from this Variety article, along with some initial thoughts

Although her highly-anticipated Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” doesn’t bow for another three months, Angelina Jolie already has another true story in the works. Jolie has been tapped to direct “Africa for Skydance Productions from a script by Eric Roth.

white american women set to direct a film called “Africa”. we’re already off to a bad start.

The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.

i’m very interested in knowing what these people know about the “very soul of Africa”. Also the conservation work in question occurred in Kenya, as in ONE OF THE MANY NATIONS OF THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA. Would you call a movie about the French Revolution “Europe”???? NOPE

“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”

though Richard Leakey (a white man of british parentage) has no doubt led an interesting life and done a lot of important work and made a lot of wonderful contrubutions… is his biopic REALLY the story about Africa that “deserves to be told”???!?!?!?!! Off the top of my head i can think of about 20 that i’d rather see on the big screen.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” said Jolie.

I was actually really disappointed by Jolie for this. As a former Goodwill Ambassador who has visited several different African regions and nations in her humanitarian work, she should really have a better perspective on how Africa is NOT A MONOLITH. What is this single African culture that you feel so deeply connected to? What is this “soul of Africa” that you somehow think you know? And why does the story of Africa that “deserves to be told” have a white face plastered on top???

Portable, wireless cash register is designed for informal economies

Running a business in environments such as Africa is a completely different challenge than in the Western world thanks to lack of access to electricity and unreliable internet infrastructure. In the past we’ve seen portable devices such as the eChaja enable anyone to sell phone charging facilities wherever they are. Now Nomanini has created a rugged point-of-sale register that can facilitate cash payments for airtime, electricity and insurance. READ MORE…

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Melinda and Bill Gates talk about the Africa trip that changed their lives.

Happy World Rhino Day!


Rhinos were never really a favorite animal of mine. I never thought they were “cute” or interesting. I have always had a love for Big Cats, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah’s. And of course who doesn’t connect with the Beauty, Magnificence and sheer intelligence of the Elephant? There has been so much in the news about the very real critical danger and extinction of the Rhino within the next few years. They are being killed violently for their horns and left to die a suffering and slow death. This is when my “love affair” for them started. They now have become Beautiful to me.

I wish that China and Vietnam would wake up and realize that the Rhino horn is not a luxury and has no medicinal benefits. So nice to finally see it being brought to the forefront. Happy World Rhino Day!!

Don’t forget to make a difference. Save a rhino!

Pulitzer Center grantee Sam Loewenberg writes that “getting water to poor communities [in Africa] may sound straightforward: dig a well, put in a pump and hand out water filters. But as many NGOs and aid agencies have found, it is a lot more complicated than that.”

Reporting from Uganda for The Economist, Sam notes that the list of failures is long: “A review of ten years of EU-supported water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, together worth more than $500m, found that more than half failed to perform, due to issues such as lack of financial sustainability, poor oversight, and not regularly testing water to make sure it was safe to drink.”

But a Christian missionary organization from South Carolina seems to have come up with a market-based model that actually works. After installing the pipes and pumps, Water Missions International hands the operation over to locals. The key is charging a small fee—about two cents for 20 liters of clean water—thus giving the local operator a stake in keeping up with the maintenance.