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Africa’s Original Fintech is Female

African fashion has become a big business centered around authentic Dutch Wax prints. (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)Getty

In walked a woman wearing a bright yellow dress striped with green and dotted with bold flowers. The full skirt and bell sleeves moved as she walked, causing the sequins mixed into the pattern to glimmer. Next entered an older woman in a hot pink blazer covered in green and blue swirls elevated by the sharp shoulders that were popular in her youth and finally back in style. At the Vlisco “Connoisseurs of Style” event hosted by Soronko Academy and Circumspecte in Accra, Ghana, these women were just a few among the many wearing bold outfits fashioned from “Dutch Wax” print. They came together to discuss ways to wear print in the workplace…

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Hyattsville makes history as it swears in first female, first African American chief of police

Mayor Candace Hollingsworth administers the oath of office to Amal Awad as she is sworn in as the city’s eighth chief of police. Photo by Krissi Humbard

By EMILY STRAB — Hyattsville made history when its new police chief was sworn in.

On the afternoon of Dec. 13, Amal Awad was sworn in as Hyattsville’s Chief of Police, becoming only the eighth police chief in the city’s 132-year history. Moreover, she is the first female, first African-American, and first LGBTQ chief in the Hyattsville City Police Department’s (HCPD) history, as highlighted in the city’s press release and mayor’s post on Facebook.

Chief Amal Awad, the City of Hyattsville’s eight police chief, poses for a photo after her swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Krissi Humbard

“Today it is my honor to swear in…

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Saint Lucian reportedly becomes first Caribbean female Justice of the Peace in Texas

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(SNO) — Lucia Bates, who became a resident of East Harris County, Texas in the United States 41 years ago after graduating from St. Joseph’s Convent in Saint Lucia, is now the “first female, the first black, and the first Caribbean Justice of the Peace” in Precinct 3 in the State of Texas, according to a press release.

Bates, who was elected for a term of four years. has jurisdiction over minor misdemeanor offenses, civil matters under $10,000 in damages, as well as evictions, debt claims, issuance of search warrants, and administrative hearings, the release stated.

It said Bates shares her jurisdiction of 483,000 households with another Justice of the Peace.

According to the press release, the St. Lucian began her career with Verizon (formerly GTE) in Baytown,…

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Netflix's debut original African series is about a cross-continental female spy

Next year, a highly trained top spy will start using her skills and stealth to better the lives of African citizens. Well, on Netflix at least, as the streaming …
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Missouri City makes history appointing first African American female mayor


Yolanda Ford has won Missouri City’s runoff election.

Ford unseated Allen Owen on Dec. 8 to become Missouri City’s first African American and female mayor.

Mayor Allen Owen has been mayor since 1994.

This is significant for Missouri City, which has a sizable African American community that has been trying to make an impact in city government for years.

“I am so proud that the residents of Missouri City have elected me as their mayor. After having served on the city council for the past five years, and as a lifelong resident, I am deeply invested in the well-being and growth of Missouri City, and I look forward to working with citizens, the city council and others toward its betterment,” Ford said in a statement.

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African traditional rulers pledge end to child marriage, female genital mutilation

Traditional and cultural leaders across West and Central Africa on Friday unanimously adopted a document detailing an action plan to end child …
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