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Skin bleaching products are being banned in some African countries

“Bleach and Glow” and other skin-lightening products are a no go in Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa because they are considered dangerous. Rwanda is the latest African country to ban skin-bleaching creams and they are sending out officials across the country to seize the products. The government has banned importation of  bleaching products and law enforcement officials[Read More…]

Museum honoring Jackie Robinson opens

A museum honoring Major League Baseball great Jackie Robinson, whose 100th birthday  was celebrated Thursday, is scheduled to opened in New York City, where he was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, a team he remained with until his retirement. The Jackie Robinson Museum, a 11,000 square foot,  $42 million facility, is located in Manhattan’s Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. It will[Read More…]

Board members resign from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

  Three board members of the Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute resigned to protest the organization withdrawing an invitation to Angela Davis to speak and canceling the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards dinner February 16th where she was scheduled to be honored. Mike Oatridge, the organization’s chair, Walter Body and Janice Kelsey resigned Wednesday amid calls that all of them[Read More…]

Britain’s Black Cultural Archives receives financial boost

The British government donated  £200,000 or $257,277 in short-term funding to the Black Cultural Archives, which documents the history of African and Caribbean people in England. The money was funded by the Borough of Lambeth, which is in South London. Paul Reid, BCA’s executive director, said the money will provide long-term sustainability for the organization. BCA also announced that it[Read More…]

Jeff Bezos’ soon-to-be ex-wife was a research assistant for novelist Toni Morrison

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ soon to be ex-wife  MacKenzie Bezos at one time was a research assistant for Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. An English major who graduated from Princeton, Bezos pursued her degree while working for Morrison. She continued to work for Morrison after graduating. She calls Morrison her guru. The 48-year-old Bezos is a successful novelist. In 2006,[Read More…]

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Richard Parsons steps down because of illness Richard Parsons, interim chairman of CBS Corp., announced on Sunday that he is resigning from the board of directors for health reasons. Parsons replaced Leslie Moonves, the company’s chairman and CEO, who resigned on September 9th,  following numerous allegations of sexual assault. “As some of you know, when I agreed to join the[Read More…]

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   Black Lives Matter leader will address Islamophobia  Shaun King, of Black Lives Matter, will deliver the keynote address 5 p.m. today (Saturday] for the Washington Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The presentation is being held at the Meydenbauer  Center in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle.  King will speak on the intersection between Islamophobia and racism. For more information,[Read More…]

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Parsons is the eye at CBS Richard Parsons, former CEO of Time Warner, has been named interim chairman of the board of CBS Corp., following last month’s resignation of Leslie Moonves, CBS’s CEO and chairman, who was cited for sexual misconduct. The 70-year-old Parsons was Time Warner’s CEO from 2002 to 2007 and chairman 2003 to 2009. He also served[Read More…]

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DuSable Museum fundraiser will support continued African-American archaeological excavation in Egypt The ASA Restoration Project, which is dedicated to restoration of Kushite presence in Kemet, Egypt, will hold a 10th anniversary celebration and fundraiser Saturday (September 22) beginning at 6pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.  Kemet is the ancient name for Egypt. The ASA Restoration[Read More…]

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