reparations fund is the first of its kind in the country, and with recreational use of marijuana becoming legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, Evanston is expecting to put away 100 percent of the tax revenue from marijuana sales into the fund. The city hoped to cap the account at $10 million to help Black residents stay in the city, provide job training among other benefits.

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According to the Tribune, city officials are still examining ways to spend the money and how to best support the black community through housing, education and economic incentives. Many of the city’s Black residents support the unprecedented fund, including a retired teacher who said it could repair past wrongs.

“I support the approval of the ordinance for the city of Evanston to commit all of the anticipated tax revenue from the recreational marijuana businesses, to support work aimed at intentionally repairing harms done to the black community from policies and practices in so many different areas,” Evanston resident Oliver Ruff said.

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Chicago man denied bail in killing of student who admitted ignoring his catcalls

The main suspect in the strangling-death of a University of Illinois Chicago honor student, Ruth George, was recently denied bail in a case that has outraged many across the country.

Donald Thurman, 26, faced a judge on Tuesday after he was taken into custody Sunday morning. According to Chicago station WLS-TV, Cook County prosecutors said Thurman, who has a criminal history, admitted to the attack that killed George and he had done it because she ignored his catcalls. He confessed after police tracked him down at a Chicago commuter rail station.

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“The defendant was angry that he was being ignored,” Cook County Asst. State’s Attorney James Murphy said. “The defendant came up behind the victim, grabbed her around the neck from behind, and put her into a choke hold. With his arms still wrapped around the victim’s neck the defendant dragged the victim from the ground and he opened her back seat car door.”

George, who had aspirations of a medical career, had just left a student event with a friend. The Chicago Sun Times reported that after the pair were dropped off in a Lyft, George allegedly walked to her car alone where she encountered Thurman. When she did not respond to Thurman’s catcalls, he followed her into a parking garage where he strangled and raped her, police say.

Surveillance video shows Thurman going into the parking garage about 1:35 a.m. Saturday morning and exiting about 30 minutes later.

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After being reported missing, George’s body was found in her car by her sisters and police, who tracked her location by her cellphone, early Saturday morning. Her family released a statement on Tuesday saying they hoped what happened to her would not happen to anyone else.

”Ruth lived out her deep faith in Jesus by loving and serving others, leaving a legacy of Christ-centered kindness and sacrifice,” her family said in the statement. “She was the beloved baby of our family. We grieve with hope. We hold no hatred towards the perpetrator, but our hope is no other girl would be harmed in this way and for a mother to never experience this type of heartache.”

Thurman has been charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. According to the Sun Times his next court appearance will be on Dec. 16

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