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Voters Turned Back As Nigeria Cancels National Polls

Late breaking news. Voting for the nation’s next president has been called off for today. Thanks for coming. Stay tuned for further announcements. Not the kind of message one would expect from the superpower of Africa. But indeed, five hours before polls were set to open on Saturday, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that unspecified “challenges”…

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Gruesome Torture Of African Villagers For ‘Blood Rubies’ Worn By Stars

A British mining company will pay over $7 million to settle allegations of torture and murder at ruby mines in the northeast of Mozambique. The red stones, worth millions, have been worn by international actresses Mila Kunis, Bel Powley, and Sophie Cookson, among others. The settlement covers the murder of at least 18 people allegedly…

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State Department Raises Travel Warning Over Haiti Unrest

Demonstrators are filling the streets of downtown Port au Prince in Haiti as anger and frustration over government mismanagement, corruption and grinding poverty boils over. Protestors are now demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise over the disappearance of nearly $2 billion for a program earmarked for the poor. The Venezuelan PetroCaribe Discount Oil…

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Baptist Hill Teams Up with Constituent Board Member to Support Children in Liberia

Open lines of communication between a Constituent Board member and a school principal led to hundreds of flip-flops being delivered to children in Liberia. Earlier this winter, Dr. Helen Frazier, who serves on the Constituent District 23 Board of Trustees, spoke with Baptist Hill Middle High School’s principal, Vanessa Brown, about an upcoming trip to…

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Egypt President El-Sisi Takes Up African Union Chairmanship

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has turned over the leadership of the 55-member African Union to Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, President of Egypt, at its 32nd ordinary session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During his tenure, el-Sissi is expected to concentrate on security and financial reform, but with no great plans to strengthen the AU’s multilateral powers. Instead, the…

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There’s an uprising going on in the Sudan!

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Over the last fifteen years, what we have mainly heard about the Sudan—what had been the largest nation-state in Africa—revolved around the secessionist movement in what is now known as the South Sudan, and the genocide being carried out by the Sudanese government against the people of the…

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African Free Trade Agreement Nears Completion

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Four hundred years after the first Africans were kidnapped and brought to the United States and 135 years after the infamous Berlin Conference divided Africa into 55 separate countries, heads of state from the continent are on the verge of a historic free trade agreement. The African…

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African Leaders Put Rich Nations On Notice That Days Of Cheap Resources Are Ending

African leaders had a new message for foreign companies seeking the diamonds, gold, rubies and emeralds so plentiful in desperate dirt-poor countries and so pricey when polished and sold in New York, Paris and Switzerland. We’re no longer a cheap date. That message – in so many words – was heard again and again at…

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2019 NBA All-Star Fifth Annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have announced the top 63 boys and girls from 31 countries and regions who will travel to Charlotte for the fifth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Queens University of…

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Key Figure in Divestment Campaign That Halted U.S. Investments in South Africa Passes

In an interview for the book “No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists Over a Half Century”, Dumisani Kumalo recalled the struggle to cut off the U.S. funds that were sustaining the apartheid government of South Africa. “I spoke to more than 1,000 campuses all over the country in all 50 states,” Mr. Kumalo…

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White Privilege and Black Power: Ilhan Omar Checks Elliott Abrams

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a member of Congress. Let me repeat that. Ms. Omar is a member of Congress. So how dare Elliot Abrams, 45’s nominee as Venezuelan envoy presume to interrupt the Congresswoman as she made a statement and interrogated him? He was relatively docile when white people questioned…

Education Department helps loan servicers instead of borrowers

By Charlene Crowell In an increasingly competitive global economy, highly skilled workers have a sharp advantage in securing and keeping employment. And as technological advances result in life-long learning in many occupations, many worker-students turn to federal student aid, the largest source of funding for higher education, to expand and/or hone their value in the…

“I Will Never Forget That Day”

