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Sasha and Malia Obama named to ‘Influential Teens’ list

Publié le 15 Octobre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Culture, Leadership

Sasha and Malia Obama named to ‘Influential Teens’ list
Sasha and Malia Obama, the teenage daughters of President Barrack Obama, made Time Magazine’s list of “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.”

The list, released on Monday, also featured Kylie and Kendall Jenner, recent Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and Jaden Smith, amongst others.

Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, have grown up under the watchful eye of their powerful parents. But the past year has seen both teens make huge splashes with their various endeavors.

Late in 2013, Sasha became a fledgling fashion influencer when she was photographed courtside at aUniversity of Maryland basketball game wearing a unique unicorn sweater. The photograph went viral on Twitter, and the ASOS Unicorn Sweater, which retails for $19, was soon sold out on the retailer’s site.ASOS promised a swift restock shortly thereafter in a tweet that read, “The Sasha Obama unicorn jumper WILL be restocked (party, party, partaaay!)

Malia, on the other hand, took a clandestine Hollywood internship over the summer to explore her passion for filmmaking. The 16-year-old’s name has grown in popularity as a baby name in America, and her appearance at the Lollapalooza music festival held in Chicago this past August met with a lot of attention from the festival-going crowd.

Other notable teens on the list included Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old Little League pitcher from Philadelphia who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated following her dominance in the Little League World Series, and Rico Rodriguez, the 16-year-old star of ABC’s popular comedy Modern Family.

The complete list can be found on the magazine’s website.

Written by @CarrieHeals / Credits: The Grio.

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Concours de Beauté: Valéria Coelho Maciel est la Miss Guyane 2014

Publié le 10 Octobre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Beauty, Events

Concours de Beauté: Valéria Coelho Maciel est la Miss Guyane 2014

La tête dans les étoiles mais les pieds sur terre, Valéria Coelho Maciel est la nouvelle Miss Guyane. Sur la route de Miss France, elle représentera notre région. Décontractée et heureuse , elle s'est confiée à la journaliste de Guyane Soir, Leila Chérubin Jeannette.

© Kathryn Vulpillat Miss Guyane 2014 et ses dauphines. Credits: Guyane 1ere
© Kathryn Vulpillat Miss Guyane 2014 et ses dauphines. Credits: Guyane 1ere
© Kathryn Vulpillat Miss Guyane 2014 et ses dauphines. Credits: Guyane 1ere

© Kathryn Vulpillat Miss Guyane 2014 et ses dauphines. Credits: Guyane 1ere

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Justice: Dernier acte dans le procès Pistorius en Afrique du Sud

Publié le 10 Octobre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans News

Justice: Dernier acte dans le procès Pistorius en Afrique du Sud

Oscar Pistorius est de retour au tribunal depuis lundi dans le cadre de son procès. Accusé du meurtre de sa petite amie Reeva Steenkamp, le 14 février 2013, l'athlète sud-africain comparait pour homicide involontaire. Le verdict final sera connu en fin de semaine et Pistorius risque une lourde peine de prison.

Ou pas. Puisque la défense plaide pour des travaux d'intérêt général pour l'ancien champion paralympique. « Il fera huit heures deux fois par mois » pendant trois ans, sous le régime des arrêts domiciliaires, a suggéré Joel Maringa, travailleur social dans le système pénitentiaire, qui est venu lire le rapport établi sur Pistorius par ses services, avant d'ajouter que « l'accusé bénéficiera d'une surveillance correctionnelle, et aura la possibilité de se restructurer et de modifier son comportement ». La défense a aussi fait citer le manager Pete Van Zyl qui a énuméré les nombreuses œuvres de charité auxquelles Pistorius consacrait une partie de son temps avant le drame et fait le portrait d'un athlète au grand cœur qui « redonnait espoir, et même plus, donnait des conseils » aux nombreuses personnes qui le sollicitaient.

Des propositions rejetées par le Procureur Gerrie Nel. Pistorius est en liberté sous caution depuis 2014. Son procès est l'un des plus médiatisés de la planète.

Article de Steven Lavon.

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Bisila Bokoko, Master of Ceremony & Host of the UNCTAD's Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA)

Publié le 10 Octobre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Business, Events, Philanthropy, Awards

Bisila Bokoko, Master of Ceremony & Host of the UNCTAD's Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA)

The Empretec Women in Business Awards (E-WBA) are granted to three women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme – a pioneering UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 36 countries.

