: News from Africa and the Caribbean

Daily news headlines from Africa and the Caribbean aggregated from various news sources worldwide, and organized by countries and topics.

African Headlines

Africa's week in pictures: 9-15 April 2021
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent. | 4/15/21 11:58 PM
South Africa v Pakistan: Babar Azam hits first international Twenty20 century in thumping win
Babar Azam makes his first international Twenty20 century as Pakistan cruise to a target of 204 and a nine-wicket victory against South Africa. | 4/14/21 4:17 PM
Tokyo 2020: Africa's Olympic climbing hopefuls aim to inspire the next generation
With 100 days to go until Tokyo 2020 Africa's Olympic climbers are optimistic The Games can boost their sport on the continent. | 4/14/21 1:20 PM
MTN Ranked as Best Mobile Network in South Africa
MTN has been ranked as the best mobile network in South Africa – ahead of Vodacom, rain, Telkom and Cell C – according to the latest MyBroadband Insights Mobile Network Quality Report. The report is based on 349,575 speed tests that were performed by thousands of users across the country. The research shows that South Africa […] | 4/13/21 7:30 AM
South Africa v Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan stars as tourists win Twenty20 opener
Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan hits an unbeaten 74 as Pakistan chase 189 with a ball to spare to beat South Africa in the Twenty20 series opener. | 4/10/21 5:06 PM
Africa's week in pictures: 2-8 April 2021
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent. | 4/8/21 11:15 PM
First 'Homo' species left Africa with ape-like brains
Early members of the genus Homo didn't have advanced brains. | 4/8/21 6:00 PM
'Covid-19 jab messaging damaging confidence in Africa'
Trust in the AstraZenca vaccine is being undermined in low-income countries, says Dr Ayoade Alakija. | 4/8/21 1:55 PM

Caribbean Headlines

Royal Caribbean sends ships to St. Vincent to assist with evacuations amid La Soufriere eruption
Royal Caribbean continued its evacuation efforts Saturday, one day after the island of St. Vincent was rocked by another volcanic eruption. | 4/17/21 7:17 PM
US Embassy says Royal Caribbean Cruise offering ‘transit opportunity’ from St Vincent for US citizens
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,, CMC - The United States in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday said that it is coordinating with Royal Caribbean Cruises for a transit opportunity for US citizens who wish to depart St Vincent and the... | 4/15/21 5:30 PM
Vaxxed to the max
Powered by the five-day mass immunisation programme that ended on Tuesday, Jamaica has surged to become the English-speaking Caribbean country which has administered the most doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health... | 4/15/21 5:17 AM
Idris Elba’s Luther Was Not ‘Black Enough to Be Real,’ BBC’s Chief Diversity Officer Says

BBC’s chief diversity officer doesn’t think the lead character in the former BBC drama “Luther,” which starred Idris Elba in that title role, was “Black enough to be real.”

“When [Luther] first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, Black character lead,” Miranda Wayland said on Monday, during a conversation on BBC’s diversity and inclusion strategy at the digital MIPTV conference. “We all fell in love with him. Who didn’t, right? But after you got into about the second series you got kind of like, OK, he doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic.”

The drama, which starred Idris Elba as DCI John Luther, ran for five series (the UK version of seasons) and has 20 episodes overall, between 2010 and 2019. Ruth Wilson also starred as Alice Morgan.

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“Luther” creator Neil Cross, who is white, responded to Wayland’s comments to the Daily Mail: “I have no knowledge or expertise or right to try to tackle in some way the experience of being a Black man in modern Britain. It would have been an act of tremendous arrogance for me to try to write a Black character. We would have ended up with a slightly embarrassed, ignorant, middle-class, white writer’s idea of a Black character.”

Reps for Elba did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

Wayland argued that it’s not enough to just have a Black character in the lead and think that’s enough for diversity.

“It’s great having those big landmark shows with those key characters, but it’s about making sure everything around them, their environment, their culture, the set is absolutely reflective,” she said. “It will be very much about how can we make sure that this program is authentic in terms of the storytelling.”

Last year, the BBC committed to spending £112 million to support diverse productions over three years, as well as to have one-fifth of production staff from diverse backgrounds.

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Official Trailer for 'Citizen Penn' Doc About Sean Penn Helping Haiti
"I'm just a guy who says... 'I can do some good here.'" Discovery+ has released the first official trailer for a documentary called Citizen Penn, indeed about the actor Sean Penn. But this is about the time in 2010 he decided to gather aid workers and fly down to the Caribbean nation of Haiti to help with recovery after a massive earthquake hit the island. After a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 aid workers from around the world went to help. After a few weeks, Penn stayed much longer and created an organization called J/P HRO (now CORE) that took over managing a rescue camp. Over the past few years, CORE has expanded efforts across the U.S., most recently organizing free COVID-19 testing sites around the country and running the nation's largest vaccination site in LA. Citizen Penn highlights the team and their current projects and history. Love him or hate him, this actually looks like a compelling, ... | 4/13/21 7:16 PM
‘Huge’ explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting
Kingstown, St. Vincent (AP) -- La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week,... | 4/12/21 5:05 PM
'Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting
La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate. | 4/12/21 2:46 PM
St Vincent volcano: Eruptions likely in coming days, experts warn
The Caribbean island of St Vincent has been blanketed in ash after the La Soufrière volcano erupted. | 4/12/21 3:35 AM