All posts by Kamau Kujichagulia

This is the April 20th Edition of The Nubian News. In this issue we delve into the city council candidates. May 8th is the City election. Trentonians will elect three council people at-large and four ward representatives. This is an extremely important election for Trenton. TNN has kept a close eye on the candidates. Some of the candidates have taken a wide berth around The Nubian News. They haven’t responded to our questionnaires and have spent none of their advertising money with us. There are few Black businesses which deal in advertising. If they are not spending their ad dollars with TNN they probably are not spending those dollars with Black businesses. However in our last issue before the election we will look into their spending and report back to the community. If these candidates do not invest in our community they don’t deserve our vote.

Link to the online edition of the April 20, 2018 The Nubian News

Black-White Wage Gap Grows as Americans Remain in Denial

The wage gap between blacks and whites is the worst it’s been in nearly four decades, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.

Last year, the hourly pay gap between blacks and whites widened to 26.7%, with whites making an average of $25.22 an hour compared to $18.49 for blacks, the EPI found. Almost 40 years ago, in 1979, the wage gap between blacks and whites was 18.1%, with whites earning an inflation-adjusted average of $19.62 an hour and blacks earning $16.07 an hour.

 What’s driving the wage gap has little to do with access to education, disparities in work experience or where someone lives, EPI found. Rather, the researchers found “discrimination…and growing earnings inequality in general,” to be the primary factors at play.

“Race is not a skill or characteristic that should have any market value as it relates to your wages, but it does,” said Valerie Wilson, the director of the program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy at the EPI and a co-author of the report. (CNN)

Source: Black-White Wage Gap Grows as Americans Remain in Denial – Pacific Standard

Black women must work 7 months to get paid on the same level as white men

Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

The disproportionate discipline of African-American students has been extensively documented; yet the reasons for those disparities are less well understood. Drawing upon one year of middle-school disciplinary data for an urban school district, we explored three of the most commonly offered hypotheses for disproportionate discipline based on gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Racial and gender disparities in office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions were somewhat more robust than socioeconomic differences. Both racial and gender differences remained when controlling for socioeconomic status. Finally, although evidence emerged that boys engage more frequently in a broad range of disruptive behavior, there were no similar findings for race. Rather, there appeared to be a differential pattern of treatment, originating at the classroom level, wherein African-American students are referred to the office for infractions that are more subjective in interpretation. Implications for teacher training and structural reform are explored.” This was published 12/2002, (It’s been going on forever. The system is taking very few steps to stop it.) The Urban Review

Source: Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

Will Next Einstein Forum Transform the Tech ecosystem in Africa?

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) was launched back in 2013. The forum’s main goal is to empower scientific skills for human development. It works by linking science to society, African policymakers authorities and worldwide tech stakeholders.The platform is one of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) with Robert Bosch Stiftung as the co-partner. The 2018 NEF competition is taking place now in Kigali Rwanda starting from today 26th March.

The Next Einstein Forum, Global African Academia

Forty-four countries sign historic African Union free trade agreement

African countries are set to put their signature to an agreement that will launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday.

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has estimated the agreement’s implementation could increase intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022, compared with trade levels in 2010.

Here’s what you need to know about the biggest trade agreement signed since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was established.

What is AfCFTA?

African heads of government agreed to establish a continental free trade area in 2012 and started negotiations in 2015.

The agreement is set to be signed by all 55 member states of the African Union, bringing together 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion.

The draft agreement commits countries to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods, with 10 percent of “sensitive items” to be phased in later.

Read more about the momentous news

Ramaphosa wants single currency for Africa | The Citizen

President Cyril Ramaphosa did not appear a stranger to the African Union as he strolled into the closing session of the African Continental Free Trade Area Business Forum in Kigali on Tuesday afternoon. In fact, there was a mild case of continental Ramaphoria in the audience of African businesspeople, politicians, officials and hangers-on as Ramaphosa declared:

“The issue of visas for Rwandese to South Africa, consider it as a matter that is solved.”

There were whoops and gasps from the room, then applause.

Just last month, former president Jacob Zuma wanted to hang on to the presidency a few months longer so he could introduce Ramaphosa to the AU and the Southern African Development Community.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo welcomed Ramaphosa warmly, and congratulated him, and also “all of the people in South Africa for their transition”.

A high-ranking member of the Nigerian delegation, when asked about his country’s views, said the rest of the continent shared in the South Africans’ relief at the transition.

At the close of the session with Ramaphosa, the announcer enthusiastically declared:

“Can you feel the change? Change is in the air!”

Source: Ramaphosa wants single currency for Africa | The Citizen

Also See This article about Ramaphosa

The March 24, 2018 edition of The Nubian News newspaper of Trenton, NJ

This edition of The Nubian News begins to deal with the coming elections in Trenton. In the next issue we will present the people running for city council and following that we will delve into those who want to represent you as the next mayor.
In our final issue before the elections we will give you our best picks.

 

Why Build a Lynching Memorial – EJI

My heart is so sad.  I’m filled with disgust and some anger. Since I was a child I’ve asked myself “How can people be so cruel?” At one point I decided white people couldn’t be human. No other human  acts so heinous.

The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in Just Two Years

The world’s first bionic kidney can be inserted in a body by a common surgical procedure and it has proved to work efficiently. It is now proving to be the perfect replacement for a damaged kidney. The bionic kidney consists of several microchips which is moved by the heart. The bionic kidney also filters out toxins from the blood in the same way as a normal kidney.

Members of the research team Shuvo Roy of the University of California and William H Fissel nephrologist and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have said that the invention is all set to give hope to the millions suffering from kidney failure and who are on dialysis.

Source: The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in Just Two Years

Man Who Assassinated Three Officers Is Getting Released On Parole

Herman Bell, 70, was one of three murderers who used a bogus 911 call to lure New York Police Department (NYPD) Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini into an ambush in 1971, the New York Post reported.

Officer Jones was shot in the head, and died instantly, according to the New York Daily News.

Bell and his fellow BRA cohorts, Anthony Bottom and Albert Washington, ruthlessly tortured Officer Piagentini as he told his assailants that he had a wife and two children, and begged for his life.

The trio shot Officer Piagentini 22 times. Bell used the officer’s duty weapon to fire the fatal round, FOX News reported.

Source: Man Who Assassinated Three Officers Is Getting Released On Parole – Blue Lives Matter