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Boko Haram’s Rescued Sex Slaves Tell Their Horror Stories

LAGOS, Nigeria—Asabe Aliyu is a 23-year-old mother of four children from Delsak, a village near Chibok town. She was among 275 girls, women and young children, who made it to safety, brought out by Nigeria’s military.

Although none of them, as far as we know, were among the almost 200 young women whose abduction from a school in Chibok a year ago provoked global outrage and the campaign #BringBackOurGirls, the suffering they’ve endured is no doubt similar, and so is the possibility that some have psyches so damaged that they identify with their captors.

They were found in the Sambisa Forest, the last stronghold of Boko Haram extremists, where the Nigerian military said it has rescued more than 677 girls and women and destroyed more than a dozen insurgent camps in the past week.

Asabe was weak and vomiting blood, an indication of internal injuries, as she told her story to a reporter from The Daily Times. She said that beatings were the order of the day in the Boko Haram camp. She said terrorists took turns having sex with her on a daily basis and ended up getting her pregnant. Then they forced her into an unwanted marriage.

“I was abducted six months ago in Delsak when our village was overrun by Boko Haram,” Asabe told the reporter at the refugee camp in Yola, the capital of Nigeria’s northeastern Adamawa State. “First I had traveled from my village to a forest close to Cameroon. They turned me into a sex machine. They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father.”

Despite the fact she was pregnant, the militants showed her no mercy. Among her duties she had to make sure they were not left hungry. “With my condition as a pregnant woman, I did the cooking of their food,” she said.


Teen Samantha Jenkins Died From 'Too Much Chewing Gum'

A 19-year-old may have been killed by her 14-stick-a-day chewing gum habit, an inquest has heard. Samantha Jenkins, from Llanelli, was days away from celebrating her 20th birthday when she fell into a coma on 3 June 2011 and died three days later. When admitted to hospital, doctors found she had severe magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium deficiencies.

Dr Paul Griffiths, who said Jenkins' death was caused by cerebral hypoxia, said he found "four or five bright green lumps" in her stomach. "I had to smell them to see what they were and they smelled of mint," he said.

Acting senior coroner Colin Phillips said the sweeteners in chewing gum may have been the cause of the electrolyte depletion which brought on Jenkins' convulsions. Her death was originally thought to be caused by an overdose or some form of poisoning, although an inquest into her death found no evidence of drugs or alcohol in her system.

Jenkins' mother Maria Morgan said she found hundreds of used chewing gum wrappers in her room and the teen had been complaining of headaches for months.


Geert Wilders, the champion of ‘free speech’, wants to ban the Koran in Holland

A mass shooting tragedy may have been averted late on Sunday, when two gunmen were killed in Garland, Tex., outside an exhibition for drawings of the prophet Muhammad. The two men apparently had hoped to kill attendees, but after they shot an unarmed security guard, police officers returned fire.

In an e-mail to The Washington Post, Pamela Geller, an anti-Islam activist who organized the event, blamed "Islamic jihadis" who were "determined to suppress our freedom of speech violently." That sentiment was echoed on Twitter by another high-profile, if seemingly out-of-place, guest: the Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

It may seem odd that a Dutch politician was attending an event in Texas, but Wilders has long been an ally of Geller. As far back as 2010, he was attending rallies organized by the native New Yorker against a proposed Muslim community center near the site of the World Trade Center. Along with Geller, he was one of the organizers of Sunday's event and had presented a check to one attendee for his drawing of Muhammad.

Yet while the presence of Wilders -- an elected member of the Dutch parliament and the leader of the fourth-largest party in the Netherlands -- may seem like a legitimizing factor for a clearly controversial event, Wilders's involvement is more complicated than that. For one thing, the Dutch MP might be standing up for free speech in Texas, but in his native Netherlands, he has repeatedly called for the Koran to be banned.


Obama to unveil private-sector initiative for young African-American men

President Barack Obama will announce a new private-sector initiative on Monday aimed at sustaining his My Brother’s Keeper program beyond his time in the White House.

The effort, backed by more than $80 million in commitments to date, includes initiatives intended to help young African-American males throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

The announcement will come during an event at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, where Obama will deliver remarks and participate in a roundtable discussion with young men from New York and across the United States.

