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How African American Soldiers Used Their Service In America’s Wars To Fight For Personal Freedoms


Fires currently raging through California have done milions of dollars worth of damage, scorched countless acres of land, cost the lives of tons of animals and several people, and left a staggering number of people homeless. Relief efforts are pouring in from across the nation. People are mobilizing to try and lend a hand wherever they can. It’s a crisis that’s receiving worldwide attention.

The magnitude of the fires and relief efforts aren’t the only thing getting attention around the world. Trump’s tweet regarding the situation has people furious. Trump’s tweet didn’t show any sign of remorse or concern for the people or wildlife of California. Nope, not even the “thoughts and prayers” kind. What it did show was a lack of empathy, a staggering ability to victim-blame, a lack of…

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America’s first African-American owned hostel is now opened…



HOUSTON – Deidre Mathis, owner of “Wanderstay Houston” loves to travel and has used her passion to start a business.

“It’s a lot of work, but I absolutely love it, all of it.” said Mathis.

She’s the first African-American woman to own a hostel in the United States. 

“I’m so excited to add some diversity in the travel industry, in the hospitality industry.” said Mathis.

The opening of Wanderstay Houston was such a big deal, Mayor Sylvester Turner attended the ribbon cutting…

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Weems Explores America’s Dark Side, African Identity


The new exhibit Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement at the McMullen Museum of Art features thirty years of American artist Carrie Mae Weems’s work exploring the darker side of American history and African-American identity.

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1953, Weems began involving her art in social activism in the ’70s. Initially involved in theater and dance, Weems found photography as her medium of choice, but also expanded her artistry to videos, performance, and installations. Her art dives into the nation’s violent history towards its citizens of color through somber and satirical treatments of stereotypes that still have consequences today. Her work takes inspiration from archival pieces in the history of the United States, often featuring old photographs that she alters and…

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Commentary: No vigilante action in the Americas


Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own. Responses to: www.sirronaldsanders.com

By Sir Ronald Sanders

A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

The AP, on September 14, reported Almagro as saying: “With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, I don’t think any option should be ruled out. What Nicolas Maduro’s regime is…

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America’s African Instrument, by Laurent DuBois – The Syncopated Times



The Banjo: America’s African Instrument,

Laurent DuBois Belknap Press (2016), 384 Pages


A banjo is an instrument that produces a sound formed by strings over skin. That is the defining feature of the array of African predecessors, the distinguishing mark breaking off the hereditary line from some prehistoric ur-string instrument.

Detail from Hans Sloane drawing, 1707

Not that instruments develop in such a forward march, evolutional adaptation is towards perfection for an environment not a ladder of increasing complexity or refinement.

The banjo is a New World instrument born early in transatlantic history to suit the needs of a new kind of society based on displacement. One of the interesting ideas Laurent Dubois puts forward in this encyclopedic early history of the instrument is…

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PAHO urges rapid increase in vaccination coverage to stop spread of measles in the Americas


WASHINGTON, USA (PAHO/WHO) — While 34 member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) remain measles free, endemic transmission of the virus has now been re-established in Venezuela. To stop further spread of measles throughout the region, the director of PAHO, Carissa Etienne, has urged all countries to rapidly increase vaccination coverage.

“It is vital that we continue vaccinating in order to reach more than 95 percent of our children everywhere,” said Etienne. “We must also strengthen national epidemiological surveillance and establish rapid response teams to expeditiously manage suspected cases, prevent new cases and halt outbreaks. These measures to sustain elimination were agreed to by ministers of health in 2017. These commitments must be…

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