Refilwe Ledwaba, born and bred in Lenyenye, a semi-rural township in the Limpopo province of South Africa, found herself at her wits’ end when she could not pursue a career in science due to outstanding university fees. By breaking cultural and social barriers in aviation at the grassroot level, Ledwaba aspires to make aviation a norm for women through the Girls Fly Programme in Africa foundation.
Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, is a 19-year veteran of the force. Chauvin was involved in a fatal police shooting and one of the other fired officers paid a $25K settlement after being sued for using excessive force in arrest where he punched and kicked a handcuffed suspect. Derek Chauvin was investigated in 2006 over a fatal police shooting and again in 2008 and 2011 for two more shootings. A second officer involved in Monday’s arrest, Tou Thao, was sued in 2017 for using excessive force. The lawsuit, accuses him of punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect. George Floyd died Monday in police custody, hours after footage showed cop Chauvin knelt on him for eight minutes during the forgery arrest in Minneapolis; all four officers involved in Monday’s incident were fired. The remaining two officers have also been named as Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, both are rookie cops still in their probationary periods.
Born Albuquerque, New Mexico, NM, United States, Multi-faceted rapper, writer, youth advocate, MC/touring artist-educator/producer and renowned lyricist, Christopher Mike-Bidtah, aka Def-i, has taken his music as far as Eminem’s XM Radio program, NPR, the BBC and beyond. He helped raise over $1 million for the legal funds of Standing Rock Water Protectors, and is a dedicated environmental activist himself. Here’s Def-i Biography and Profile.
Nighat Dad was born 1981, in the small town of Ratta Matta, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Nighat Dad is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. She founded Digital Rights Foundation (DRF). “The main objective of DRF was not to just establish another NGO, but to really start a movement on digital rights and internet freedom issues.” Here’s Nighat Dad Biography and Profile.
Larry Ndianefo, professionally known as Larry Gaaga, is a Nigerian industry entrepreneur, and music mogul. Larry Gaaga emerged as the cover face of Tush Magazine’s 26th issue. Larry Gaaga finally released his long-awaited single with Wizkid tagged “Low“. Here’s Larry Gaaga Biography and Profile.
Opal Tometi, activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors are a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. Opal Tometi was born 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US to Nigerian parents. Tometi grew up hearing Yoruba and Esan spoken at home – and says her first trip to Nigeria as a teenager, changed her life. Here’s Opal Tometi Biography and Profile.