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Angry mobs have been protesting in northern Africa since a controversial film, allegedly made in the United States depicted the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a negative light.
"All Egyptians should take to the streets to express their anger," one protester said at a rally in the north-African country. "What happened is not acceptable."
On September 11th, armed men set the U.S. Consulate in Libya on fire, killing the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
While the violence continues to unfold overseas, right here in the midstate artists from all over the African continent are using their art to promote peace.
"It's important to understand that we have an opportunity to make a difference by reaching out," Mustafa Abdul-Aleem said.
Hundreds of artists, musicians and vendors are proudly putting their cultures on display at the 30th-annual African Street Festival this weekend at Hadley Park. The theme of the festival is one organizers say everyone, from Benghazi to Music City needs to hear.
"One love, one heart, one world," said Sandra Brown, event organizer. "That goes back to a Jamaican saying that we are all in this world together."
Abdul-Aleem has been a part of this festival for 30 years and says while an event like this won't bring peace across the world, it is a great place to start.
"It's important that people communicate," Abdul-Aleem said. "So having an open-air environment where everyone is invited, it starts the conversation and when the conversation is going on, then we are listening and learning."
The African Street Festival runs through Sunday at Hadley Park.
Saturday, September 15 2012, 12:26 PM CDT
TBI: Women more likely family violence victims
June 20, 2013 08:10 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new study of domestic violence in Tennessee last year found women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men and children were the victims in 16 percent of all family violence cases.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put out a report this week analyzing crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the state. Their findings show that nearly 15 percent of all crimes reported were domestic in nature.
The study looked at the relationships between victims and offenders as well as the influence of drugs and alcohol on family violence. The study found that more than 17 percent of family violence involves drugs or alcohol, with alcohol being the most common.
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