“Hidden Figures”: An Untold Story Shines on Film

    Hidden Figures is the previously untold story of three African-American women—two mathematicians and one engineer —who worked at NASA in the early 1960s. With both their gender and race serving as obstacles to their advancement and acceptance by colleagues, mathematicians Katherine Goble Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn, along with engineer Mary Jackson, helped set…

Goodbye President Obama and First Lady Michelle: We Will Miss You!

  It’s a rainy and gloomy day at the White House as President Obama prepares to step down as Commander-in-Chief—an appropriate ambiance for many Americans as their President of “Hope” spends his final moments in Washington. Obama spent his final hours wrapping up his last-minute checklist, including offering multiple pardons and commutations, treating his staff…

Teju Cole Among African Finalists for PEN America Literary Awards

  PEN America has given African literature enthusiasts reason to celebrate. Four African authors are among the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. Among them is Nigerian-American Teju Cole, the first writer in the awards’ 54-year history to be nominated twice in one year: for the $10,000 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of…