The Devastating Effects of Online Trolls and Cyberbullying

    Everyone knows that kids can be mean, but with modern technology this phenomenon has escalated to new heights. Damaging young impressionable minds, causing severe depression–and in some cases, even suicide–online trolling and bullying has become a serious issue across the globe. Stories are shared of kids in Japan taking their own lives; young…

Humorous #IfAfricaWasASchool Tweets Grabbing Positive Attention Worldwide

  What started as a simple hashtag has spread to all four corners of the globe. Created and popularized by African nationals, #IfAfricaWasASchool pokes fun at different countries and cultures by re-imagining them as high school stereotypes. Some countries are the jocks, for example, while others are the nerds or band geeks. “#IfAfricaWasASchool Ivory Coast…

“I believe there can be no global development without African development.”

  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged a $30 billion investment in Africa on August 27, 2016, noting that his country has faith in Africa’s future. Abe was in Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). He said the $30 billion in public and private support for education, healthcare…

Braids and Birth Control: Hairdressers Provide Free Family Planning Advice in Guinea

  Five salons since 2012 have been offering more than just a beautiful head full of braids; these Conakry, Guinea, businesses are sharing information with their customers about contraception. This idea is new for many of their patrons. With Guinea women having an average of five children, and the lowest contraceptive use rates in the…

TICAD VI – Promoting African Development for the Future

  The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) promotes high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. Japan proposed the conference to the United Nations in 1991 and held the first event in Tokyo in 1993. Subsequent meetings took place in 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013 and most recently on Aug. 27-28, 2016.…

U.S. Women’s Basketball Team Celebrates 40 Years of Court Mastery

Unstoppable is the perfect word to describe the United States Women’s Basketball Team’s gold medal-winning performance at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The Americans were unchallenged in the tournament, winning by an average of 40 points-per-game and eclipsing the 100-point mark in five of those victories. Some observers believe the gold standard was set by…