Trade relations between China and Africa continue to strengthen, and
according to South African-based Standard Bank, China is set to become
Africa's largest export destination in 2012. China is currently the
Continent's biggest trading partner.
The World Bank is an American-born financial institution that plays a role in the
matters of the world's economy and banking sector. The bank is run by a
president that is chosen through a nomination process that has been
used for 60 years. While the president of the World Bank has always been
an American, this year, the race for the position is heating up a bit.
Affable, open and accessible are not words one usually associate with
politicians or political candidates such as John Liu, but the City
Comptroller and mayoral aspirant radiates these qualities even before
breakfast at Lenny’s on the upper Westside. Liu strolls into Lenny’s without a jacket on a recent morning, grabs
himself a sandwich, and between bites discusses the intricacies of
local, national and international affairs as well as a few details about
Conservatives on the right—be they politicians, talk show hosts, or
recently departed gadflies—will do everything in their power to
disparage President Obama and anyone associated with him. And that includes digging up old videos of the late Harvard Professor
Derrick Bell embracing his student Barack Obama at a rally for faculty
diversity in 1991.
As the Obama administration presses colleges and universities to get
creative in improving racial diversity at their campuses, more Blacks
seem to be opting for public two-year colleges or trade schools.
President Obama laid out his administrative plan for the United States
in the state-of-the-union address last week and was succinct in
directing much of his statement at Congress. Citing a need for action
from Congress to help stimulate the economy by improving the employment
outlook for the upcoming year, Obama chastised the legislature for
"do-nothing" obstructionism and instructed them to "send me a bill."
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama enjoyed considerable
support from the African-American community, and that certainly
included Hollywood. But expectations are lower this time, and there are real questions as to
whether or not African-Americans in Hollywood will step up for him
Johnny Otis and Etta James were joined in life and now only a few
days apart they are together in death. Otis, 90, of Greek ancestry but
by choice black and who discovered James, died last Tuesday, Jan. 17
in Los Angeles. James, 73, whose recording of “At Last” brought
her everlasting fame, died on Friday, Jan. 20 in Riverside,
California, after suffering with leukemia.