A group of artists and musicians talk about how they use their crafts to raise the African consciousness during a breakout session at the 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention last weekend. (Courtesy of Kristina Jacobs)
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Hundreds Commit to African Unity at Convention

After the events of this past weekend, a future in which descendants of enslaved Africans can join their brothers and sisters across the Atlantic Ocean in developing the Motherland seems more like a reality than a pipe dream. More than 600 Pan-Africanists from across the country and around the world recently converged on the nation’s capital and neighboring Baltimore for four days of fellowship, planning, dancing and reflection during the 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention.
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The Nov. 19 passage of a House bill threatens to prohibit refugees from entering the country. (Courtesy of Downtrend.com)
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D.C. Officials Favor Accepting Syrian Refugees

Despite the House easily passing a bill that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into America until key security agencies certify that they don’t pose a security risk, District area lawmakers and officials said they’d still welcome those from the war-torn terrorist hotbeds. “I feel strongly that we should be welcoming refugees from all over the world, as is our country’s proud heritage,” said D.C. At-large Councilman David Grosso, an independent.
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Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes (2nd from left) poses with attendees at the annual African Media Leaders Forum, held this week in Johannesburg. Photo by Denise Rolark-Barnes
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African Media Speaker: Journalism is ‘Good Barometer of Society’

The 7th annual African Media Leaders Forum, which brought together media industry professionals to discuss how digital technology and other relevant strategies are transforming Africa’s media landscape, ended Friday in Johannesburg, having included a two-day training workshop on “Resilience Reporting,” exhibitions, and the much-awaited “Zimeo Gala Awards Night.” [read more…]

Lt. Joseph Henry Smith (second from right), Ghana's ambassador to the United States, helps make a presentation during the Ghana Music Week event at the Ghanaian Embassy in D.C. on Oct. 16, 2015. (Courtesy of Afrikan Post​)
International

Ghanaian Embassy Hosts Launch of Music Week

​The Embassy of Ghana in D.C. hosted Friday the North American press launch of the 2016 Ghana Music Week Festival. The annual event celebrates Ghanaian music and aims to create awareness for and about the genre and musicians while promoting the nation’s tourism and culture.
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