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At World War I Ceremony, The Songbird of Togo Reappears

At a gathering of world leaders in the French capital of Paris, singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo reprised an hypnotic work of ethereal beauty by a youthful West African singer. With a repertoire of just 17 songs, the diva, Bella Bellow, had won the hearts of presidents, accomplished artists and worldwide fans. Kidjo’s choice of Blewu (“Patience”)…

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Mauritania Ordered to End Forced Labor or Lose Trade Benefits

Forced labor tolerated by the Mauritanian government was called a decisive factor in the U.S. decision this week to end favored nation trade status for the country as of January 1. “Forced or compulsory labor practices like hereditary slavery have no place in the 21st century,” said Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney. “This action…

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Memories of Jonestown Massacre Leave Haunting Memories, but Important Lessons During 40th Anniversary

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The church building at 1859 Geary Street in San Francisco was in its earlier days festive, vibrant and joyous. Like a cultural hub, there was often plenty of dancing, entertainment; even skits, plays; lots of food and toys for the children. But, this Sunday morning was different. “There was an eerie type of…

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Rights Group Condemn Rise Of Gov’t-Sponsored Homophobia in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam’s governor Paul Makonda has begun urging citizens to report homosexuals for round-ups, sending hundreds of LGBT activists into hiding to avoid arrest. “If you know any gays … report them to me,” Makonda told reporters, according to CNN. In an interview posted on YouTube, Makonda said he had already received more than…

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African Diaspora Film Festival Takes on “Who is Black in America?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The 26th annual installment of the African Diaspora International Film Festival promises to tackle the topic: “Who is Black in America?” The popular festival, which showcases black filmmakers, actors, directors and producers all over the world, runs from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at venues…

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Trump’s Campaign Strategist Hired For Nigerian Presidential Race

Cash money makes things happen. That’s an expression taken from the Urban Dictionary but it may also be the hope of Atiku Abubakar, candidate for President of Nigeria with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party which just hired Donald Trump’s lobbying firm at an astronomical price. The Florida-based firm is led by Brian Ballard of Ballard…

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South Africa Must Address Air Pollution Hot Spots – Now!

The world’s largest air pollution hotspot is not where you might think. No, it’s not in New Jersey. But if you said South Africa you’d be right, according to a newly-released study by the environmental group Greenpeace. With coal and transport as the two principle sources of air pollution, Eastern Mpumalanga province in South Africa…

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Ethiopian Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling to Become Nation’s New Head of State

“Congratulations Madam President! Women do make a difference. We are proud of you!” That was the excited message from María Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the United Nations General Assembly, to a U.N. colleague selected to be the first woman president in Ethiopia. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers this week approved Sahle-Work Zewde for…

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Gabon Warned Against ‘Fake News’ While President Is Hospitalized For Exhaustion

Balloons and fireworks will have to wait as the longtime President of Gabon has been hospitalized at the King Faisal hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, suffering from severe fatigue. The party of President Ali Bongo had just “coasted to victory” in a second round of legislative elections this month when the President fell ill. A…

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Namibia Agrees to ‘Land Deal’ with Russian Billionaire

The Namibian government has leased four farms for 99 years to a company owned by a Russian billionaire. The farms, valued at $3 million and measuring a total 42,000 acres, were registered as state property by the land reform ministry. Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma appears to be having second thoughts about being linked to…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Neglects Duty to Enforce Military Lending Act

By Charlene Crowell Although predatory lending often conjures up images of an economically blighted Urban America, seldom does the image of an enlisted man or woman come to mind. But just as check cashing stores, along payday and auto title loan shops focus on communities of color, America’s military is also a frequent target. For…

Urban League Movement Mourns Ntozake Shange, “One of the Original Conjurers of Black Girl Magic”

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) “somebody/ anybody sing a black girl’s song bring her out to know herself to know you but sing her rhythms carin/ struggle/ hard times sing her song of life she’s been dead so long closed in silence so long she doesn’t know…

Hate and Horror — When Does It Stop?

