Thursday, February 28

Watch former Ghana president get out of car to direct traffic.

A former president of Ghana is being hailed by many for doing the unexpected directing vehicular traffic. Jerry John Rawlings, a former military leader and first president of Ghana’s fourth republic, was captured on Sunday evening intervening in a traffic situation on a busy street in Prampram, a coastal town in the country’s Greater Accra region. Local media report that drivers often create four lanes on a single-lane road, causing severe traffic and leaving commuters stranded. The former head of state, who had often noticed the indiscipline on that stretch of road, decided to step out of his car to control traffic flow when he bumped into a similar scene this weekend. Rawlings, who was not satisfied with the conduct of the drivers, decided to “step out and direct traffic and bring a sense of orderliness”.His act drew the attention of passersby and hawkers who were heard praising him for his efforts in a viral video that had been shared on social media.





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[đź“˝ICYMI] Rawlings turns traffic warden as impunity on the road worsens #Yensempa

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The former leader has since made a passionate appeal for joint police and military operation to be posted to the area to manage traffic and ensure discipline. Rawlings, a former Ghanaian military leader and politician, ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a short period in 1979. He led a military junta until 1992 and served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana. Currently focused on writing his memoirs, Rawlings is globally admired for his patriotism, charisma, and his anti-corruption ideals. He remains politically active both locally and internationally. Not too long after leaving office in 2001, Rawlings volunteered time and was committed as an Eminent Person for the United Nations International Year of Volunteers 2001. He engaged himself in the fight to contain HIV/AIDS in various African countries including Botswana, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Swaziland and Tanzania. In October 2010, the African Union appointed Jerry John Rawlings as the AU High Representative to Somalia to “mobilize the continent and the rest of the international community to fully assume its responsibilities and contribute more actively to the quest for peace, security and reconciliation in Somalia.”The 71-year-old is still instrumental in Ghana’s social justice, political and socio-economic development. African leaders ordinarily do not get on the grounds to do dirty jobs, but Rawlings was, during his tenure, spotted cleaning gutters and sweeping streets in the 1990s. Other African leaders have since followed suit, especially when canvassing for votes.

New Yorkers hail city’s new law against discrimination based on hair which can attract $250k penalty.


Thanks to new guidance issued by New York City, it is now illegal to discriminate someone based on their hair. The law was passed earlier this week and has since been received very well especially by the black community who have suffered in several spaces due to their naturally given hair. Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City is reported to have expressed immense joy at the very much needed developments stating that “bias against the curly textured hair of people of African descent is as old as this country and a form of race-based discrimination.”The new guidelines from the New York City Human Rights Law update the older one and make clear that the law now protects citizens’ rights to wear their hair in a manner associated with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities. Specifically identifying black people’s rights to wear “locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”The new guidelines which make it very possible for legal action, allows the city commission levy penalties of up to $250,000 on defendants who are found in violation of the guidelines. Carmelyn Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission stated that: “In New York City, we want to make the bold statement that these prohibitions on hairstyles that are closely associated with black people are a form of race discrimination. They really fail to consider the toll these bans take on black identity.”black identity.”

Wanda Sykes
✔@iamwandasykes
Ok, did you assholes get together and ask, “How can we make this THE worst Black History Month ever? I mean let’s really fuck it up.”

Carmelyn P. Malalis@CarmelynMalalis
… #YourHairYourRightNYC pic.twitter.com/mmpP89C8Sq

The guidelines come at a time when many hair discriminatory stories have since the latter part of 2019 to date taken up much of African-American related new. The latest being the case of a New Jersey student wrestler who in December 2018 was forced to cut off his dreadlocks before being able to fight. Currently, the New York City Human Rights Commission is investigating seven cases in which people have complained of discrimination on the basis of their hair. The new guidelines which are long overdue is still a step into the right direction and several individuals in the USA are calling on their states to walk in the steps of New York City.

