Italy

Death Threats, Protests Greet Italy’s First Black Cabinet Minister

Cecile - ItalyThis post made me cry… not with sorrow.. pure laughter. Go on,  Sis…

AFRICANGLOBE – Italy’s first Black Cabinet minister is facing Internet death threats before a visit to a region known for its anti-immigrant political base.

But Cecile Kyenge says she’s not afraid and challenged Italians to respond to such intimidation themselves to prove that Italy isn’t racist.

Kyenge, a Congolese-born doctor who has lived in Italy since 1983, has been the target of racist diatribes ever since she was named integration minister in April. She has been called “Congolese monkey,” and a member of a “bonga bonga government.”

via Death Threats, Protests Greet Italy’s First Black Cabinet Minister.

Growing Up With a Panther Mom: Taiye Selasi – WSJ.com

The sprawling novel about an African family dispersed throughout the world has also taken Ms. Selasi around the world. She did a prepublication tour last year, which introduced her to booksellers in this country and in the U.K., and is about to embark on a 10-city U.S. tour, followed by stops in England, Germany and the Netherlands, for “phase one” of the rollout. The book is being published in 14 countries besides the U.S., and phase two will include a visit to Italy in September. The tours are somewhat unusual for a first-time author and a signal that her publisher, Penguin Press, is committed to making her a literary star.

via Growing Up With a Panther Mom: Taiye Selasi – WSJ.com.