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How Obama’s backing for NBA Africa venture could boost basketball on the continent

Former US president Barack Obama’s decision to invest in the National Basketball Association’s Africa venture reflects a lot about his past – his basketball playing youth and his African roots. It also signals that his future ambitions stretch beyond US borders. NBA Africa was launched in 2021 as a collaboration between the National Basketball Association …

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New York Schools Face First Full Vaccine Mandate

Last Monday, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that all staff in New York City public schools must have received their first vaccine dose by September 27th. The mandate would cover nearly 148,000 workers, paving the way for other local governments to do the same.  Over a month ago, De Blasio had stated that educators who …

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The story of Nearest Green, America’s first known Black master distiller

When you hear the name Jack Daniel, whiskey probably comes to mind. But what about the name Nathan “Uncle Nearest” Green? In 2016, The New York Times published a story about the distiller’s “hidden ingredient” – “help from a slave.” In the article, the brand officially acknowledged that an enslaved man, Nearest Green, taught Jack …

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Black Artists in their Own Realm opens at Calabar Gallery in Harlem

NEW YORK, NY – Calabar Gallery is pleased to present BLACK ARTISTS IN THEIR OWN REALM: IDEAS, MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES curated by Atim Annette Oton. Opening July 29, the exhibition explores what ways Black Artists globally are working ideas from concept to processing, using materials and techniques to evolve artwork. It will showcase a group of African, Caribbean …

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Bringing Back Broadway: The Theatre Leadership Project Announces New Company Management Program

The Theatre Leadership Project (TTLP), an ambitious nonprofit aimed at providing resources to programs that seek to diversify commercial theatre leadership, has launched its latest endeavor designed to develop BIPOC company managers and assistant company managers for Broadway productions. TTLP’s Company Management Program will offer fellowships featuring supplemental opportunities for continued learning and mentorship to up …

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Bob Moses, U.S. civil rights leader of the 1960s, dies at 86

By Daniel Trotta Bob Moses, a civil rights leader who took part in some of the most significant campaigns for equality in the Deep South in the 1960s and later became an advocate for African Americans to succeed in math, died on Sunday at age 86, the NAACP said. Moses is the latest African American …

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NBA-Milwaukee wins first NBA title since 1971, Antetokounmpo named Finals MVP

By Frank Pingue The Milwaukee Bucks, powered by a masterpiece from Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, ended their 50-year wait for a second NBA championship with a 105-98 win over the visiting Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. With the victory, the small-market Bucks clinched the NBA Finals 4-2 and became only the fifth team to win the …

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