“As the nation grows more diverse, businesses must evolve to address the needs of changing demographics. Labor projections suggest that by 2018, U.S. employers will need 22 million new workers with a post-secondary education — will have only 19 million available,” a fact sheet for the new alliance said. “By 2020, the majority of Americans under the age of 18 will be persons of color. As it stands, the opportunity gap among boys and young men of color is a burden to the American economy.”

Former Deloitte CEO Joe Echevarria is spearheading the effort with a leadership team that includes current and former government officials, Fortune 500 CEOs, entertainment big names and others.

Broderick Johnson will continue to lead the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force for the White House, writing that the organization will work urgently “to disseminate best practices, strengthen federal policy, and implement strategies to support communities in their efforts to expand opportunity for all youth.”


Ceremony scheduled for launch of African-American history research project

PROVIDENCE – A two-year research project that will document the history of African-Americans in the College Hill District launches May 14.

A kickoff ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Old State House at 150 Benefit St.

The project, led by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, is funded with a $25,000 National Park Service grant.

At the event, society and commission representatives will introduce the project and project team and invite the audience to identify historic buildings associated with the African-American community in College Hill. Major historical themes will be discussed.

The society has conducted numerous interviews about the impact of local urban renewal and redevelopment projects on the African-American community in the 1950s and 1960s. Further research is expected to uncover additional information to present a more robust and inclusive history.

More than 1,700 buildings and structures are in the College Hill Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

The district was expanded in 1976, and is now bounded on the north by Olney Street, east by Hope Street, south by George M. Cohan Boulevard, and west by the Mosshassuck and Providence rivers.

The final version of the research project will be a revised National Register nomination.

Participants are invited to RSVP by contacting Joseph Gaccione at 401-421-0606 or joseph@rickmangroup.com.


Why don't we have enough African-Americans on PGA Tour? It's because of the golf buggy

Sometimes it is necessary to dig deep past the clichés to reach the root of an issue; a fact Tiger Woods all but acknowledged this week when contemplating the paucity of African-Americans on the PGA Tour.

Woods has always been eloquent on the subject, which is a good job as he is repeatedly asked about it. On occasion, Woods, quite ridiculously, has been accused of not doing enough to take his success to the black masses, as if breaking down the barriers and setting up a huge foundation to assist the deprived was not enough to ask from one individual. But Woods understands why it was that in the Seventies, Eighties and for some of the Nineties there were, bizarrely, so many more African-Americans on Tour than now. The answer is that damned golf buggy.

“I honestly believe that we don’t have any African-Americans out here playing on the Tour or even a lot on the mini tours is because of the advent of the golf cart,” Woods said at the Players Championship at Sawgrass on Tuesday. “That took away a lot of the caddie programmes. They would go out and loop, carry for 36 , hit a few balls here and there. At least they got introduced. They got to watch it, simulate it, got to be around it.

“That’s all gone. So we don’t have the pool of players anymore and so as you get up to the peak, as competition pyramids up to the top, it obviously declines.”

Woods was thinking of a few of his heroes who have died in the last few months. Last week, the game bid farewell to Calvin Peete, he of the bent left arm who went 2½ years without missing a fairway at Muirfield Village, a statistic Woods said he would struggle to emulate with seven iron in his hands.

Golf also lost Pete Brown, the Mississippi pioneer who recovered from polio to become the first African-American to win a PGA Tour event. The story goes that Waco Turner, the eccentric owner of the self-titled Waco Turner Open, was so concerned about the reaction to a black succeeding in this white man’s sport that he carried a gun with him during the final round and told Brown: “Don’t you worry, I’ve got your back.”


Your Anaheim Angels Have No African-American Players on Roster

For a county that has been notoriously nasty to African-Americans, the one place they have always received a welcome was playing for your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. From the earliest days of Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner through Alex Johnson through the glory days of Don Baylor, Reggie Jackson, and Rod Carew through Garrett Anderson, Torii Hunter, and Howie Kendricks, the Halos have almost always counted at least one black player as one of its stars.

Until this year. For the first time perhaps ever, there are no African-Americans on the Angels' roster.

