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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale 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 ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, 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 and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

Liberians in Minnesota to vote in OLM elections this weekend

Liberians in Minnesota to vote in OLM elections this weekend

Liberians will go to the polls on Sunday, May 19 from 7am to 7pm to fill six board positions in the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota. There are 13 candidates…

Minneapolis Public Housing Board of Commissioners set to get first African immigrant chair

Minneapolis Public Housing Board of Commissioners set to get first African immigrant chair

The Minneapolis City Council’s Housing Policy & Development Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to confirm the appointment of Sharmarke M. Issa as a member of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority board…

Governor Walz appoints three to the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage

Governor Walz appoints three to the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage

New faces will join the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage after appointments made by Minnesota governor Tim Walz last week. In a press statement, Walz announced the appointment of…

Head of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage pushes for African immigrant civic engagement

Head of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage pushes for African immigrant civic engagement

The head of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Justin Terrell, sounded the alarm on Saturday about the lack of civic engagement by the African immigrant community. Repeating a…

Kenya Airways to resume daily direct Nairobi-New York flights in June

Kenya Airways to resume daily direct Nairobi-New York flights in June

Kenya Airways, which began daily direct flights between Nairobi and New York’s JFK airport last October, but shortly dropped it to five days a week, is set to resume daily…

Death threats and Trump taunts galvanize grassroots financial support for Ilhan Omar

Death threats and Trump taunts galvanize grassroots financial support for Ilhan Omar

Fifth congressional representative Ilhan Omar has faced death threats as well as inflammatory taunts from the president of the United States, but it seems to have emboldened supporters to come…

Trump planning to go after visa overstays

Trump planning to go after visa overstays

The Trump administration which has been blocked by the courts in its attempts to restrict immigration based on race or religion is now exploring ways to achieve its goals by…

Former president Barack Obama remembers Nipsey Hussle

Former president Barack Obama remembers Nipsey Hussle

Former president Barack Obama was among those who paid tribute to the late rapper and community activist, Nipsey Hussle, during his memorial service in Los Angeles yesterday. In a letter…

Governor Walz kicks off 2020 Census countdown

Governor Walz kicks off 2020 Census countdown

Minnesota governor Tim Walz and U.S. Census Bureau regional director Marilyn Sanders on Monday helped kick off the yearlong countdown to the April 1, 2020 census at the Minnesota State…

Target executive to Africa diaspora: You are obligated to help Africa

Target executive to Africa diaspora: You are obligated to help Africa

NEW YORK – The audience at the 10th anniversary FACE Africa WASH gala included Bozoma Saint John (formerly Uber’s chief brand officer), Nomzamo Mbatha and Didier Drogba (via video), but…

Hundreds gather to bid farewell to Erastus Onchwari in Minnesota memorial

Hundreds gather to bid farewell to Erastus Onchwari in Minnesota memorial

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – A late Kenyan-American Minnesota businessman who died in his sleep was remembered as a “visionary” by family and friends during an open-casket public memorial service on…

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