Pierre Kompany’s long road from DRC camp to Belgium’s first black mayor

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Vincent Kompany’s life is the stuff of little boys’ and girls’ dreams. Scorer of a dazzling goal of the season, captain of Manchester City’s all-conquering Premier League champions and on Saturday, the 32-year-old hopes to pick up the FA Cup at Wembley in front of 90,000 fans.

The Belgian international’s travails on the field will fill the newspaper back pages, but the drama on the pitch will struggle to match the life story of the 71-year-old man who will be cheering him on the from the stands.

Last October, Pierre Kompany, father to Christel, 34, Vincent, and François, 29, was elected as Belgium’s first black mayor, in what is hoped will prove to be a watershed moment for a country that has struggled to reconcile its colonial past.

John Singleton: Stars pay tribute to ‘Boyz N The Hood’ director

Stars from around the world of music, film and beyond have paid tribute to Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, who has died aged 51.

Singleton, best known for 1991’s ‘Boyz N The Hood’ “passed away peacefully” after being removed from life support in Los Angeles, his family confirmed.

The filmmaker had been in intensive care following a stroke last week.

“Blue Lives Matter!” Except when a black cop told this entitled Virginia state senator where to park

To put it indelicately, something might be off about freshman GOP Senator Amanda Chase. Healthy people aren’t terrified of their own citizens and don’t pack heat on the Senate floor. 

A recent incident shows how off-kilter Chase is:

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Dearfield, Colorado: A ghost town that was once a bustling all-black settlement

This deserted town on the high plains of Colorado may not look like much these days, but Oliver Toussaint Jackson had a grand vision for it when he founded it in 1910.

Jackson, known as O.T., aimed to create a self-sustaining settlement for African-Americans at a time when it was difficult for black families to buy property in most Denver neighborhoods.