NYC Human Rights✔@NYCCHR
We are “calling out policies prohibiting hairstyles most closely associated with black people. They are based on racist stereotypes that say black hairstyles are improper.” - Cmsr @CarmelynMalalis re:new Commission guidance #YourHairYourRightNYC @nytimes

New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
New guidelines out this week give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, punished or fired because of the style of their hair.
NYC Human Rights✔@NYCCHR
We are “calling out policies prohibiting hairstyles most closely associated with black people. They are based on racist stereotypes that say black hairstyles are improper.” Cmsr @CarmelynMalalis re: new Commission guidance #YourHairYourRightNYC @nytimes

New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
New guidelines out this week give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, punished or fired because of the style of their hair.
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gillian scott-ward@Back2NaturalDoc
Overjoyed with this and PROUD to have screened for @NYCCHR & 2 be footnote #27 in these protection guidelines. First step is regulations, second steps is changing hearts and minds. We hope to screen the film again for the city to promote healing

Carmelyn P. Malalis@CarmelynMalalis
One of my favorite photos of @BarackObama #PresidentsDay
Hair is a part of you. Race discrimination based on hair is illegal in NYC. #YourHairYourRightNYC@NYCCHR released new legal enforcement guidance addressing discrimination based on hair.

Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.@CahnLawNY
Thank you @CarmelynMalalis and @NYCCHR for continuing to make #NYC’s #workplace protections some of the strongest in the country. No employee should have to choose between their identity and their job. #Employmentlaw #civilrights.
TheNobleJournalist✔@noblejonesontv
Black people in #NewYork now have the right to wear their natural hair at work! The guidelines protect people who are treated unfairly because of their hair. The city commission can levy penalties up to $250k w/ no cap on damages.


New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
New guidelines out this week give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, punished or fired because of the style of their hair.
Precise@Precise_Chi
Sigh...this is a victory I know...but it just feels like a reminder of what we have been dealing with for so long 250 25 people are talking about this
Precise@Precise_Chi
Replying to @noblejonesontv @JamilahLemieux
Sigh...this is a victory I know...but it just feels like a reminder of what we have been dealing with for so long
Robin Hood@__Chimaera

I can’t believe this had to be written into law
HuffPost BlackVoices✔@blackvoices
The guidance says New Yorkers have the right to “maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are closely associated with their racial, ethnic or cultural identities.”
New York City Aims To Stop Hairstyle Discrimination
The guidelines enable people to seek fines if they've been harassed or punished in workplaces, schools or public spaces because of their hair.huffpost.com

Paula Bradford@pbrad22
Agree with this guidance except for food service. When hair is too long or dishevelled it can become unsanitary for food service. Long, funky, beards should not be allowed around food as well.


El@ElStrickland

Black people in New York now have the right to wear their natural hair at work!


Sky News@SkyNews
Employers have been warned they could face legal action for banning styles associated with black people, such as afros, dreadlocks or cornrows, or for instructing black workers to straighten their hair.

New York City vows to end hairstyle discrimination after 'racist stereotypes'
Employers are warned they could face legal action for banning styles associated with black people such as afros and dreadlocks.

M @Libran_Phoenix
The fact this even needs a law to begin with is an issue in itself and don’t expect us to be grateful.

Sky News✔@SkyNews
Employers have been warned they could face legal action for banning styles associated with black people, such as afros, dreadlocks or cornrows, or for instructing black workers to straighten their hair.

New York City vows to end hairstyle discrimination after 'racist stereotypes'
Employers are warned they could face legal action for banning styles associated with black people such as afros and dreadlocks.
Charles Kwaku-Odoi@charleskod
This is long overdue
Good Morning Britain@GMB
New rules are being introduced in New York City which includes a ban on discrimination based on peoples' hair in a bid to tackle racist prejudice. Should this policy come to the UK? @TrishaGoddard says she believes in ‘education, rather than legislation’.

Positively PerfectUK@positivelypuk
Any discrimination based on someone’s appearance should be stopped. Whether hair is Afro, bleached or multicoloured doesn’t affect ability.

