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Sierra Leone Teen, Kelvin Doe AKA DJ Focus, Wows MIT With AMAZING Skill

Originally posted on The Huffington Post | By Hayley Hudson Posted: 11/19/2012 5:13 pm EST Updated: 11/19/2012 8:11 pm EST

At the age of 13, a boy living in Sierra Leone created batteries and generators using materials he picked up around the house or from trash bins. Now, he’s wowing experts in the […]

Taxes Threaten an Island Culture in Georgia

By KIM SEVERSON Published: September 25, 2012 New York Times

SAPELO ISLAND, Ga. — Once the huge property tax bills started coming, telephones started ringing. It did not take long for the 50 or so people who live on this largely undeveloped barrier island to realize that life was about to get worse.

Sapelo […]

Gold Rush in Haiti! Who will get rich?

Gold Rush in Haiti! Who will get rich? by Haiti Grassroots Watch 5/24/12

Haiti might be “poorest country in the Americas,” but it is also sitting on a gold mine.

New Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says he’s banking on the wealth in Haiti’s northern mountains to lift the country out of poverty, but if […]

Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987, in Malawi, Africa, a country plagued by AIDS and poverty. Like most people in his village, his family of nine subsisted on the meager crops they could grow, living without the luxuries—considered necessities in the West—of electricity or running water. Already living on the edge, the situation […]

The War We Are Living: Afro-Colombian Women Fight for Their Ancestral Lands

Watch The War We Are Living on PBS. See more from Women War and Peace.

If you ask Colombia’s city dwellers and governing political class, they’ll tell you the country’s 40-year-old civil war is over. But The War We Are […]

Africa Rising: How a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty

The extraordinary story of how a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty. Witness Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:12 Directed by multi-award winning director Jamie Doran

Remember Band Aid, Live Aid and developed countries’ determination to ‘Feed the World’? Well, we failed. There are more Africans living in extreme poverty […]

Haitians Return to Africa, Bringing Solar Energy

By Peter Costantini

SEATTLE, U.S., Aug 2, 2011 (IPS) – Jean Ronel Noël, a young Haitian engineer, stood in a centuries-old fort on a small island just off Dakar and looked out at the Atlantic through a portal that once led enslaved Africans to the ships of the Middle Passage.

“Finally we come to ‘the […]

DEAR DADDY: a message from our daughters


82.3% is the number of African American children born since 1990 that will not live in the same home as their biological fathers before graduating High School. Today, a generation of African American youth, have not had sustained access to positive paternal or male role models. Consequently, the […]

The Blooms of Banjeli

The Blooms of Banjeli documents research in Banjeli, Togo on iron-smelting technology, its rituals, and the sexual prohibitions surrounding it. Including rare historical footage from the same village in 1914, it provides a unique technological record of the traditional method of preparing a furnace to smelt iron.

For centuries the high-quality iron blooms from Bassari […]

Tree of Iron

This is one of the few films to document archaeological work on ancient civilizations in Africa. It also deals with an important subject, African iron smelting, and presents convincing evidence for early indigenous technologies far more complex than previously expected. The Tree of Iron is set in Tanzania, East Africa, on the western shores of […]