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‘Ghost’ DNA In West Africans Complicates Story of Human Origins

MERRIT KENNEDY About 50,000 years ago, ancient humans in what is now West Africa apparently procreated with another group of ancient humans that scientists didn’t know existed. There aren’t any bones or ancient DNA to prove it, but researchers say the evidence is in the genes of modern West Africans. They analyzed genetic material from […]

Trump’s new visa rules target pregnant women traveling to US to give birth

Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth. The Trump administration has published new visa rules aimed at restricting pregnant women travelling to the United States to give birth so their children can have US citizenship, a practice known as […]

It’s Time to Invest in Africa – Ambassador Chihombori-Quao

KOFI AYIM  The immediate past African Union Ambassador to North America, H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, has thrown an open invitation to Africans in the diaspora to invest in Africa. The former diplomat is convinced that sustainable change will come to Africa through the coordinated and concerted efforts of its diaspora. She made this assessment as […]

‘No girl is safe’: The mothers ironing their daughters’ breasts

Cameroonian girls are enduring a painful daily procedure with long lasting physical and psychological consequences.  Philip Obaji Jr. For most children, their birthday is a time of celebration. But that was not the case for Mirabel when she turned 10.  For Mirabel, a Cameroonian refugee living in Nigeria, turning 10 marked the start of gruelling […]

2019 Person of the Year: A friend of our mind

 A great awareness swept through the African community in the U.S. and elsewhere in 2019 thanks to Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, a quondam medical doctor turned diplomat. In 2017 she was appointed the African Union rep. to the U.S. but was removed in October 2019 for her outspokenness. Undeterred, she continues to preach truth – The […]

Stop the Religious madness in Africa!

In November 1978, more than 900 people, including 304 children, lost their lives in the jungles of South America through the acts and actions of Rev. Jim Jones. The American faith leader had relocated his Peoples Temple with its congregation from the U.S. to Jonestown, Guyana, from the prying eyes of U.S. authorities. The parishioners […]

Proposed public charge rule change, tied up in court, has huge chilling effect on immigrants

By Mark Hedin Federal courts have temporarily blocked the public charge rule change from going into effect, but its chilling effects continue to reverberate. The number of immigrants who, fearing the consequences of the rule change, have taken or plan to take steps to drop out of public services for which they are eligible far exceeds the actual number who would […]


Last month,  district courts blocked the Trump administration’s rule that attempted to deny green cards to immigrants who fail to meet tough income tests or use public programs.  This victory for immigrants means that the rule that was supposed to take effect on October 15 will be stopped while the court battles proceed.  It’s still […]

What did Jesus really look like?

by JOAN TAYLOR Everyone knows what Jesus looks like. He is the most painted figure in all of Western art, recognised everywhere as having long hair and a beard, a long robe with long sleeves (often white) and a mantle (often blue). Jesus is so familiar that he can be recognized on pancakes or pieces […]

Ghana granted citizenship to over 100 African Americans and Afro – Caribbeans as part of Year of Return

KWASI GYAMFI ASIEDU As Osibisa’s “Welcome Home” played in the background, 126 African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, dressed in colorful traditionalcostumes, became Ghana’s newest citizens. The oath of allegiance was administered by a judge in a ceremony at Jubilee House, the seat of government. The ceremony is the biggesthighlight as Ghana marks 2019 as the Year of […]