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Uganda’s Queen Of Katwe Star Dies After Diagnosis Of Brain Cancer

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who starred as the friend of chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi in the Disney film “The Queen of Katwe,” passed away this week after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was 15 years of age. The film, which starred David Oyelowo as the chess teacher, Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona’s mother, and Madina Nmwanta…

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In Break With History, Malawi Court Tosses Fraud-Riddled Elections

Following an exhaustive review of petitions submitted by the opposition, judges of the Malawian Constitutional Court ruled against Peter Mutharika whose presidential victory last May was attributed to massive fraud. Veteran diplomat Vernon Mwaanga of neighboring Zambia said the Court raised the bar for African countries where elections are plagued by irregularities. “The Malawi judicial…

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At African Union Summit, Ramaphosa Announces End Of Colonialism

A stirring call to action was delivered this week in the august hall of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, spoken by the incoming AU president Cyril Ramaphosa to distinguished members of the continental body representing over 40 countries. In his presentation at the AU’s 33rd summit, the South African President wove history…

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South African Research For HIV Drug Goes Back To The Drawing Board

Vaccinations have been halted in a test of a new HIV vaccine after it proved no more effective than a placebo, researchers announced. In the “Uhambo” study – also called HVTN 702 – tested in South Africa – it was determined that 129 people who received the vaccine developed HIV while 123 who were given…

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New Hurdle For Nigerians Seeking U.S. Visas To Settle Here

She’s your pediatrician. He’s your surgeon. She’s a civil engineer. He has a doctorate. She’s an Emmy Award winner. He was a Chicago Bear. They’re Nigerian-Americans who have set down roots in Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Phoenix and Houston – the latter of which has the largest Nigerian population outside Brazil and Africa. They’re the…

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U.S. Launches New Deal For Africa As ‘Growth And Opportunity’ Act Soon To Expire

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (known as “AGOA”) which aimed to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and improve economic relations between the U.S. and the region is out of step with the new trade deals of the Trump administration. In other words, time’s up. A new economic plan is on the drawing board…

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A ‘Green’ Message Shakes Up The Industry At Mining Confab In South Africa

After years of defending dirty extractive industries such as the mining of coal, large mining companies seemed to have switched sides and joined the Greens, or so it seemed at the African Mining Indaba held last week in South Africa. At the Indaba, the continent’s biggest gathering of one of its most vital industries, the companies…

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Authorities In Ivory Coast Launch Demolition Of Shantytowns Housing Thousands

Bulldozers have begun demolishing homes built in the shantytowns of Abidjan, the commercial capital of the Ivory Coast, leaving thousands without shelter as authorities carry out plans to build a buffer zone around an international airport. This comes as large numbers of Ivorians are leaving remote farms and villages for a better life. The demolitions…

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AP News Wire Issues Apology For Cutting The Only Black Activist From A Group Shot

A group shot of young environmental activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, appeared in final form without one of the activists. Vanessa Nakate of Uganda was missing from the photo of Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Loukina Tille and Isabelle Axelsson. All the young women in the photo were white. Nakate confronted AP…

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Women’s Rights Take Center Stage At Emergency World Bank Meeting With Activists

The World Bank’s executive board cancelled expected action on a $500 million loan to Tunisia where teenage girls can be expelled from school because they are pregnant. The Bank had been under pressure from rights activists and held a last-minute emergency meeting this week with Tanzanian and international human rights organizations. The activists demanded that…

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Fear Paralyzes

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) —With all the fearmongering, the unjust firings, transfers, the name-calling, the profanity laced rantings, the lying, the mean spirited actions, the early negative predictions about the Democratic Party and its candidates—one could just give up and ask, “What’s the use of trying to make a difference about anything?” Well,…

Kerner Report set standard for what a serious presidential candidate should champion

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As the Democratic presidential primaries move onto Nevada, South Carolina and the many Super Tuesday states, candidates turn their attention to people of color, and particularly African Americans. Many candidates find their rhetoric contradicted by their record; their promises conflicting with their performances. Donald Trump now seeks to woo black…

