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|Foreign Affairs / White House Finds Temporary Fix In Zika Funding Fight by anonymous6(f): 9:19pm On Apr 06|
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it will redirect $589 million in funds to prepare for the Zika virus before the mosquito that carries it begins to emerge in the continental United States, but urged Congress to act quickly on its request for more money.
White House budget director Shaun Donovan said the use of money previously provided for fighting another health crisis, the Ebola virus, was only a temporary fix for Zika funding.
Donovan said some measures to fight Zika would have to be delayed, curtailed or stopped unless the U.S. Congress approves more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds requested by the Obama administration in February.
The Zika virus, linked to a growing number of cases of the birth defect microcephaly in Brazil, is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean and heading north as the weather gets warmer.
"We should not play with fire here," Donovan told reporters on a conference call.
Without full Zika funding, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said mosquito control and surveillance may have to be delayed or stopped, vaccine development could be jeopardized and development of faster diagnostic tests could be impaired.
Most of the $589 million will come from $2.7 billion in funds set aside for public health projects aimed at the Ebola virus. West Africa was stricken by a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,300 people starting in December 2013 and led to a small number of cases in the United States.
The Republican-controlled Congress has said the White House should draw the money needed to fight Zika from the Ebola funds.
Chairman Hal Rogers and other top Republicans on the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee said in a statement they would "monitor the changing needs resulting from this unpredictable crisis" to ensure that needed funds are available.
"Republicans are going to look back on this time that they've had to act on the Zika virus and deeply regret it," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Burwell said a recent flare-up of Ebola in West Africa shows the United States cannot shortchange its work in the region.
"We face two global health challenges, Ebola and Zika, and we don't have an option to set one aside in the name of the other," Burwell told reporters.
Burwell said there were 672 confirmed cases of Zika infections in the United States, including 64 pregnant women. She said there was one confirmed case of Zika-related microcephaly in Hawaii.
The World Health Organization has said there is a strong scientific consensus that Zika can cause microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, though proof may take months or years.
Microcephaly is a condition defined by unusually small heads in babies that can result in developmental problems. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis.
Brazil said it has confirmed more than 940 cases of microcephaly, and considers most to be related to Zika infections in the mothers. Brazil is investigating nearly 4,300 additional suspected cases of microcephaly.
|Music/Radio / Re: Is Hip Hop Destroying Black America? by anonymous6(f): 9:15pm On Apr 06|
Understood but I feel this story should be known to Nigerians so they can know how a music culture can damage a community & learn from it
|Music/Radio / Re: Is Hip Hop Destroying Black America? by anonymous6(f): 9:10pm On Apr 06|
I weaned myself off most of hip hop a long time ago. I noticed that when these recording studios produce music for other genres like rock, country, even pop, the beats are complex, the songs have variety and full of meaning. But when its hip hop, its a simple beat, sometimes only one instrument, with a wack rapper talking about nothing. Obviously someone either thinks very little of the intelligence of hip hop listeners, or they want to dumb us down.
I have no problem with adult subjects, murder, drugs, prostitution..whatever, we know these are facts of life. I was a fan of pretty much any rapper out of the atl, htown or new orleans. But these days it seems like there is a concerted effort to release dog food to black people in general.
Me, nah, Im not playing that. Got into it with a couple of folks just some weekend ago - they were vibing to something that sounded like a a drunk rapping a nursery rhyme, and there was no beat for about half the song. If they werent uhm lol, I might have smacked 'em
I have the same feeling, I mostly listen to coldplay and etc now a days
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Aliko Dangote And Bill Gates Pledge $100m To Solve Malnutrition In Nigeria by anonymous6(f): 9:07pm On Apr 06|
I don't think Bill Gates is perfect but he is better then some African leaders today that do nothing but steal government money meant for its citizens and put it in their pocket to build houses and fund their multiple girlfriends
|Foreign Affairs / Aliko Dangote And Bill Gates Pledge $100m To Solve Malnutrition In Nigeria by anonymous6(f): 1:03pm On Apr 05|
Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and the tech billionaire Bill Gates have announced plans for a $100m (£70m) scheme to cut malnutrition in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation.
