In recent years, musical artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Missy Elliott have written songs referencing Kinte, who remains a symbol of defiance to many. A former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Kaepernick has also become a symbol of defiance after kneeling during the national anthem throughout the 2016 NFL season to protest inequality and racist police brutality. Sports 

Colin Kaepernick wears a ‘Kunta Kinte’ T-shirt at his NFL tryout

Colin Kaepernick wore a ‘Kunta Kinte’ T-shirt at his NFL tryout to give a nod to the enslaved main character from Roots as he tried to impress league scouts after a three-year absence _____________________ Colin Kaepernick did not answer reporters’ questions at Saturday’s NFL tryout in Atlanta, but he did make a statement by arriving in a T-shirt bearing the name of author Alex Haley’s main character in Roots, the award-winning novel about slavery in the American South. The embattled free agent quarterback did a workout for a handful of…

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“According to the Urban Councils Act passed in 2018 section 212(1) signed by the minister of local government, renaming streets or numbering of structures is a prerogative of the local authority. So if we don’t endorse it, by law it shouldn’t go through,” he said. News 

Zimbabwe Dictator Emerson Mnangagwa names 10 streets after himself

    There’s uproar over Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to rename ten roads in eight urban centres after himself. Following a cabinet meeting on Thursday, it was announced that numerous roads countrywide would be renamed after liberation heroes — most of whom had died. But it is the number of roads named after the sitting president that has rubbed many up the wrong way. Former deputy prime minister in the inclusive government of 2009 to 2013, Prof Arthur Mutambara, told TimesLIVE that the renaming of the roads in Mnangagwa’s…

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I do not see what the urchins. Caro’s critics it seems are concerned with worldly delusions which are the cravings of the wretched of the earth; those who think that brandishing flashy fashions and gadgets while looking like pimps from some Western metropolis in an ego driven bliss to hide their low self-esteem, Caro is different she is as real as they come. MC Caro is a fine artist who seems way ahead of her times. At Liberian Music Awards, while others lavished in foreign designed attires, she elected to gown a suit made of an African traditional fabrics----proud to portray her African culture and values. While others chose to pose half-naked like a lady ready for the night, she appeared dignify and reserved and modest in her dress and style. Music 

MC Caro uses her talents to build political and social consciousness

By M. Uneh Yahmia MC Caro is using her talents to build political and social consciousness at a time her country needs her the most. When almost every artist is sucked, and kissing up to the powers that be, she has risen from the slums to expose a system that oppresses the people and denies the youth the opportunity to unleash its potential. This is the boldest decision any young man or woman can make at a time the fatherland is being scandalized and devoured. MC Caro has placed her…

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Again, we call on the International Community including the UN, US Embassy, AU and ECOWAS to join us in asking Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to focus on her current portfolio and leave us to independently decide for ourselves politically. We hope that you receive this communication as a reminder of history to embark on changing the negative narratives for a reformative one.  Op-ed 

Open Letter: Former President Sirleaf wants to weaken Unity Party to her advantage

    Dear Amb. Boakai: I’m moved to communicate to you through this medium so that the message will echo beyond individualism and that the public will bear us witness for future reference.  Amb. Boakai, you know very well that Madam  Sirleaf didn’t support you during your Presidential Bid in 2017 due to your critical stance for good governance. She did everything humanly possible to suppress your performance as a Vice President but that still didn’t stop you from delivering for your people at a considerate level. When you traveled…

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“We are saddened to hear about the passing of Daniel Yallah,” the Union said in a statement. “Talented, yet selfless, Daniel’s only concern after his diagnosis was for his two younger siblings. He will be missed.” In addition to his younger siblings, Mr. Yallah is survived by siblings, Norah, Florence, Giftlyn, Hilton, and Secret, who live in Africa. A viewing at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, will be followed by 11 a.m. services at West Laurel Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd. Burial is private. Sports 

Budding Liberia star who styled for Philadelphia Union FC, loses life to cancer

Daniel C. Yallah, 19, of Philadelphia, a budding soccer star and student who came to the United States from Liberia in pursuit of advancement, died Friday, Nov. 15, of complications from liver cancer at his home. Mr. Yallah was born in Gbarnga and grew up in a section of the city populated by refugees. He had seven siblings. His grades at the local school qualified him for a private school, where he studied from sixth to the ninth grades. In the fall of 2015, his mother, Sarah Meemie Yallah, accompanied…

