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South African Police Unleash Water Cannons During Virus Lockdown

Despite efforts by President Cyril Ramaphosa to enforce a pandemic lockdown at South Africa’s overcrowded slums without violence, defense forces were reported to be joining police in firing on the community with rubber bullets and water cannons. Visuals of the heavy-handed treatment were seen in news broadcasts around the continent and on social media. The…

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Handwashing and More in New Pop Song by Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine

Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who describes himself “a singer, an activist and a member of parliament” is known for his “must plays” – and his latest tune “Corona Virus Alert!,” is definitely one of them. The lyrics remind listeners to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.…

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Volkswagen Suspends Production in Europe

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. The company noted that the suspension of production would begin on March 19, and it’s anticipating that it would last for 10 working days. Production at plants…

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Kenya Surges On U.N. ‘Happiness’ Report

As Mae West once said, “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” But could there be more to the story? A landmark survey of the state of global happiness designates Kenya as more positive and hopeful than its neighbors despite the challenges that the country faces. In fact, Kenya is…

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China Heeds Global Demand For Anti-coronavirus Masks

As much of the world attempts to source much needed face masks, Africa has been offered 5.4 million masks, more than a million testing kits and other items in a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti will be the first countries to receive the consignment to be shipped out of…

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Film review: There’s Something in the Water

They’re making a lot of noise up in Nova Scotia. Local activists of African and Native American descent are holding big businesses and the government accountable for polluting their water and causing an uptick in cancer cases. They’re sounding the alarm and applying pressure. The surprising but very worthy champion of their efforts to expose environmental racism is actress…

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In Major Breakthrough, Domestic Workers Win Coverage For Injuries On Duty

Close to a million domestic workers in South Africa will be able to claim for injuries sustained on duty after passage of a bill supported by the nation’s major labor unions. Under the bill, approved by the South African Cabinet, employers would be held liable for any negligence. According to domestic services union Western Cape…

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Single Mothers Group Charges Miscarriage Of Justice In Arrest Of Famed Malian Star

A Change.org petition has collected over 23,000 signatures in support of acclaimed singer and human rights activist Rokia Traore of Mali following her arrest in Paris for a child custody violation. According to French authorities, Traoré was jailed on a Belgian warrant for failing to hand over her five-year-old daughter to her estranged partner, a…

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Ghanaian Women Push For Passage Of Affirmative Action Bill

Under the banner “EachforEqual,” women’s rights groups in Ghana turned out this year on March 8, urging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to address gender inequalities and social injustices and promote women and girls’ rights in the country. “If we believe in the campaign theme #EachForEqual, which marks the International Women’s Day for 2020, then…

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Coronavirus Reaches African Shores – But Numbers Remain Low

Only a few weeks ago, African leaders were breathing a sigh of relief as the new coronavirus skipped the continent to lodge in Italy, Spain and other European countries. “Whether it’s a matter of faulty detection, climatic factors or simple fluke, the remarkably low rate of coronavirus infection in African countries, with their fragile health…

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Setting the Record Straight

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Every time I hear Donald Trump blame President Barack Obama for everything bad, while he takes credit for everything good, I want to scream, but instead, I thought I would do a bit of research. As my friend Dick Gregory would remind me, “Write and speak so…

Will the Coronavirus Hit Black Folks Harder

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Restaurants, museums, libraries, gyms, and bars are closed. So are schools, from K-12 to higher education. Classes will be conducted online or not at all. A local vendor told me her receipts were down by 85 percent, and she hopes not to close before the “national emergency” is over. Our…

Neighborhoods with ‘Medical Deserts’ Have Emergency Needs During COVID Pandemic

  By Dr. Valda Crowder, M.D., MBA A zip code has become a life or death matter. Families that live more than an hour from a hospital may face a death sentence based on their address. A long ambulance ride increases the risk of death. Patients with respiratory emergencies, like the ones caused by coronavirus,…

Panic buying adds additional stress in COVID-19 pandemic

By Merdies Hayes, Managing Editor, Our Weekly News Panic buying has been rife around the globe in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Customers have been stockpiling goods like hand sanitizer, bottled water, canned goods, paper towels and toilet paper. The trend has seen stores in some nations ration products. The U.K. is limiting sales of…

Coronavirus Crisis Highlights Racial Disparity in Healthcare and Economy Federal Response Must Include Targeted Relief to Hardest-Hit Communities

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Far too many African Americans still struggle to lead healthy and economically secure lives. This is due to the long-standing effects of racism, which touches all African Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status. These effects can be reversed, but it will take real commitment and systemic change. It shouldn’t have taken…

Dear Black People: Coronavirus Will Kill You

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Culture and Entertainment Editor Coronavirus or Covid-19 or “rona” as some are calling it will kill you. You may have seen some of the conspiracy theories, myths or outright lies floating around the internet stating that black folks cannot get coronavirus. You may have the false belief that…

There Are No Bad Days

By Barney Blakeney It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Good thing I’ve decided not to have any more bad days – some may be better than others, but I don’t have bad days anymore. Still, the past couple of weeks have challenged that outlook. I was just coming down with some kind of ‘bug’…

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Never Hate Yourself

By Hakim Abdul-Ali At this present time, our country and the rest of the world are going through some very difficult times. The dreaded COVID-19 virus, also known as coronavirus, is plaguing the earth and it, seemingly, has the world in its deadly, mystifying grip as of this column’s publication. It’s  also at this time…

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Coronavirus: COVID-19 Life Changing And Challenging

  By Beverly Gadson-Birch Good morning Charleston! Are y’all practicing safe health? When something terrible happened in black communities or the nation, older folk would say, “it’s praying time”. What time is it? Yep, “it’s praying time”. While I am very much concerned about the virus outbreak, I am not panicking. On a recent visit…

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The Illusion of Delusion

By Barney Blakeney Often I’ll read stuff I already know which distresses me nonetheless. That happened last week while reading a report on a study written by NNPA reporter Stacy Brown. The study was about the economic and financial progress made by African Americans over the past five years. You hear it said some Black people…

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Love for All is a Feeling Worth Initiating

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The world we live in today is full of all sorts of political twists, racial dilemmas and numerous secret prejudicial agendas. I don’t think any reasonable, clear thinking American ethnic soul in “hue-manity” can, or would, deny that. I’m a concerned American brother of color, and that’s a pretty real scenario for…

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Judge Mikell R. Scarborough, Master-In-Equity: The Highest Form Of Fairness

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Life in the Holy City just ain’t that holy anymore. Once upon a time, a man’s word was his bond. His word was so trustworthy, you could take it to the bank and cash it in. Fast forward to now! What happened to truth in lending, truth in contracting, truth in sentencing,…

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Housing is the Next Step to Mitigating Coronavirus

From The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Without proper resources, people experiencing homelessness can be exceptionally vulnerable to communicable diseases—including the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty anticipates this virus to be not only a public health crisis, but also to direct attention to the safety and the…

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Letter to the Editor: WNA surcharges

We should thank David Fleshman for writing a letter to the editor of the Post and Courier and making us aware of the warmer than normal weather (WNA) surcharges. To simplify this madness the South Carolina Public Service Commission has approved these surcharges, which allow Dominion Energy to charge consumers for “under usage of natural…

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Black History Month Sparks Focus on Black Men’s Prostate Cancer Rates: Survival Depends Upon Access & Screening

Op-Ed from the Men’s Health Network February is Black History Month and while typically a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans around the world, Men’s Health Network (MHN) is taking the opportunity to spotlight a recent study highlighting the deeply concerning disparity between black men’s prostate health and that of other men nationwide.…

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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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