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Women of Color are Celebrating Success and Challenging White Feminism with #WOCAffirmation

#WOCAffirmation is a social media response to the silencing of non-white voices.

A global Twitter boycott took place this morning in response to the social media platform's handling of sexual assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. On Thursday, the account of actress, Rose McGowana vocal Weinstein critic who disclosed that she had been raped by the producer—was suspended. Twitter cited her decision to share a private phone number as the reasoning for the suspension.


Several folks decided to rally behind the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement in order to protest the suspension. Yet, while this was occurring, another group of women—namely women of color—decided to call attention to the fact that women of color have gone through similar experiences, yet we don't always receive the same level of support. Where's the international outrage when our voices are silenced?

Some women, decided instead, to participate in #WOCAffirmation, created by popular media personality April Reign, in which women shared their accomplishments, stories and support for one another.

The hashtag is both a celebration of sisterhood, and a critique of "white feminism."

And accolades aside, sometimes it's just nice to celebrate being here.




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COVID-19 Cases Surge To Five Million In Africa

As the world approaches a post-pandemic era, South Africa, Kenya, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Ethiopia and Egypt top the list of countries contributing to Africa's alarming five million COVID-19 cases.

Africa has reportedly reached a highly concerning number of COVID-19 cases. Recent statistics show that over five million Africans have contracted the coronavirus since its discovery in 2019. These numbers are alarming despite Africa's large population of over 1.2 billion, marking a reported increase of 16 percent in death rates. South Africa, which is officially in a third wave, leads the numbers and accounts for almost half of the deaths across the continent. On the contrary, cases globally have been declining for the sixth consecutive week.

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