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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.

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…

African Union ambassador brings Wakanda vision to Minnesota

African Union ambassador brings Wakanda vision to Minnesota

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Less than 24 hours after the movie Black Panther took home some Oscars, the African Union ambassador to the United States, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, was in…

Erastus Onchwari, longtime Minnesota Kenyan-American businessman, dies at 58

Erastus Onchwari, longtime Minnesota Kenyan-American businessman, dies at 58

Erastus Ondieki Onchwari, who died February 25 at the age of 58, is being remembered as an entrepreneur, community activist, dreamer and a leader by his many friends and family…

Liberians in Minnesota to hold immigration rally in Saint Paul

Liberians in Minnesota to hold immigration rally in Saint Paul

Liberians in Minnesota will hold a rally Friday (February 22) on the steps of Minnesota State Capitol to call for a two-year extension of Temporary Protected Status and a pathway…

Pelosi appoints Omar to House Foreign Affairs Committee

Pelosi appoints Omar to House Foreign Affairs Committee

Speaker Nancy Pelosi in announcing committee assignments for the 116th Congress has appointed Representative Ilhan Omar to the powerful foreign affairs committee which oversees all foreign assistance, national security affecting…

Ilhan Omar’s powerful speech after being sworn in as US Congresswoman

Ilhan Omar’s powerful speech after being sworn in as US Congresswoman

Ilhan Omar who won Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District in the November midterms was sworn in yesterday to become the first black person born in the African continent to serve in…

Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar picks leadership team

Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar picks leadership team

Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar on Thursday announced her five-person leadership team for her Washington office and Minnesota District office. Last month’s midterms saw Omar become the first black person born in…