The Weekly reviewed every Angels roster listed on Baseball Reference, one of the most comprehensive keeper of stats on the Internet, and found that each Halos squad dating back to the team's founding in 1961 had at least one African-American player...until this year. Now, it could've been that there were times during a particular season where the Angels didn't have a black player on the team--hence, my qualifying question mark. But this much is true: there are no African-American players on the Angels right now, making it one of very few teams in the majors with such a scenario.

Angels fans can place the blame on the general big-league dearth of blacks all they want, and they might be on to something. Then again: where the black players at, Arte Moreno? You could've kept Howie Kendrick--who's giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a jolt in the infield--instead of wasting millions on Josh Hamilton, no? And, sorry: Erick Aybar doesn't count--ask Torii Hunter why.


Loretta Lynch Becomes First African-American Female Attorney General

History has been made!

The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama’s final 21 months in office, YahooNews reports.

According to the report:

Lynch was confirmed in a 56-43 vote — with 10 Republicans crossing the political aisle to lend their support — following weeks of gridlock after her confirmation process was dragged into a bitter partisan battle over abortion.

She takes over from outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Republicans had criticized as being a rubber stamp for Obama’s policies.

Lynch’s confirmation brought to an end a months-long process that Democrats noted took longer than the confirmation of the seven previous attorneys general combined.

“Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next attorney general -– and America will be better off for it,” Obama said in a statement.

“Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy.”


The first African-American golfer to win a PGA Tour event dies at 80

Pete Brown was not the first African-American golfer to play in a PGA Tour event. (That would be Charlie Sifford, who passed away earlier this year.)

Nor was Brown the most prolific. (That title belongs to Calvin Peete, who passed away earlier this week.) But Brown was the first African-American golfer to win a PGA Tour event.

Brown won the Waco Turner Open in Burneyville, Oklahoma, in 1964.

He had a tough post-golf life, though. Two of his daughters died of cancer and, according to this Sports Illustrated profile of Jim Dent, Brown was bedridden for a while.

His buddy Dent even let him stay in a house he owned in Augusta, Georgia, rent-free. Tiger Woods helped pay for the move.

It's been said that these things happen in threes. First, Sifford. Then, Peete. Now, Brown. Three of the most iconic African-American golfers ever.

Hopefully, Brown is the last to pass for a long time. He'll always be known as the first to win.



NCAA Is Largely Responsible For Lack Of African-Americans In MLB

he percentage of African-Americans in MLB hit an all-time high in 1981 at 18.7 percent; since then, that number has been on a steady decline, and has dropped 70 percent to 7.8 percent entering the 2015 season. That’s an alarming rate and something must be done in order to raise those statistics. There is one problem; MLB can do everything in their power to try and generate more interest in their sport in the African-American community, but that won’t translate into more African-Americans in MLB. The reason for that is because MLB is not the culprit behind this issue — that designation goes to the NCAA.

The NCAA has reaped the rewards of the success of football and men’s basketball for the entirety of their existence. In return, they allow universities to offer full scholarships to the players in those sports. When it comes to college baseball, there aren’t any full rides to college for athletes, just partial scholarships. With the athletic abilities of young African-Americans, there are many who are extremely talented at more than one sport. If kids are offered to play basketball or football collegiately, in addition to a partial baseball scholarship, the majority are going to choose to play football or basketball so they aren’t responsible for paying part of their college tuition. 88 percent of college baseball players are white and that is unacceptable.

The hip hop culture that is synonymous in African-American communities is more closely knit with the NBA and NFL than it is with MLB. These young kids look at this and see that their idols are at basketball games or football games and that has a big influence on their decisions as well. Heck, Jay-Z is an agent now. Drake is at every Toronto Raptors game. Wale is a huge Washington Wizards fan. Kids recognize this and put two and two together.

MLB kind of has its hands tied at the moment. Unless they can begin funneling money to the NCAA to allow for full scholarships to be offered, there’s nothing else they can do about the NCAA issue. With the cultural factor, my suggestion would be for MLB to hire an entirely African-American marketing team and allow them to build a campaign to try and bring part of that hip hop culture to MLB. MLB needs to go to whatever lengths are necessary, immediately, or risk losing the African-American community altogether.

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