Africans in America Rebrand the Continent

In today's link roundup: How young people are working to change America's image of Africa. Plus: National Action Network's Breaking Barriers Award Goes to Glenn H. Hutchins. 

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Africans in America rebrand the continent: Young people like New York-based Ghana native Sandra Appiah are working to battle negative and stereotypical portrayals of Africa that have nothing to do with the place they know.

NAN Breaking Barriers Award goes to Hutchins: Glenn H. Hutchins, co-founder of technology-investment firm Silver Lake and chairman of the National Advisory Board of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, received the Breaking Barriers Award from the National Action Network at its annual King Day Luncheon on the 84th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The announcement was made by The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Tina Turner to give up U.S. citizenship: The singer has lived in the Zurich suburb of Küsnacht since the mid-1990s, and now she's making it official by giving up her U.S. passport.

Prosecutors drop battery charge against Creflo Dollar: Prosecutors have dropped a simple battery charge against the Atlanta mega-church pastor, who completed an anger-management program after being accused of choking and hitting his teenage daughter, Reuters reports.

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