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Oscars: Black Panther’s Hannah Is First African-American Production Design Nominee


She first worked with helmer Ryan Coogler on ‘Fruitvale Station.’

Hannah Beachler became the first African-American nominated for an Oscar in production design Tuesday.

Her nomination comes for Marvel hit Black Panther, for which she created the fictional world of Wakanda, which involved extensive research in South Africa. In the category, she’s nominated alongside set decorator Jay Hart.

An Ohio native, Beachler first worked with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on his first feature, 2013 indie Fruitvale Station, which went on to win awards including Sundance’s grand jury prize and audience award.

Her credits include Barry Jenkins’ best-picture winner Moonlight, Rocky film Creed and Beyonce’s Lemonade.

Also nominated for the Oscar in production designer are Fiona Crombie and Alice…

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Understanding mobile usage and experience in Africa


More and more people relying on their connected smartphones and devices to keep in contact with the world, run their businesses and facilitate online education.

However, Africa has largely lagged behind the rest of the world in the adoption of smartphones.

Open Signal, a mobile analytics company, looks at what the typical mobile experience is for users across Africa, focusing specifically on their connection speeds.

Ultimately, a smartphone is a gateway to the Internet with the majority of productivity applications leveraging the power of the world wide web to deliver value to their users.

With this in mind, the relative quality of Internet access will have a direct impact on the viability of smartphones in the emerging African mobile markets….

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Commentary: Tourism Matters: An empty room has no value


Adrian Loveridge has spent 52 years in the tourism industry across 67 countries, as a travel agent, tour director, tour operator and for the last 24 years as a small hotel owner on Barbados. He served as a director of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, and as chairman of the Marketing Committee. He also served as a director of the Barbados Tourism Authority and is a frequent writer on tourism

By Adrian Loveridge

Depending on which of the multitude of sources you believe, our average year round hotel occupancy is quoted at around 67 percent.

Recently a senior industry spokesperson stated that we have a total of “6,000 hotel rooms and 3,000 villa rooms”.

This does not of course include the explosion of alternative lodging choices that have largely ‘appeared’…

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MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show



… at the National Western Stock ShowMLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo at the National Western Stock ShowJustin Richard walks off the arena …
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Black-Owned Agencies in the U.S. Carve a Successful Niche in African Tourism – Skift


When Henderson Travel Service started operations in 1955, African Americans faced huge travel obstacles and genealogical tours to Africa were unheard of.

The agency, which led African “roots” tours even before Alex Haley’s book and TV mini-series sparked the trend back in the 1970s, is still going strong in the midst of today’s booming interest in ancestry. Another factor is a growing African American tourism market that accounted for $63 billion in spending in 2018, up from $48 billion in 2010, according to a study from Mandala Research.

“I had planned on semi-retiring last year, but I kept getting all these requests for travel to Africa, so I’m still at it,” said Gaynelle Henderson Baily, owner of Henderson Travel and daughter of founders Freddye and Jake Henderson. Henderson…

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Indian Army to hold military exercises with African nations in Pune


The focus will be training in anti-terror operations, humanitarian mine action and joint peace operations.

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The Indian Army will conduct military exercises with African nations at the Aundh Military station and College of Military Engineering in Pune.

Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Uganda will be participating in the joint military exercise.

The joint exercise named ‘India-Africa Field Training’ is being conducted with an aim to synergise United Nations peacekeeping operations.

“The exercise will forge better military ties and extend India’s outreach in Africa,’ said an Army source.

The exercise is scheduled to be held between March 18 to 27, 2019.

The delegates from the participating countries have…

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