Evidently, the transracial desperation—truly a puzzling mindset in and of itself—is real out in these streets. Shout out to Rachel Dolezal for setting the precedent for people to swap out the privilege their birth skin affords them and slip into minority races like a shiny new outfit. Perhaps now would be good a time as any t0 connect with her sister in trans-race, Martina Adam, a German woman and “aspiring model” who has been turning heads all the way across the pond.
For a while, Adam’s larger than life breast enhancements were the conversation starters, but now it is her deep coffee skin, the best chemically enhanced skin money could buy. “This medical treatment increased my body’s melatonin production,” she wrote on her Facebook page, where she goes by “Martina Big.” “I love my new ebony look very much. Therefore, I’m currently testing various things to emphasize my exotic look.”
What started off as an intense tanning project earlier in the year has become a full claim of a (fetishized) new identity. “My transformation to a black woman continues,” wrote in May. “I already bought me beautiful, long black natural hair, with afro curls. Soon I let my blond hair colour change into black and get African curls in my hair. Then comes the hair extensions with African natural hair. After that I have an appointment with my surgeon.”
Fast forward to now in June, where Adam has encountered so many travel issues “as a black woman” that she has now decided to get a new passport to reflect her new life. “I’m a black girl with black hair, so I have to change very soon my passport,” she says in the video, from her hotel room in Romania.
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A Nigerian man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams attempting to defraud thousands of victims around the world out of millions of dollars, U.S. prosecutors said.
David Chukwuneke Adindu, 29, entered his plea to two conspiracy counts before U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan.
Prosecutors said Adindu took part in scams in which emails were sent impersonating executives or vendors of companies, directing employees of those companies to make large wire transfers. Such scams are known as “business email compromise.”
Adindu, who was arrested at a Houston airport last year, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 26. The more serious of the two counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the other carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Lawyers for Adindu could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prosecutors said in an indictment last year that Adindu, who during the period in question resided in both Guangzhou, China and Lagos, Nigeria, worked with others to carry out business email compromise scams from 2014 to 2016.
Prosecutors said the scammers’ targets included an unnamed New York investment firm, where an employee received an email claiming in June 2015 to be from an investment adviser at another firm asking for a $25,200 wire transfer.
The employee later learned the email was not actually sent by that adviser, and as a result did not comply with a second wire transfer request for $75,100, according to the indictment.
The case is U.S. v. Adindu, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-cr-00575.
Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II is to set to decorate a total of 59 recipients with this year’s edition of the Queen’s “Young Leaders Award.”
The award is reserved for young people between the ages of 18-29 years from across the Commonwealth, young people leading their communities and impacting lives of people in their societies.
The pool of awardees, from across Commonwealth nations is however dominated by Africans who make up 25 of the recipients as announced by the awards organizing committee. The 2017 edition is the third in a series.
Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda topped Africa’s list with three recipients each, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Seychelles and Sierra Leone got two candidates each. A national each from Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia completed the list.
They young leaders have already arrived in the UK and are in Cambridge to undergo leadership training. They are to receive mentoring and training from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
They are expected to meet with top corporate leaders including visits to the BBC and offices of Facebook. The climax of their stay will be a visit to Buckingham Palace where the Queen’s Young Leaders will collect their medals from Her Majesty The Queen.
With the support, Award winners are expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.
Across the continent, two European countries (the United Kingdom and Malta) produced four winners. Ten countries in the Carribean/Americas had 13. Five Pacific nations brought on eight winners with nine awardees from six Asian countries completing the list.
John Pombe Magufuli, the Tanzanian president has given express directives to the country’s water supplier that they should chase bills especially from government institutions and other big companies.
Magufuli ordered that supply be cut to all state institutions that continued to default in payment of their bills stressing that if they could not be charges why was the ordinary citizen being targeted.
“If you can’t charge those big companies, how is it possible that you come after these poor ordinary citizens?” he asked.
The no-nonsense Magufuli, nicknamed the bulldozer told government officials present that inability to settle their bills was a sign of failure on their part. He has in the past sacked top government officials who are believed to have misconducted themselves.
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The Vulnerability Series is an exhibition by Syrian artist Abdulla Al-Omari in the United Arab Emirates. He gives world leaders a makeover with a difference. He takes them out of their fine suits and paints them as refugees.
Al-Omari says his exhibition is a reaction to his plight as a refugee: “I wanted to imagine how all these powerful leaders in the world would look if they were in our shoes.
“As the anger grew inside me I wanted to have sweet revenge, but with art.”
Al-Omari says he wanted to “disarm” the leaders by picturing them outside their positions of power.
The media, he says, focuses on the numbers of refugees but neglects the personal stories behind these figures.
“When you know the personal story of someone, you connect with them,” says Al-Omari.
The refugee crisis has claimed the lives of thousands, most notably Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015. Despite this and other high-profile deaths, little has been done to change the situation.
*The Power of Vulnerability* runs until July 6 at The Ayyam Gallery in Dubai.
“As Prime Minister, I apologise for that failure and I take responsibility for doing all we can to put things right.”
Theresa May finally apologised today for the slow response to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Yards from protesters blocking the street shouting “justice for Grenfell”, the Prime Minister made the confession in the House of Commons.
But her words came a full week after the blaze that killed 79 people in West London.
And it comes after a backlash mounted over several days to the response to the blaze.
Protesters stormed Tory-run Kensington Council and the town hall was eventually stripped of its key responsibility for victims.
Local MP Emma Dent Coad had warned those made homeless were still sleeping in cars and parks days after the fire gutted everything they owned.
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And Mrs May faced personal anger when she failed to talk with protesters and residents trying to confront her over the blaze.
According to UK Mirror, Mrs May told the House of Commons: “That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most.