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Woman with HIV: ‘I thought you got it in Africa’

A viral video of a British woman who contracted HIV at age 40 from a sexual fling has admitted that she “thought you got it in Africa.” Rachel Dilley, 48, revealed the shocking revelation of ignorance during an appearance on the UK’s ITV This Morning talk show. 

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Chelsea Handler catches criticism for offensive tweets about Lupita Nyong’o during Oscars

Comedian Chelsea Handler is the latest celebrity to be criticized for what she posted on Twitter. For three hours during the 86th Annual Academy Awards aka The Oscars, Handler made jokes about Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o among others. 

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African pop singer debuts skin lightening cream, & it sells out

A Nigerian-Cameroonian pop singer is diversifying her portfolio by entering the skin care game. Singer Dencia has just released a skin care product called Whitenicious, which is supposed to help those who use it lighten dark spots on their skin. The pictures in the advertisements, however, suggest that using the products on the dark spots results […]

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PR Exec fired after offensive tweet about Africa goes viral, issues apology

A communications director who posted an offensive tweet about AIDS and Africa has been fired. Justine Sacco, formerly a PR executive for InterActive Corp., parent company of Match.com and Vimeo, says that she is “ashamed” for her insensitivity to those living with the virus. Sacco’s tweet, which read: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get […]

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Real or Fake: PR exec tweets trip to Africa, hopes she doesn’t get AIDS, ‘just kidding’

Justine Sacco, Director of Communications for IAC, parent company of Vimeo, OkCupid and CollegHumor, tweeted that she hoped that she didn’t get AIDS while visiting Africa. The tweet appeared earlier today, and remains on her account: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just Kidding. I’m white!”

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BREAKING: Nelson Mandela dead at 95

It is with great regret that we inform you of the passing of Nelson Mandela. He was 95. Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after serving nearly three decades in prison fighting South African apartheid, had been ill for quite some time.

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Alicia Keys’ ‘Keep a Child Alive’ benefit nets $4 million

To say that Alicia Keys had a successful fundraising event would be an understatement. The “girl on fire” made it rain this past weekend by raising $4 million at her Keep a Child Alive Black Ball to benefit children and families impacted by AIDS in India & South Africa.

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African-themed birthday party sparks controversy

A 21-year-old Australian woman is getting criticized, (and rightfully so) for her choice of theme for a party. Olivia Mahon asked attendees to wear “African themed” costumes/clothing, and of course blackface, gorrillas, warpaint and Native American headdresses were the result.

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Meet Folorunsho Alakija, the richest black woman in the world

Move over Oprah. While you will forever remain the most popular black woman on daytime television, you can no longer claim the spot of “Richest black woman in the world.” Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija is worth a whopping $7.3 billion.

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WATCH: Amazing Trailer for ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’

A trailer has been released for the upcoming film “Half of a Yellow Sun,” and it is absolutely riveting. Based on the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the film tells an epic, heart-wrenching love story involving two twin sisters in newly independent 1960s Nigeria: “Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world.”

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