Rustin Bayard and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Rustin Bayard,  a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Rustin Bayard is not as well known as other civil rights leaders. Yet, he is perhaps one of the major figures who became instrumental in the success of the Civil Rights movement. The reasons behind his less prominent visibility have nothing to do with his role.  In large part because he was  Black and gay and his brief flirtation, during his twenties, with Communism, he was forced to remain in the background.

Despite that, he played his role and remained a trusted advisor of Dr King and an effective leader. Rustin Bayard was a brilliant thinker and strategist a  radical pacifist, with an incredible charm to win converts to

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, co-founders of Black Lives Matter

The movement started as a Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, in the summer of 2013, after the acquittal of the accused in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. By 2015, the movement Black Lives Matter has become a mainstream grassroots organization fighting for human and Civil rights. It has been able to challenge US politicians and its platform has become one of the main topics for 2016 US Presidential race.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: An exemplary life of virtue serving the poorest of the poor

The late Catholic nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta (or Kolkata)  will be soon among the saints, the Roman Catholic Church has said in a statement released today, on Friday Dec 18, 2015. The statement was made after Pope Francis cleared a way to sainthood, on the basis of a second miracle attributed to her. Two such miracles are need for a Catholic to be declared a Saint. The first miracle was recognized by the late Catholic Pope  John Paul II in 20013, while beatifying Mother Teresa.

One must visit Calcutta to see how much Mother Teresa had to face on a daily basis. The Calcutta that Mother Teresa found when she started her

Socio-economic conditions behind cancer care racial disparities

In certain circumstances, differences in prostate cancer treatment outcomes for Black men may not be due to biological differences in tumor aggressiveness, a Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found.

According to the study, led by Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh, there are no overall or cancer-related race differential survival rates  among the

2015 Nobel Prize Winners: Medicine and Physiology

Malaria affects the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the World, especially in Africa.  Roundworm parasites infect millions of people living in the poorest countries in the World.  The roundworm parasites cause river blindness and elephantiasis.

River blindness, an eye and skin disease that ultimately leads to blindness, has affected millions of the people in Africa. Elephantiasis,  also known as  lymphatic filariasis, causes painful swelling of the limbs.  Both of these diseases are on the verge of extinction.

Malaria is in control, thanks to the research by a Chinese woman, Professor Youyou Tu. Professor Youyou Tu graduated in the 1960s from

Donald Trump, US Presidential Candidate

You may accuse him of other things. What is sure is that he speaks his mind, and his supporters and even the American maintream are liking it. The person is the US Presidential candidate  Donald Trump. When he srtarted, few believed that Donald Trump was serious. Then he had that speech about Mexican immigrants. Subsequently, the polls in his favor shot into the roof.  He has been dominating the Republican landfield to date. 

Initially, only Fox News  and, perhaps, a couple more media  networks  talked about him. Today, Donald Trump has entered the mass media, and

BB King Singing "The Thrill is Gone"

The legendary guitarist and Blues singer Riley B. King,  known as B.B. King, has died  in Las Vegas on Thursday May 14, 2015 at age 89. Known for his soulful velvety voice and his unique style of blues, he is credited for making Blues one of the mainstream music genres around the World.

The King of the blues, as he was affectueusly known,  was born in Mississippi from where he got the inspiration of what he called "Delta blues roots". His music has influenced a lot of music stars and music genres, including rock, R&B,  pop, and of course blues. Rock, R&B, pop,  and blues

Marilyn Mosby - Baltimore Chief Prosecutor

They are smart, dedicated, articulate, women, and leaders. The fact that they are also Black may be a coincidence, but also a historical convergence, that augurs the things to come. These four Black women are bound by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 Black man, while in the custody of the Baltimore police. The death was followed by protests by citizens seeking justice  and violent riots, burning, and looting of Baltimore shops and police cars by angry citizens, mostly young, over yet another young unarmed Black man killed by the Police in the United States.

 The four women are: 

Feidin Santana who shot the video of cop killing Walter Scott

Officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder in the shooting death of  50-year-old Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Michael Slager shot the unarmed black man in back eight times as Scott was running away from him.

The shooting has sparked more national outrage in the United States, as it comes following high profile cases of police shooting and

Nigerians Celebrate the Victory of General Buhari

On June 13, 2011, in a statement at the African Union in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton challenged African leaders to promote democracy, economic growth, and peace and security.

".. the United States seeks new and dynamic partnerships with African peoples, nations, and institutions. We want to help you accelerate the advances that are underway in many places and collaborate with you to reverse the dangerous trends and encourage political, economic, and social progress, " said the US Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State praised the countries of Botswana, Ghana, and Tanzania for being the role models of democracy in Sub-Sahara Africa and

Rasheen Aldridge, protesting in Ferguson in Michael Brown case

His name is Rasheen Aldridge.  Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the 20 years old  Aldridge  is a natural leader.  After graduating from High School, he enrolled at Forest Park Community College, while working minimum wage jobs, the lot of many Black youth in underpriviledged areas, such as East Saint Louis or Ferguson, Missouri. But that did not stop him.

US Attorney Loretta Lynch with US Attorney General Eric Holder

As the U.S. Attorney for New York’s eastern distric, Lorreta Elisabeth Lynch rules over an area that includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk county on Long Island. The tough and feared, but self-effacing, attorney will be nominated, on Saturday November 8, 2014, by President Obama to the post of US Attorney General, replacing the out going Eric Holder.  If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to occupy the post. Eric Holder was the first Black man to hold the post.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, from a teaching mom and a baptist minister father, the 55-year old Loretta Lynch  attended some of the best schools, at some