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1st African-American woman set to be San Francisco mayor


SAN FRANCISCO — London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco following a hard-fought campaign when a former state senator conceded and congratulated her Wednesday, more than a week after the election.

Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors, was leading Leno by fewer than 1,900 votes Tuesday with about 245,000 ballots tallied and at least 9,000 ballots left to count. Her lead has been increasing since Saturday.

The elections office was set to release an updated tally at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Mark Leno told reporters crammed into his tiny print shop that he had a positive conversation and that Breed was gracious.

“She is a remarkable young woman and she is going to do a very fine job. Her success is San Francisco’s success,” he said.

Breed’s…

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The new African beat set to get Europe dancing


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Afrobeats has dominated African pop charts for the last few years – but now it faces a challenger for its crown.

Afro EDM – “Electronic Dance Music” – is zipping towards the main spotlight in all its frenetic glory.

Its mix of percussive electronic music genres – think house, techno, drum and bass, and trance – combined with the funk and soul of Afrobeats is winning fans around the globe.

And it is easy to see why: put simply, if Afrobeats makes the heart beat, then Afro EDM will probably make it race.

‘Rough but creative’

Afro EDM has actually been around for decades, with young people in South Africa using kwaito to express their…

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Memoir set against the backdrop of the Southern African bushveld


At thirty-seven years old, Sonia Rosenblatt, now living in Golders Green, was worn down by city life. Boyfriends and friends had come and gone. Single, lonely, unfulfilled and unemployed, she knew she had to make change.

Her memoir, set against the backdrop of the Southern African bushveld, recounts Sonia’s experience of self-discovery.

A Lion’s Roar: Fear, Courage and Whispers of Change chronicles Sonia’s experiences volunteering at wildlife reserves in South Africa and Botswana.

Divided into six captivating chapters, Sonia begins by describing her upbringing in a close-knit Jewish community in Dublin, of moving to a large secondary school at the age of twelve, an environment that would unhinge the steady foundations upon which her life had been built.

Through a…

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Britain’s parakeets really did come from set of The African Queen, says zoologist, after admitting her grandparents…


The urban myth that Britain’s invasive parakeet population flourished after the birds escaped from the set of The African Queen has long been dismissed by experts. 

But according to one zoologist it may actually be true.

Hana Ayoob, a curator at The Cheltenham Science Festival, said her great grandfather had lived near to Worton Hall Studios, in Isleworth, west London, where many of the jungle scenes were recreated. 

And he recalled that after filming finished in the early 1950s, ‘little green parrots’ began to arrive in local gardens.

Speaking about the arrival of then parakeets at the festival, she said: “No-one is 100 per cent sure where they came from. There is a story that at the end of filming of The African Queen they released all the parakeets that had been used on…

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South African cinema set for blockbuster year


Black Panther smashed records for Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor during its opening weekend, and has continued to impress. A great start to the year for South African cinema, which looks set to continue with impressive blockbusters scheduled for release in 2018.

For Nu Metro, Epic, and other independent cinemas, audience attendances will build on a solid foundation with Popcorn (the sales arm for these cinema groups) experiencing “stable attendances for the past three years”, says Karen Bailey, managing partner of Popcorn Cinevation. “New cinema complexes opening, refurbished cinema complexes, new cinema formats, and one cinema circuit offering discounted tickets during key holiday periods… all contributed to solid audience numbers,” she explains.

Attendances tend to peak…

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Oprah Winfrey’s effect on American culture set to be featured at African American history museum


Oprah Winfrey is coming to Washington — but she’s already at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open a special display on the life and work of Ms. Winfrey, especially “the cultural phenomenon that was ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’” in the words of museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III.

“Oprah’s coming some time before the exhibit opens,” Mr. Bunch told reporters Wednesday during a press preview of the exhibit, which opens Friday.

Just down the hall from the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater lies an entryway titled “Special Exhibit.” A sign proclaims “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture.”

Oprah artifacts are presented in three sections:

“America Shapes Oprah”…

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