archives : March 2010


France - Italy
Rose Cordero has graced the cover of Vogue Paris. This is the first time in eight years, after the Ethiopian Liya Kedebe, that a black model has appeared on the cover of the French Vogue magazine, making the March 2010 issue a sublime collector’s item. But should Black people jump for joy just yet? - Friday 19 March 2010

Ethiopia - Somalia - United States - United Kingdom
After the catwalk comes the silver screen. Liya Kebede depicts Waris Dirie in Desert Flower, a biopic directed by Sherry Hormann about the former Somali supermodel and anti female genital mutilation campaigner. The film marks a promising debut for Liya Kebede, an Ethiopian supermodel. Beautiful, talented and altruistic: three words that describe Liya Kebede to perfection. - Friday 19 March 2010

DR Congo - Ghana - Liberia
The World Health Organisation, the WHO, has announced the launch of a study to perfect a new drug to combat onchocerciasis or “river blindness”. - Friday 19 March 2010

Panafrica - Kenya - Nigeria - Uganda
“Quiet corruption” can be just as detrimental to a country’s overall economic growth and development as large corruption and bribery scandals that receive much sensational press play and media attention, warns a just-released World Bank report. - Friday 19 March 2010

To end Madagascar’s crisis "which deepened with expiration of an Africa Union deadline on 16 March" the mediation should cease trying to implement a transitional power-sharing deal and instead aim for consensual writing of a constitution and early, internationally-supervised elections. - Friday 19 March 2010

South africa - Zimbabwe
South African President Jacob Zuma left Harare Thursday night after claiming that he made tremendous progress in his first trip to Zimbabwe as chief mediator between warring political parties. - Friday 19 March 2010

Burundi - Kenya - Uganda - Rwanda - Tanzania
The 20th Ordinary Meeting of the East African Community Council of Ministers is scheduled to run from 19 to 26 March 2010 at the Arusha International Conference Centre. - Thursday 18 March 2010

Panafrica - Madagascar
A year after grabbing power in Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina remains adamant. Despite African Union (AU) sanctions, announced Wednesday, and an opposition demonstration in Antananarivo, the Malagasy transitional president, who disregarded power-sharing agreements signed with a representation of the Madagascar political sphere, won’t budge. To consolidate his power, the former mayor is seeking to hold elections in the soonest time possible. - Thursday 18 March 2010

Panafrica - United States
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today voiced concern over a recent incident at a southern New Jersey Wal-Mart in which an unknown person made a racist announcement over the store’s public-address system. - Thursday 18 March 2010

Panafrica - United States
Today, nine state agencies reflected on "The History of Black Economic Empowerment," the national theme for the Black History Month celebration, which was held at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg. The theme recognizes the many success stories of black entrepreneurs and commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the National Urban League. - Thursday 18 March 2010

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