Pop star Madonna is causing a commotion in Malawi, days after her return from a goodwill trip to the nation.
The singer is in a bitter feud with the government over accusations that she demanded VIP treatment, including at the airport, while visiting last week.
Madonna asked to meet the president and she believed Malawi "should have abandoned everything and ... rolled out a red carpet and blasted the 21-gun salute in her honor," the government said in a statement.
In a scathing letter released on the anniversary of George Zimmerman's arrest in Trayvon Martin's shooting death, Zimmerman's mother writes that her son was charged "solely to placate the masses," and that the news media helped pass on a false narrative against an innocent man.
"April 11, 2012, will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses," Gladys Zimmerman wrote.
Zimmerman's brother, Robert, posted a link to her letter on his Twitter account.
LOS ANGELES – Tour manager Paul Gongaware warned Michael Jackson's 1993 tour doctor, "Don't be a Dr. Nick" – a reference to Elvis Presley's last physician – according to a deposition for the upcoming wrongful death trial.
"Dr. Nick was the doctor whose overprescription of drugs to Elvis had led to Elvis' death," according to a court filing by lawyers for the Jackson family.
Presley collapsed in the bathroom of his Memphis mansion – Graceland – on Aug. 16, 1977, at the age of 42. While his death was ruled the result of an irregular heartbeat, the autopsy report was sealed amid accusations that abuse of prescription drugs caused the problem.
WASHINGTON – Like thousands of African-American college students, Bethanie Fisher, a psychology major at Howard University, depended heavily on the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students program that allows parents to borrow the full amount of college tuition and fees.
During, the 2007-08 school year, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate students that earned degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities received Parent PLUS loans, double the rate of all undergraduate students nationwide.
"My mom, my dad, my aunt and my uncle would all apply every single year," said Fisher.
Ni hao, Chinese for "hello," or ting bu dong, meaning "I hear you, but I don't understand," are two expressions one often overhears today in Zimbabwe's capital. It is one of the results of tenacious efforts by governments, private companies and individuals across Africa, but in Zimbabwe particularly, to learn the Chinese language and understand China's culture.
Learning Chinese as a second or third language has been a global trend in the last few years. In Africa, the rapid increase of Chinese investments and trade (China is currently the continent's biggest trading partner) has spurred the trend.
Zimbabwe's government has been very deliberate in enhancing its bilateral relationship with China. It launched the Look East Policy in 2003 to give priority to investors from China, Japan, Singapore and other countries from that region. As a result, trade between China and Zimbabwe has been growing exponentially – China is now the biggest buyer of Zimbabwe's tobacco.
Angela Davis (Getty Images); Shola Lynch (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
by Hillary Crosley
In 1972, Angela Davis’ struggle as a political prisoner became an example of the black
power movement, the Black Panthers and the political unrest of the time. Even her Afro
became a symbol of black people’s work against oppression in America. Moreover,
her trial and acquittal of suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers’ August 1970
by Teo Kermeliotis
Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her
younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who’d
gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the
nearest hospital couldn't deal with her condition.
Orekunrin and her family immediately began looking for an air ambulance service to