This year marks the 4th edition of the E-WBA and in line with the World Investment Forum’s theme, Investing in Sustainable Development, the awards ceremony will highlight the key role that women entrepreneurs have in contributing to sustainable development through job creation, innovation and strengthening local capacity. Two special recognitions will also be given for green and social entrepreneurship.

The first Master of Ceremony is Bisila Bokoko, Founder of the “Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Program” and Global Brand Ambassador for international luxury companies and charities such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Pikolinos, Carmencita, Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation etc. who will be the pannel Moderator on “Integrating Women into Global Value Chains” and will also be the host at the awards ceremony for Empretec in Geneva on the 15th of October 2014.

On the other hand, Olivier Dominik from Radio Suisse Television, will be the second Master of Ceremony at the 2014 UNCTAD's Empretec WBA and alongside her colleague, they will captivate the public's attention on worldwide Businesswomen who are making an impact in our world.

Bisila Bokoko, the very much respected Businesswoman & Philanthropist, is delighted to be able to be part of this tremendous occasion which will elevate global young entrepreneurs in Geneva, Switzerland.

She said: “It is a great honour to have been chosen to host the 2014 UNCTAD's Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA) ceremony. I look forward to moderating the pannel on “Integrating Women into Global Value Chains” and also enjoy the opportunity of hosting the awards ceremony for Empretec in Geneva."

The 10 finalists come from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East and work in a variety of sectors. They all share a contagious passion for their work and are using their role as businesswomen to give back to their communities. They are:

  • Lorena Maria Eugenia Picasso (Argentina)
  • Kelly Dantas de Vasconcelos (Brazil)
  • Tracy Antoinette Douglas (Guyana)
  • Lina Jalil Khalifeh (Jordan)
  • Maya Sewnath (Mauritius)
  • Lara Cookey (Nigeria)
  • Thiane Diagne (Senegal)
  • Renay dan der Berg (South Africa)
  • Angelica Rumsey (Zambia)
  • Divine Ndhulukula (Zimbabwe)
Participants
  • Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • H.E. Mr. Richard Espinosa, Coordinating Minister of Production, Employment and Competitiveness, Ecuador
  • H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland
  • Ms. Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of the Qatari Business Women’s Association
  • Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General, UNOG
  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Roland Dominicé, CEO Symbiotics
  • Dr. Rama Mani, Performance Artist of the Spirit, Special performance on women’s empowerment
  • Video Message by Ms. Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka, Executive Director, UN Women

For more background information on the UNCTAD's Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA), please follow the link to read the brochure: http://unctad-worldinvestmentforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/WBA_BROCHURE-FOR-WEB_24.09.pdf

The 50th UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA) to elevate global young entrepreneurs in Geneva, Switzerland
The 50th UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA) to elevate global young entrepreneurs in Geneva, Switzerland
The 50th UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA) to elevate global young entrepreneurs in Geneva, Switzerland

The 50th UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA) to elevate global young entrepreneurs in Geneva, Switzerland

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Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées

Publié le 10 Octobre 2014 par tropicsmagazine

Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées

Mi-avril, plus de 200 lycéennes avaient été enlevées par des membres de Boko Haram à Chibok, dans l'État de Borno situé dans l'extrême nord-est du Nigeria. Six mois après, en dépit de l'aide internationale, de l'opération militaire en cours, de la mobilisation médiatique, on est toujours sans nouvelles des jeunes filles. À Lagos, la capitale économique, le sujet ne fait plus couler beaucoup d'encre, mais l'indignation est toujours là.

Sur le pont de Falomo Ikoyi à Lagos, il y a six mois que des pancartes rouges avec des figures sans visages ornent le rond-point, rappel des jeunes filles disparues. Au milieu des embouteillages, passants et automobilistes y prêtent à peine attention. Mais l'indignation suscitée par cet enlèvement de masse échauffe encore les esprits.

« Qu'est-ce que des enfants ont fait pour qu'on veuille les kidnapper ? S'énerve un passant. C'est vraiment mal. Six mois, vous imaginez ! Il y en a sans doute qui sont enceintes maintenant. Six mois ! C'est une aberration de les appeler « filles », certaines sont désormais des femmes ! »

Que sont vraiment devenues les lycéennes de Chibok, personne ne le sait. Le mouvement « Bring back our girls » tente timidement de maintenir la pression. Mais le sujet ne fait plus la Une des quotidiens nigérians.

