'Delta Hill Riders': African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta

'Delta Hill Riders': African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi DeltaRory Doyle’s ongoing personal project shares the story of African-American cowboy culture in the rural Mississippi Delta, challenging the Hollywood portrayal of the American cowboy. The work highlights the black cowboys and cowgirls in the Delta as a proud group existing beyond the movie image of the American West. A recent article from Smithsonian magazine estimated that one in four cowboys was African-American following the Civil War, yet this population was drastically underrepresented in popular accounts.


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Threat of malaria left its mark on the immune system in people with African ancestry

Researchers have identified a genetic difference between people with African and European ancestry that affects how the immune system triggers inflammation. They suspect these differences are rooted in how the immune system evolved and the evolutionary pressure exerted by malaria on ancestors who lived in Africa.
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China wins back Burkina Faso, urges Taiwan's last African ally to follow

China wins back Burkina Faso, urges Taiwan's last African ally to followBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – China increased diplomatic pressure on Taiwan on Saturday by urging the self-ruled island’s last African ally, Swaziland, to align with Beijing as Burkina Faso re-established Chinese ties. Taiwan, which is claimed by China as its own, is Beijing’s most sensitive territorial issue. Beijing says Taiwan is merely a Chinese province, with no right to state-to-state relations.


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