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Why Didn’t We Report This? Marie Ndaye- Génie littéraire… Femme Noire

In Global on December 10, 2009 at 12:00 am

In better late than never reporting for Le Monde Noir,  Marie Ndaye, a Senegalese-French woman, was the first black woman to win France’s Prix Goncourt, the country’s top literary prize in November.  She is also the first woman to win the prize since 1998.  She won for her novel Trois femmes puissantes (Three Powerful Women). Ms. Ndaye has also been a vocal critic of Sarkozy’s France as it has been reported that she moved to Berlin in 2007 because she found the city to be “freer” than France.

Interestingly, Ms. Ndaye distanced her win’s significance as a first for a person of black heritage.  She states, “I don’t represent anything or anyone. I have met many French people raised in Africa who are more African than I am.”

Black Woman Wins Prix Goncourt for the First Time – [Guardian]
New Literary Star Marie Ndiaye takes on France’s old guard- [CS Monitor]


Blacks, Europeans, and Football: The Story of Mario Balotelli

In Global, Sports on September 25, 2009 at 9:29 am


The beauty of sports is that they often force folks to confront racial, social and economic issues head-on. An unmatched presence worldwide, Soccer is one sport where the conversations in these areas are ever-present.

Mario Balotelli, by most people’s assumption, would be a fair-skinned Italian. Born Mario Hurwa, he’s actually a black Ghanian whose parents immigrated to Italy and gave him up to an Italian family. At 19 and already a starter every now and then for one of Europe’s premier clubs,Internazionale, he’s the brightest talent Italy has to offer in his age group. Strong, lightning-quick and standing at 6’2,” he’s a physical force to be reckoned with.

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“The Obama Effect” on Test Scores?, An Underdog Congressional Candidate and Justice in Nigeria (?)

In Business, Global, U.S. on June 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

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Dr. Ray Friedman of Vanderbilt University claims that black students achieved higher scores on standardized tests after Obama’s achievements during the presidential election.  Dr. Joshua Aronson of NYU thinks it’s all bull.  What’s the truth?

Underdog congressional race candidate Anthony Woods is a young African-American, an Iraqi veteran, and a Harvard grad.  He’s also openly gay and opposed to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.  Can he win the California 10th district seat?

After more than 10 years of legal battles, Shell has agreed to a $15.5 million settlement to benefit the Ogani community in Nigeria.  Shell was sued by Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the father of an environmental activist hanged in Nigeria. The company is accused of ordering the execution of  his father, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and other non-violent human rights activists in the country who protested the company’s environmental practices.

Arthur Ashe School: The New Class

In Global, Sports on June 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm


French player Gael Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

French player Gaël Monfils has shoved Andy Roddick out of the French Open

In between classes one day I turned on the French Open just in time to see French men’s tennis player Josselin Ouanna on the tube winning a match. In the stands watching was his friend Gaël Monfils who the sportscaster mentioned as being another French tennis player.  After mentioning my discovery on my Facebook page, my boyfriend asked why I wasn’t interested in researching Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga.  This was my introduction to the new class of black tennis players.   I’m ashamed to say that my knowledge of these young men is minimal.  The last young black male tennis player I was able to name was James Blake and I haven’t been following his career in a while. So for those of you who are in the same boat, I’ve put together a collection of articles for you.  An introduction to the new class of black tennis players.


Name: Josselin Ouanna

Age: 23

Born: Tours France / Current Residence: Suresnes, France


Wikipedia profile
Player Profile– ATP
French don’t fare well at French Open – LA Times
Josselin Ouanna strikes blow for French Evolution – Times Online

tsongaName: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Age: 24

Birthplace:  Le Mans, France  / Current Residence: La Rippe, Switzerland


Wikipedia page 
Player Profile– ATP
Tsonga, Monfils spark hopes– The Sydney Morning Herald
High-flying Frenchmen the toast of Roland Garros– USA Today 

 gmName: Gaël Monfils

Age: 22

Born: Paris, France  /  Current Residence: Nyon, Switzerland


Wikipedia page
Player Profile– ATP
Roddick loses to Monfils in 4th round of French – The Associated Press
Monfils Rolls Over Roddick– New York Times

Why Are So Many People Against African Self-Reliance?

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


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

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).


VOGUE profile on Dr. Susan Rice

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


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.