US Secretary of State Concludes Africa Visit Earlier Than Expected

The first major visit to the African region from a high-profile American official in the troubled Trump administration was cut short due to diplomatic issues between the United States and North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former oil industry leader who has been at odds with President Donald Trump on various issues, participated…

International Women’s Day 2018: Making Inclusion a Priority

On March 8, the United States will join other UN nation states in celebrating International Women’s Day. This day is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It’s also meant to encourage further progress. Although progress has been made when it comes to women’s rights and gender…

RippleNami: An African App Changing How We Look at the World

Of all the major developments of the Information Age, data visualization has been one of the most significant. Edward Tufte, a prominent American scholar who has been studying examples of data visualization since they first appeared on cave paintings of the Paleolithic period, has said that science and art have something in common: they both…

Black History Month: Spotlight on the Remarkable Sojourner Truth

The abolition of slavery in the United States is an important topic of discussion during African-American History Month. Although the abolitionist movement is often said to have started when the Mennonite and Quaker communities of Pennsylvania published a pamphlet condemning slavery in 1688, organized resistance by Africans was recorded as early as 1522. By the…

Black Panther Could Help Highlight African Royalty Traditions 

  At the premiere for the hotly anticipated film Black Panther, star Chadwick Boseman told reporters, “It’s not just a movie.” He’s right. It’s an exciting blockbuster, sure, but the story of superhero T’Challa and the African nation of Wakanda is also a celebration of Africa and its rich history and culture. We knew Black Panther was going to…

Black Panther Delivers: tickets show massive sales

Black Panther Delivers  The long-awaited film Black Panther won’t hit theaters for a few more weeks but advance tickets have been selling like crazy. In fact, they’re outselling all previous superhero movies. Though the general public still has to wait a bit longer, the premiere has come and gone and there have been a number of early screenings. Initial…

Sabrina Simader: Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Alpine Skiing

Sabrina Simader: Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Alpine Skiing During the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there will be one competitor’s name that will surely standout from the rest in the alpine skiing events: Sabrina Wanjiku Simader. The February 9th to 25th games will be an opportunity for the 19-year old…

African Athletes Make Waves at Winter Olympics

The South Korean city of PyeongChang is ready to welcome athletes from around the world for the major international sporting event known as the Winter Olympics. Even though news preceding the opening day ceremony have mostly centered on the participation of North Korean athletes and the reinstatement of Russian competitors previously banned for doping violations,…