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'I don't want to be glib but you can see the poorest of the poor and there is still a smile on a face,' the president’s son said during a trip to promote luxury condos.


After spending the weekend trying to convince his father to stand firm on gun rights in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since Newtown, Donald Trump Jr. arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday to promote his family’s real-estate interests in India. But before his scheduled “foreign policy speech” alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week, Trump Jr. sat down for an interview with CNBC India and did his best to flatter the local population.

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“I think there is something about the spirit of the Indian people that is unique here to other parts of the emerging world,” the first son said. “You go through a town, and I don't mean to be glib about it, but you can see the poorest of the poor and there is still a smile on a face,” continued Trump Jr., not being glib.

“It is a different spirit than that which you see in other parts of the world where people walk around to solemn, and I think there is something unique about that. It doesn’t exist elsewhere.” “I know some of the most successful businessmen in the world, and some of them are the most miserable people in the world,” Trump Jr. added, without naming names.

He went on to say that he understands there are real “hardships” in India but believes there is something fundamentally “different” about the poor people there compared to others the presidential scion has apparently encountered around the world. The flattery continued when Trump Jr. was asked by journalists to compare the real-estate investment markets in India and China. “As a businessman, I feel things here are substantially more above-board,” he said. “I think the mentality of the people is the same. I think there is probably little bit more honesty.”


“We have seen the light, and we are not going back to darkness!” –  Hon  Sam Okey Mbonu


In a star-studded Event, featuring Hollywood Stars, business executives, and professionals, including notable Los Angeleno’s of Nigerian descent, in California, Hon. Sam Okey Mbonu, was honored as one of the most accomplished Nigerians in the United States,  at a special event in his honor, at the “Airforce One Boardroom at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California”.

Mbonu is the “first” African leader to be honored at a reception at the famous “Airforce One Boardroom at the Ronal Reagan Presidential Library”.  Mbonu’s recognition was preceded by a reception for the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on the same day and in the same venue, thus underscoring a shift in global leadership to a newer generation.

Mbonu in his remarks decried the depth at which Nigeria had descended, due to a leadership vacuum at the center.  Mbonu stated that in a globalized world, any failures in leadership in a large country like Nigeria, would be apparently glaring at the world stage.  Mbonu invoked the spirit of Ronald Reagan, America’s greatest president of the 20 Century who’s immortal words were that, "The future does not belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the Brave".

Mbonu stated that the brave in any given society were those who have the courage to confront systems that held people down, and to restore the dignity of humanity when societies fall short.  Mbonu also called for the new generation of Nigerians to hearken unto the words of former US President Barack Obama who said, that the new generations were “the ones we’ve been waiting for”!

Mbonu recounted his rise from a humble childhood, having been reared by parents who were educators in Nigeria, and his life of public service from a young age, to his accomplishments in the United States, as a Washington DC Policy Advisor, Consultant, and Media Analyst, who provides strategic advisory to US institutions, including the US Conress, Organization of American States, various US institutions, and the media; on Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa matters.

Image result for sam okey mbonuMbonu arrival at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library California

Mbonu is also co-founder of the Washington-based Nigeria and Africa focused Think-Tank, the “Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NAL Council)”; he had also previously served as a “Commissioner for Housing & Community Development in Maryland, United States”.  Mbonu was in 2015 designated a “powerful voice on US-Nigeria matters” by the US media giant MSNBC.  In his remarks, Mbonu regretted that in recent times, the world had watched as Nigeria slowly and hopelessly descended into, strife, chaos, and gory images of murderous religious-fanaticism, on international television.

Mbonu said that based on the situation in Nigeria, he had formed a “presidential exploratory committee”, to offer solutions to Nigeria’s current problems of chronic under-development and strife.  Mbonu stated that his public service in Nigeria would focus on two man areas, “Electric Energy and the provision of sufficient Water Resources across the country.”  Mbonu stated that he would center his public service in Nigeria on what he called “the Power & Water Agenda”; he believes that once electric power is created, the Nigerian economy would quadruple and strife would be reduced to insignificance.


In his conclusion, Mbonu stated: “Some of us have been tried and tested in the most rigorous environment in the world, the United States.  We have integrity, we are clean, we are fresh, and we do not have corruption charges on our neck, anywhere in the world”.

Mbonu further admonished Nigerians, especially the youth, that: “We must all strive to make a difference, and in the immortal words of America’s greatest civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward,” because, the river only flows in one direction: “FORWARD”!

Mbonu added,  “We are the one’s Nigeria has been waiting for, we are the 21st Century, we are the digital age, we are the incorruptible, we are global citizens, we have seen the world, we have seen the light, and we are not going back to darkness!”


Every once in a while, a movie arrives right on time.

Earlier this year President Trump insulted people of African heritage when he referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.” His words were an affront to countless Americans and people across the world; they flew in the face of American values of respect for diversity and opening doors of opportunity to all.

But while the White House is putting down people of African descent, Hollywood is lifting us up — most spectacularly through the release of Disney-Marvel’s new movie, “Black Panther.”

“Black Panther” is a long-awaited film. It brings to life a technologically advanced, culturally rich mecca of Black excellence. It takes place in Wakanda — a fictional, fully autonomous African nation, rich in resources and innovation.

The nation is home to a brilliant ecosystem of black technologists. It is a sight to behold. A cinematic vision of black genius, accomplishment and prosperity that is rarely portrayed. And one I am so excited to witness.

