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African-American Mayors Meet With Global Leaders for Historic Summit

African-American Mayors Meet With Global Leaders for Historic Summit
Posted: 12/20/11 09:49 PM ET

African-American mayors from across the United States left their tight-knit communities, some with as few as 855 citizens, and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean for a historic dialogue in Dakar, Senegal. The 2011 World Summit of Mayors Leadership Conference was held just days before Christmas and also featured mayors and ambassadors from across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean along with scholars and a number of other activists.

The goal: to build alliances with local leaders from across the planet and exchange a world of ideas and information that they hope will impact communities both on a local, national and international level. "All politics really is local..." insists Omar Neal who is mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama -- a notable city that boasts a population of about 11,000. And that was the general consensus of the delegation which convened in the glitzy Hotel Meridien President Conference Hall faintly resembles the United Nations, save for its rich wooden structures and distinct architecture which pays homage to the African continent.

The goal: to build alliances with local leaders from across the planet and exchange a world of ideas and information that they hope will impact communities both on a local, national and international level. "All politics really is local..." insists Omar Neal who is mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama -- a notable city that boasts a population of about 11,000. And that was the general consensus of the delegation which convened in the glitzy Hotel Meridien President Conference Hall faintly resembles the United Nations, save for its rich wooden structures and distinct architecture which pays homage to the African continent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cheryl-wills/african-american-mayors-m_b_1161860.html

Study: Christianity grows exponentially in Africa

Study: Christianity grows exponentially in Africa
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service

With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century as rapid growth in developing nations offset declines in Christianity's traditional strongholds, according to a report released Monday.

Billed as the most comprehensive and reliable study to date, the Pew Research Center's "Global Christianity" reports on self-identified Christian populations based on more than 2,400 sources of information, especially census and survey data.

Findings illustrate major shifts since 1910, when two-thirds of the world's Christians lived in Europe. Now only one in four Christians live in Europe. Most of the rest are distributed across the Americas (37 %), sub-Saharan Africa (24 %) and the Asia-Pacific region (13 %).

"In two out of three countries in the world, the majority of the population identifies as Christian," said Conrad Hackett, lead researcher on the "Global Christianity" report. "I had no idea about that. … I was surprised."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2011-12-20/christianity-growth-africa-europe/52125920/1

3 Classy Tips For Interracial Couples

3 Classy Tips For Interracial Couples
December 7, 2011 by TianaB

Loving someone is hard enough without having your relationship examined under the magnifying glass of society. Although we live in the 21st century, prejudice barriers can hinder so many relationships from reaching their fullest potential, with one of these said barriers being of a racial matter. No classy lady wants to be told whom she should love! If you find yourself falling for someone of an opposite race than yourself, keep these three tips in mind when you’re finding it difficult to face inevitable challenges head on.

Be Brave – Your friends and even family may find it difficult to accept your relationship for their own personal reasons. However, allowing the opinions of others to seep into your relationship is the last thing you should do. Just remember that the ones who love you most will always support you, no matter how “socially unacceptable” your decisions may be. You’ve already taken a huge step by deciding to be in an interracial relationship, so why turn back now?

http://collegelifestyles.org/2011/12/3-classy-tips-for-interracial-couples/

Hey! Check out the article and provide more tips if you have them OR share your opinion about the tips offered by TianaB.
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