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In 2004, Brumskine campaigned for the 2005 elections, receiving nearly 14% of the vote, 6% less than the second-place candidate, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and therefore he was not able to participate in the runoff. Due to his popularity in the first round, he could have significantly influenced the run-off had he endorsed either candidate. He decided not to endorse Sirleaf or her opponent, George Manney Weah in the runoff. Tributes 

Charles W. Brumskine [1951-2019], Former Senate President has died

Charles Walker Brumskine, former President of the Liberian Senate, and senior partner of the Brumskine and Associates law firm, located in Monrovia has died. He was 68. Mr. Brumskine who has been ailing for quite some time, was hospitalized at the John Hopkins medical center in Baltimore, Maryland, Family sources said. the politician and lawyer left the hospital months ago and was being treated at his home in Virginia, he was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon. Cllr. Brumskine, who contested the Liberian presidency on three separate occations,  rose to prominence during…

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We are extremely proud of every single artist and of the fans who voted. Recognizing and promoting talented musicians, while giving them the platform to showcase their craft and connect with their fans is just one of the many ways we are #GoodTogether.” Lonestar Cell MTN is committed to supporting the rise of Liberian talent and the growth of the Liberian music industry. Music 

Rapper Bucky Raw, others win big at MTN Liberia Music Awards

On November 16, Liberian music was celebrated at the 2019 MTN Liberia Music Awards (MLMA), a release from Lonestar Cell MTN has said. According to the release, Music superstars, Bucky Raw, Jaredo and Christoph The Change emerged as the night’s biggest winners with two awards each in major categories. Bucky Raw took home the Artist of the Year, and Video of the Year (‘Thank You’) awards, Christoph The Change, won the awards for Hipco/Trapco Artist of the Year and Album of the Year (‘Bonnie Dust’), while Jaredo won Collaboration of…

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In a continent with more than 2,000 distinct languages, the role and importance of indigenous African languages in post-colonial modern societies has also proved to be a contentious issue. Over the last few decades, the place of African languages has suffered negative consequences due to colonization, globalization, and the entrenchment of official languages like English and French. African languages have often been labeled as a hindrance to learning, and have suffered delegitimization at social, economic, and political spheres. Public Policy 

South African schools will teach Kiswahili to students from 2020

Africa’s most “internationally recognized language” will soon be taught in South African classrooms. Starting in 2020, schools will teach Kiswahili as an optional language, making it the first African language outside South Africa to be offered in class. Education minister Angie Motshekga said the move was meant to promote unity and “social cohesion with fellow Africans.” Anti-immigrant sentiments have brewed in South Africa in the past decade, leading to sporadic attacks on the homes and businesses of communities including Malawians, Somalis, and Nigerians. The push to embrace the Swahili language…

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http://www.liberianlistener.com/2019/11/01/ellen-sirleaf-legacy-of-corruption-and-misrule/ Public Policy 

To Fight Corruption, Former Pres. Sirleaf & UP Officials Must be Investigated

By J Yanqui Zaza I am sure many Liberians are pleased and do welcome the patriotic, honorable and peace and unity statement made by Dr. Joseph Nyemah Boakai, former presidential candidate and former Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. Dr. Boakai has recommended to the members and officers of the former ruling Party (Unity Party) to forgive and unite for the good of the country. But equally too, if the former ruling Unity Party is to be considered as a Party ready to fight corruption, then Unity Party, a…

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The assignment of Judge Nancy Sammy to preside over Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia, where two of her senior male colleagues were forced to step aside from further hearing into the alleged missing US$835,367.72 and L$2,645,000,000 involving Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) current and past senior officials, could put her credibility to test if she makes good on her vow to resist any political interference into her judgment. Public Policy 

‘We Are Not Answerable to Other Branches of Gov’t

    The assignment of Judge Nancy Sammy to preside over Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia, where two of her senior male colleagues were forced to step aside from further hearing into the alleged missing US$835,367.72 and L$2,645,000,000 involving Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) current and past senior officials, could put her credibility to test if she makes good on her vow to resist any political interference into her judgment. Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Judge Sammy in 2013, and subsequently commissioned her as Resident Judge of Lofa County,…

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