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The girl who convinced the Maasai to stop FGM

Aged eight, Nice Leng’ete was destined to undergo female genital mutilation, leave school and be married off to an older man, according to Maasai tradition. She not only fought against FGM for herself but, through her bravery and persistence, helped overturn this centuries-old practice for thousands of Maasai girls across Kenya and Tanzania. This is her story. Video produced by Ellen Tsang and Andrea Kennedy. Footage by Ken Mungai.

Black Women Speak: on Favorite Black Women in History

In celebration of Women History Month, our black women discuss their favorite black women in history! Black women in politics, music, films, and more!

Is Wakanda Real? The African Roots of ‘Black Panther’

The international box office hit “Black Panther” is largely set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. The African nation may be a fabrication, but it didn’t come out of nowhere. Many of the movie’s sets and costumes were inspired by actual people and places in the African continent. Abosede George, a history professor in Barnard College’s Africana Studies department, spoke to InsideEdition.com about the real world origins of Wakanda.

The Slavery Detective of the South

Slavery might have ended on paper after the Civil War, but many white landowners did everything they could to exploit newly freed slaves well into the 20th century. Thousands of black laborers across the South were forced to work against their will as late as the 1960s—a new form of enslavement that went on in the shadows of rural America.

Storycorps: African-American NASCAR Driver Was Driven to Compete

Racecar driver Wendell Scott began his career in the Southern U.S. during an era of discrimination against African-Americans. His son Frank and grandson Warrick talked to Storycorps about Wendell’s racing days.

Charles Barkley rips Laura Ingraham and Fox News

“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James told the assembled media Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “I will definitely not do that. I mean too much to society, I mean too much to the youth, I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out, and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”

South African President Jacob Zuma Resigns “With Immediate Effect”

South African President Jacob Zuma says he has resigned “with immediate effect.” The scandal-tainted leader made the announcement late Wednesday in a televised address to the nation.

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