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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.

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…

Abdisalam Adam joins Fridley Public Schools Board

Abdisalam Adam joins Fridley Public Schools Board

Abdisalam Adam, an assistant principal at Highland Park High School in the St. Paul Public Schools and a Doctor of Education candidate at Bethel University was on Wednesday unanimously voted…

Kahin of Afro Deli and Jaylani Hussein to serve on Minnesota governor-elect transition advisory board

Kahin of Afro Deli and Jaylani Hussein to serve on Minnesota governor-elect transition advisory board

Abdirahman Kahin, whose Afro Deli business won Business of the Year at last month’s African Awards Gala is among those selected by Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz to serve on his…

Election 2018: Historic Liberian-American wins in Minnesota

Election 2018: Historic Liberian-American wins in Minnesota

                          The groundbreaking victory during last week’s midterms by Ilhan Omar as the first Africa-born black person to…

Ilhan Omar becomes first Africa-born black elected to United States Congress

Ilhan Omar becomes first Africa-born black elected to United States Congress

Ilhan Omar, who two years ago made history by becoming the first Somali-American ever elected to a US state legislature, made history again Tuesday when she notched up more firsts…

Youssou Ndour shakes up Carnegie Hall

Youssou Ndour shakes up Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK – “A singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it” is how Rolling Stones once described Youssou N’Dour. Others just choose…

Trump administration seeks to limit international student stays

Trump administration seeks to limit international student stays

The Trump administration on Wednesday published a proposed a new rule to be effective in fall 2019 that will establish a maximum period of authorized stay for international students. The…