Greetings ZNews Readers,
Each week is a bit of an emotional journey for me as I curate this email. I balance sharing success stories and information with noting many difficult truths and unpleasant events that so often impact our lives and our communities.
This week was particularly challenging due to the news about Jordan Edwards, the latest unarmed Black male fatally shot by police officers in the United States.
I’m not sure how many more of these stories I can take.
Some good news; Singer and producer Ne-Yo has invested $2.3 million to help people from unrepresented groups become full-stack engineers. I love news like this because it highlights people giving back to invest in their communities.
Sure, many monetarily successful Black folks “give back” in photo opportunistic ways by reading to kids or by giving out iPads or computers, but how many use their resources to invest in people? If anyone has stats or info on this, please share.
Meanwhile, anyone up to join me and escape to the island of African millionaires? Maybe some of their wealth can rub off on us. I’ll even settle for new iPad. I’m a kid at heart.
Keep those comments and questions coming. Share your stories, comments, and suggestions with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confessions of a wealthy immigrant: “model minority” is a myth: The “model minority” success story is used as a wedge to deny systemic economic and racial injustice, reinforcing myths of criminality in the “bad” undocumented immigrants and “laziness” in immigrants and black people. Because if families like mine could “succeed,” what’s holding back other immigrants and families of color?
Meet the Playwright Putting the Spotlight on African Immigrants: This month, New York Theatre Workshop debuts two new plays by Mfoniso Udofia, Both works are part of the playwright’s epic, nine-part Ufot Cycle, which chronicles the life—the triumphs and losses—of a Nigerian immigrant woman living in America. For the playwright, these plays are an important step in expanding our knowledge of African narratives.
The Suicide of an Uber engineer. Widow blames job stress: Joseph Thomas thought he had it made when he landed a $170,000 job as a software engineer at Uber last year. He and his wife, Zecole, had just bought and moved into a home with their two young sons. But his time at Uber turned into a personal tragedy, one that will compel the ride-hailing company to answer questions before a judge about its aggressive work culture.
Is China the World’s New Colonial Power?: The rising superpower has built up enormous holdings in poor, resource-rich African countries —but its business partners there aren’t always thrilled. China’s relationship with Africa goes back to the 1960s. Today, if you take the red-eye flight from Shanghai to Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, chances are you’ll be seated among Chinese workers heading to a construction site in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, a cotton-processing plant in Mozambique, a telecom project in Nigeria.
DNA provides new insights: My father was born and raised in Nigeria, my mother is African-American and knows very little about her ancestry. Family members told stories about being Native American, but could never identify a tribe. My results showed that my mother is mainly African, but also Irish. I turned out to have more ancestry in Benin than Nigeria.
My only access to Ghana was the food: The Brixton-based chef Zoe Adjonyoh rediscovered her heritage through cooking. The daughter of a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Adjonyoh is a woman anchored in two worlds. Both sides of her family have food at the heart of their culture, and that passion for feeding comes through.
NFL draft profiles are full of language differences that reveal racial stereotypes: A white quarterback prospect is more likely to be discussed in terms of intangible internal qualities. He is smart and displays intelligence. He is a leader. In contrast, a minority quarterback prospect is more likely to be discussed in terms of physical characteristics, to be judged erratic and unpredictable, and to have his successes and failures ascribed to outside forces. We learn about his hands, his weight, his frame, his body. He throws dangerous passes.
How Nigeria rejection led to Anthony Joshua’s rise to stardom: Joshua makes no secret of his Nigerian heritage. If anything, he embraces it. His middle name, Femi (short for Oluwafemi), is as Nigerian as Nigerian is. On numerous occasions, he has not been shy to speak about his Nigerian roots. It was that connection that drove him to try and represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympic Games, only to be turned down by the country’s boxing coaches.
A counter-terrorism officer put a monkey toy on a black colleague’s desk, and was cleared by a disciplinary panel. The woman who brought the complaint said he used the toy to signal whose turn it was to make tea and coffee. Det Sgt Andrew Mottau was cleared of gross misconduct. He will now receive management advice – the lowest form of disciplinary action.
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Start’Act Business Accelerator: The first Tunisian Startup Accelerator launched by Carthage Business Angels and sponsored by the French development agency (AFD) and the ministry of Finance. This accelerator is for Tunisian entrepreneurs who accelerate their business into sustainable and successful ones. Start’Act is an access to Market accelerator, it offers: Financing, Network, technical assistance, Trainings and exposure.