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AHMC365 Newsletter

Vol 44

December  2017

Fallacies of Christmas

 

 Most of you have heard the various explanations about Christmas being a commercial holiday far removed from truly honoring God and His Messiah. A supposedly festive time for family and friends with no-enemies-allowed. The real dichotomy being that we live in a world so full of religion yet a most dangerous place to live. The world in which the nations claiming to be trustees in God and Christ historically with the most blood on their hands and guilty of the taking of much human life. In this article, I am going to take the discussion about Christmas a little further to show how we live in a world where lies and practice of tradition are preferred over the truth. The many responses on this blog from persons claiming to follow Christ’s teachings  – in itself –  are powerful testimonies that most individuals care very little about the truth as Christ spoke and taught it and prefer the teachings that issue out of the many so-called Christian denominations or from national and political entities.

 

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Featured News

 Five Black-Owned British Beauty Brands

 

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve taken a look at five inspiring women who own some of the best beauty businesses currently nailing it in the UK.  Nowadays, black-owned beauty businesses are few and far between. But time was, they were practically unheard of. Before we share our chosen five, let’s take a step back to where it all began during the late 1800s. Madam C.J Walker exceeded expectations by growing a beauty empire that lead her to become one of America’s first self-made female millionaires

 

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Adding Value To Raw Materials Critical
For African Economies

 

 

A major way in which African countries can sustain their economies is by changing the character of their major export crops and minerals into finished goods for export, President John Dramani Mahama has stated.  Changing of the character, he explained, entailed the establishment of processing factories to absorb the growing supply of raw materials in the agriculture and Minerals industries.  President Mahama stated this when he addressed participants at the Fourth African Chief Executive Officers'(CEO) Forum, held in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast.  The session, which opened on Monday, is the foremost platform for CEOs and officials of African international companies to share experiences and ideas, expand their networking systems, and find new financial partners in the continent and beyond.


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America’s expanding ‘shadow war’ in Africa

 

That four U.S. Army soldiers lost their lives in an ambush in Niger should spark a reckoning. While U.S. news outlets flood us with reports on President Trump’s alleged insults to a widow who lost her husband and the congresswoman who defended her, and probe the tactical details of the ambush, the real question is: What are U.S. soldiers doing in combat in Niger and elsewhere across Africa? Under what authority do they operate? Is national security served by risking soldiers’ lives in what appears to be an expanding and enduring shadow war in Africa?

 

 


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Diaspora News

 

What Kwanzaa means for BLack Americans

On Dec. 26, millions throughout the world’s African community will start weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa. There will be daily ceremonies with food, decorations and other cultural objects, such as the kinara, which holds seven candles. At many Kwanzaa ceremonies, there is also African drumming and dancing. It is a time of communal self-affirmation – when famous black heroes and heroines, as well as late family members – are celebrated. As a scholar who has written about racially motivated violence against blacks, directed black cultural centers on college campuses and sponsored numerous Kwanzaa celebrations, I understand the importance of this holiday.

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Jamaicans reeling from death of ‘Patty King’

 

 

 Howell Hawthorne (right), president & CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, collects the 2010 Observer Business Leader Award from Observer Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart at an awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaicans residing throughout the USA are reeling from the Dec. 2 afternoon shocker that Lowell Hawthorne had committed suicide. Disbelief temporarily pacified many who could not grasp the reality  that the acclaimed Patty King and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill died from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

 

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 African News

HH Condemns Enslavement of  Africans in Libya

 

 

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has condemned the enslavement of Black Africans in Libya. Mr Hichilema has since called on the world to act now on the situation. “In the past few days, World major news networks as well as social media have been bombarded and inundated with harrowing, awful, horrifying and truly sickening images of black African slaves, undergoing unimaginable torture and abuse in Libya. We condemn these abuses and call on the World to act now,” Mr Hichilema said.

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 Dear Robert Mugabe, You Will Always Be My Hero

Yesterday I sat with my 13-year-old daughter Nakai after she came back from school telling me that the whole school, even the teachers were talking about Mugabe. We talked a lot about Zimbabwe, and what type of a president you were. I told her my thoughts, and she looked at me and said, ‘Write about it mum. Write about what you have told me about Mugabe on your blog.’Well today I took my daughter’s advice, she was born on 18 April 2004, Zimbabwe’s Independence Day, and we always celebrated her as an Independence baby. So maybe that is why she is behind this letter.Today there is only one side of the story being told about you. Well, every story has two sides, and I don’t think its fair for the world to only tell about one side of you, my former President.

 

History Tidbits

Princeton Confronts Its Slave-Owning Past With An ‘Anti-Monument’

 

 For over a century and a half, Princeton University neither acknowledged nor investigated its historical ties to slavery, despite the fact that the first nine presidents of the school owned slaves at some point in their lives. This month, that changes. Students, faculty and anyone else walking past Princeton’s Maclean House will lock eyes with an object ― a sculptural relief, to be exact ― depicting the face of Samuel Finley, the fifth president of Princeton, along with the faces of the man, woman and child he possessed as slaves.

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30 years of Black History Month:

It’s a British story – but we have far to go

  


 Not only is the gender debate rife in UK business, the diversity discussion also needs attention. So, with Black History Month upon us, we’re observing the back-story of the initiative and where the progress of African and Caribbean culture in Britain is today. Explaining in its own words the creation of Black History Month, the organization behind it says: “Our Story is the story of individuals and peoples of African origin, classified as ‘Blacks’, and their contributions to the development and growth of civilizations from antiquity to the present.

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