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Here Are Some Of Our Favorite People of Black Heritage At Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding

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British Royal Prince Harry and His Bride Meghan Markle at their wedding

If you missed the British Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, then you must be in an alternate dimension. It is the event everyone is talking about and we are no exception. We love happy beginnings so it is not at all surprising that we were part of the millions who tuned-in to experience the historic union of another British royal. This however was no ordinary affair. Meghan Markle is not a British, she is American with a Caucasian father and African American mother. Her wedding incorporated people of black heritage at a scale that was historic in such British royal events although not nearly as many as we would like but we are not complaining. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite guests and participants.

Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho

Prince Seeiso was the only member of an outside royal family to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. The two princes have been close collaborators for more than a decade, joined by their commitment to charity work. In 2006, Harry and Seeiso founded Sentebale, a charity that aims to help vulnerable and HIV positive children in both Lesotho and Botswana. Ever since then, the two have worked closely together. Both Princess Diana and Seeiso’s mother, Queen ‘Mamohato, worked closely with HIV and AIDS charities during their lifetimes, and Sentebale, which translates to “forget me not,” was created as a tribute to both women.

Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho (L) arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Mabereng Seeiso

The lovely Princess Mabereng Seeiso is wife to Prince Seeiso Bereng. She attended the wedding representing her cultural heritage in a beautiful African print dress and head wrap.

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowe

Ghanaian British Actor and heartthrob showed up looking as handsome as ever with his beautiful fiance by his side. He is rumored to have played the DJ role at the reception.

Actor Idris Elba and Fiance Sabrina Dhowre

Oprah Winfrey

A royal wedding with a Hollywood Princess of Meghan’s caliber will not be complete without Oprah adding the much deserved spice of her presence. We were delighted to see Oprah looking so lovely in her beautiful dress and statement hat.

Actress and Media Magnate Oprah Winfrey

Serena Williams

Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian looked every bit as dashing as the best of the British Royals in attendance.

US tennis player Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Ian West / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read IAN WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Gina Torres

Cuban American Actress from the Suits series was also one of Meghan’s guests and looked lovely in her floral lace dress.

Meghan Markle’s friend, US actress Gina Torres leaves after attending the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

Ms. Doria Markle

Meghan’s mother was as regal as the queen herself. She looked lovely and oozed class and elegance. 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku, the renown British cellist and son to a Sierra Leonian-British mother, is a musical genius. He brought his gift to the royal wedding as only he could.  

The Kingdom Choir

The Black British Kingdom choir came to the event with beautiful Afrocentric hairstyles showcasing their heritage proudly. And when it came to their performance, they delivered “Stand by Me” with the kind of talent that captures the essence of the words in every note.

Bishop Michael Curry

Bishop Curry made history as the first African-American to deliver a sermon at a British Royal wedding ceremony and no he did not hold back. He stirred the British royal sensibilities and gave all the guests a simple message, “when love is the way, we actually treat each other like we are actually family”. The sermon was very inspiring and unorthodox.

Unquestionably, Harry and Meghan strayed from tradition and ruffled some royal sensibilities, of that we are certain. But for what it was worth, their union and wedding celebration ushered in a new breeze of change that we can confidently say started with Princess Diana. They showed the British royals and the world that their world was not to be one of exclusion but one of inclusion, one where others who were once seen as lesser beings, have a place at the table. We wish the love birds a long, beautiful and lasting union.

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DRC’s First Post Independence President-Elect Gets Backing From African Leaders After Contested Poll

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FILE PHOTO: Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections gestures to his supporters at the party headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Olivia Acland/File Photo

Democratic Republic of Congo’s president-elect Felix Tshisekedi received a chorus of congratulations from African leaders on Sunday and Monday in a growing sign that his disputed election win will not be questioned internationally.

