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African Languages Among The Top Ten Spoken In U.S. Homes

If you think you’re hearing more Swahili, Yoruba, Amharic or Twi coming from your neighbor’s home, you’re right! Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds African languages are among the top ten fastest growing languages spoken at home in the U.S. The Census list features three groups of African languages: Swahili and other…

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Ethiopian ‘Thanksgiving’ Returns As A Joyous Affair

For the first time in 150 years, Ethiopia’s Oromo people celebrated “Thanksgiving” in “Finfinee” – also known as Addis Ababa. The country’s largest ethnic group turned up in the hundreds of thousands to mark “Ireecha” – a public outdoors event. People gathered around water bodies, holding tufts of grass to thank Waqqaa (God) and ask…

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Ugandan TV Host Wins Coveted Prize For Investigative Journalism 

Ugandan investigative reporter and news anchor Solomon Serwanjja is the 2019 winner of the Komla Dumor award. It goes to a journalist committed to changing the narrative about Africa. Serwanjja, a presenter at Uganda’s NBS TV, hosts one of the channel’s prime-time shows. He has also produced award-winning reports, including one for BBC’s Africa Eye…

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Profs Caught Seeking Sexual Favors In Undercover Sting At Top African Schools

A year-long investigation into sexual harassment by professors at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana has produced evidence of a tolerated practice of “sex for grades” at the two top schools. Shocking tapes of university profs brazenly propositioning young women who had come seeking admission to classes or financial aid showed their…

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Advocates for Biafra and Journalists Against Corruption Face Gov’t Crackdown

The war may be over in a place called Biafra – a region of states in the southern part of Nigeria – but it remains a flashpoint for ethnic tensions that simmer just below the surface. This September, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), announced a meeting with world leaders at the…

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In The Grip Of A Nationwide Drought, Zimbabwe Faces A National Disaster

In a new low water mark for Zimbabwe’s troubled economy, two million people in Zimbabwe’s capital have now been left without water after the government ran out of foreign currency to pay for imported water treatment chemicals. Zimbabwe’s capital city shut its main water works on Monday, potentially leaving the city dry and raising the…

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Doctors’ Group Slams World Health Body For Rationing Ebola Meds

Congolese people seeking a vaccine against the Ebola epidemic could be getting the runaround by the World Health Organization (WHO) which stands accused of rationing the distribution of a drug deemed highly effective against the deadly disease. The humanitarian medical group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) criticized the pace of ongoing inoculations “too slow” and “largely…

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African Vacation Spots Fear Chaos After UK Travel Group Folds

Sunbathers snoozing away the last days of summer awoke to a cold water bath of reality when news of the bankruptcy filing by the famed Thomas Cook travel group hit the airwaves, leaving many with no way home. With its profits decimated by online travel services such as Expedia, Priceline and Hotel.com, the 178-year old…

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Thousands Join In Global Climate Justice Strike

Millions of young climate activists are declaring “enough is enough” to the use of fossil fuels that are superheating our planet and unleashing floods, hurricanes and droughts unlike any we’ve seen before. On Friday, a Global Climate Strike led by school children and adults marched and rallied in 185 countries around the world—making it the…

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Hampton University to Offer Free Enrollment, Room & Board to University of the Bahamas Students Displaced by Hurricane Dorian

In an effort to help those students and families affected by Hurricane Dorian, Hampton University is entering into an agreement with the University of the Bahamas-North to allow students who have been displaced by the hurricane to continue their education on HU’s campus. “I think this agreement is something that can be helpful to a…

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Black Representation and Appearance in Japanese Pop Culture

By Noah Washington, NNPA Newswire Pop Culture Contributor With the release of Netflix’s “Cannon Busters,” we go back to the age-old conversation of representation of African Americans in anime. The most well-known characters in Japanese pop culture have often been represented with European features and fairer skin tones such as Naruto, Ichigo, Luffy, or Spike…

Trump’s favorite dictator

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Egypt, which along with Tunisia was at the heart of the 2011-2012 “Arab Spring”, is in the midst of a new upsurge. It is premature to call it an uprising, but something is afoot in Egypt in opposition to the repression and corruption of the el-Sisi regime. Abdel…