« Le gouvernement ne fait pas grand-chose »

« Il y a des individus, des particuliers qui agissent pour que ces jeunes filles soient libérées. Il faut qu'elles reviennent. Mais le gouvernement, lui, ne fait pas grand-chose, regrette un autre homme. Il n'y a pas d'action tangible et censée qui ait été décidée par des autorités en faveur de leur libération. Il leur suffirait de trois semaines pour régler le problème mais là, ils sont insensibles, ils se comportent comme s'ils ne se souciaient pas de leur sort ».

Le chef de l'État, Goodluck Jonathan, a répété à plusieurs reprises que les lycéennes seraient libérées, mais les Nigérians ne se font pas trop d'illusions.

Source: Radio France Internationale

Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées
Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées
Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées
Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées
Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées
Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria - Six mois après, toujours pas d'avancées
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Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard

Publié le 17 Septembre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Culture, Entertainment, Celebrities

Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture.

The university's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony, also including British architect David Adjaye, civil rights hero U.S. Rep John Lewis, D-Ga.; "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The medal has been awarded since 2000 and is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies.

Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award for author and poet Maya Angelou, who she has called a mentor. The billionaire television host, producer and philanthropist said one of her fondest memories of Angelou, who died earlier this year, was sitting at her table and eating biscuits.

Rhimes, creator of hit shows with black female protagonists, said it shouldn't be so unusual, in this day, to expect characters on television shows to "look like the rest of the world." In a recent Associated Press interview about her new ABC show, "How To Get Away With Murder," starring Viola Davis as a criminal lawyer and law professor, Rhimes said "Why did it take somebody black to talk about being black?"

Belafonte recalled his days in the civil rights movement with figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and actor Paul Robeson.

Lewis, who was presented a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama, was introduced Tuesday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Introducing the other honorees were novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, and American Repertory Theater's artistic director Diane Paulus.

Du Bois, a scholar who founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard. Selections from his writings were read at the ceremony.

Source: The Associated Press

Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte among those honored with Du Bois Medal from Harvard
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AFRIMA Teases Release of 2014 Nominees' List

Publié le 17 Septembre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Entertainment, Events

AFRIMA Teases Release of 2014 Nominees' List

The international committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) continues to tease entertainment industry-watchers with the impending release of their list of nominees. In a statement, the body said the list is made up of artistes who went through rigorous collating, screening, grading and auditing, describing the entries as having come in "a flood". A final release date has been set for Tuesday, September 23, at a press conference in Nigeria, the host country.

AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), will be dishing out awards for excellence in the continental music and media industry at the main ceremony slated for Sunday, November 9, 2014. "It will be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations," the statement read.

The AFRIMA Jury, made up of seasoned industry practitioners, were in Lagos from July 31 to August 6 for a week-long adjudication of entries.

Ending many months of speculation-fuelling teaser campaigns, the announcement in Lagos will be witnessed by international and local media, African music industry personalities, heads of partner corporate organisations and other music industry stakeholders.

AFRIMA Director of Brand Communication and Sponsorship, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi, enthused about the impending announcement. "The nominees' list is a reflection of our values to ensure that there is fairness and transparency in this award. We want to celebrate excellence and integrity in Africa. Just like everyone, we are particularly excited to know who the nominees are. We're also eager to see how Africa will vote for their nominees thereafter for 35 days."

Also, AFRIMA Project Director Ms. Adenrele Niyi said: "I'm looking forward to the voting process as the contest is just about to begin after the announcement.which will lead to the winners list on Sunday, November 9, 2014." The five-week voting period commences on Tuesday, September 30, seven days after the announcement, where the AFRIMA Academy members and music fans and followers can vote for their favourite nominees on the body's website and on social media platforms.

The AFRIMA main awards ceremony promises to be a star-studded event, with top-notch acts billed to perform and attend.

Written by Abdulkareem Baba Aminu.

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Victoria Beckham becomes UN goodwill ambassador

Publié le 17 Septembre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Philanthropy, Celebrities

Victoria Beckham becomes UN goodwill ambassador

Victoria Beckham said she was "honoured" to be named a UN goodwill ambassador for AIDS charity UNAIDS on Thursday.

The former Spice Girl stepped out at the United Nations' building in New York to accept her certificate from the Executive Director of Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, Michel Sidibe.

"I am mother and I am a woman," she told the audience in a rousing speech. "I will do whatever I can to raise awareness.

Victoria missed the opening of her flagship store to go to New York for the ceremony


"I feel very passionate about this. I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.

"It's taken me to get to 40 to realise I have a responsibility as a woman and as a mother," she added."I have people mentoring me. I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year.