White House Budget Proposal Cuts $8.6 Billion from HUD

By Charlene Crowell  Once again, the White House Budget Proposal slashes funding and programs that many low-and-moderate income consumers rely upon.  From higher education to a repeated attack to deny the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau its full funding and financial independence from the annual congressional appropriations process, efforts to increase support to businesses continue while retreats…

Hair Discrimination is Alive and Well

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler, was forced to submit to the humiliating act of having his dreadlocks shorn or have his New Jersey team forfeit their match to the opposing team. A gleeful white woman seemed too pleased to invade the young man’s person, and his team won, but…

National Gun Violence Survivors Week Highlights Those Whose Lives Have Been Changed Forever

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On January 8, 2011, I was performing my favorite duty as a Congresswoman—meeting with my constituents—when it happened. In a matter of seconds, a gunman shot and killed six people, injured 12 others, and shot me in the head outside a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. I keep the memories of…

Black Life Journeys Matter

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association The U.S. Census is now preparing to count all who live in the United States of America. For the more than 50 million Black Americans in the U.S., the 2020 U.S. Census is vital. Our numbers do matter and must be properly…

Listening to the Sistahs and Brothas Speak

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings everyone. It’s now the assembled and festive time of the year in February where most ebony folk of color here in the USA illuminate their ethnic recognition genes by celebrating the annual Black History Month observances and activities. For many folk like me, we recognize and celebrate it everyday of every…

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It All Depends On Who’s Got The Juice

By Barney Blakeney The South Carolina Department of Transportation vows it will be more considerate of the impact highway construction has on the minority communities it impacts. In the past highway construction usually went right through minority – Black – communities. Mrs. Lucas, my old sociology professor at Knoxville College said there was a reason…

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Black Youths: Get a Grip

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s Black History Month! We are losing too many young people to gun violence. So, I am on my soapbox this week trying to reach out to our young people. Last week, sixteen-year-old Jaquarie Perry, a student at Summerville High School and on the track team, was gunned down while on his…

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We Can’t Just Talk About It, We Gotta Be About It

By Barney Blakeney Here we go again. I got a call Sunday morning asking if I’m writing a story about Elliott Summey’s appointment as executive director of Charleston County Airport Authority. The issue actually wasn’t a priority for me. We’ve been here before. Powerbrokers do their do then Black folks get mad and want to…

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Oops! and Other Comments

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Before I  begin my article today, I must correct an error I made last week in my article entitled “The Suddenness of a Sad Tragedy.” In it I erroneously stated that my son was in possession of a 2002 Los Angeles Lakers’ championship jersey with the entire team’s signatures on it.…

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WRONG!! New Aviation Authority CEO, Elliott Summey

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we celebrate Black History this month, generally my focus is on black achievements and the forward path of blacks in America. Blacks spend billions of dollars in America and is underrepresented in every aspect when it comes to building wealth. It would be remiss of me if I did not address…

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Medicare for All is important for South Carolinians, as well as for all Americans

The South Carolina AFL-CIO has been on record for many years as supporting Medicare for All. Most union members have better access to health care than others because their unions have fought to win those benefits from employers. However, as health insurance costs rise, and as employers try to take back those benefits we fought…

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Letter to the editor in response to Chronicle article

I’m writing in response to the Charleston Chronicle’s January 17th article, “Santee Cooper Sale Should Be a 2020 Legislative Priority, Says Gullah Geechee Chamber.” Thank you for covering this issue, which is very important to me. I’m glad that the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution for 100 percent clean energy by 2050.…

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Citizens Want Excellence at IAAM

In a recent letter to the editor printed in the Post and Courier, Carol Ezell-Gilson asked why a project of the International African American Museum’s magnitude has gone unquestioned. The city is spending millions on a project to illuminate African American history with limited involvement of the African American community itself. The president and Chief…

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Lest We Forget

65 years ago, we were ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education to desegregate our public schools. The term used, that I cannot connect with, was something like, “with all deliberate speed.” The initial response of a segment of the white community was closing the public schools; creating white, private academies; and numerous…

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