Rev. C.T. Vivian’s Wisdom

By Marian Wright Edelman Legendary civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian turned 95 this year, celebrating a lifetime of wisdom and service. Rev. Vivian, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, was a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a role model for so many…

Senate Education Chair blocks bipartisan bill to extend HBCU funding

By Charlene Crowell, Deputy Communications Director for the Center for Responsible Lending Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education. And when these institutions are among the more than 100 Historically…

Time for DC and the Nation to Move and Really Help Returning Citizens

By Barrington M. Salmon (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Hurting clients, a hurting community and hurting taxpayers. Those are the reasons I was moved, a few months ago, to dedicate part of my “Criminal Justice Watch” website to reveal what has come to be known as “Hopeless Village” in the heart of the nation’s capital. It was intended…

No End to Corruption

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com)  – Each day I get up I’m thinking things with our government can’t get any worse.  Despite my hope for a better day, things do get worse.  All too often another Trump official seems to be coming under fire for some bad act such as allegations of peddling influence,…

Responsible Worthiness

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled “Know Thyself and Be Proud,” which appeared in this newspaper. And since its publication, I’ve received a lot of views about what I said in print in that column. If you didn’t read it, I give you a quick uptake on the general…

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Black Boys Need Black Fathers

By Barney Blakeney I often get frustrated about some of the stuff I see among young Black men – not just the crime and violence, but also some of the passive stuff that is required to take boys to men. As a cop reporter I get the incident reports about shootings, confiscation of drugs and…

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WAKE UP, VOTERS!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Wake up, voters! “No more sleeping in bed, we have important elections ahead!” Will these elections improve your living conditions, or will it be more of the same? Only you can answer that question by voting for the best candidate.  As quiet as it is kept, there is a new voting machine. Don’t let…

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The Other Side of Political Imagination

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s message is inspired by a marvelous time I had with a very politically connected brother of color last week. We broke bread together at new local eatery and shared an enlightening evening rapping about everything from systematic “poly tricks” to ethnic pride to, well, you name it. One thing we most…

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“Today Was A Good Day”

By Barney Blakeney I tend to relate memories to music. Songs trigger memories for me – where I was, what I was doing, how I felt. Last Saturday made me think of Ice Cube’s “Today Was A Good Day”. The lyrics, which I sometimes think are stupid, are set to the tune of The Isley…

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Know Thyself and Be Proud

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I had a very interesting rap with a dark complexioned local young person of color last week who told me that she was not Black at all. She initially claimed to be of no specific ethnic lineage whatsoever and that, quite frankly, floored me. Unfortunately, that sentiment seems to be spreading among many…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

In 2019, Ebony Clare was shot and killed in South Carolina. Her husband, Romaine Clare was arrested. www.abcnews4.com. Brandon Clark, 21, allegedly killed 17-year-old Bianca Devins, then posted photos of her body on the gaming site Discord, according to a 2019 article in USA Today. A man who had a history of domestic violence with his…

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Volunteer/Mentor

I applied to be a mentor at multiple high schools in Charleston via West Ashley High School’s Raptor Program. I wanted to know if any programs existed specifically designed for troubled students, i.e., those who are repeatedly in Saturday school, detention, facing constant suspensions, or near expulsion. I’m interested in anything dealing with youth rivalries, violence,…

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Rural communities are in the middle of the immigration crisis

By Gladys Godinez, community organizer, Center for Rural Affairs More than 600 people were detained on Aug. 7, 2019, in small rural towns in the state of Mississippi by Homeland Security Investigations (HMI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As was evident last month in Mississippi, resources such as interpreters and immigration attorneys are limited…

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What You Need to Know About Interventions

Dealing with loved ones can be difficult sometimes and that only gets harder when they have a problem with drugs and alcohol.  A big part of dealing with a loved one’s addiction is getting them into treatment. But what if they are unwilling to go? Intervention is the next logical step, however what is an intervention and…

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