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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

Hardline immigration enforcer to become new ICE director

Hardline immigration enforcer to become new ICE director

President Trump has nominated the man who last month pledged to quadruple workplace immigration crackdowns to be the permanent director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The White House announced on…

Africans make gains in Minnesota elections

Africans make gains in Minnesota elections

Africans made gains in elective office on election day Tuesday in Minnesota. This being an off year election there were no statewide elections on the ballot as it was mostly…

Diversity Visa Lottery entry period ends on November 22

Diversity Visa Lottery entry period ends on November 22

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program administered by the U.S. Department of State has been in the news lately with calls to end it after one of its recipients, Uzbek native…

The Mandela Washington Fellowship observes Mandela Day at Books for Africa

The Mandela Washington Fellowship observes Mandela Day at Books for Africa

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mshale) – Today, July 18, would have been the late Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday. The late Mandela fought for equality and democracy and spent 27 years in…

Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield receives Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award

Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield receives Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award

MINNEAPOLIS – The annual Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards honored former Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday night for her more than…

Trump budget calls for mandatory E-Verify use by employers

Trump budget calls for mandatory E-Verify use by employers

In his administration’s budget that it has sent to the White House, the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget calls for mandating nationwide usage of the E-Verify system to reduce…

Obama Foundation names Louise Bernard as its Presidential Center Museum Director

Obama Foundation names Louise Bernard as its Presidential Center Museum Director

Dr. Louise Bernard, who worked on the design team that developed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has been named the Director of the Museum of the…

Minneapolis Mayor delivers State of the City address at a mosque, pledges to keep it a sanctuary city

Minneapolis Mayor delivers State of the City address at a mosque, pledges to keep it a sanctuary city

Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis held her State of the City address at the Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis, the first time the address has been delivered at a mosque according…

Sharon Sayles Belton bronze bust unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall

Sharon Sayles Belton bronze bust unveiled at Minneapolis City Hall

About 300 people squeezed into the third floor balcony of Minneapolis City Hall on Monday to witness the unveiling of a bronze bust honoring Sharon Sayles Belton, the first woman…

On Law Day, Minnesotans pledge support for rule of law in Africa

On Law Day, Minnesotans pledge support for rule of law in Africa

MINNEAPOLIS – The Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Lorie Skjerven Gildea, joined with former Vice president Walter Mondale and other top judicial officers to offer support to the…

U.S. immigration to issue redesigned green cards starting May 1

U.S. immigration to issue redesigned green cards starting May 1

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week that it will begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (Green cards) starting May 1, 2017. The move is part of…

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