By Marian Wright Edelman “I was in my 4th period Holocaust history class. We were presenting our projects on hate groups found on college campuses…As we sat at our desks working on our computers after presenting our projects, we began to hear loud pops…I thought I was going to die. As I laid there, I…

It’s Time to Stop Marginalizing African Americans in Public Higher Education

By Spencer Overton, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Students across the country are putting final touches on their applications for some of our country’s most prestigious public institutions. Higher education officials and policymakers alike need to ensure that these universities are not underserving Black students. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of work to…

Black Millennial Voices: Stop the Torture of U.S. Prison Inmates

By Malika Elmengad We are so proud of the thousands of young people who stood for hours and days in blistering cold weather outside the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York to raise their fists and voices in protest over the poor treatment of inmates and terrible conditions in the jail. Hundreds of…

Black Boys Need Rites of Passage Programs in 2019 Across the Country

By Roger Caldwell 2019 is important to African American Men because the opportunities are boundless and amazing. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. The only barriers holding Black men back are preparation, knowledge and education. The challenge for Black men is Black manhood. There are many different definitions of manhood, but to…

Stomping With The GOP A Rousing Experience

By Barney Blakeney The only way the Charleston County Republican Party Second Annual Black History Banquet could have been any better is if all of Charleston could have been squeezed into The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center on Hagood Avenue in downtown Charleston February 8. That way, our entire community could have witnessed one of the…

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Afrikan “Our-Story” Month’s Missives

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Black History Month is in full swing across the United States of America. It’s a grand time to reflect upon the past and present ebony heroes and sheroes of the world for all that they accomplished and achieved in the throes of injustices and discriminations galore. I’m a humbly proud brother of…

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True Black History Will Set You Free

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Several months ago, during the Governor’s mandatory hurricane evacuation, I flew the coop and landed in Atlanta to hunker down out of harm’s way. I had the rare opportunity of running into one of my long-lost cousins who had relocated to the Atlanta area from Atlantic City, New Jersey. As we sat…

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Black History Is Our Current History

By Barney Blakeney I recently had the distinct honor of participating in a panel discussion on racial disparities in Charleston County as part of a Black History Month program put on by the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission at Friendship AME Church in Mount Pleasant. But the distinction was bittersweet. Being asked to participate…

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Afrikan Black “Our-Story” Facts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings of peace to you on this amazing day, and we know by now that it’s that time of the year again when the annual Black History Month begins in the United States of America. No doubt about it, it’s a continuing celebration of and about Black struggles, triumphs, achievements, endurances and,…

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Are We Coming Or Going?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I recall writing an article about a decade ago entitled “Are We Coming Or Going?” and it got me thinking about the state of education in Charleston County. The more meetings I attend the more things remain the same. I find myself questioning whether we are coming or going because after 50…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Second Annual March For Our Lives in Charleston

The student activist group that formed after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018 to organize the Charleston March For Our Lives will be holding their second annual march on Sunday, March 24th from 3:30 to 6:30 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Lowcountry Students for Political Action is holding this demonstration…

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Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative recommends changes to innovative schools, teacher salary, early childhood

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative announced the first of what will likely be a series of actions needed to support the reformation of public education in the tri-county region and across the state. Education attainment in the region has shown almost no progress over the past six years, and TCCC has expanded its advocacy work…

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Toddler Trump Needs A Timeout In The Oval Office

President Trump announced an end to the government shutdown on January 25. Is it a real deal to reopen the federal government or another tactic of the power-grabbing politician? Is Trump backing down or bamboozling Congress again? Is this a permanent or temporary solution? The elephant and donkey games continue. Trump is using his demand…

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50 Years Later, A Look Back at Dr. King’s Demands for Food Justice

The Poor People’s March on Washington in May of 1968, planned by Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, drew attention to the deep economic injustices that plagued communities of color despite civil rights advances, and presented Congress with an economic bill of rights. But before the march, Reverend Ralph Abernathy visited the US Department…

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