Toni Morrison and President Barack Obama: Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012

Toni Morrison, an African-American legend, who has left an indelible mark on the World literary, has died. She left us on Monday night, August 5, 2019, in New York. She was 88 years old. 

John McCain, Lakeville, Minnesota, Oct 2008

John McCain, the US Senator from Arizona, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 91. AfroAmerica Network remembers a man who did so much for the US, an American Hero and a political role model. A man with strong moral values and principles, despite human flaws. 

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul - I never Loved A Man(the Way I love You)

  Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul , passed away in Detroit,  Michigan,  on August 16, 2018. She is known as one of the greatest signer of soul, gospel and other music genres. Aretha Franklin once said:  "I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music."  Her music inspired people from all over the World for over 6 decades and left them feel whole.

Billy Graham with President Barack Obama

Reverend Billy Graham died Tuesday February 20, 2018. He was at age 99. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Christian pastors in America and around the World. But he was also renowned for his unequivocal advocacy for racial equality, both in the United States and around the World.

Beyond Ethnic Politics and Fear: Hutu, Tutsi, and Ethnicity in Rwanda

A DAY OF RECKONING:

I can claim that my active interest in the Rwandan politics started on March 2, 1997. That date will remain forever engraved in my memory. In the morning of March 2, 1997 a company of Tutsi soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) army, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), encircled the villages and small towns of my origin, in Jenda, Cellule Kabatezi, Sector Nkuri, Prefecture Ruhengeri, Northwestern Rwanda.

The events in Ferguson have been over the news over the last 10 days. The repercussions are nowhere near to end. The unrest over the the killing on Saturday, August 9, 2014, of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson,  appears to take bad to worse turns, as days go by.

Goree Island, Senegal, June 27, 2013

Next week, on January 20th, 2017  we will say goodbye to President Barack "Baraka" Obama. Baraka means blessings in Swahili. He has been blessed. We all have been blessed to have him as our president.  Back in 2004, even before he became president, AfroAmerica Network made him AfroAmerica Network Black Man of Year 2004.

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

Soul singer Sharon Jones, died on Friday, November 19, 2016  at age 60 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Known as the James Brown of Soul, Sharon Jones' success after a long music career, came into her her 40s. She found success with her  band, the Dap-Kings. 

By her side until her death, the Dap-Kings band backed her up during her tours and performances. Commenting on her death, Dap-King's Gabriel Roth said that Sharon Jones, " was the strongest person any of us had ever known, and she just kept singing. She didn't want to stop singing."

Sharon Jones was diagnosed with  cancer in 2013. She never stopped performing even during treatment. Asked by Associated Press  recently, why she never stopes she said: "It's therapy, I know I need rest and sleep. But I want to work and that is our job.. You got to be brave. I want to use the time that I have. I don't want to spend it all laid up, wishing I had done that gig."

Her bravery will surely inspire many. She will be missed!