Dangote said the partnership between his Dangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would address the problem, which affects roughly 11 million children in northern Nigeria.
The announcement was made in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, a day after both men signed a deal to ramp up immunisation programmes in the northern states of Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano, where Dangote is from.
The US philanthropist Gates, who also met President Muhammadu Buhari, said Nigeria’s key resource is its young population. About 44% of the country’s population of 170 million are aged under 14. The Microsoft founder said their prospects would be “greatly damaged if we don’t solve malnutrition”.
The new scheme will fund programmes to 2020 and beyond, using local groups in the north-west and north-east. The north-east has for the past seven years been ravaged by Boko Haram’s Islamic militant insurgency.
Dangote and Gates have previously worked together on polio eradication programmes, which resulted in the country being taken off the global list of endemic countries last year.
Nigeria is Africa’s leading economy and number one oil exporter, but poverty remains acute for all but a fraction. Average life expectancy is 52 – five years fewer than the overall rate for sub-Saharan Africa – and mortality rates for infants and children under five are high. About 31% of Nigerian children under the age of five were deemed underweight in 2013, the 12th worst record in the world.
|Culture / Re: 8 Reasons Why You Meet Few Hausa/Fulanis In The Uk by anonymous6(f): 10:15pm On Apr 03|
well I was talking about americans and Canadians, but I get what you mean about Americas though. When it comes to Europeans, it depends
|Culture / Re: Why Aren't Somali Woman In Hollywood???? by anonymous6(f): 9:52pm On Apr 03|
Amen, took the words out of my mouth
|Culture / Re: Why Aren't Somali Woman In Hollywood???? by anonymous6(f): 8:14pm On Apr 03|
LMAO, is the OP ayanle?
this somali dude needs medication quick
|Culture / Re: 8 Reasons Why You Meet Few Hausa/Fulanis In The Uk by anonymous6(f): 8:00pm On Apr 03|
thats true with other african countries because they know better but outside Africa its another story
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Black Student Who Attacked White Student For His Dreads Is Under Investigation by anonymous6(f): 11:01pm On Mar 31|
yup, its ridiculous
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Black Student Who Attacked White Student For His Dreads Is Under Investigation by anonymous6(f): 3:00pm On Mar 31|
Its people like this slowpoke giving good african american women in America a bad rap
|Foreign Affairs / Black Student Who Attacked White Student For His Dreads Is Under Investigation by anonymous6(f): 2:58pm On Mar 31|
Black student who attacked white student for his dreadlocks is under investigation
He claims she threatened to mutilate his hair, too
San Francisco State University said it’s investigating an altercation captured on video Monday that appears to show a black female physically attacking a white male because of his dreadlocks.
Though the school didn’t identify the students in its Tuesday statement, it said neither is an employee.
That appears to be in response to early-morning claims on Twitter that the black woman is Bonita Tindle, whose LinkedIn page says she’s an intern for both the campus Women’s Center and Associated Students Inc., the student government.
The 46-second video uploaded Monday by Nicholas Silvera, which also claims the black woman is a “campus employee,” shows her interrogating and even grabbing a white man with dreadlocks, and later hitting another man who was filming the incident.
Already shared widely on Reddit and 4chan by Tuesday morning, the video features the woman and a black male standing with her repeatedly accusing the white student of cultural appropriation for having dreadlocks.
The white student later identified himself as Cory Soulr Goldstein, a local DJ, and laid out his allegations against the woman in a series of comments on his Facebook post.
The video begins with the white student immersed in an unwanted conversation with two black students about his choice of dreadlocks as a hairstyle.
“You’re saying that I can’t have a hairstyle because of your culture,” asks Goldstein.
“Yeah,” responds the woman, telling Goldstein that the style is a uniquely African tradition.
“‘Cause it is my culture,” the woman responds when asked why it offends her. “Do you know what locks mean?”
“Do you know how it was in Egyptian culture? Are you Egyptian,” Goldstein asks the woman incredulously. “Nah, brah, you’re not.”
Goldstein tries to get past her but the woman catches his sleeve and drags him back.
