World News

Haiti gang raids jail and frees inmates

Haiti gang raids jail and frees inmates

An armed gang has attacked a prison in Haiti freeing an unconfirmed number of inmates. The Croix-des-Bouquets jail held more than 800 prisoners before the Sunday morning attack. The action caused panic in the area around the capital Port-au-Prince where the prison is located. “We heard a lot of gunshots, and we saw people running […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →
Ebola outbreak: Nigeria declares national emergency

Ebola outbreak: Nigeria declares national emergency

A health official in Abidjan, Nigeria, displays a leaflet about the Ebola outbreak The move comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) said the spread of the virus in West Africa was an international health emergency. WHO says 961 people have died from Ebola in West Africa this year, two of them in Nigeria. The […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →
Ebola Toll Tops 900; Liberia Declares Emergency

Ebola Toll Tops 900; Liberia Declares Emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak on Wednesday showed new signs of spreading, as Nigeria confirmed a second death plus five new cases. The new cases in Nigeria raise concerns that the virus will spread further in Africa’s most populous nation, with its 174 million residents. Meanwhile, Liberia has declared a state of emergency over the outbreak […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →

National News

Riots erupt after vigil for Michael Brown

Riots erupt after vigil for Michael Brown

Rioting over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer has erupted in Missouri, police say. People looted shops, vandalised cars and stores, and set a building alight on Sunday as police tried to block off access to several areas of St Louis. Police say Michael Brown, 18, was shot on Saturday […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →
GROWING VOTING RIGHTS DISCRIMINATION SINCE US SUPREME COURT GUTTED VOTING RIGHTS ACT

GROWING VOTING RIGHTS DISCRIMINATION SINCE US SUPREME COURT GUTTED VOTING RIGHTS ACT

The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), in a move timed to coincide with the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting rights Act of 1965 (VRA) released a new report1 showing increased patterns of voting rights discrimination since the US Supreme Court gutted enforcement provisions in the Shelby County v. Holder decision in June 2013.

By August 7, 2014 Read More →
Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit

Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit

WASHINGTON – As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa’s most pressing human rights violations.

By August 3, 2014 Read More →

Community News

Uganda Holds First Pride Parade Since Anti-Gay Law Was Overturned

Uganda Holds First Pride Parade Since Anti-Gay Law Was Overturned

A gay pride parade in Uganda has special meaning this year following a decision by one of the country’s courts overturning an extreme anti-gay law that could have landed homosexuals in prison for life.

By August 9, 2014 Read More →
Charlotte LGBT Center Appoints New Board Members

Charlotte LGBT Center Appoints New Board Members

The new board of the LGBT Community Center would really like to thank everyone for their continued support. It is truly our goal to provide the community with the best service we can. In this transitional period we ask you to bear with us as we try improving for the better. The LGBT Community Center […]

By August 8, 2014 Read More →
Ugandan Court Overturns Anti-Gay Law

Ugandan Court Overturns Anti-Gay Law

Uganda’s Constitutional Court has overturned that country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was among the most severe anti-gay laws in the world, saying its passage last December was illegal.

By August 1, 2014 Read More →

Life & Society

WHO: Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs

WHO: Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs

Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths – more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa. The statement was made after its medical experts […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →
Nigeria Confirms 10 Ebola Cases

Nigeria Confirms 10 Ebola Cases

Nigerian officials on Monday said one new Ebola case was diagnosed over the weekend, raising the country’s total to 10 confirmed cases. With the new Ebola case, the number of people who have come into contact with the disease has grown, and officials are now

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Gut Bacteria Help Spot Colon Cancer

Gut Bacteria Help Spot Colon Cancer

By Jessica Berman Doctors may have found a new tool to help detect and predict colon and rectal cancer. University of Michigan researchers say they have found a link between the bacteria in the gut and the cancers of the lower intestine. Researchers analyzed the fecal matter of 3 different groups of people, one healthy, […]

By August 11, 2014 Read More →

Sports News

US-born sprinter wins bronze for Israel at EU championships

US-born sprinter wins bronze for Israel at EU championships

Donald Sanford finishes 400 meter dash in 45.27 seconds, winning Israel its 3rd medal in competition’s history Israeli-American athlete Donald Sanford made some Israeli history on Friday when he won a bronze medal in the 400 meter dash in the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, Switzerland – the first running medal for Israel in the […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Ariz. State Player Becomes First Out Div. I Football Athlete

Ariz. State Player Becomes First Out Div. I Football Athlete

An Arizona State offensive lineman has come out of the closet, making him the first active NCAA Division I football player to do so, college officials said yesterday. Edward (Chip) Sarafin, a graduate student, told Compete Magazine he let his teammates know he was gay last spring, but chose to come out publicly before the beginning of the new school year.

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Commonwealth Games: Tom Daley and James Denny win silver medal

Commonwealth Games: Tom Daley and James Denny win silver medal

Tom Daley and James Denny produced a fantastic final dive to secure a silver medal for England in the men’s synchronised 10m platform. The pair, both 20, scored 95.46 to rise from last place in the four-nation competition to second on 399.36 points. Australian pair Domonic Bedggood and Matthew Mitcham then did just enough with […]

By August 1, 2014 Read More →

Entertainment News

Vietnam Uses Rap to Capture Young Audience

Vietnam Uses Rap to Capture Young Audience

“Rappers Vo Viet Phuong, 25, and Nguyen Trong Duc, 27, record the latest edition of Rap News Plus at Vietnam News Agency’s television studio in central Hanoi, Vietnam, July 15, 2014. (VOA/Marianne Brown) By Marianne Brown HANOI — Despite government controls, the Vietnamese media industry is evolving as it faces growing competition from digital content. […]

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R&B/Pop Artist Marck Angel Releases “Summertime: Part I” Music Video

R&B/Pop Artist Marck Angel Releases “Summertime: Part I” Music Video

R&B/Pop Marck Angel doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Fresh off his performance at Harlem Pride this year, the singer recently released the music video off his third single “Summertime, ” directed by Red. The imagery and energy in this music video is intriguing and entertaining. The video displays good friends having […]

By July 9, 2014 Read More →
Boyz Will Be Boyz

Boyz Will Be Boyz

Support and Donate To Boyz Will Be Boyz By: Roque Caston A new LGBT film is currently in the works and it has an interesting plot twist. Ranging from contemporary tales to subjects that hasn’t been addressed before, Boyz Will Be Boyz is bound to shock people. Tyrone is a closeted bisexual rising in the […]

By June 26, 2014 Read More →

Other Articles

US Attorney General to visit Ferguson

US Attorney General to visit Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to be in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, site of violent protests following the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Holder is due to meet with community leaders, FBI investigators and federal civil rights officials to discuss the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown […]

By August 20, 2014 Read More →
The stigma of black suicide is killing us

The stigma of black suicide is killing us

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country’s most beloved comedian had committed suicide.

By August 18, 2014 Read More →
Kenya Graffiti Artists Spray for Social Change

Kenya Graffiti Artists Spray for Social Change

Some of Kenya’s graffiti artists have become a voice for social change, using their art to push boundaries and to make statements about the country’s political elite. VOA‘s Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story from Nairobi.

By August 17, 2014 Read More →