The Stories You Need to Know: Black Lives Matter Wins Sydney Peace Prize, African Celebs Send Messages of Support to Manchester and More
Black Lives Matter Movement wins the Sydney Peace Prize, WHO elects first African Director General and more.
DIAPSORA—The World Health Organization (WHO) has elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia as its new Director General.
The 52-year-old malaria expert replaces Dr. Margaret Chan of China to become the first African to hold the position.
"All roads should lead to universal health coverage. I will not rest until we have met this," he said during a speech to the World Health Assembly.
Read more on Ghebreyesus and the chaining politics of the WHO, here.
— #DrTedros4WHO (@DrTedros4WHO) May 23, 2017
DIASPORA—Australia's Sydney University will award the Black Lives Matter movement with this year's Sydney Peace Prize. This is the first year that the award will be granted to a movement rather than an individual. Co-founders, Nigeiran-American Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza will be present the award in an upcoming ceremony at the Sydney Peace Foundation.
— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) May 23, 2017
DIASPORA—The restored version of the 1991 film "Daughters of the Dust" will be released on Netflix next month. The seminal film was the first movie by a black woman filmmaker to be distributed theatrically in the United States. The movie, directed by Julie Dash, had a nationwide 25th anniversary restoration showing last year, when it enjoyed a reemergence after being heavily referenced in Beyoncé's Lemonade. Read more via Shadow and Act.
DIASPORA— African Celebrities and politicians have sent messages of love, frustration and support to Manchester, UK following Monday's tragic bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in which 22 people were killed. Idris Elba, Wizkid, Michaela Coel and more took to social media in solidarity.
Prayers going out to the families of the innocent lives lost in Manchester ❤️🙏🏾
— Maleek Berry (@MaleekBerry) May 23, 2017
Mate, that is fucking horrible what happened in Manchester. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives. 👎🏾No
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 23, 2017
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) May 23, 2017
Our hearts go out to those killed and wounded in Manchester. Americans will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the UK.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 23, 2017
The world needs sweet love!!! 💔 Prayers going up. 🙏
— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) May 23, 2017