Bullied by students and teachers, this 11-yr-old boy is on life support after attempted suicide.

11-year-old Jamari Dent, a student at the Carter G Woodson Middle School in Chicago is currently on life support after attempting to take his own life as a result of being bullied at school. According to the victim’s family, the incident occurred on Monday. Dent’s mother, Tianna Black, ran to his room after his sister found him and called for her.“I ran to his room and he was on his knees with a sheet wrapped around his neck and gone already,” Black said. Black further disclosed her son, who has a learning disability was constantly bullied by students and surprisingly teachers at the school for over a year. She accused them of calling her son “stupid, dumb and retarded,” she said.“My son told me he wished he died four months ago,” she said. “He’s tired of the teachers messing with him.”In another interview, she said she reported the bullying incidents, which also included physical abuse to the school board but they didn’t really do anything about it.“I went to the board. They told me it was my son’s word against the teacher’s word, and they couldn’t do anything about it, and that’s not right. My son is fighting for his life right now as we speak,” she said. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in a statement confirmed the case is under investigation.“This is a horrible tragedy, and the thoughts and prayers of the Chicago Public Schools community are with Jamari and his loved ones. The allegations that have been made are highly concerning, and the district is conducting a full investigation.”A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for Dent’s medical expenses with the target of $5000 being exceeded as of Wednesday. Meanwhile, Black has confirmed she will be moving her children to a different school after meeting with the school board.

Black Lives Matter hits Brazil after fatal chokehold of teenager.

The death of a 19-year old Afro-Brazilian has triggered demonstrations in some cities in the South American country with activists saying it is spurring the emergence of their very own Black Lives Matter movement. According to The Guardian, demonstrators gathered outside the Extra supermarket in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro demanding justice for the death of Pedro Gonzaga, who died of a heart attack on Thursday after a security guard attempted to subdue him with a “sleep hold”.In a video of the incident that has been circulating on social media, the security guard, Davi Amâncio, can be seen on top of a completely unmoving Gonzaga despite pleas from onlookers to let him go with one woman saying: “He is suffocating him.”Speaking with The Guardian, Lyz Ramos, a 19-year-old student protester said: “We have to take a position against this to stay alive. It’s a basic issue.”Some local media outlets, however, suggested Gonzaga instigated the incident. O Globo newspaper reported he was at the supermarket having lunch with his mother before heading to a rehab clinic as he was a drug user when he became aggressive and attempted to seize Amâncio’s gun. The video below, however, raises eyebrows of the claim he tried to reach for the gun: Afro-Brazilians are comparing the circumstances behind Gonzaga’s death to that of African-American Eric Garner, who died in a similar manner.A #VidasNegrasImportam (Black Lives Matter) campaign is also gaining momentum across Brazilian social media as a result.“There has never been a Black Lives Matter [movement] in Brazil to compare to the United States, but this year I think it will happen more often because the black community is more and more united,” said Rene Silva, one of the organisers of the Rio protest to The Guardian. “We want to talk about more about black lives matter, for society to understand we can’t stand racism anymore.”Majority of Brazilians who are killed each year are either black or mixed race with a 2018 annual Violence Atlas report by the government revealing they make up 71.5 per cent of the 64,000 casualties.Watch an extended version of the video below. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Mac Miller Recorded A Whole Album Before His Death.

