Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Is Dominating Africa Headline News

  Ten­sions in Ethiopia’s north­ern Tigray region have gone from talk­ing about the poten­tial for con­flict into what is now the after­math of a war between the country’s fed­er­al gov­ern­ment in Addis Aba­ba and the region­al gov­ern­ment in Tigray. An esti­mat­ed six mil­lion peo­ple live in the Tigray region.  Since fight­ing began on Novem­ber 4,…

Covid-19 Spared Africa — A Reality American Media Won’t Admit

In jour­nal­ism, there is such a thing as agen­­da-set­t­ing – how the mass media — news­pa­pers, radio, and TV, and the plu­ral­i­ty of online chan­nels — pri­or­i­tize the news for pub­li­ca­tion. The idea that some news sto­ries would take prece­dence over oth­ers gained cre­dence with thought lead­ers, Maxwell McCombs and Don­ald Shaw, dur­ing the 1968…

Africa News Matters

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The George Floyd Matter — Local Issue, Global Consequences

The recent trag­ic death of George Floyd, anoth­er black vic­tim of police bru­tal­i­ty in Amer­i­ca, shook the world. Although occur­ring amidst arguably the dead­liest pan­dem­ic in mod­ern his­to­ry, the coro­n­avirus, news of his death stirred up a lot of emo­tions across the globe. These emo­tions led to protests through­out all 50 states in Amer­i­ca, and even…

As George Floyd Protests Rock U.S., Africans Vent about Inequality

On Amer­i­can TV, CNN’s Bri­an­na Keil­er summed up, bet­ter than any­one, what is tak­ing place in the Unit­ed States fol­low­ing the May 25 killing of George Floyd. You are watch­ing America’s reck­on­ing, the anchor of CNN’s mid-day News­room pro­gram nar­rat­ed. She went to list the many unprece­dent­ed changes that have occurred, so quick­ly, some of…