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MALAWI PARDONS JAILED GAY COUPLE

Via BBC News A gay couple jailed in Malawi after getting engaged have been pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika. Mr Mutharika, speaking as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited his country, said he had ordered their immediate release. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were given 14-year jail terms earlier this month after being convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts. The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country. Continue Reading…. Aid donors put pressure on the []

CASTER SEMENYA TO KEEP GOLD MEDAL

Via BBC News Caster Semenya will not be stripped of her World Championships 800m gold medal whatever the outcome of her gender test results, BBC Sport understands. The testing process is unlikely to be concluded for two weeks but the IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – says Semenya can keep her medal. Continue Reading……. Well that’s a relief!

BLACK BRITISH FILM-MAKING GETS A BOOST

Up and coming black British film Find Her Keep Her (God Son Pictures) starring comedian Kojo and video model turned actress Rachel Ritfeld. Via The Guardian It’s a Sunday afternoon in Notting Hill in west London. People are milling around the foyer of the Coronet cinema, in anticipation of the film that’s about to start. It’s not the latest Harry Potter or Hollywood action blockbuster, though. These 300 people – mostly black British men and women age 25 and upwards, with some []

LAURYN HILL TO MAKE EUROPEAN COME BACK

Via Digital Spy Lauryn Hill is to return to the spotlight in July by headlining the Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden. The former Fugee is also booked to play Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival on July 11. The shows will be part of a ten performance European run for Hill, the organiser of the Stockholm Jazz Festival told The AP. The Stockholm event, which attracts annual crowds of 30,000 people, will mark Hill’s most significant performance in Europe in nearly two years. I []

RAPPER PHIFE DAWG RECEIVES LONG AWAITED KIDNEY TRANSPLANT

Rapper Phife Dawg’s (real name Malik Taylor) long fight with diabetes recently took a new turn for the better, as the Queens native finally received a kidney transplant. The new kidney comes after a waiting period of over two years, which saw Phife endure problems performing live and a dramatic weight loss through his dialysis treatment. Originally diagnosed with diabetes in May of 1990, Phife admitted to not taking care of himself by eating the worst types of food for someone with his []