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    Kickstarter campaign seeks to debut new Baraka play

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    Intel seeks to diversify workforce

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    CNBC: State of diversity

    CNBC: State of diversity

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    Egypt Into the Abyss

    Egypt Into the Abyss

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    Ganging Up

    Ganging Up

      A group of rival crews shot up a funeral procession in Washington, leaving one dead and two injured. Untold innocent bystanders are caught in cross fire intended to settle beefs. Gang activity has also shaken cities around the world from Chicago to Capetown, South Africa. What’s  being done to combat this problem? FullyConnected.com looks […]

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    'African Village' Emerges on Chicago's 79th Street

    ‘African Village’ Emerges on Chicago’s 79th Street

    After establishing political and economic bases around the Windy City, African immigrants are trying to do the same on 79th Street. “We see this as an anchor around which we can see other community development aspects flourishing and, over time, use it to create our resources and, hopefully, our political power, just like in other […]

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    Transforming communities in Brazil with cell phones

    By Caroline Sainsard

    Salvador da Bahia, Brazil – August 31, 2013

    On July 31, the VOJO project, a communication training program for young people in isolated black communities, began in 9 quilombos (communities created by freed slaves) near Salvador, Brazil.

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    Twice a week, members of Midia Etnica takes a bus, a shuttle and then a boat to give a VOJO training to more than 20 young people ages 16 to 30. Once the classroom settles, the training starts.  Beyond the VOJO project, a lot of themes are tackled with the participants: communication, of course, but also government and human rights. The young people learn how to express themselves and to be self-confident doing it. Class after class, they feel more and more convinced that they can be respected and highly regarded sources of information. After several weeks of VOJO training, they begin to broach topics such as education, security, health, and pollution, among other more local issues (like exceptionally high tide or road construction). None of them misses an opportunity to give his or her opinion.
    That is why the community expects so much from the VOJO project. “We want our kids to help us to defend the communities’ rights and interests”, explains Eliete Paraguassu, the local organization manager. “By taking part in this project, they get to know each other better and, later, will be more inclined to work together as a strong team. Plus, Midia Etnica, through the VOJO project, helps us to make them responsible and give them a political conscience and a social presence. This is really important for the future of our nine communities.”

    The young people already perfectly understand their interest in the VOJO project. Coming back from school, two of them heard that the boat fee they pay daily to go to school would increase. Furious, they dialed the VOJO number to record an interview with the boat’s owner. “We wanted to know more about it and share the information. Most people here did not know anything about this fee. It ended up that it increased because of the municipality… People should know that, shouldn’t they?” asked Laura, one of the youngest interns.

    As the training finished, the young people got ready to use the concepts they learned by participating in the Third Interstate Promoting Racial Equality Conference. There, they interviewed local leaders and told them what they expected from them – a good way to use the VOJO technology and to concretely realize its potential.

    What’s the next step? The young people hope to get one computer for the 9 communities and learn how to edit the news they record. In doing so, they will become the perfect actors to spread the VOJO technology to other isolated places, contribute to broadcasting minorities’ perspective, and who knows, maybe even use the skills they acquired to find a respectable job… a dream of theirs.

    What is the VOJO technology?

    You don’t have Internet but you have plenty of things to broadcast? The Center for Civic Media of MIT, a prestigious university in Boston, created an amazing technology: VOJO. With only a cell phone, you can broadcast news on the Internet. Dial the VOJO phone number, press 1 and record what you want to be broadcasted. Once you finish, press # to send it to a main website. Your content is available to everyone online. You can also send photos by text message.

    Correio Nagô

    Correio Nagô is a news portal created by young Black communicators from Mídia Étnica. It aims to combat economic and racial exclusion and discrimination that still exist in Brazil by encouraging a collaborative participation by its large readership via its website and creating a network of news sourced throughout Brazil and the world.

    Another mission of our social nework is to establish a news channel about Black culture – helping to diffuse content produced by different communities and activist groups from the Black Movement

    The Correio Nagô is another project of the Mídia Étnica Institute – www.correionago.com.br

    E-mail: redacao@correionago.com.br – rogerions@gmail.com

    Reprinted by permission from Correio Nago.

    More info here: https://www.facebook.com/vojobrasil?fref=ts

    Time to Be on Time

    Some people attribute tardiness to cultural influences, multitasking, procrastination, disorganization and even genetics. Credit: Creative Commons 

    CP time. Island time. African time. Call it what you’d like. The real question is, why are so many people running so late so often?


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