Daily Archives: April 5, 2022

A Poor People’s Pandemic: Report Reveals Poor Died from COVID at Twice the R ate of Wealthy in U.S.

Democracy Now! – Apr 5, 2022

The newly released “Poor People’s Pandemic Report” shows poor people died from COVID at twice the rate of wealthy Americans and that people of color were more likely to die than white populations. “Our country has gotten used to unnecessary death, especially when it’s the death of poor people,” says Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.

The Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship – April 12, 2022

Dear Friends of CAS,
The Harvard University Center for African Studies invites you to the Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship on April 12, 2022.

Hosted virtually by Africa Office, the 2022 Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship will feature Mr. Tito Mboweni and Professor Dani Rodrik. Mr. Mboweni is Regional Advisor for Goldman Sachs. He previously served as Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and as Minister of Finance of South Africa. Professor Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. The webinar will offer Reflections on Africa’s Political Economy.

Launched in 2015 and hosted annually by the Harvard Center for African Studies, the lecture is generously supported by Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie. Both loyal alumni and strong supporters of the Center, the Belo-Osagies serve on the Global Advisory Council of the Office of President of Harvard University and as members of the Harvard University Center for African Studies Africa Advisory Board. Mr. Hakeem Belo-Osagie (MBA ’80) is the Chair of Metis Capital Partners and Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Mrs. Myma Belo-Osagie (LL.M ’78) serves Of Counsel at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, a full-service law firm headquartered in Lagos.

No food, medicine or electricity: The truth about life in Ethiopia’s Tigray region | On Point

A man puts wheat into a container during a food distribution organized by the Amhara government near the village of Baker, 50 kms South East of Humera, in the northern Tigray Region on July 11, 2021. (EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Dr. Reiye Mengesha is a doctor in what was a modern, well-equipped hospital Ethopia’s northern Tigray state.

“There are so many patients who used to come to our hospital. For instance, patients with cancer,” he says.

Almost two years ago, everything changed. Most of his patients are now dying.

“We have been using for the past one year medications which were expired. But currently we don’t even have those … those drugs,” he adds. “So our cancer patients don’t have any medications.”

For 500 days, Ethiopia’s government has kept five million people in the state of Tigray in a virtual prison.

The WHO calls the Tigray region one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

No new medicines, electricity, food. No one gets in, no one gets out.

Today, On Point: The tragedy in Tigray.


Etana Dinka, associate professor at James Madison University. (@ittaanaa_haftee)

Hayelom Mekonen, former executive director of the Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia. (@Noliasadi)

Ephraim Isaac, scholar on Ethiopian culture and history. Chair of the board of the Ethiopian Peace and Development Center. Director of the Institute of Semitic Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. (@eisaac5)

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Dr. Reiye Mengesha, surgeon at the Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

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MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI: Tigray is a state in northern Ethiopia.

It’s home to the Tigrayan people, a relatively small ethnic group that’s had an outsized influence on the country’s history, not least by overthrowing the communist junta that had plunged Ethiopia into famine in the 1980s.

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A year and a half ago, Tigray’s leaders rebelled against the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. The Tigrayans came close to taking Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Ahmed responded forcefully, partnered with Eritrea, recruited militias from Tigray’s rival ethnic groups, purchased drones bought from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, attacking Tigrayan ground forces from the air. And then Prime Minister Ahmed put the entire state of Tigray under siege. No one and nothing is allowed in or out.

No refugees, no aid workers. No fuel, no electricity, no internet, no medicine, no food.

More than six million people have been sealed off from the outside world by Eritrean and Ethiopian forces for more than 500 days, the WHO director general recently tweeted.

Starvation is being used as a weapon of war.

WHO Director General [Tape]: “People are dying. The blockade on communications, including on journalists, is being able to report from Tigray means it remains a forgotten crisis. Out of sight and out of mind.


Ghana: Africa’s Greatest Star

CNBCAfrica– Mar 24, 2022

Ghana’s impressive growth over recent years has found it being lauded as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and a beacon of resilience, innovation, progress and promise in sub-Saharan Africa. PenresaTV’s documentary ‘Ghana: Africa’s Greatest Star’ highlights Ghana’s blueprint for growth and tracks the trajectory of its rising star through in-depth and key interviews with the nation’s leading figures, pioneers and game-changers.

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Pattern View


David Celeste

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The Farmhouse


Silver Maple

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Nigeria: A new beginning

CNBCAfrica– Apr 30, 2019

Nigeria has long been known as the giant of Africa for its abundant resources, exploding population, and cultural influence. In this informational documentary; PenresaTV takes you on a journey to discover the vast potential of the nation’s thriving industries and wondrous beauty.

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Ascend (b)-14016


Erick L. D. DeVore BMI


WOMG 030 Absolute Trailer

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Bigger Stronger


Dan Skinner, Adam Skinner


ANW2157 – Strings & Beats

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“The African Meeting House: A Living Ancestor”

Museum of African American History

Mar 20, 2018

Poem by Regie Gibson

The African Meeting House

Boston History – Aug 17, 2014

Prof. Allison visits the African Meeting House and the Museum of African American History, and discusses the history of African-Americans in Boston with Beverly Morgan Welch.

This course explores the history of Boston from the 1600’s to the present day. Learn about the native people who lived on the land we now know as Boston before the Puritans arrived. Discover how the European settlers created a robust system of self government and a democracy so strong that Boston became the birthplace of the Revolutionary War. Trace the city’s role in the American anti-slavery movement and the Civil War. The course will help you understand why Boston remains revolutionary to this day, redefining education, the arts and medicine, through its world-class museums, orchestras, hospitals and schools.

African Meeting House – Boston

National Trust for Historic Preservation – Apr 9, 2014

The 1806 African Meeting House was restored to its mid-19th century appearance to ensure its continued use as a community meeting place, while honoring the building’s rich history. Photos Provided by the Museum of African American History.