“You put your hands on me, you’ll learn,” says the woman, apparently suggesting that she could accuse of him of assault.
“You’ll learn what?” says Goldstein. “Whether you’re going to [inaudible] what kind of hair I have? That’s no reason, yo. I don’t need your disrespect. I don’t need your disrespect.”
When he leaves the conversation again, the woman turns on the bystander filming the argument.
“Come back- Why are you filming this?” the woman asks the cameraman.
When the cameraman responds that he is filming “for everyone’s safety,” the woman abruptly grabs for his camera, where the footage stops.
Even ‘Chocolate Rain’ maker is throwing shade at the woman
Goldstein wrote on Facebook that he has filed a police report with campus police, but isn’t pursuing criminal charges. He said the altercation extended beyond the 46-second clip posted on YouTube, with the woman threatening to “cut my locks off too among other verbal assaults.”
“I never feared for my safety, I just don’t like being grabbed and pushed,” wrote Goldstein in a Facebook comment later on Monday.
The video was so compelling that Tay Zonday, the YouTube personality and maker of the early viral video “Chocolate Rain,” weighed in with his criticism of the woman.
The university said in its Tuesday statement that while it “promotes the rights of the campus community to engage in free speech,” it does “not condone behavior that impedes the safety or well-being of others.”
SFSU will “promptly and thoroughly investigate this incident through applicable University channels, including our campus student conduct procedures,” it said.
Some users on Twitter sounded their disbelief in the woman’s actions.
Goldstein and Tindle have not responded to requests for comment from The College Fix
|Music/Radio / Is Hip Hop Destroying Black America? by anonymous6(f): 10:23pm On Mar 30|
Is Hip Hop Destroying Black America? To answer this question fairly, we must first discard the distorted image of Hip Hop that mainstream media has passed off for the past 20 years. Hip Hop is a movement consisting of 4 main artistic elements: DJ’ing, Rapping, Breaking and Graffiti. But at its core, it is a philosophy based on the idea that self expression is an integral part of the pursuit of peace, love and unity. It was created by young visionaries who tapped into their greatest potential and gave birth to one of the most important cultural phenomenon the world has ever seen. Shaped by the spirit of Africa, The Carribean and Black America, it is a culture that binds us under the belief that we must strive for excellence through our respective artforms, as well as within our souls. It’s a lifestyle that unites people from the U.S to Nigeria, France to Brazil, Japan to Mexico, often unable to speak each other’s language but fully capable of understanding all that makes us who we are. True Hip Hop is the MC who raps from the heart or enlightens the people. It is the DJ who speaks with his hands. It is the 6 year old B-girl who break dances like her life depends on it or a group of young dancers whose moves defy gravity effortlessly. It is the graffiti artist whose shapes and colors breathe new life onto gritty city landscapes or the beatboxer who manipulates sounds like a one-man orchestra. It’s the aspiring politician who genuinely reflects the people she represents, the progressive educators who give voiceless youth a platform to express their deepest thoughts and the grassroots activists who launch campaigns against a corrupt music industry. For millions of people here and abroad, this is Hip Hop, the way it was meant to be…and it is NOT destroying Black America.
If this doesn’t sound like the kind of Hip Hop you’re familiar with, blame the music industry and mainstream media for bombarding you with a steady diet of rappers talking about drugs, sex and violence for over two decades. Blame MTV, BET, and other networks for trying to redefine what Hip Hop is in order to sell it and shove it down the throats of unsuspecting consumers. It’s easy to blame simple minded rappers for promoting negative messages and images while multi billion dollar companies and shrewd businessmen who market these artists are free from criticism. It’s easy to blame someone like Chief Keef who becomes the obvious poster boy for mindless rap while Jimmy Iovine, the head of Interscope Records, keeps a low profile and avoids having to address his part in promoting “death through entertainment”. It’s easy to protest flavor of the month Trinidad James who raps about Molly, the industry’s latest fashionable drug, while Def Jam’ president Joie Manda proclaims his new discovery as “the cutting edge of what’s happening in the culture today.” It’s easy to blame talentless top 40 rappers for dominating the airwaves of so called hip hop radio stations like L.A.’s Power 106 or New York’s Hot 97 while Rick Cummings, president of programming for Emmis Communications, which owns both stations, isn’t held accountable for his part in broadcasting filth to millions of listeners.
