“I’m just tired of people paying for the illusion that more expensive means better, when in reality my shoes cost $5 to make”
Said basketball great Michael Jordan on why he is lowering the price on his super popular Air Jordan brand sneakers.
The unveiling of an ugly copy of a famously beautiful bust of Queen Nefertiti caused Egyptians to mock the authorities as well as the current state of art in the country.
Queen Nefertiti ruled Egypt alongside her husband in the 14th century BCE, and her beauty is legendary – her name in fact translates as “a beautiful woman has arrived.” Our modern picture of the ancient queen has been largely shaped by a bust unearthed in 1912 which currently sits in a museum in Berlin – its ownership is the subject of frequent debate between Egypt and Germany.
Robert Doyle pleaded guilty in a Virginia courtroom Feb. 5 to charges related to a plot to attack black churches and Jewish synogogues.NBC12.COM
A Virginia man admitted to a judge that he planned to attack black churches and synagogues in the hope of triggering a race war.
Robert Doyle pleaded guilty Friday to several charges related to that plot, NBC12.com reports.
The FBI said it foiled the scheme, which included two other suspects, in a sting operation.
According to federal investigators, Doyle held a meeting at his Chesterfield, Va., home in September to discuss “shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues.
Doyle and Ronald Chaney, another suspect, tried to purchase guns and explosives from an undercover agent one month later. Authorities arrested both men in November when they tried to make the purchase.
The prosecutor accused the two men and a third suspect, Charles Halderman, of also plotting to rob a jeweler to buy the weapons.
Doyle faces up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit a robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The judge will sentence him on May 2.
Halderman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and will be sentenced on April 25. Chaney, who has a lengthy criminal record, has not yet gone before a judge.
Read more at NBC12.com.
Aurion Legacy of Kori-Odan (Photograph — gameblog.fr)
article by Hadassah Egbedi via venturesafrica.com:
The growth of Africa’s comic culture has given rise to the likes of Comic Republic with superhero characters and lifestyles that Africans can finally relate with and the reception so far has been incredible. However, a young Cameroonian may just have taken this initiative to the next level. Madiba Olivier, who has always enjoyed video games, is now pioneering his own brand of games with African content and characters in central Africa by incorporating African folklore.
Olivier decided to invest in his passion by establishing Kiro’o Games, central Africa’s first video game studio that is creating a new narrative and visual benchmark for the gaming industry. With their latest project, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, an action-RPG (Role Playing Game), the studio intends to unify and transmit African culture by combining various myths, tales and traditional values into the gaming experience.
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Not only is the Michigan government poisoning residents, but now they are threatening to take their children for not paying for it.
Flint, MI – As the water crisis in Flint deepens, it is becoming apparent that the effects of the lead-infested water are not just a health hazard, but the situation has the potential of ruining many more lives outside of the poison issue. There is no denying that the water in Flint is undrinkable and that it is contaminated with lead and other substances, and it is clear that the government of Flint is responsible for the problem.
However, the city’s government continues to charge people for the poison water and then threatening to foreclose their home or take their children if they refuse to pay. Michigan law states that parents are neglectful if they do not have running water in their home, and if they chose not to pay for water they can’t drink anyway, then they could be guilty of child endangerment. Flint resident Melissa Mays says that some residents have already received similar threats from the government if they refuse to pay their bills.
Angelo Ross, 18, center, attends a hearing about teen joblessness in Chicago in 2015. Ross was at risk of losing his internship at a restaurant.
Nearly half of young black men in Chicago are neither in school nor working, far exceeding the share nationally and in comparable big cities, according to a new report.
Forty-seven percent of 20- to 24-year-old black men in Chicago, and 44 percent in Illinois, were out of school and out of work in 2014, according to the report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute that was commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network.
This weekend, a report revealing that African women immigrating to Israel were subjected to mandatory contraceptive injections, effectively amounting to forced (if temporary) sterilization made global headlines.
Some 130,000 Ethiopians, most of them Jewish, live in Israel. The community experiences higher poverty and unemployment rates than the rest of the country’s Jewish population. In the past decade, the birth rate among Ethiopian-Israelis has declined by at least 20 percent. Advocacy groups now claim this decline is the result of a birth control regimen forced upon Ethiopian immigrant women.
Minneapolis, Minnesota superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is making sure that students of color are getting the same treatment as white students when it comes to suspension in their schools. Black children are suspended ten times more than white students and she wants to make sure that changes. In order to do so she has come up with new guidelines for her schools.
A group of suspected white supremacists fired into a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists protesting the Minneapolis police killing of Jamar Clark.
At least five people were wounded when the gunmen opened fire about 10:45 p.m. Monday at the city’s Fourth Precinct, reported the Star Tribune.
Police said all five victims were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, although authorities said additional victims may have been wounded and sought treatment on their own.
Investigators have not released much information so far about the possible suspects, saying only they were seeking three white men, but protesters said they had a pretty clear idea of who fired the gunshots.
“A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” said Miski Noor, a Black Lives Matter activist.
Another demonstrator said one of the three men wore a mask and stayed at the protest site since early morning Monday, taunting the protesters.