"I would do anything for my children," she said in reference to her three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz and her daughter Harper. "And I think every woman has the right to health and every woman has the right to give their children a healthy future."

Victoria said she was inspired by her trip to South Africa


Meanwhile in London, fashion designer Victoria's flagship clothes store opened on Mayfair's Dover Street.

While Victoria couldn't attend the opening herself, her husband David Beckham paid a visit to the luxury shop as did her parents, Tony and Sandra Adams and her sister Louise.

Source: Hello! Daily News

Victoria Beckham becomes UN goodwill ambassador
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Des victimes sud-africaines dans l'effondrement d'un immeuble à Lagos

Publié le 17 Septembre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans News

Des victimes sud-africaines dans l'effondrement d'un immeuble à Lagos

Au Nigeria, sept nouveaux corps sans vie ont été extraits des gravats de l'immeuble qui s'est effondré vendredi sur le complexe d'une « méga-église » à Lagos. Ce qui porte le bilan à quarante-neuf morts. Le gouverneur de l'Etat s'est rendu sur le site et a ouvert une enquête pour déterminer les causes de l'effondrement du bâtiment. Les autorités mettent en cause les fondations, qui n'ont pas été renforcées malgré la construction de deux étages supplémentaires sur le site de l'Eglise SCOAN dirigée par un pasteur télévangéliste controversé.

Sur la page Facebook de son église vendredi soir, le pasteur Temitope Baligun Joshua a nié la gravité de l'effondrement de l'immeuble 10 heures plus tôt. « Les quelques personnes qui se trouvent sur les lieux sont en train d'être secourues », a-t-il posté. Or plusieurs dizaines de fidèles sont morts dans l'accident.

C'est la quatrième fois que des installations du pasteur multimillionnaire sont détruites. Son site internet indique que le toit d'une première église avait été arraché dans une tempête, une deuxième église a été emportée dans une inondation, et une troisième s'est effondrée.

Un pasteur proche de personnalités politiques

Le télévangéliste, selon le magazine Forbes, figure parmi les cinq plus riches pasteurs du Nigeria. Sa chaîne TV Emmanuel est diffusée dans le monde entier. Temitope Joshua, qui se fait aussi appeler le prophète, affirme pouvoir guérir du sida et du cancer, et fait témoigner des fidèles soi-disant guéris, ce qui soulève l'ire des ONG qui luttent contre ces maladies.

Issu d'un milieu modeste, il a multiplié les petits boulots, avant de diriger l'Eglise SCOAN, qui selon l'agence Associated Press, a accueilli l'ancien président ghanéen aujourd'hui décédé, John Atta Mills et l'ancien Premier ministre zimbabwéen, Morgan Tsvangirai. Il est venu au monde dans des circonstances qui n'ont rien d'ordinaire, est-il écrit sur son site, sa mère l'aurait en effet porté durant pas moins de quinze mois avant de lui donner naissance.

Source: RFI

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Mathew Knowles Paternity Test Confirms Second Love Child

Publié le 17 Septembre 2014 par tropicsmagazine dans Entertainment, Celebrities

Mathew Knowles Paternity Test Confirms Second Love Child

Beyonce's father and former manager fathered child with former 30-year-old lingerie model

You are the father...

Those were the words Mathew Knowles heard when results of a paternity test determined he is the father of a second love child, TMZ reports.

The DNA test found that there’s 99.998 percent certainty that Knowles--the father of Beyonce--fathered a child with 30-year-old TaQoya Branscomb in 2010 just after divorcing ex-wife Tina Knowles. Knowles’ infidelity is believed to have been the reason why Tina filed for divorce in 2009.

MATHEW KNOWLES' ALLEGED BABY MAMA WAS SOLANGE'S FRIEND?

Branscomb, a lingerie model turned real estate agent, filed a lawsuit earlier this summer claiming Mathew was the biological father of her 4-year-old.

In 2010, Knowles, 63, acknowledged that he fathered another child with actress Alexsandra Wright when he was still married to his ex-wife. Wright later took the Destiny’s Child manager to court for child support. Knowles was ordered to pay Wright $12,000 a month, which was later slashed to $2,500 because he claimed his income was significantly less since being fired as Beyonce’s manager.

Earlier this year, Wright took to the media to reveal that she and her son were forced to go on public assistance and challenged Knowles to "take accountability." However, Wright made it clear that she didn't blame Knowles famous daughter.

Knowles latest baby mama is expected to go after him for child support, however, it’s unclear how much she would get considering his financial circumstances.

Written by Gerren Keith Gaynor.

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