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Sometimes You Just Have To Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

In U.S. on May 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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Why Are So Many People Against African Self-Reliance?

In Foreign Affairs, Global, Women on May 27, 2009 at 1:47 am

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I just don’t get it.  While Dambisa Moyo’s bestselling book Dead Aid has been on the market for months, she continues to be bashed by the mostly liberal side of the political spectrum for her views on African aid.  For anyone unaware of Ms. Moyo’s argument, the premise of her book is that aid has not resulted in any economic or human development improvements for Africa.  She makes a compelling argument.  Sixty odd years ago, China was poorer than most African countries.  Today, it’s the reverse.  In fact, Ms. Moyo states in many speeches she has given throughout her book tour (and according to my research) many countries that have made significant gains within the global economy did it without the help of massive amounts of aid.

Somehow, the liberal organizations and proponents of aid who are supposed to be “pro-Africa” have demonized Ms. Moyo, stating that she wants to allow babies to starve and die of malaria.  First, even I, who has only made it through a few chapters of the book due to my workload, has read far enough into the book to note that Ms. Moyo specifically targets bilateral aid- the monetary transfers from international organizations such as the IMF and other governments such as the U.S.  Even with this specific statement, I have read editorials time and time again that state she wants to cut off humanitarian aid and the like.  Even on her tours Ms. Moyo has stated that that is not the case.

Secondly, I find it curious that those who seem to want to help Africa dismiss the argument of a woman who clearly has the same intention.  This woman is from the continent, versed in the theory of markets and business, has degrees from some of the top universities of the world and personally supports people on the continent like many professional members of the diaspora do.  She is not some “Joe the Plumber” who has some sort of fake authority on the subject matter.  So why are these mostly white males so dismissive of her argument?

What Ms. Moyo is calling for, what she is advocating, is black self-reliance.  What she is simply stating is that if China, and India and Brazil and Russia can pull themselves up, why not Africa?  Is it that Ms. Moyo challenges the mindset of the West looking down on the “poor Africans”?  Is it because this is an African woman telling the West that they’ve had it wrong for sixty years?  Technically, Ms. Moyo’s argument is not even new.  Have you ever heard of The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly? 

Curiously, even as the attacks against Ms. Moyo mount, so do the praises as Africans themselves are lining up to listen.  Ms.  Moyo has met several times with Rwanda’s President and even with members of her home country Zambia’s government.  So hopefully the thought of “African solutions for African problems” will spread and take hold.

And with this, I’d like to send a message to Ms. Moyo.  A friend of mine one had a quote.  He said something to the effect of, “If you’re doing something and you have no haters, then I suggest you stop what you’re doing right now because it’s not working for you”.  Ms. Moyo, keep going.  Dedicate a song to Mr. Sachs and keep at it.  We appreciate your presence and contribution to the argument.  It’s about time that the West see a visibly African face speaking up for African people.

Huffington Post- Aid Ironies: A Response to Jeffrey Sachs

We Are on a Roll: Ursula Burns, First Black Female CEO to head Xerox

In Business, Women on May 27, 2009 at 12:44 am

 

Ms. Burns is making waves (and history) at Xerox

Ms. Burns is making waves (and history) at Xerox

It’s only the middle of the week and the excellent news of keeps pouring in. I happened to see a copy of the Wall Street Journal at work today with Ms. Burns’s picture.  This fabulous woman of humble beginnings has worked her way up from intern to CEO of Xerox.

I find curious that the New York Daily news article quotes Ms. Burns as saying, “My perspective comes in part from being a New York black lady…” when a similar comment by Supreme Court Justice Nominee Sonia Solomayor has sparked cries of racism.  

I personally see nothing wrong with being honest about your cultural background affecting the way you see things and do business.  Whether you come from privilege or from the projects, there is an expectation of your life experiences guiding your decision making process.  

Ms. Burns is an inspiration to women and people of color everywhere.  I commend her wonderful achievements and thank her for opening the door for countless women of color behind her.  And oh, love the power fro.

Daily News- Ursula Burns to head Xerox…

Passing the Torch: First Black President Nominates Potential First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

In government, Uncategorized, Women on May 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm

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Many Latino voters were disappointed with number of Latinos in the Obama administration. But the President has “redeemed” himself with his selection of the “qualified” Sonia Sotomayor.  Complementing her three decade career, President Obama pointed out and praised Sotomayor’s “depth of experience and breadth of perspective”.  

Though some in the GOP has been quick to label her as someone from the “far left” and even “racist“, some in the party are (such as John McCain) are promising a fair confirmation hearing.  Any harsh attacks on the nominee could result in further alienating the fastest growing demographic in the country (67% of Hispanics voted for Obama) and women.  Softening their stance against her can alienate the old-guard of the party.  Look forward to an interesting confirmation process.

Sotomoyor Wikipedia Page

CNN – Partisan Confirmation hearings expected for Sotomayor

Miami Herald- NY Judge Rises from Projects to the Supreme Court

Global Girl TV

In Global, Women on May 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I know you’re supposed to be working/ researching/ packing/ etc. but you must check out this hilarious Hills spoof.  A few years old, but still worth the ten minutes. I had to stop watching the real version because those girls were just too thick.  I can’t believe the time I wasted watching that show.  However, this spoof is absolutely hysterical and I dare you to watch it without laughing out loud. (Click post title for full screen).

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Astronaut Charles Bolden first African-American, 2nd Astronaut Nominated to Lead NASA

In U.S. on May 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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If confirmed, Charles Bolden would be the first African-American head of NASA.  Who says African-Americans don’t excel in the math and science fields?

 

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Capital File Magazine Profiles Social Secretary Desiree’ Rogers and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

In government, U.S., Women on May 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm

As someone who will be heading to Washington, D.C. in about a year after completing my M.A. program, I have really taken to D.C.’s social magazines. Capital File and Washington Life are websites I frequently visit.  I also love DC blogs such as Capital Hill Style and Off the Cuff, and I check out Washingtonian Magazine as well when I want to read about local real estate, restaurants, and other things.

The Capital File Summer Issue has a beautiful spread of Desiree’ Rogers and Valerie Jarrett and the interview can be read here.  The article features a “day in the life” of both women and highlights them in high-end fashion.  Read it it for your daily dose of inspiration.

VOGUE profile on Dr. Susan Rice

In Foreign Affairs, Global, government, U.S., Women on May 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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With previous profiles on Desiree’ Rogers, Valerie Jarrett, and of course, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vogue Magazine is becoming the place to go to  check out the “Black Cabinet”.  Though Vogue is still on probationary status (along with Vanity Fair, most recent offense here), the magazine is taking a step in the right direction.  

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