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Tell A Different Story About Santa This Holiday Season

Written by Peggy Albers, Georgia State UniversityIt is that time of year again: People are dusting off their holiday decorations in order to make their homes and public spaces festive. It is also the time when certain stories and songs are being repeated.Television holiday shows such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are almost iconic, with audiences watching them year...

How Nigerian Women Are Using WhatsApp To Chat, Learn and Earn

Written by Salihu Ibrahim Dasuki, Sheffield Hallam University and Naima Hafiz Abubakar, Bayero University, KanoMobile phones have become widespread all over the world, including in rural and low-income communities. As research shows, these devices have the potential to bring about significant societal change – a fact acknowledged in the United Nations’ Sustainable...

I Dig Through Archives To Unearth Hidden Stories From African-American History

Written by Jane Landers, Vanderbilt UniversityMany years ago, as a graduate student searching in the archives of Spanish Florida, I discovered the first “underground railroad” of enslaved Africans escaping from Protestant Carolina to find religious sanctuary in Catholic Florida. In 1738, these runaways formed Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first free black...