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Hello world. We are 4 New School students hoping to dispel the myths and misrepresentation often portrayed about Africa in the media. We hope to educate others by discussing current events through the use of film, photo, and editorial while reflecting on the past. Welcome to thebrightcontinent.

Sonia Bhagat graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007 with a dual degree in International Affairs (B.S.) and in French and Francophone Studies (B.A.). After graduation she decided to move to India and worked to build a secular school with her father in a small village near Ranchi, Jharkhand. She also completed a teaching assistantship in Lille, France, teaching English in two secondary schools for 9 months. Upon her return to the States, she began an internship with the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. where she worked hard to decriminalize medicinal cannabis for the terminally ill. She also spent free time volunteering for Organizing for America, canvassing and attending meetings for the District of Columbia. Because her interests have always aligned with human rights and social justice issues, both domestically and internationally, she decided to continue her education by entering the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School University. She hopes to have a dual concentration in Media and Culture and Governance and Rights and would like to work for Amnesty International upon graduation.


Elizabeth Davidson received two bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science from UC Berkeley. After returning to her native LA to enter a brief career in the entertainment industry as a talent manager, she soon realized her true passion lay in the international human rights arena. With many years volunteering for Darfur and HIV/AIDS initiatives and many trips to her father’s native country of Nigeria, it was clear that obtaining a Masters degree in International Affairs would be her next step. Lizzy is currently pursuing her graduate degree at The New School with a concentration in Governance & Rights and hopes to work for UNICEF upon graduation.

Carmen Medina is a first year Masters candidate at the New School for International Affairs.  She is multi-lingual (currently working on her seventh language) and focuses on the research, information and the enlightenment of Africa.  This is her first blog.

Keyona Forbes graduated with a BA in International Affairs from Agnes Scott College in 2008. During her undergraduate career she had the opportunity to study religion language and society in Benin.  In 2007, she studied Culture and Development in North India with SIT/ World Learning.  While in India, Keyona conducted research on special education and integration within India’s national and state arena. Upon graduation, she returned to her native New York, where she continued her interest in children’s disability rights as an intern at Rehabilitation International. Keyona is currently a graduate student at The New School University, where she is pursuing an MA in International Affairs. She is mostly interested in children’s rights and International Development. Upon graduation, Keyona hopes to work for UNICEF and/or US AID.

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