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|Foreign Affairs / Obama Counsels Black Lives Matter Activists: ‘you Can’t Just Keep On Yelling’ by anonymous6(f): 4:58pm On Apr 25, 2016|
Obama counsels Black Lives Matter activists: ‘You can’t just keep on yelling’ - The Washington Post
[b]LONDON — President Obama, speaking to young activists and leaders at a town hall meeting here Saturday, offered some unsolicited guidance to those pressing for change back home and had some tough words for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The president was asked about the social movements that made him change his mind about issues in the White House. He credited the campaign for marriage equality for gay Americans for leading him to reverse his position, and then he pivoted to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The young black activists have been “really effective in bringing attention to problems” of the criminal justice system and police violence, Obama said.
But he cautioned that the group’s leaders had been too dismissive of elected officials. “Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention … then you can't just keep on yelling at them. And you can't refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position,” Obama said.
Obama met with civil rights activists, including representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement, in February at the White House to discuss criminal justice reform. Aislinn Pulley, one of the co-founders of the group’s Chicago chapter, declined the invitation. “I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimize the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it,” Pulley wrote in an essay for Truthout, an online news organization.
Obama didn’t mention Pulley on Saturday, but he criticized some Black Lives Matter activists who, he said, were unwilling to negotiate with elected leaders.
“The value of social movements and activism is to get you at the table, get you in the room, and then to start trying to figure out how is this problem going to be solved,” Obama said. “You, then, have a responsibility to prepare an agenda that is achievable, that can institutionalize the changes you seek.”
The president also noted that he was speaking from experience. "I started as a community organizer trying to pressure politicians into getting things done," he said. "And now I’m on the other side."[/b]
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Harriet Tubman, Will Be On New US $20 Bill - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:53pm On Apr 25, 2016|
yea I agree but I find it funny and agree with the decision though
|Celebrities / Re: Meet Sons Of Popular Actress Bukky Wright (photos) by anonymous6(f): 8:18pm On Apr 22, 2016|
oh cool, she has good children making her proud, but I always thought her children were younger. any way it would have been nice if she had a daughter to, a mini bukky.
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 11:36am On Apr 22, 2016|
I know, I don't get it either
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 8:34pm On Apr 21, 2016|
You copy the youtube link then paste it on the space you will comment on then post it
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 8:00pm On Apr 21, 2016|
Amen, thanks for the video
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|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:59pm On Apr 21, 2016|
yea, to be honest I don't get why people did that with both of them, it made no sense but I feel they got away with it with prince and micheal because both of them were light skinned and had the same body type, even though only one of them is naturally light skinned.
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:37pm On Apr 21, 2016|
Take that debate some place else, I am not interested. If you feel Micheal is better then Prince then thats fine but as I said before nobody can ever compare them nor did I ever. So I don't know the point of your debate with me
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:33pm On Apr 21, 2016|
Like I said I am not comparing nor did I ever compare them. All I know is both sang well in their hay day. Take that debate some place else
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:31pm On Apr 21, 2016|
True I agree, but I don't know about them being executed though but when I was young I remember someone compared them. As young as I was then in my opinion I felt you can't compare them, I don't see how you can, they have different types of styles, swagger and music maybe because of their skin color
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:27pm On Apr 21, 2016|
you need to reread my statement. I am not comparing musicians. I said Nigerians knew Prince like they knew Micheal Jackson, I never said they were in different levels or one was above the other. Take that argument some place else cause nobody can ever replace Micheal Jackson, just like nobody can replace Prince.
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:19pm On Apr 21, 2016|
I disagree, many Nigerians knew who Prince was like they knew Micheal Jackson. I was born and raised America but my parents are Nigerian and they have his old records beside micheal jackson, King Sunny ade, Obey, Fela, Marvin Gaye and other top Nigerian and some legendary American singers. It was my parents who even introduce me to his music. so it depends
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:10pm On Apr 21, 2016|
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 7:01pm On Apr 21, 2016|
True its a fact of life, how someone is prepared for it is based on the individual themselves and how they lived their life but Prince was still young, he was not in his 70's or anything. Any way who knows what he was going through. Micheal Jackson died in his early 50's as well and it wasn't really his time yet either
|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 6:56pm On Apr 21, 2016|
I thought it was a joke to but once BBC confirmed it, I was shocked. He died to young and there have been rumors that he was planning to do a big world tour soon
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|Celebrities / Re: American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 6:41pm On Apr 21, 2016|
|Celebrities / American Singer, Prince Dies At 57 At Paisley Park - BBC by anonymous6(f): 6:39pm On Apr 21, 2016|
The hugely popular and acclaimed musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist has said.
