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First Trailer for African Action Thriller ‘Indemnity’ Playing at Fantasia

First Trailer for African Action Thriller ‘Indemnity’ Playing at Fantasia by Alex Billington July 28, 2021Source: YouTube “Someone’s trying to…

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Health

African swine fever: No risk to consumers

African swine fever (ASF), first detected in Germany in domestic pigs on 15 July 2021, does not pose a health…

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Celebrity News

South African Surfer Suffers Horrific Injuries In Shark Attack, Gruesome Photos

A South African man suffered horrific injuries after being viscously attacked by a shark while surfing along the country’s coastline…

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USA

South African looting ‘orchestrated,’ police minister says

Shadowy forces are increasingly claimed to be behind the devastating looting and violence which has led to over 100 deaths…

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Streaming Media

Soweto: South African city left devastated by looting – CNN Video

CNN’s David McKenzie reports from Soweto, South Africa, on the devastating aftereffects of looting and protests that took place in…

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UK

WE’RE barely two minutes into this week’s PMQs and Boris Johnson has already told a lie. In response to a plea from Andy Slaughter to think again about ripping up the Covid rules on Monday, he asserts that if the Labour MP had got his way in June 2016, “we would not have achieved the fastest vaccine rollout of any European country.” It’s entirely false to claim the vaccine rollout is a Brexit dividend, but it’s certainly a convenient way to dodge answering questions about why England, having “taken back control” from the EU, is now happy to let Covid-19 run rampant. Of course, it won’t be the government’s fault when that happens – the public will be to blame for making the wrong choices. Boris Johnson is also very clear that the government isn’t responsible for the appalling torrents of racial abuse directed at black England footballers at the weekend following their team’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final. And to be fair, who could possibly have predicted that senior politicians opposing anti-racism protests would embolden racists? The good news is that the football banning regime is to be strengthened so that people who direct racist abuse at footballers will be shut out of matches. The astonishing news is that this wasn’t already the case, but it’s well seen the Prime Minister is being specific with his language here. We wouldn’t want to see a blanket ban on racists at the football, would we? He’s hoping to get plenty more wear out of that England top. Does he regret failing to condemn those who booed the England players for taking the knee? Hell no – he’s more than happy to stoke the flames, then act the hero by phoning 999 when the fire is out of control. He arranged a special meeting with social media companies about getting “hate and racism off their platforms”, threatening them with financial penalties if they don’t. Talk is cheap, and yet last month the Prime Minister couldn’t spare a minute to condemn those jeering their own team’s players. Bizarrely, when trying to hammer home his points about “taking practical steps to fight racism”, he assures the House that he will use the threat of more legislation, “just as we used the threat of legislation to stop the European Super League”. What? Why is he throwing that in? Is it a sop to the racist football fans watching, who might need a reminder that he’s on their side when it really matters? “Football’s game, racism isn’t,” shoots back Starmer, building up to his snappy summary: “far from giving racism the red card, the Prime Minister gave it the green light.” Johnson simply waves away the accusation. However, the Labour leader was merely the support act for Ian Blackford, who isn’t about to let Johnson off that easily. Confronted with the fact that he once referred to Commonwealth citizens as “flag-waving piccaninnies” and to African people’s “watermelon smiles”, the Prime Minister laughably claims “you can take things out of context.” Presumably the social media companies he’s threatening with stiff financial penalties will be able to fall back on exactly the same plea, especially when it comes to policing of emoji use. Someone needs to inform Johnson that not every racist is stupid enough to spell out their racist opinions in a Daily Telegraph column, which can be easily consulted should anyone seek to clarify the context. But hey, some of Johnson’s best Cabinet members are ethnic minorities and if anyone knows about racism it’s Priti Patel. She’s done her best to recruit more black and ethnic minority police officers, you see. All the better to crack down – and be seen to be cracking down – on the racially aggravated offences that increase when those in power blatantly fan the flames.

WE’RE barely two minutes in to this week’s PMQs and Boris Johnson has already told a lie. In response to…

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Entertainment & Arts

How EbonyLife Founder Mo Abudu Kicked Down Doors To Bring African Stories To Netflix, AMC & Sony

Mo Abudu attempted to crack Hollywood for years, but her steely belief that the world needed to hear African stories…

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USA

7 African penguins mysteriously dead at Florida aquarium

Seven African penguins at Tampa’s Florida Aquarium have died due to an unknown cause.  The aquarium announced the news in…

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Entertainment & Arts

Scripps National Spelling Bee Has First African American Winner Ever In 8th Grader Zaila Avant-Garde

Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde took the top prize at the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling the…

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USA

Randy Moore to become US Forest Service’s first African American chief

Moore, a longtime employee of the Forest Service, will take the agency’s reins just as it braces for the 2021…

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