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These Dolls Are Pushing Barbie Right Out Of Nigeria

The concept of the Western standard of beauty is slowly disintegrating, and in Nigeria, that slow pace is picking up steam, all thanks to a set of dolls.

The Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls were created by a Nigerian entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya, after he realized that his three daughters were only playing with white dolls like Barbies. Since their launch seven years ago, Queen and Princess dolls have become so popular that Okoya is selling, as he claims, 6,000 to 9,000 dolls per month, and has gained about 10-15 percent of the market. But perhaps his biggest victory? The dolls are easily outselling their Barbie counterparts being sold by Mattel. Keep reading »

Nigerian Terror Group Boko Haram Are Allegedly Using Young Girls As Suicide Bombers

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In case the mere act of attacking innocent passersby isn’t insidious enough on its own, terror group Boko Haram is allegedly using young Nigerian girls to do their dirty work as suicide bombers, because everything is terrible.On Saturday, a 10-year-old girl detonated explosives strapped to her body in a crowded marketplace in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The explosion killed at least 16 people and injured 20. (Note: Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but is believed to be responsible.) NPR reporters wondered aloud whether the girl had committed the act by choice, but I’d argue that even if she’d been convinced by an adult to do this and thought she wanted to, she’s far too young to be held accountable for that kind of coercing. Heartbreaking as it is, it’s more likely that she was physically forced. Keep reading »

Revlon CEO: “I Can Smell Black People When They Enter A Room”

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  • According to a lawsuit, Revlon’s CEO claimed that he could “smell Black people when they enter a room.” [The Grio]
  • The investigation into the Cleveland police shooting and death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice could be taken over by an outside agency. [RawStory]
  • Uber has given their customers some really half-assed safety tips following a string of reported driver sexual assaults. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

#BringBackOurGirls Could Actually Happen Soon

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  • The Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram allegedly held numerous negotiations in August with the Red Cross and the Nigerian government to swap prisoners for the over 200 school girls who were kidnapped in April. The group opposes education for women, so they absconded with Nigerian teenagers and reportedly have been forcing the girls to “marry” members of their group. [CNN]
  • Spain has dropped its controversial plans to further restrict abortion access. [Guardian UK]
  • It wouldn’t be a proper interview with former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard if someone didn’t ask her some sexist question about her personal life. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

60+ Women And Girls Escape From Boko Haram

Over 60 girls and women escaped from Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that has staged kidnappings in Nigeria for several months.  According to security sources who spoke to the BBC, these women were taken in one of the latest abductions last month; back in April, Boko Haram kidnapped 230 schoolgirls, plus another eight more teen girls in May. The women are rumored to be sold as “brides,” AKA sex slaves, by the extremists. The women and girls who escaped this weekend were able to run when Boko Haram was occupied attacking a military base. This latest turn of events gives us a sliver of hope that the original group of girls who were kidnapped may have a chance to be reunited with their families, as well. [BBC; Yahoo; NBC News]

Nigerian Pop Singer Adokiye Ruffles Feathers Offering Her Virginity In Place Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

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Five things to know about Nigeria's 200+ abducted school girls. Read More »

Well, that’s one way to get attention. Adokiye Kyrian, a Nigerian pop singer, ruffled some feathers this week when she (jokingly?) offered up her virginity if the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram would release the 200+ school girls they kidnapped back in April. She told Vanguard’s Showtime:

“This is 11 p.m. in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange. They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.” Keep reading »

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