Bridging the Intercontinental Leadership Divide: African Energy Association to Host Inaugural Dinner

“Africa is the untold story, and could be the big story, of the next decade” says Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola. And, he couldn’t be more correct.

On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 The African Energy Association will take its place on the world stage by hosting its inaugural African-US leadership awards dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. and will highlight the over $300 billion dollar opportunity in the African energy sector. This highly anticipated event will commemorate the renowned accomplishments of awardees Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Mr. Benedict Peters, Executive Vice President of Aiteo Group, and Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director, Equity Bank Group,who have each been instrumental in tackling Africa’s energy challenges and championing global interfacing within the continent.

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What Makes a High-Quality Early Learning Program?

Much of a child’s brain development occurs during the earliest years of life, setting the stage for future cognitive, social, and emotional development. Research shows that supportive, high quality, early learning programs prepare children for success. Yet,  only 60 percent of public schools offer early learning programs and program quality varies widely. African American children are least likely to receive high quality early learning care, most likely to underperform on statewide kindergarten readiness assessments, and most likely to be retained in kindergarten due to an absence of quality early learning experiences. Furthermore, early learners are more likely than students who do not acquire an early education to graduate from high school, attend college, achieve professional success, and strengthen the nation’s economic and national security.

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Juneteenth

Slavery has always been a contradiction in the American cultural matrix. As the United States affirmed its independence and sovereignty, the humanists that were involved in constructing the Declaration of Independence asserted our collective human-centered prerogatives. As such, the Declaration of Independence reads in part that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” 

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Reclaiming Father’s Day

While Father’s Day for many is a highly anticipated holiday when fathers everywhere are recognized by their kids for providing unconditional love and support, this day has evoked many painful memories for me. I have encountered a lifetime of distressing experiences with a man I view as everything but a father, instead I remember him as a heavy drinker that terrorized my childhood and adulthood with emotional and physical abuse. I chose to celebrate moms who stepped up for all the dads who did not, especially my own.

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Reflections of the “I, Too, Am” Campaign

As a doctoral student at Berkeley committed to addressing issues affecting minorities on our campus and in the broader community, I recently participated in the “I, Too, Am Berkeley” campaign. The campaign was a fragment of a nationwide “I, Too, Am” campaign, which has been widely discussed for its unique approach to acknowledging, challenging, and combating racial bias that occurs on predominately white campuses and for its innovative strategies for empowering minority students. The campaign attracted passionate students at schools including Harvard, NYU, Princeton, and UW-Madison.

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Larger Than Life: Golden Words of Dr. Maya Angelou

A very special conversation took place eight years ago between Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle after his unexpected departure from his show on Comedy Central. I would’ve never expected this union, but the message still resonates today that Maya Angelou was a woman of words who could and would appease the soul of anyone in her presence, including a “funny man” comedian.

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