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor As strange as it seems, I now view the Bush years with nostalgia. Both Big Bush (POTUS 41) and his son Shrub (POTUS 43) incurred the ire of Democrats, with Shrubs Supreme Court-complicit theft of the 2000 election prompting anger and protests. Both Bushes, perhaps because of their love…

The Shirley Chisholm Legacy

By Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, Co-Authors of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics November 5th marked the historic 50th Anniversary of the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Shirley Chisholm. This important milestone marks a watershed moment in American politics for black women, to emerge and take their rightful…

The Real Deal in Politics

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With the midterm elections November 6, we Black folks should pay serious attention to observations made by Dr. William Scarborough, president of Wilberforce University and by Professor Harold Cruse in his book, “Plural but Equal”. In his February 11, 1899 speech at a Lincoln Day celebration, Dr. Scarborough included…

Anatomy of a Theft

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, President of the National Congress of Black Women (TriceEdneyWire.com) – One of the simplest crimes for police to analyze is the basic crime of theft. It’s always accompanied by the motive of profit or gain. In other words, someone else possesses something that would bring another person a benefit and…

We Should Listen to the Ancestors

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Listening is difficult, but doing it intently and patiently distinguishes a leader from a follower. Today, I’m sharing quotes from past black leaders on some relevant issues that I’ve learned about by listening to those who came before me concerning the African American experience and the American cultural environment, in general. Their…

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Reflections About An Uncertain Future

By Barney Blakeney By the time this is published the 2018 general elections will be over so I won’t go into any of the ‘we should-a, we could-a, if we would-a.’ By the time you read this it will be ‘we hafta’ deal with it. I voted early as usual. I work Tuesdays so I…

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“Come Clean” Charleston County School Board

By Beverly Gadson-Birch By the time you read this article, it will be all over but the shouting. It’s been a tough stretch to the finish line and I am sure everyone is ready to exhale. Hopefully, persons elected will be the face of a new Democracy—one that tells the truth, respects women, builds relationships…

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America’s Ever-Lasting Problems

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Many troubled nations of the world are being torn apart by internal and external hatreds to the extreme, and our potentially great nation is no different. Sadly, and most recently, from the tragic assassinations of eleven Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to, well, you name the next town, city, county or state,…

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Living In A Fantasy

By Barney Blakeney I grew up in the 1960s reading comic books. My younger brother and I bought hundreds of them using the nickels and dimes we earned doing household chores. My lil brother became quite the collector. I was drawn to the fantasy of superheroes. Despite that, all the superheroes I read about were…

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Election Results: “We Be Comin’ Round The Mountain”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is one week left before the final vote is cast and the winners are announced. And, there have been some knock down, drag out arguments over the best candidates and even some who I thought may have been the best candidate for office fell short in the debate.    I hope…

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Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse: The Silent Epidemic

By Linda Lucas, Charleston youth and education advocate Physical abuse and domestic violence have become all too common or “normalized” in today’s society. According to national statistics, every minute, twenty people become the victims of intimate partner violence or domestic violence. A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States. We have moved…

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The Misogynistic and Racist Lindsay Graham

Dear Gentlepeople Of South Carolina, I am writing because I just cannot take this racist and misogynistic political rhetoric from Lindsay Graham and the Republican Party anymore without speaking up. I am appalled that one of our own senators from our lovely state of South Carolina has decided to take a starring role in the…

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American Democracy: A View from the Mirror

By Dr. William Small, Jr. In the world of politics, both international and domestic, perhaps there is nothing more important for governments than the maintenance of the ability to self-define. This statement is very much connected to the strategy for constructing public arguments or debating, which says that once the major premise is accepted, the…

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Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out

By Johnathan Hladik, policy director, johnathanh@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care, and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available. More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households…

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