Arts + Culture

#Goals: Meet the Ghanaian Computer Engineer Who Wants To Rumble with Google

We speak with Emmanuel Owusu on his role at BitClave, a startup that wants to shake up Google’s near monopoly of the online ad market.

Ghanaian-born Emmanuel Owusu is completing his doctorate at Carnegie Mellon University and is an expert in the fields of cyber security, blockchain, Internet of Things, public policy, and privacy. He is also the chief architect for BitClave, a startup that many are describing as “the Anti-Google” blockchain. BitClave is a Silicon Valley-based startup delivering decentralized search and whose stated goal is to disrupt Google’s near monopoly of the online ad market.

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News

Charlottesville, Virginia: Where Myths Collide

"The president, like most Americans, knows who and what was responsible for the images Charlottesville gave us this past Saturday."

Before James Alex Fields, Jr plowed his grey Dodge Charger into the crowd of anti-fascist and anti-racist counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer; before the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two Virginia troopers who were monitoring the rally, Charlottesville was bound to write its name in caps in the pages of this historical moment. After all, it is not every day that a city in the “old" south supports a reparations fund for its Black residents while committing to unmount General Robert E. Lee, both statue and symbol, from his pedestal in the city's emancipation park.

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Arts + Culture

Forget 007: Here Are 7 African Roles Idris Elba Could Play Instead

Since it's likely Idris Elba won't play James Bond in the next edition of 007, here are 7 African characters he can play instead.

London-based Eon Productions and MGM have confirmed that the next installment of the James Bond franchise will be released on November 8, 2019, reports The New York Times. Though details about the release’s “distribution partner, international release dates, and the film’s cast and director,” were not provided, the Times article quoted two anonymous sources who confirmed that British actor, Daniel Craig will continue in the role of James Bond.

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Film

3 Alternative History Timelines That Are Way Better Than 'Confederate'

In light of the controversy around HBO's new show 'Confederate,' this contributor gives us better timelines that should be picked up instead.

DIASPORA—I am almost certain that HBO and its artistic partners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the hit series Game of Thrones did not predict the backlash that has accompanied the announcement of their new project, Confederate—a series, which according to the press release, “takes place in an alternative timeline where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.”

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