Regional support is crucial for Tshisekedi after a disorganized election on Dec. 30 that runner-up candidate Martin Fayulu says was rigged and that Congo’s Catholic Church contested. Many worry that outgoing president Joseph Kabila will continue to hold sway, limiting Tshisekedi’s power.

The new president will be the first to take power through an election since Congo’s independence in 1960, when Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was toppled in a coup after less than three months in office. Congolese and their neighbors are anxious that the process remain peaceful in a country that has drawn regional armies into its civil wars over the decades.

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South African Teacher Sends Photo To Parents And Gets This Unexpected Reaction

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A teacher at South African school, Laerskool Schweizer Reneke, took this photo and shared it with parents on WhatsApp in an effort to reassure them that their children’s first day of school was going smoothly. However, the teacher did not have the intended outcome as the photo revealed a detail that was unexpected. The students were separated by race in the classroom.

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Students at Laerskool Schweizer were sent back home after South Africa’s North West Education Department suspended the teacher,
Ellen Barkhuizen, who is suspected to have separated the children according to race at the school.

Barkhuizen is reported to have taken the photo of the separated children, which is circulating on social media and has gone viral.

According to TimesLive, when parents complained to the school, they were sent a different picture after the children’s break showing that they had been “moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race”.

Pupils in this class at a Schweizer-Reneke school in the North West were moved to different seating spaces after their break on the first day of school on January 9 2019. 

BLACK PARENT REACTS

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The school has been suspected of discrimination by parents for some time. One parent had this to say to SABC News.

“I have applied on time, but I was so surprised when they said they can’t accept my child, he is on the waiting list. So, I requested to see the list of the white people. They say there is no waiting list for the white people. That’s where I started to worry. Where are we going to take our kids because they are still young? We didn’t want our kids to go far because we are residents here. I came here in March. They told me I must come on the 1st of May. When I came they say I must bring the documents, I bring them. Eish mama, I feel pain.”

WHITE PARENTS REACT

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Speaking to SowetanLIVE, some of the white parents said black parents who are not happy about how the school operates, must take their children to township schools.

 If you are not happy here, take your child to another school, nobody is forcing you. Now they want to make this as if it is racism, everyone just wants to make white people racists. We are not racists, we just want what is best for our children,” said one parent.

“Blacks don’t put their children first, we put our children first, and their safety and education comes first. This is the only white-dominated school in this town. There are over 10 schools in the township. If they are not happy, let them take their children there,” said another parent.

GOVERNMENT REACTS

After meeting school staff and education department officials,
North West education MEC Sello Lehari confirmed that the teacher in question had been suspended.

“As government, we would like to condemn any form of racism, alleged or not, and we deeply regret this unfortunate incident taking place in our country 25 years into democracy,” said a spokesperson for the local government leader, Job Lekgoro.

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Liberian President Weah Opens Church and Delivers Inaugural Sermon

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Liberian president, George Weah, has proven that he is not only a former soccer legend but one with another mission – to be a preacher.

The 51-year-old, whose footballing career played a huge role in his landslide election victory, recently opened his own church and gave an inaugural sermon.

On December 31, 2018, during a watch night service to usher in the new year, the Liberian leader held a service and dedication ceremony for the church – The Forky Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church.

The ceremony was attended by a host of government appointees, including the Speaker of the country’s Legislature, Bhofal Chambers and the Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert Chie, Liberian media, Front Page Africa reported.

In his first sermon on the theme: “Life is a business; what you do with your life will make you profitable or unprofitable”, President Weah encouraged his congregation to be committed and passionate about their objectives in 2019.

To his officials, the former football legend urged them to show commitment to their roles and abstain from sabotaging his administration.

“You work with government then you want to sabotage the government. You are a Minister in the government but you want to sabotage the government. You are an executive then you want to sabotage the government. You want to sit right here so that government work. You are also part of the government”.

“Let’s forget about all the setbacks in 2018 and focus on the prosperous New Year, what God gave you is enough,” he said.

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