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Within the Internet lies Africa's clay of wisdom

Editor’s Note:  The following is excerpted from a keynote speech delivered by Philip Emeagwali at the African Diaspora Conference in Tucson, Arizona. For the entire transcript and video, visit emeagwali.com.

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Are Blacks expecting too much from President Obama?

“Hello. My Name is Freida. I am a 52 years young Black female that had three strokes and [I am] doing fine right now. I am a full time stay at home artist…I have sent you a copy of my hero, Sir Barackster. I created him on Nov. 1st because I felt he would be the hero.”
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Mobilizing for green economy

Some 400 people attended H.I.R.E. MN’s second Town Hall Meeting January 27 at Lao Family Community of Minnesota headquarters on University Avenue near the State Capitol.
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Africans express cautious hope for Obama presidency

(GIN) - After the initial moment of euphoria for the landslide victory of Barack Obama, some Africans are now expressing a more cautious note of hope for the new leader.
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Rights lawyers await Obama’s appointment of new civil rights chief

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After a blistering report released early this month confirmed that a senior official in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department illegally hired and fired career attorneys based on their political alignment with President Bush, Civil Rights lawyers around the country say the new head of the Civil Rights Division – yet to be named by President Barack Obama – will likely be “pivotal” in his presidential administration.
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Special state emergency unemployment compensation made available

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Dan McElroy announced the availability of state emergency unemployment benefits beginning Feb. 1, 2009. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the bill providing Special State Emergency Unemployment Compensation for unemployed Minnesotans who have exhausted regular state unemployment benefits but do not qualify for a federal extension.
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Mandela sends warm wishes to Obama

Jan 20 (GIN) – President Barack Obama received a personal letter of congratulations from former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly before his inauguration on Tuesday.

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Roland Burris sworn in as Illinois Senator

Roland Burris sworn in as Illinois Senator
(NNPA) - U. S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) has finally taken his place as Barack Obama’s successor in the U. S. Senate. His journey to the seat began with a standoff that embarrassed the president-elect and fellow Democrats who initially resisted the appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
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Bobby McFerrin with Cantus

Bobby McFerrin with Cantus

When one of the wonders of the music world shares the stage with one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, the exceptional awaits. Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin is music's true Renaissance man—vocal innovator and improviser, renowned conductor, composer extraordinaire and music educator.

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.  I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

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They came from near and afar for 'History in the Making'

They came from near and afar for 'History in the Making'WASHINGTON (NNPA) - In high school George Bacon had to fight. He fought for equality and justice when his hometown school was desegregated. Decades later, Bacon this week prepared to witness the manifestation of what he fought for as Barack Obama is sworn-in as the first African- American president.
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