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Jo’burg shakes off crime past

For decades, Johannesburg has suffered from an image problem.
But Jo’burg is now getting a breath of fresh air from young entrepreneurs who are bringing new life to the downtown real estate, hospitality and entertainment scenes.

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For decades, Johannesburg has suffered from an image problem.
But Jo’burg is now getting a breath of fresh air from young entrepreneurs who are bringing new life to the downtown real estate, hospitality and entertainment scenes.

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Aretha Franklin’s melodious voice, dignity and clarity were triple drivers of her artistic excellence. By Chido Nwangwu

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I believe that Aretha Franklin’s melodious voice, dignity and clarity were triple drivers which continue to make her artistic excellence a trans-generational gift to humanity.

Aretha Franklin who made an outstanding entry into both gospel and soul music with the release of her first album in 1956, titled ‘Songs of Faith’, died today, August 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. She was 76 years old.

Aretha was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

She is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and affectionately and deservedly called the Queen of Soul — especially in high regard for songs such as “Respect.” She was a part of the U.S civil rights movement.

I believe that Aretha Franklin’s melodious voice, dignity and clarity were triple drivers which continue to make her artistic excellence a trans-generational gift to humanity.

By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica [Houston], USAfricaonline.com and author of the soon-to-be-released 2018 book titled MLK, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Power, Leadership & Identity

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World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

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“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

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USAfrica: Michelle Obama says ‘Black Panther’ Africa super hero movie is inspiring

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Michelle Obama says ‘Black Panther’ Africa super hero movie is inspiring
By Chido Nwangwu @Chido247

Following a record-breaking box office success in the U.S and across several continents, the African heritage super-hero movie “Black Panther” has

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attracted the commendation of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

She noted a few hours ago on twitter that “Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen.” Obama, a lawyer and first Black to become First Lady, wrote “I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman as the king of Wakanda, a fictional East African nation. The superhero is T’Challa. On February 20, 2018, it earned an estimated $255 million in the U.S since last Friday.
The cultural event and historical milestone that “Black Panther” has become was evident in the simultaneous premiere in Nigeria, South Africa and other countries.

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