Author: Spiva

‘White Helmets’ Filmmakers Say Trump Travel Ban Hurts Syrian Subjects

The makers of Oscar-nominated “The White Helmets,” a film about Syria’s rescue workers, said the documentary’s subjects had been directly affected by U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban and that their absence at the Oscars would be a “lost opportunity.” “The White Helmets,” nominated in the Oscars short subject documentary category, gives a glimpse of …


How ‘Madam Walker’ Became One of America’s First African-American Millionaires

Madam C.J. Walker embodies the quintessential American success story, as someone who fought seemingly insurmountable odds to become one of the 20th century’s most successful self-made woman entrepreneurs. The daughter of former slaves, Walker built a cosmetics empire selling hair care and beauty products for African-American women. By the time she died at age 51, …


Little League Baseball Gains Ground in Kenya

Baseball may be known as the American pastime, but it has gained considerable popularity in parts of Latin America and Asia. Now the sport is gaining ground on another continent, Africa. Four organizations in Kenya run baseball programs. The largest Little League organization is in Kikuyu, outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The league started three years …