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Although many have wondered about his birthplace, President Obama is indeed a natural-born U.S. citizen. State officials in Hawaii confirmed again that he was born in Honolulu. One question: Since when is “African” a race? Your baby could one day become the president of the United States, too. Speak your peace.


The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution on June 18 apologizing for American slavery (1619 – 1865) and “Jim Crow” laws following slavery through the 1960s that continued to deprive Black people of basic human rights. The resolution concludes:  Whereas it is important for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the […]


Sherri Goforth, an aide to Sen. Diane Black (R-TN), was given a “strong letter of reprimand” after embarrassing the GOP by sending a mass e-mail with a racist picture attached mocking President Barack Obama. Following racist humor related debacles originating in Tennessee such as ‘Barack the Magic Negro,’ Goforth forwarded a ‘historical keepsake photo’ of […]


You must see this video. The night before President Obama addressed the Arab world in Cairo, young Israelis expressed their disdain for the first Black president, calling him a nigger, an asshole, and an idiot. Yet, in this video they don’t seem to know the name of their own prime minister. For the record, it’s Benjamin Netanyahu. […]


Detroit’s former FOX affiliate WJBK newsanchor and former WJLB-FM radio host Charles Pugh announced recently he will run for a seat on Detroit’s 9-member city council. He is the troubled city’s first openly gay political candidate. He shared his lifestyle with Detroiters five years ago and saw his popularity soar. Now he’s banking on his local-name […]


In his first state of the nation address, President Jacob Zuma promised to create 500,000 new jobs in South Africa before December 2009. Roughly 40% of South Africans live in poverty, so this initiative is sorely needed. However, can Zuma really pull it off during the country’s worst recession in nearly 20 years? During the […]


City council members in the District of Columbia voted 12 – 1 on May 5 to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Marion Barry, former DC mayor, was the “lone dissenter.” He believes an uproar in the local Black community is imminent. Black ministers have already expressed outrage. Check out the video capturing Barry’s position […]


Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s prime minister, who entered into a power-sharing agreement with President Robert Mugabe more than 100 days ago, spoke at his political party’s annual convention last week, stating his party, Movement for Democratic Change, has not yet moved democracy forward in the country that was once one of Africa’s most prosperous. Many citizens […]


Liberia, an African country founded by freed American slaves in the early 19th century, is defined by deep racial and social complexities. A 1980 military coup ended the rule of the American-Liberian elite class and led to a 13-year civil war. The current president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in Africa, has written […]


According to the BBC: The military in Nigeria has been accused of killing 1,000 civilians during an upsurge in operations against militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta. ‘They…bombard entire communities from the air, sea and land,’ said the Ijaw National Congress which represents the region’s largest ethnic group. A Nigerian military spokesman dismissed the allegations […]


When former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was forced out of office in the aftermath of a text messaging scandal, City Council President Ken Cockrel stepped in as interim mayor. The city later decided to hold a special election to elect someone to finish out the last eight months of Kilpatrick’s second four-year term, which ends […]


Update 5/7/09: Jacob Zuma was elected South Africa’s president on Wednesday by parliament and will be inaugurated on Saturday. He’s expected to name his new government on Sunday. Speak your peace. (4/27/09) Although the African National Congress, the ruling political party in South Africa since Nelson Mandela’s presidential election in 1994, didn’t win the symbolically significant […]


Ida Odinga Lucy Kibaki   Key women’s organizations in Kenya, including the Women’s Development Organization, Federation of Women Lawyers, Caucus for Women’s Leadership, and Maendeleo ya Wanawake (a network of rural women’s groups), have launched a campaign to ban sex in the country for one week — they’re even willing to pay commercial sex workers to […]


The U.S. Supreme Court once again held hearings today on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At issue: a provision that prevents discriminatory voting practices in several states, where these practices were once common, and requires these states to get approval from the Justice Department before changing any voting procedures, especially those that could suppress voting among people of […]


According to the New York Times: The off-again-on-again civil war in Burundi that killed more than 200,000 people officially came to an end on Wednesday as the last of its rebel groups formally became a political party. According to the African Union, which has led peace efforts, 3,500 members of the rebel group, the National […]


President Obama pledged yesterday to help consumers caught between a credit card and a hard place by creating a credit-card law that does away with sudden and huge rate increases, exorbitant late fees, and confusing fine print. “I trust that those in the industry who want to act responsibly will engage with us in a constructive […]


The African National Congress, South Africa’s leading political party, staged a rally on Sunday in Johannesburg’s largest rugby stadium to solidify support for 67-year-old presidential candidate Jacob Zuma, just three days before the election. There are 40 different national and provincial parties competing in the elections. Former President Nelson Mandela, 90, appeared with Zuma at the […]


New Jersey congressman Donald Payne visited Somalia this week and met with government leaders there to discuss last week’s hostage crisis and ways the global community can help the highly unstable country regain its sovereignty. As Payne’s plane was departing from the airport in the capital city of Mogadishu, mortar shells were fired and landed near his plane, which […]


President Obama was nominated this year for two British Book Awards in London. His 2004 biography “Dreams From My Father” won the biography prize. He was also nominated for author of the year for his New York Times #1 best-seller “The Audacity of Hope,” published in 2006, but lost to Aravind Adiga for the novel “The White Tiger.” Write on.


According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, President Obama is representing the country very well on the international stage. Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents believe other countries will now view the U.S. more positively, while only 19% believe the country will be viewed more negatively. Go Brother! Speak your peace.