Time and time again, the real decision makers get away with murder while rap artists are projected as the embodiment of everything that is wrong with Hip Hop and young Black males.
Kind of how gangs are perceived as the lone cause of urban violence while those who bring guns and drugs into the community remain anonymous.
Kind of how so many young Black men are written off as criminals and sent to prison in disproportionate numbers while the system that causes this tragedy is profiting from growing incarceration rates.
Kind of how Black students are labeled as troubled underachievers while school districts across the nation, including Philadelphia and Chicago, continue to close down schools in predominantly Black communities to save money.
And all of it devalues the lives of Black people in exchange for financial gain.
So is Hip Hop really destroying Black America? No. The challenges facing Black America are much bigger than Hip Hop. But for what it’s worth, when untainted by outside influences and corporate vultures, Hip Hop in its purest form is about empowerment, unity, culture, creativity and hope. And God knows we need it.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 10:11pm On Mar 30|
yea life can be busy
|Culture / Re: BBC's Documentary On The 'Bronze Cast Head Of The Ife King' by anonymous6(f): 9:00pm On Mar 28|
|Culture / Re: What Are The Top 5 Black Cultural Foods/Cuisines To You? by anonymous6(f): 8:56pm On Mar 28|
|Culture / Re: 8 Reasons Why You Meet Few Hausa/Fulanis In The Uk by anonymous6(f): 8:54pm On Mar 28|
You have a point but people are used to hearing hausa-fulani together as one group and non of these groups make a effort to make a separation from each other culturally since religion rules everything in northern Nigeria.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Epidemic of Ignorance': Tourist Avoid Africa, All Of It - USA Today by anonymous6(f): 8:52pm On Mar 28|
|Foreign Affairs / Sean ‘diddy’ Combs Is Opening A Charter School In New York - TIME by anonymous6(f): 8:50pm On Mar 28|
It's "a dream come true"
Entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is opening a charter school in Harlem this fall.
Combs, who has worked as a rapper, actor, record producer and clothing designer, among other pursuits, announced Monday that his Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School will open in the fall, the Associated Press reports.
Combs, who was born in Harlem, said founding the school is “a dream come true.” According to Rolling Stone, Combs has been working to launch the school since 2011, after spending years researching education models. Steve Perry, the founder of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., will oversee the new Harlem school.
|TV/Movies / Shonda Rhimes Doesn't Want To Talk About Her Race - TIME by anonymous6(f): 8:36pm On Mar 28|
"That pisses me off"
Shonda Rhimes is sick of talking about her race and her gender.
In a new Hollywood Reporter profile of the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal mastermind, Rhimes said that when she was sent draft text indicating she would be introduced at an event as “the most powerful black female showrunner in Hollywood,” she crossed out “black” and “female” before sending it back.
“I find race and gender to be terribly important; they’re terribly important to who I am,” Rhimes said. “But there’s something about the need for everybody else to spend time talking about it… that pisses me off.”
Rhimes found herself at the center of a conversation about race and gender last month when the New York Times began a review of a show she’s producing called How to Get Away With Murder like this: “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.'”
Despite friends calling for the piece to be retracted, Rhimes said she wants the Times to keep it on its site: “In this world in which we all feel we’re so full of gender equality and we’re a postracial [society] and Obama is president, it’s a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal.”
|Foreign Affairs / Re: More Than Feuds And Dramas, Nollywood Is A Mighty Economic Machine - CNN by anonymous6(f): 8:19pm On Mar 28|
|Foreign Affairs / Re: More Than Feuds And Dramas, Nollywood Is A Mighty Economic Machine - CNN by anonymous6(f): 2:47am On Mar 26|
yea I saw October 1, excellent movie
|Foreign Affairs / More Than Feuds And Dramas, Nollywood Is A Mighty Economic Machine - CNN by anonymous6(f): 3:07pm On Mar 25|
(CNN)They used to be the preserve of informal home gatherings around old flickering TV sets, but Nollywood films have now gone global.