I had the privilege of watching the film while seated in front of Denzel Washington, beside Whoopi Goldberg and in the company of almost every major black actor and celebrity on the east coast: Chris Rock, Gayle King, Tyra Banks, Robin Roberts and more. Denzel was moved to tears by the movie, said he felt like a proud father, and predicted it would make a billion dollars.

This film is a godsend that will lift the self-esteem of black children in the US and around the world for a long time. It shifts the understanding of where the power of African-descended people can come from. It underscores the fact that such power, in the new century, will come from access to technology more than any other source, and will inspire young people of color to pursue technology as a possible career path.

The film also manages to be radically pro-woman without being in the least bit anti-male. And will therefore give young women and men a reason to believe in themselves and their own capacity. There’s good reason for them to think this. Indeed, President Trump might be shocked to learn that parts of real-life Africa, like the fictional Wakanda, are rapidly becoming centers of high-tech innovation.

Some of the biggest tech companies, including Google and Facebook, have expanded their offices to Africa. African companies and entrepreneurs (from Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere) are global leaders in facilitating e-commerce and internet access. In fact, today there are 314 active tech hubs in 93 countries across Africa.

And in the US, African immigrants employ large numbers of American workers in startups and projects in local tech hubs from coast to coast. In fact, Nigerian immigrants are better educated than white Americans — by far.

According to the US Census Bureau, 43% of African immigrants have college degrees, compared with 23% of the general US population. And nearly two-thirds of Nigerian immigrants in particular have earned college degrees.

They are part of the rising generation of both African and African-American technologists in the United States.There are so many extraordinary groups right here working to open up opportunities for the people that look like those represented in Wakanda. These groups include AI4All (Artificial Intelligence for All), the Hidden Genius Project, Code 2040 and Black Girls Code — and that’s just a piece of it.

Personally, I had the privilege of founding #YesWeCode with Prince in 2014. The initiative came straight out of Prince’s imagination: What if kids from the hood could upload apps instead of just downloading them? So, we got to work.

#YesWeCode has since partnered with the Opportunity Hub in Atlanta to put together a $6 million scholarship for underrepresented youth to pursue coding and other tech skills at We Can Code IT, Code Fellows, Thinkful, and Treehouse. And in 2017, we were able to support 100 young people to realize their dreams of becoming software developers.

We Americans find ourselves at a pivotal moment. On one hand we have our Commander-in-Chief denigrating the value of African countries and immigrants. On the other hand, a new cadre of forward-thinking creatives in Hollywood have produced a magnum opus of black excellence.

We are in the midst of a battle between Donald Trump’s negative vision of Africa (and African-Americans) and Wakanda’s inspiring one. In this contest, those who are on the side of opportunity and inclusivity, of black technologists and innovation, are winning.

A better future beckons, and it’s closer than you think. — (CNN)

Image result for Van JonesVan Jones is a commentor at CNN and former member of President Obama's administration.

A comedy sketch that featured a Chinese woman in blackface has drawn accusations of racism after being broadcast on Chinese state television's Lunar New Year variety show, although some people were left wondering why it would be considered offensive.


BEIJING (AP) — A comedy sketch that featured a Chinese woman in blackface has drawn accusations of racism after being broadcast on Chinese state television's Lunar New Year variety show, although some people in Beijing were left wondering why it would be considered offensive. The skit was shown Thursday night on state broadcaster CCTV and depicted the opening of a Chinese-built high-speed railway in Kenya. It featured actors in monkey and giraffe costumes, while the actress in blackface donned an exaggerated false bottom and a basket of fruit on her head.

The segment was meant to celebrate Sino-African relations but many viewers blasted it online for cultural insensitivity. The performance was part of CCTV's annual Lunar New Year gala, which draws an audience of up to 800 million and is said to be one of the most watched programs in the world.

The 13-minute segment opened with a dance sequence set to Colombian singer Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" featuring Africans dressed in zebra, lion and gazelle costumes, and actresses playing attendants on Kenya's new Chinese-built high-speed rail line. The skit then began with a black woman asking the show's host to pose as her husband when meeting her mother in order to avoid being set up on a blind date.

A Chinese actress playing her mother then strides in made up in blackface followed by an actor in a monkey costume. The host's Chinese wife then appears, ending the deception. But the African mother says she can't be angry because "China has done so much for Africa."

"I love Chinese people! I love China," the actress in blackface exclaims.

Although the skit, titled "Same Joy, Same Happiness," was meant to celebrate Sino-African relations, many viewers condemned it online, with some calling it "cringe worthy" and "completely racist." But the reaction on the streets of Beijing on Friday was muted, with some saying the criticism was overblown.

"It's normal for Chinese actors to dress up like foreigners when performing a foreign play," said Zhou Hengshan, 80. "This wasn't meant to demean any specific ethnic group." Xue Lixia, 20, said she trusted CCTV's judgment in assessing whether the skit was racist. "After all, this is a sketch that was broadcast on the Lunar New Year gala. If there was any racism, then it would have already been cut," Liu said.

Chinese society is overwhelmingly dominated by the Han ethnic majority and racial sensitivities are generally much less pronounced than in the West. Blackface is considered especially offensive in the United States because of its strong connections to slavery and bigotry against African Americans. This isn't the first time CCTV's Lunar New Year gala has come under fire.

The show is laden with praise for the ruling Communist Party and its policies, especially on culture and ethnic relations, and its portrayals of China's own ethnic minorities, particularly Muslim Uighurs from the northwestern region of Xinjiang, have sometimes been derided as crude.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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