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Raising Malawi originally intended to build all-girls schools that the organization would run. The new plan calls for “simple structures” that will be more practical and better serve Raising Malawi’s original mission, said Trevor Neilson, who is helping to direct the project as partner of the Global Philanthropy Group. The approach will allow the program to serve twice as many children as before, Madonna said.

Black opera pioneer Camilla Williams dies at 92

Black opera pioneer Camilla Williams has died in Bloomington, Ind. She was 92.

Ms. Williams’ attorney, Eric Slotegraaf, said in a statement that the soprano died Sunday. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music spokesman Alain Barker said Ms. Williams died of complications from cancer.

The school said Ms. Williams became the first black female to appear with a major U.S. opera company when she debuted May 15, 1946, with the New York City Opera in the title role of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

She became the first black professor of voice at Indiana University in 1977 and retired in 1997.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.

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