Mikhael Simmonds

Mikhael Simmonds (@mikswrites) has worked and interned at the Amsterdam News, the United Nations Department of Public Relations, Democracy Now! and GRITtv. He graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism with an MA in International Reporting. When he’s not busy writing stories or editing videos and podcasts, he’s on the turntables spinning Afrobeats. At the moment he is currently busy being a gladiator in a suit.

Recent Stories

What exactly is China building in Africa?

This month, China opened its first military base abroad in Djibouti, a small country on the Horn of Africa.

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MULTIMEDIA: Disney Dreamers get ready to take on the world

Roughly 100 teens from across the country paraded down Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Wednesday to kick off the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

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Oil isn’t well in the world

Low oil and gas prices are wreaking havoc on economies across the globe.

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Brazil and Trinidad cut back on Carnival

Every year, thousands of tourists and locals flock to Brazil and Trinidad to experience the biggest street parties on Earth, but this year the two Carnival powerhouses are scaling back the festivities because of a financial crisis.

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Double Dutch — not just child’s play

Sweat rolled down competitors’ foreheads as teams from as far as France and Japan competed in the 24th annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo last Sunday.

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Ali Abdullah claims his place in the tech world

Nestled in a recently renovated East Harlem building, Ali Abdullah runs around his office in preparation for our interview.

Guyanese political activist murdered months before election

With just two months to go before Guyana’s next general election, opposition activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot in the street last week while urging local residents to vote against the ruling party.

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African American Day Parade 2014 (Photos)

The 45th African American Day Parade was in full swing yesterday as thousands came out to enjoy the performances, music, food and art.

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Election Day (Again!)

Harlemites are heading to the polls again but this time may be different - or not.

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NYPD Hosts Teen Tournament

NYPD Community Affairs officers in collaboration with local community leaders held the Patrol Borough Manhattan North 1st Unity in the Community, Basketball Tournament.

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