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Morgan State to Add African American and African Diaspora Studies Minor to Meet Demand For Ethnic Studies

Morgan State University is adding a new degree minor as students are showing more interest in ethnic studies, according to announcement. To meet demand, the HBCU’s James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts launched a degree minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAAD) for undergraduate students. Students can add the new minor to their majors regardless of what they are already studying. The university is hoping this addition will strength and expand its African American and African Diaspora Studies program. “The addition of the new interdisciplinary program in African American and African Diaspora Studies will afford Morgan students a holistic and intensive study of the far-reaching impact the diasporic populations of the African continent have contributed and continue to contribute to societies around the world,” said M’bare N’gom, dean of Morgan’s State’s College of Liberal Arts, in a statement. “Through this interdisciplinary program, MSU students will...

Feb 11, 2021

Energise Africa Announces Partnership To Provide Solar Panels To African Communities

Energise Africa , an initiative by U.K. based online investment platform Ethex, is partnering with Azuri Technologies to give solar panels and access to electricity to low-income families in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Tanzania. Azuri Technologies, also headquartered in the U.K., builds solar products for Sub-Saharan communities. The company has provided products to 12 countries, helping provide energy to more than 750,000 Africans. Energise Africa and Azuri Technologies’ partnership works to curb some of the struggles associated with living with a lack of electricity, including access to the internet, education, and improving one’s quality of life. According to a 2018 Brookings report, 588 million people in sub-Saharan Africa did not have access to electricity in 2016. The report said that 71 percent of residents in urban African communities have electricity. For rural communities, only 23 percent of people had power. In America, singer Akon has also made a name for himself...

Mar 11, 2019

Uganda is Seeing A Sharp Drop in Internet Users After Imposing Social Media Tax

Millions of Ugandans have stopped using the internet after the country’s government imposed a social media tax intended to curb online gossip, according to the Guardian. Nearly 2.5 million citizens have stopped using the internet following the tax, which charges 200 Ugandan shillings a day. The tax has caused concerns over free speech and access to financial services via mobile banking. “Social media has become the major source of news and political information,” Irene Ikomu, a Ugandan lawyer, told the Guardian. “Heightened exposure to information via the internet has led to Ugandan citizens being more critical about political conditions in the country.” In America, similar issues have risen with the dismantling regulations of net neutrality–equal access to the internet. In 2017, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to end some regulations, allowing for internet providers to charge more for certain content. Uganda Communications Commission officials expect the drop in...

Mar 1, 2019