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Austin Fire Department swears in first African-American chief – Story


– The city of Austin welcomed its first African-American fire chief on Monday.

“Joel Baker comes from the city of Atlanta with decades of experience that he will be bringing to our wonderful city,” said Spencer Cronk, Austin city manager.

Monday was Joel Baker’s first day as chief of the Austin Fire Department. He began his career in East Point, Georgia in 1986. Two years later, he joined the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department. He moved up the ranks, becoming the chief, a position he held until retiring in February. Then he was offered the job in Austin.

“Some of the things that took place in Atlanta is going on here with the growth of the city. Atlanta is growing rapidly. So this is a perfect fit. It really is a perfect fit for me to be here,” said…

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Mazwai's African story told through song



Mazwai's African story told through song … she walked onto the stage at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, to tell a story of the African continent.
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Changing The African Narrative One Story At A Time: Idia Aisien Launches NGO The Idia Project


ARISE TV News Anchor, model, and philanthropist, Idia Aisien, has officially launched an NGO that is especially close to her heart – the International Development Initiative in Africa (IDIA).

Many people know Idia as the glamorous personality on their TV screens, but what few know is that she has always been passionate about giving back to the continent, and has been doing so for many years, albeit, silently.
However, she has now decided to officially launch the NGO because she desires to effect change on a massive, sustainable scale.

The IDIA Project was founded based on the premise that more people have access to various media channels; and viewer engagement online is growing rapidly. However, most of the content is negative—depicting natural disasters, political instability, recession and…

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Airbnb homes in on African growth story


Three of Airbnb’s top growth markets are in Africa and the continent has become a cornerstone of the U.S. company’s sustainable tourism strategy, a senior official with the home-sharing service said on Thursday.

The logo of Airbnb is displayed at an Airbnb event in Tokyo, Japan, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa: Three of Airbnb’s…

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Exhibit tells story of New Bedford’s Abolition Row – Entertainment & Life – providencejournal.com


African-American historical figures such as Frederick Douglass lived there.

New Bedford’s historic Abolition Row is the focus of an exhibit at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Art Gallery.

Titled “Black Spaces Matter: Celebrating New Bedford’s Abolition Row,” it tells the story of the neighborhood near the current-day New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park where African-American historical figures such as Frederick Douglass resided.

The exhibit, which will be up through Jan. 30, includes virtual-reality tours of the neighborhood, documentary films, 3-D printed models, artistic illustrations, student projects, historic maps and photographs.

“This neighborhood, which was the home of many African Americans, white and black abolitionists, and former slaves, provides a lens…

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Behind 'Green Book,' the story of a NJ postal worker who wanted to help black motorists



The movie “Green Book,” which opened this week, tells the story of an African-American musician and a white bouncer as they navigate the …
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