Police were called to a medical emergency at his Paisley Park estate earlier on Thursday, US media reported. An investigation is underway.
Prince became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain and Sign O' the Times.
He sold more than 100 million records during his career.
A singer, songwriter, arranger and multi instrumentalist, Prince recorded more than 30 albums. His best known hits include Let's Go Crazy and When Doves Cry.
In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame.
Last week he was rushed to hospital hours after performing on stage, but was soon released.
|Foreign Affairs / Harriet Tubman, Will Be On New US $20 Bill - BBC by anonymous6(f): 4:46pm On Apr 21, 2016|
[b][size=20pt]Harriet Tubman, anti-slavery activist, to be on new US $20 bill[/size]
Anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will be the first woman to appear on a US banknote for more than a century.
Tubman, who was born a slave around 1820 and helped hundreds of others escape, will feature on the new $20 bill, the US Treasury announced.
She will replace former President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner.
The Treasury has dropped plans to remove the image of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founders of the US financial system, from the $10 bill.
It had faced a backlash over the plan.
While Ms Tubman will feature on the front of the $20 bill, President Jackson's image will move to the back.
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that Harriet Tubman was "not just a historical figure but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy."
"Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embodies the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates," he added.
Leaders from the women's rights movement - Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul - will be pictured on the back of the $10 bill.
The back of the $5 bill - which depicts Abraham Lincoln on the front - will show prominent leaders from US history including singer Marian Anderson, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
The women last depicted on US notes were former first lady Martha Washington, on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and Native American Pocahontas , in a group photo on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869.
James Cook, BBC News, North America correspondent
Harriet Tubman is best known in the United States for her role in smuggling slaves to safety via the Underground Railroad.
But her role in the US civil war was just as remarkable.
She operated as a scout for the Union forces, often behind enemy lines, most notably guiding the dramatic armed raid at Combahee Ferry in South Carolina in which three gunboats evaded Confederate positions and liberated more than 700 slaves.
"I nebber see such a sight," said Ms Tubman later, describing how slaves laden with children, pigs and chickens had rushed from the fields towards the boats. "We laughed, an' laughed, an' laughed," she recalled.
In 1863 this was an extraordinary military role for any woman, let alone for an escaped slave.
As for Andrew Jackson, his enduring numismatic role is ironic not only because the slave-trading president has been pushed to the back of the $20 bill by a freed slave but also because he regarded the very existence of paper money as a "deep-seated evil."
Harriett Tubman was born into slavery in the 1820s. After suffering a serious head injury, she escaped and helped to free more than 70 slaves through the "Underground Railroad", a network of anti-slavery activists and safe houses.
Ms Tubman was the winner of an online poll run by campaign group Women On 20s.
Its executive director, Susan Ades Stone, told the BBC that the "freedom fighter" was "a fantastic choice."
"She is really quite remarkable," she said, noting the irony of moving Andrew Jackson to the back of a bill which would feature a freed slave on the front.
"It's not what we envisioned but I think that it will make for an interesting narrative and it will keep alive a lot of the history lessons that we can learn from his actions and his policies," said Ms Ades Stone.
Other potential candidates for the spot included Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and leader of the Cherokee nation Wilma Mankiller.
Alexander Hamilton staying on the $10 bill was due in part to the popularity of Broadway musical "Hamilton".
Cast members visited the White House and spoke to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in March.
After the meeting, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway show, tweeted that Mr Lew told him he would be "very happy" after they announced changes to the US notes.
The Treasury Department also put out a statement after the meeting that reiterated Mr Lew's "commitment to continue to honour Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill".[/b]
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Meet African King Who Works As Mechanic In Germany & Rules His People Via Skype by anonymous6(f): 5:32pm On Apr 08, 2016|
Interesting but the way Africans claim totality and want to be king or queen has reduce the significance of royality in Africa to a extent, so this story is not surprising to me
|Foreign Affairs / Re: Prostitutes Divided As France Ban Paying For Sex. by anonymous6(f): 5:28pm On Apr 08, 2016|
I'm surprised there wasn't a law against it in the first place however France culturally are not conservative when it comes to sexuality and romance so I guess it makes sense
|Foreign Affairs / White House Finds Temporary Fix In Zika Funding Fight by anonymous6(f): 9:19pm On Apr 06, 2016|
[b]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.[/b]
|Music/Radio / Re: Is Hip Hop Destroying Black America? by anonymous6(f): 9:15pm On Apr 06, 2016|
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, 2016|
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, 2016|
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, 2016|
[b]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.[/b]
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