Mac Miller Recorded A Whole Album Before His Death
Anytime a musician, artist or actor dies, the world mourns because not only is that person not around anymore, but we will never get to see the next masterpiece they could have created. That obviously applies to the late rapper Mac Miller, who died of an accidental drug overdose last year. His fifth studio album Swimming was nominated for a Grammy, Miller's first nod, which was a bittersweet moment. But it seems as though that 2018 album might not be his last.According to Chicago producer Thelonious Martin, Mac Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, did a collaborative album with producer and rapper Madlib. Martin has told DJ Booth: "When we were working on 'Guidelines,' he was always excited about all these other songs. He had this Madlib album, called Maclib."I opened for Madlib in Chicago last summer, at Pitchfork. So I'm opening for Madlib, and about 15, 20 minutes left in my set, Madlib pulls up. Pete Rock walks up as well."So I'm trying to focus and DJ and Madlib get on and 15 minutes into his set he just randomly plays a Mac Miller joint."And I turn to him, I'm like, 'There's more of these, right?' He's said, 'Oh, yeah, there's a whole album. Maclib.' What! What! He just kept moving on with his DJ set."If Madlib decides to bless the world with that project, he should."American bass guitarist Thundercat, who was mates with Miller, has confirmed the secret album on social media saying: "I was there when he recorded it. Blew my fucking mind."There was speculation that Mac Miller was going to win the 2019 Grammy for Best Album but was pipped on the night to Cardi B for her hit tracks off Invasion of Privacy. Miller's Swimming was released on 3 August - just over a month before he was found dead at his home outside Los Angeles at the age of 26. Shortly after his death, former girlfriend Ariana Grande shared a short video of the two together on her Instagram page, writing: "I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will. I can't believe you aren't here anymore. I really can't wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times."Hopefully, this Maclib gets released when it's ready and the world will get to feast their eyes on Miller's final project.

What we've learnt from the Nigerian election.

Man reads newspaper announcing election result in Kano, Nigeria 
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been re-elected for a second four-year term. His main rival, runner-up Atiku Abubakar, has called the election a "sham" and vowed to challenge the result in court. Here are five things we've learnt from an election marred by controversy.
It broke records for the wrong reasons: With 73 million able to vote, this could have been Africa's biggest-ever election but only a third of the electorate showed up. So what was billed as a record-breaking election did break the records but for an altogether different reason? The 2019 general election recorded the lowest turnout in Nigeria's 20-year history as a democracy. Nationwide turnout has been on a steady decline since 2003. The general decline, especially in the south, could indicate a decreasing faith in the political establishment and what it can deliver for the people. Voter apathy appears to have set in.
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Buhari is still a big deal in the north: The runner-up and main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, says there was foul play in the tallying of votes. He says it is curious that the total number of votes cast in one of his strongholds, Akwa-Ibom, was 50% lower in this election than it was in 2015. Mr Buhari normally has significant support in the north of the country, where he is seen as a principled man of the people. His numbers have been consistent there for the past five presidential elections. Turnout was significantly lower in Nigeria's southern regions, where Mr Abubakar had hoped his numbers would increase. In a press statement on Wednesday, he specifically mentioned the turnout in Akwa Ibom, which was only 29%. Mr Abubakar said it was much higher in the 2015 election and put the difference down to "voter suppression".He did win in the south, but not by a big enough margin to cut Mr Buhari's lead of four million votes.
Security concerns did not deter Buhari supporters:Mr Abubakar also questioned why the parts of the north ravaged by the Islamist militia group, Boko Haram, had high voter turnouts.Borno and Yobe states in the north-east are strongholds of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). Their support has not wavered, even though security concerns have displaced some two million people.The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) made provision for the 400,000 internally displaced people to vote in or around their camps.The region delivered high numbers despite attacks on election day by Boko Haram and its offshoot, the so-called Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap).But there was violence in parts of the south of the country including in Rivers state. As a consequence voting did not take place in two local government areas and could have affected turnout in the state as a whole, Idayat Hassan, from the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development, told the BBC's Newsday programme.Again, this is likely to have affected Mr Abubakar's overall vote count, as he won 74% of the votes which were cast in the state.
Both candidates were affected by the delay:Inec delayed the election day by a week because of logistical problems. This sparked complaints from people who had already travelled to their home towns to vote and now would have to make the journey twice. However, this would have affected the supporters of both candidates equally.
Electronic voting is probably more transparent:Some analysts suggest the use of electronic voting systems has made human error and manipulation more difficult. Though there are reported cases of electronic voter verification devices failing, many believe the use of technology has helped understand the electorate and their true behaviour at the polls, as well as curb voter fraud.
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