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Tanzania jails Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ for 15 years

By The EastAfrican
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A Dar es Salaam court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese woman dubbed the “Ivory Queen” to 15 years in prison for her role in illegal ivory trade.

Yang Fenglan, 69, was convicted for trafficking 706 elephant tusks worth $2.5 million between 2000 and 2014.

She has been sentenced alongside two Tanzanian men – Salvius Matembo and Philemon Manase.

Ms Fenglan had been charged with leading one of Africa’s biggest ivory smuggling rings, responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of elephants.

“The prosecution proved the case against the accused beyond a reasonable doubt,” Judge Huruma Shaidi told the court.

Wildlife campaigners have called it one of the most important cases for several years.

Ms Fenglan, who has lived in the East African nation…

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Remembering Black Stories And Black Lives, 400 Years After African Americans Arrived Enslaved

The African American History Commission Act was signed last year to recognize and highlight the resilience and cultural contributions of Africans and African Americans in the 400 years since they first landed in Virginia, by force as slaves. 

Samuel Black, director of African American programs at the Heinz History Center and immediate past president of the Association of African American Museums, joins 90.5 WESA’s The Confluence to discuss the commission’s goals, Pittsburgh’s African American heritage and the cultural and historical impact on our region.

Later in the program: 

Allegheny CleanWays is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that focuses on cleaning…

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For African Americans, 2019 marks 400 years of perseverance—Dr. Edna McKenzie Branch of ASALH hosts Black History e…

FEB. 2 CARNEGIE LIBRARY EVENT—In the above photo, standing are Ann Mason and Alexis Clipper. Seated are Dr. Melvin “Lyric” Steals, Linda McDougald and Ronald B. Saunders. McDougald, Mason and Saunders are members of ASALH. In the left photo is Dr. Steals featuring Beatrice Lee Saunders Robinson, a former employee of the New Pittsburgh Courier. She was the granddaughter of William Henry Lavender Wolfe.

For African Americans, this New Year of 2019 marks 400 years of perseverance. Records reveal, in 1619, at least 20 Africans arrived in the fledgling English colony of Virginia. This English colony had been founded only a few years earlier, in 1607. Today, a website will serve as a clearinghouse for local, national and even international events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of…

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Caribbean sea death family fly to Edinburgh for reunion as killer husband faces eight years

The parents of a woman left to drown in the Caribbean by her husband will travel to Scotland to see their granddaughter for the first time since the tragedy.

Eduardo and Elizabeth Rodriguez will fly to Edinburgh next month to be reunited with two-year-old Emelia after a judge delayed sentencing Lewis Bennett over the killing of his wife Isabella.

Bennett, 41, is facing up to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Colombian-born Isabella.

She disappeared when the couple’s 37ft catamaran sank off the Bahamas in May 2017.

Isabella Hellmann disappeared when the couple’s catamaran sank off the Bahamas in May 2017


The coastguard picked Bennett up on a liferaft hours later with stolen gold coins worth thousands of…

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African American Theatre Program celebrates 25 years with gala • The Louisville Cardinal

By Elizabeth Hall–

The University of Louisville’s African-American Theatre Program is celebrating their 25 anniversary at a fundraising gala on Feb. 16. This program is the first and only one of its kind in the region.

The African-American Theatre Program has done numerous performances including “Othello”, “The Tempest” and their most recent one, “The Mountaintop”. The program is dedicated to the study of African-American theatre and staging their works.

“The African American Theatre Program (The AATP) is unique. Since 1993, The AATP has been staging works by African-American playwrights, developing a broad audience for African-American theatre, and offering an in-depth curriculum that focuses on the theory and craft of acting, directing, and designing African-American…

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The FBI Celebrates 100 Years of African-American Special Agents — FBI

James Wormley Jones, believed to be the FBI’s first African-American special agent, was appointed on December 2, 1919. Hundreds of African-American special agents have since followed in his footsteps, including the first African-American woman, Sylvia Mathis, who joined the special agent ranks in 1976. As we honor Jones and the countless others that followed him in their pursuit to serve the American people as FBI special agents, we acknowledge the truth of our history and the promise of our future as we hold firm to our core values: rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States; respect for the dignity of all those we protect; compassion; fairness; uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity; accountability by accepting responsibility and the consequences…

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