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Hero mom stops man from sexually assaulting toddler on playground

By |March 14th, 2017|

(Fotolia)A Missouri man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a 2-year-old girl before being stopped by a hero mother on Friday. The mother of a two-year-old girl allegedly saw William L. Bates Jr. “eyeballing” her children, according to her statement to police. Bates then allegedly walked up behind the girl, grabbed her by the hips, and pulled her [...]

High Court: Police Hindered the Investigation Into the 1994 Assassination Attempt of Nelson Mandela

By |March 14th, 2017|

Nelson MandelaThe investigation into a suspected plot by cops to kill former president Nelson Mandela at his 1994 inauguration was “covered up,” it emerged in the Western Cape High Court on Monday. This was despite a handcrafted gun, meant to have been used in the assassination, being found in a national police office at the [...]

Chicago girl spends birthday feeding the homeless

By |March 13th, 2017|

(Photo: Artesha Crews/ABC News)Instead of a birthday party, one 6-year-old in Chicago wanted to spend her day feeding the homeless. According to her mother, Artesha Crews, little Armani Crews had been saying for a “few months” that she wanted to feed the homeless instead of having a party, but her parents thought “she was joking.” “I [...]

Sister Sledge member Joni Sledge dies at 60

By |March 13th, 2017|

(L-R) Camille Sledge, Joni Sledge and Amber Sledge of the music group Sister Sledge attend the 'We Are Family' CD & DVD release party hosted by Rodney Jerkins and Robert Goodwin August 17, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) NEW YORK (AP) — Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the [...]

Nollywood Is Coming of Age and Everyone Should Take Notice

By |March 12th, 2017|

It is certainly no secret that the proud nation of Nigeria, a major oil producer and Africa’s leading economy, has recently experienced its share of problems. President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-month absence due to an undisclosed illness has heightened concerns for a country already reeling from a shrinking economy and spiraling inflation. In such an environment, [...]

Lost Kingdoms of Africa 1 of 4 Nubia

By |March 11th, 2017|

Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford explores the history of the old African kingdom of Nubia.

ABC’s first black ‘Bachelorette’ feels pressured to pick a black man

By |March 11th, 2017|

(ABC)Rachel Lindsay is ABC’s first black ‘Bachelorette,’ and with that historic role, she definitely feels the pressure. “To be the first African-American woman is a beautiful thing,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m honored and humbled to be the one chosen. Because that’s how I feel: like I was chosen to be in this role.” During [...]

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Egyptian Statue Believed to be Pharaoh Ramses II

By |March 10th, 2017|

Khaled Desouki / AFPRemains of an ancient Egyptian statue believed to depict Pharaoh Ramses II have been found hidden in an area of flooded wasteland in Cairo. The statue’s head and broken torso were recovered from a pit of earth and water by a team of German and Egyptian archaeologists in Cairo’s Matareya district on [...]

D.C. Exhibit Highlights the Contributions of Haitians to American History

By |March 10th, 2017|

Josephine Mary Premice was one of the premier stage actresses of the 1940s and 1950s. She appeared in numerous Broadway plays, including “Blue Holiday,” “Jamaica,” “A Hand is on the Gate” and “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” garnering Tony-award nominations for her performances. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., her parents were Haitian immigrants and part of the aristocracy [...]

Atlanta officer involved in fatal shooting received prior complaints

By |March 10th, 2017|

(Photo: APD/Facebook)Investigator Yasin Abdulahad, who shot and killed Deaundre Phillips outside an Atlanta police annex on Jan. 25, had received prior complaints alleging that he used unnecessary force, but none of them led to any disciplinary action. The 11-year veteran is currently under investigation for the shooting of Phillips. Abdulahad reportedly fired into Phillips’ car after [...]