Category archives for: Community News

Muslim and Arab voters may have secured Biden’s Michigan win

ROWAIDA ABDELAZIZ Arab and Muslim communities likely substantially contributed to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s victory in Michigan, according to local activists and organizers. Emgage Action, a Muslim civic advocacy organization that endorsed Biden, said that approximately 81,000 Muslim Americans cast early and absentee votes in the state. (The exact number of votes cast by […]

Breast Cancer Is Killing Black Women at Alarming Rates

The Tigerlily Foundation, an advocacy organization supporting young women diagnosed with breast cancer, wants to help close the racial disparities in diagnosis and treatment. PAMELA APPEA Maimah Karmo was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer when she was 32. Before that she thought she’d achieved the picture-perfect American dream: An African immigrant who fled war-torn […]

Black officers break from unions over Trump endorsements

CLAUDIA LAUER   Police unions nationwide have largely supported President Donald Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and accusations of systemic racism — but a number of Black law enforcement officers are speaking out against these endorsements, saying their concerns over entering the 2020 political fray were ignored. Trump has touted his support […]

Planet Pharmacy bounces back after destruction

KOFI AYIM A neighborhood family-owned and -operated pharmacy in the Bronx, New York City, that became a victim in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis has picked up the pieces and bounced back in earnest. Planet Pharmacy, which serves mostly Africans, African Americans, and Hispanics and is located on the Grand Concourse, was […]

“Read Your Vehicle Manual,” A Master Mechanic Advises

KOFI AYIM On a fenced wall tucked in the middle of Light Industrial Area, near Community 25 in Tema, Ghana, is a facility embossed with the inscription SAMDUS Engineering Company. Inside the one-half acre of land is a one-stop repair facility that comprises an electro-mechanics repair shop, an auto body workshop, and a spray shop. […]

Africa to become ‘land of opportunity’ if US & China strike trade deal – Bank of America

The long-awaited trade agreement between the United States and China would turn the African continent into a land of opportunity for bond and equity investors. That’s according to Bank of America (BofA) strategists David Hauner and Claudio Irigoyen. They wrote in a client note seen by Bloomberg: “ At a minimum, we think the removal […]

U.S. Reopens Embassy in Somalia After 28 Years

by HARUN MARUF The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia. The previous one had been closed in January 1991 during the country’s civil war. The new embassy building is located on the grounds of Mogadishu’s international airport. “The re-establishment of Embassy Mogadishu is another step forward in the resumption of U.S.-Somali relations,” read […]

African Languages Are the Fastest Growing in the United States

by CHIDINMA IRENE NWOYE Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau spotlights African languages among the top ten fastest growing languages spoken at home in the U.S. The list featured three groups of African languages: Swahili and other Central/Eastern/Southern African languages; Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, and other Western African languages; and Amharic/Somali. Analysts credit the […]

Ghanaian Posing as Overseas U.S. Soldier Arrested in Over $2M Romance Scam

by ANTHONY V. COPPOLA A Ghanaian native living in Millville, NJ man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he defrauded more than 30 people of $2.1 million in an elaborate online dating scheme where he and conspirators acted as United States military members attempting to ship gold bars home. Rubbin Sarpong, 35, was to appear […]

Ghana Medical Relief Goes to Anomab

by KOFI AYIM A non-profit medical organization, Ghana Medical Relief, completed yet another successful mission to Ghana from July 22 to 25 of this year. The four-day free medical project carried out at Anomabo, an ancient town in the Central Region of Ghana, covered areas in pediatric urology, medical, dental, gynecology/obstetrics, and basic health education […]