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Angélique Kidjo Celebrates Women and Human Rights With "Eve"

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

In addition to her music, Kidjo has a boundless passion for women's empowerment and human rights. She is an advocate for girls' education and a fighter against genital mutilation, early marriage, and violence against women.

A Tale of Art Forgery, Sex Slavery and Single Parenthood

Janice Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Janice Harper

There is another chapter to Ken Perenyi's life that was omitted from his autobiography, and that is the chapter of how he used his ill-gotten gains to rescue a child from sex slavery and, as the FBI closed in on his forging escapades, found himself an unexpected parent to a Ghanian child.

Plot To Poison President Grips Benin

Agence France Presse | Benjamin Agon | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

The case unfolded like the plot of a thriller: the Benin president's niece, his doctor and an ex-minister were accused of being part of a conspiracy t...

Agriculture, and Africa's Future

Richard Attias | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Africa's agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent's economy and its people. A recent report from...

'We Don't Need An Atomic Bomb'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday defended his country's controversial nuclear programme while on a tour of west Africa, calling it peac...

PHOTOS: An African Vodoun Festival Mixes Mysticism And History

AP | By JON GAMBRELL | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

OUIDAH, Benin -- The deified residents of the Temple of Pythons, when released to find food, sometimes slither across the road into a Catholic church ...

SLIDESHOW: 7 Olympians From Some Of World's Poorest Countries

Huffington Post | Laura Rothkopf | Posted 08.02.2012 | Impact

As the world celebrates Michael Phelps' record-breaking last lap or Aly Raisman's photo-finish landing, we must remember that the heart of the games i...

The Robert Lehman Gift to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston: Matters Arising

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 09.10.2012 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has just become a major player among collections of the famed Royal Benin brass and ivory sculptures, thanks to the gift of 34 objects by Robert Owen Lehman.

American Kidnapped In Benin Is Freed

AP | Posted 08.01.2012 | World

COTONOU, Benin -- A spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior confirmed an American citizen who was kidnapped in the West African nation of Benin ear...

Fighting Malaria Is a Full Time Job

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.23.2012 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

April 25 is World Malaria Day. It is a time to celebrate the progress made in the fight against this disease, but it also time to renew our commitment to eradicating the killer of at least 650,000 people worldwide in 2010.

Haiti's Vodou: A World Of Wonder And Surrender

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Gina Athena Ulysse

As Haiti returns to the mainstream media this week to mark the second anniversary of the quake, let's remember the spirits.

Pirates Kidnap 23 Sailors From Tanker In West Africa

AP | JON GAMBRELL | Posted 11.14.2011 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria — Armed pirates raided a tanker off the West African coast and kidnapped 23 sailors Wednesday, taking off with the vessel in wate...

Emmitt Smith: Who Do You Think You Are?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Emmitt James Smith grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy, but he far exceeded that aspiration. And now, after retiring, Emmitt has welcomed the opportunity to explore his roots.

Rape, Murder Accusations Taint Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary

Politics Daily | Donna Trussell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

On the night of March 11, 2009, a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer named Kate Puzey was tied up and knifed on the front porch of her house in West Af...

STOLEN ART: Sotheby's Cancels Sale of Looted Benin Oba Mask

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Sotheby's has scrapped its February sale of a controversial £4.5m mask believed to have been looted by British forces from 19th-century West Africa. ...

A Bit of Gay Bashing at the United Nations

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

African and Arab nations have just succeeded by a whisker in deleting three words from a resolution that would have included gays in a denunciation of arbitrary killings. Europeans protested in vain.

The Dichotomy of Haiti: Hell Meets, well, Heaven

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

There is a fundamental dichotomy in Haiti between Heaven and Hell. I chose to embrace its heaven while trying to eradicate its hell.

Floods In Benin Leave 100,000 Homeless, UN Reports

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

COTONOU, Benin — The U.N.'s humanitarian agency says flooding in the West African nation of Benin has killed 43 people in the last two weeks. A...

Angelique Kidjo and "The Sound of the Drum"

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo has had a spectacular year. In April she released her newest album, OYO, where she revisited the music that inspired ...

Russia Elects First Black Politician

AP | KRISTINA NARIZHNAYA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NOVOZAVIDOVO, Russia — People in this Russian town used to stare at Jean Gregoire Sagbo because they had never seen a black man. Now they say th...

Peter Buffett and Angelique Kidjo Release Single to Support Girls in Africa

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years. I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF G...

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

U.N. Birthday Rocks for Its Peacemakers

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
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Jim Luce

Flashbulbs popping non-stop, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, entered the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New ...

WATCH: Classrooms In 7 Countries Struggle To Provide Kids With A Basic Education

Wide Angle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WIDE ANGLE's unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School, returns in 2009 with visits to seven classrooms in seven cou...

Floods Hit 350,000 In West Africa: UN

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Some 350,000 people in West Africa have been affected by serious flooding, the United Nations said Friday, noting that "significant" rainfall has lash...