Tagged: Africa

VIDEO: Esperanza Spalding feat. Algebra Blessett- “Black Gold”

Esperanza Spalding Algebra Blessett Black Gold

Here’s something nice and uplifting for you this Monday and just in time for Black History Month: the official video for Esperanza Spalding’s single, “Black Gold,” featuring Algebra Blessett. Her upcoming album, which you can pre-order, Radio Music Society hits stores March 20, 2012.

Download Black Gold (special guest: Algebra Blessett) [+video] [+digital booklet] via Amazon

VIDEO: Troubled Water: Investigation Into Clean Water Charity For Africa

Here at SFSG we believe giving is green, but it’s important to know where you’re money is going. False charities give the real ones such a bad name and deters folks from donating to organizations that really help those in need. It’s not enough to never give your money to a charity again and giving blindly may only help you and the corrupt feel good in the end. Continue reading

Your Computer Has A Dirty Little Secret

Reuters Photo: A Congolese mineral trader displays semi-precious tourmaline gem stones in a mud hut at Numbi in eastern Congo. New efforts to clamp down on Congo’s armed groups that finance their existence with minerals sourced from the country’s conflict-wracked east — much of which ends up in laptops, cell phones and jewellery around the world — have been criticized for trying to achieve the impossible and risking the livelihoods of a million people in the area who depend on mining.

Yes. We require all of our suppliers to certify in writing that they use conflict few materials.

But honestly there is no way for them to be sure. Until someone invents a way to chemically trace minerals from the source mine, it’s a very difficult problem.
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~Steve Jobs, kristof.blogs.nytimes.com [1]

So you’ve heard of “Blood diamonds” but in a recent article at nytimes.com Nicholas D. Kristof wrote about “lood phones.” This phrase simply addresses the electronics many of us use all the time that are made with minerals from places like the Congo where the desire for these minerals fuels atrocities like mass rape and slaughter. Continue reading

PHOTOS: G20 Police Crackdown On Protesters

A non vuvuzela event took place this weekend. The G20 or The Group of Twenty established in 1999 to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy while simultaneously undermining an already neutered United Nations and deciding the fates of, not just the other nations in the world, but the world. Oh yeah, and diminishing aid to Africa with little fanfare. Continue reading