Friday News Bites: South Sudan Unrest, Black Santa, Elizabeth Warren Regulatin’ + More

For this Friday leading into the Christmas holiday, we’ve got a mixed bag of news, but I’ll cap it all off with an amusing photo because that’s just the kind of news-giver I am.

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Mourning Nelson Mandela

It was just another late Thursday night. A few friends and I were sitting around, drinking whiskey, and shooting the shit in Uganda’s bustling capital city, Kampala. We were somewhere between hilarious sex stories and creepy dude stories when my BBC Breaking News tone sounded. As a bit, I picked it up and read it out loud in my very serious journalist voice: “South Africa confirms the death of Nelson Mandela.” The words were out of my mouth before I had even registered what I was saying. Read More Mourning Nelson Mandela

Reading The Man Booker Prize 2013: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

As far as literary prizes go, We Need New Names has all the makings of a winner: its author, a 31-year-old Zimbabwean immigrant to the U.S., never planned a career as a writer, yet this, her first novel, has not only served as a form of catharsis for her, but allowed readers a look at a generation of people struggling with the realities of a country that promised freedom and brought despair. Read More Reading The Man Booker Prize 2013: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Dispatches from Ladyblogland Had a Good Week

This was week was soooooo good in ladyblogland. So good. See why. Read More Dispatches from Ladyblogland Had a Good Week

News in Africa: 02/07/2013

As always, there is a lot going on in Africa these days, and some of it isn’t very rosy. I wish I could bring you positive and uplifting news reports every week, but some weeks, those uplifting stories are much harder to find amid the muck and mire. [TW: discussion of sexual violence after the jump.] Read More News in Africa: 02/07/2013

News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)

African women have been in the news a lot lately, whether it be women succeeding in various fields or a call for better education and protections for women. It seems only fitting to focus on these various stories for this week’s article. More details after the jump. Read More News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)

News in Africa: 01/24/2013

Happy Thursday, fellow Persephoneers, and this means another round of news from Africa! After the jump, I’ve got updates on the conflict in Mali, AU decisions, and women’s rights. I’ve also discovered an enterprising entrepreneur, and of course, there is a bit about the Africa Cup of Nations. Let’s jump right in! Read More News in Africa: 01/24/2013