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A DIY Spirit Triumphs in Africa’s Film Training Programs – Variety


Samuel Ishimwe was reared on a diet of 1980s action thrillers and Hollywood B-movies. Growing up in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, a bucolic city of jacaranda trees and terraced hills, he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker and working with the larger-than-life stars he saw on TV: action heroes including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude van Damme who swaggered across the screen, guns blazing.

The 9,000-mile flight from Rwanda to Hollywood is a day’s journey, but in an impoverished African country with no formal film schools, it could seem no less daunting than a flight to the moon. Yet Ishimwe was determined. Orphaned by the 1994 genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives, he’d watched his country rebuild from the rubble.

Despite the physical devastation and emotional trauma wrought by…

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Vocalist Tiffany Austin Celebrates the Spirit of African-American Culture on New Album UNBROKEN Set for June 1 Rele…


With the June 1st release of “Unbroken,” on her Con Alma Music imprint, Tiffany Austin further solidifies her standing as one of the leading vocalists on the current international jazz scene.

Austin was propelled onto the national stage in 2016 when her debut recording, “Nothing But Soul,” received rave reviews from media outlets such as DownBeat and NPR’s Fresh Air as well as airplay on jazz radio stations across the U.S. With her sophomore CD “Unbroken,” Austin has raised her artistry to a higher level both conceptually and musically. Her silky smooth voice has gained an earthy smokiness and a gravitas ideally suited to expressing her broadening, deepening artistic vision.

“Unbroken” is a soul-steeped affirmation embracing the blues and swing, spirituals and R&B, bebop, post-bop, and…

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Spirit Expanding Flight Service to the Caribbean


Spirit Airlines announced Thursday that it would be adding new routes and increasing service to some of the top destinations in the Caribbean.

Starting on April 12, Spirit will connect Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Cap-Haitien International Airport in Haiti’s second largest city, marking the second destination for Spirit on the island nation, complementing existing service to Port-au-Prince.

Spirit will also resume low-fare flights to St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport on May 5. The increased service comes as the Caribbean island continues to recover from the devastation of last year’s hurricanes.

“Spirit is proud to support the Caribbean with its recovery, having provided relief flights for more than 3,000 people and transported more than…

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More Caribbean, More Go! Spirit Airlines Celebrates New Service to Cap-Haïtien



MIRAMAR, Fla., April 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amazing beaches and amazing people are waiting to greet you as Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) grows in the Caribbean once again! On April 12, 2018, Spirit will connect Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Cap-Haïtien …
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The spirit of fear diminishing in African politics


African politics has come of age. The abuse of political power has led to the formation of ethnic and political pluralism of civil political organisations which have resisted poor governance chronic underdevelopment and maltreatment of citizens.

Gone are the days when sitting  politicians would dictate on people’s views and assault their thinking.

Recently we have witnessed Ethiopian   Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn quitting following months of intensifying public protests last year. In the same year on November 18 , 2018 one of the most powerful  African dictator Robert Mugabe was pushed out of power with the assistance of the army intervention.

The people marched in the streets of Harare. Most political analysts called it a…

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Spirit of St. Louis – Civil Rights history lesson from kids at Marian Middle School


ST. LOUIS – You have just a few more weeks to see an acclaimed exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. It’s a page from our local African-American history that is sometimes forgotten.

Girls in fifth through eighth grades at Marian Middle School, a Catholic girls school, visit the exhibit “#1 in Civil Rights, The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis.”

It impacted Paulette, a seventh-grader.

“I thought it was very empowering to see what our past ancestors have done for us,” Paulette said.

Field trips can support academic and personal growth according to a school administrator.

“Every child should have some sense of where they come from in order to…

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