Movie streaming giant Netflix has dedicated an entire section to Nigeria's mega film industry, so rather than having to buy a DVD, viewers around the world can now get their fix of Nigerian drama straight to their computer screens -- Nollywood is notorious for churning out hundreds of movies per month, capturing viewers with stories ranging from romance and drama to comedy and witchcraft.
iROKOtv, a Nigerian online platform for on-demand films, already streams home-grown movies to the diaspora around the world, but with 25% of Nigerians predicted to access the internet via their mobile phone by 2018, the home market is expected to grow too.
Befitting the mammoth industry that Nollywood is, its glamorous movie stars are revered in the country as any Hollywood A-listers would be. Shown above are four of Nigerian film's most recognizable faces.
Ramsey Nouah stumbled into the film industry almost by accident. He was looking for funds to cover his school fees when a friend suggested he tried acting. Some 25 years later, Nouah is today one of Nollywood most prolific stars.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, heralded as the queen of Nollywood, has appeared in around 300 films since her debut in 1995. Her allure earned her the nickname of "Omosexy," while two years ago she was named one of the top 100 influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
Jeta Amata comes from a family of Nollywood stars, so it was perhaps not surprising that he became one of Nigeria's most prominent film directors. He is often praised for the high production values and strong narratives of his movies, and has worked with both Nollywood and Hollywood famous stars, including Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.
Genevieve Nnaji, dubbed the "Julia Roberts of Nollywood," has been acting since the age of eight and has won the 2005 African Academy Movie Award for Best Actress.
Nigeria's film industry pumps out around 50 movies per week and is estimated to generate around $600 million annually for the country's economy. With more than 1,200 films a year, it's the world's second biggest producer behind India. Nollywood is also Nigeria's second biggest provider of work, employing directly or indirectly more than one million people, according to the United States International Trade Commission.
However, films are typically low-budget and revenues are small. One of the highest grossing Nollywood film so far is thought to be "Ije: The journey", which generated $500,000 when it was released in 2010. It stars two of Nollywood's biggest stars, Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde as sisters fighting for justice.
In recent years, a new wave of filmmakers who want to shake off Nollywood's reputation for shoddy productions is emerging. Dubbed the New Nigeria cinema, these young professionals want to create a movie industry which can compete with Hollywood -- not just in quantity but also quality.
Actor Wale Ojo, one of the biggest supporters of the movement, told CNN: "New Nigeria Cinema basically means an elevation of Nigerian film -- high production values, good strong narratives, stories that capture the essence of who we are as Nigerians, as Africans.
"And it means also that these films can be shown at international film festivals anywhere in the world, from Toronto to Cannes to Venice."
|Foreign Affairs / Re: America Should Take Responsibility For The Brussels Terror Attacks by anonymous6(f): 3:40am On Mar 24|
Lol, if that's what you think but there is enough blame to go around and Putin is part of it
|Foreign Affairs / Re: 'Netflix Of Africa' Brings Nollywood To World - CNN by anonymous6(f): 12:51am On Mar 24|
no they didn't
|Foreign Affairs / Re: America Should Take Responsibility For The Brussels Terror Attacks by anonymous6(f): 12:49am On Mar 24|
oh please , if Obama is responsible then lets also put blame on former President Bush Sr and Jr, former President Clinton, Former Prime minister Blair and current Prime minster Martin, Current Prime Minister of Germany and France, Lets even add Putin in this as well cause the blame goes to everybody based on your thinking. The honest truth is the world has changed from the terror times of world war 2 and regardless of who was in charge it would have happened. World leaders have to learn how to go by a new set of rules now whether they like it or not and if Trump was elected which I doubt not only will he have war with almost all of the middle east, he would have war with China, north Korea and other countries so be careful what you wish for.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Africa's 'happiest' Countries Revealed - CNN by anonymous6(f): 12:40am On Mar 24|
|Foreign Affairs / Re: World's Best City For Expats Revealed - CNN by anonymous6(f): 12:39am On Mar 24|
They didn't specify but Im guessing any where in general or just the western world
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