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Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent Accumulating talent while breaking culture barriers, the first ever Culturefest reached back to its roots to premiere one of the largest Black Diaspora festivals of its kind on the East Coast,  incorporating Black powerhouse artists from all over the world. Scheduled to launch June 8 at the National Harbor, from…

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Ex-President Of Sudan Charged With Complicity In Protestor Deaths

From the presidency to prisoner behind bars, former President Omar al-Bashir now faces formal charges of murder in the latest development to spring from a massive turnout of Sudanese people demanding civilian rule. “Omar al-Bashir and others have been charged for inciting and participating in the killing of demonstrators,” the office of Sudan’s acting prosecutor…

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In A Squeaker, African National Congress Wins 57.5 Percent Of Vote

Frustrated with the failures of the ruling African National Congress, South Africans gave the ANC its lowest turnout since 2004 when it took a record 69% of the vote. The ANC won a sixth straight term but with the worst ever electoral showing for the iconic party. Voter turnout was low. Thousands of youth did…

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Plea Deal for Navy Seal Linked to Strangulation Death of U. S. Army Soldier in Mali

A generous plea deal has been offered to the first of two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders charged in the strangulation death of a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier based in Bamako, Mali. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar was found dead on June 4, 2017 in housing he shared with other special operations forces…

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World Bank Ups Its Aid Package For Countries Hit By Record-Strength Cyclones

The new head of the World Bank has approved emergency support for the three African countries slammed by record-strength cyclones in what has been called the worst weather catastrophe in decades. Tropical Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique with 110 mph winds and a storm surge topping 20 feet before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.…

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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The late South African Leader Nelson Mandela famously noted that sport has the power to change the world, inspire, and unite in a way that little else does. “It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair,”…

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ANC Sees Victory In May 8 Polls While Acknowledging Mistakes

Three political parties are pulling out all the stops to win the last undecided voters going to the polls on May 8 to elect the nation’s leaders. The three are running in a field of 48. The long-ruling ANC (since 1994) is expected to vanquish the competition despite having let down much of the electorate…

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Oil Barons Bid Billions For Mozambican Oil While Storm Fatalities Spike

The back-to-back cyclones that have ravaged Mozambique are unprecedented in recorded history, the UN said Friday. As more villages are wiped away, a multi-billion dollar bidding war is heating up in foreign board rooms among multinationals eager to extract Mozambican oil. Top bid so far by Occidental Petroleum Corp has reached $57 billion. The fantastic…

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After Risking Life, Liberian Activist Scoops ‘Green Nobel Prize’

Multinational corporations who seek weak democracies, high rates of poverty, and untapped resources, seem to make a beeline for Liberia which has struggled to overcome two wars and the devastating pandemic of ebola. As a result, “Liberia has been taken over by multinational corporations exploiting its resources at the expense of Liberians, especially the country’s…

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Woni Spotts, The First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country and Continent in the World

Woni Spotts reached the goal of visiting every country and continent in the world. Woni’s travels began as a child when she accompanied her parents on tours. Later, Woni hosted a travel documentary with the goal of visiting every country. During the mid-2000s, Woni toured Monaco, France, and Southern Europe. Between 2014 and 2018, Woni visited Germany, Netherlands,…

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Graduation Season: Celebrating Accomplishments, Committing to Equality

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, ‘There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.’” — James Weldon Johnson Each year I have the privilege to speak at commencement ceremonies at colleges and universities large and small, across…

Extremist Laws Will Make it Harder for Poor Women to End Pregnancies

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Alabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on. Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges…

Staying Vigilant on Brown

By Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’ wildest dreams were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got…

A Farewell to Earl Grant, A Pan-African Warrior

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Earl Grant, 89, a courageous and committed Pan-African warrior, died of what his doctors labeled heart failure on April 7, 2019 in Los Angeles. Those of us who knew Earl know that his heart didn’t fail; it just closed down after enabling him, for many years, to make a…

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

By Vanessa Mbonu, NAACP Digital Director NAACP — History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The United States of America. Fast forward to…

Equal Rights Amendment

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We get so consumed with stuff about the train wreck in the White House that we forget or miss important things going on in the nation and the world. Well, something good and historic happened in the U.S. Congress a few days ago. Chairman Jerry Nadler held a hearing…

Thoughts About Unity’s Appeals

By Hakum Abdul-Ali Brother El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, commonly known as Malcolm X, once said, “When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’ even illness becomes wellness.” Upon reflecting upon this quotation from this conscious giant’s mindset based on his teachings from the Islamic and African worlds’ perspectives, I thought about the concept of unity in the world-at-large.…

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Our Economic Future Is Not Just About How Much We Make

By Barney Blakeney I recently was watching a television newsmagazine broadcast and was enthralled by the story about automated retail checkout initiatives. Automated cashiers are coming in the wave of the future. It’s already here! For years I’ve been concerned about our shifting economy and value system, but it seems too few people are paying…

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A Sign That Registers

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Many times in my travels throughout the land between here and there, I come in contact with many interesting “hue-mans” and even more some curious and mind expanding illuminating signs. Well, last week was one of those occasions when I saw, of all things, a sign in a store that made me…

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Black Folks Need Effective Strategies

By Barney Blakeney I figured this week I’d write about the need for organized strategies in the continuing struggle for Black folks’ equality in our community. I know a lot of stuff happens behind the scenes that most, myself included, are not aware of. But it seems abundantly clear there’s not a whole lot of…

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Money Talks: Corruption In High Places

By Beverly Gadson-Birch How many of you have heard the saying, “money talks”? Y’all old schoolers can put your hands down. Now, how many of y’all old schoolers remember “Operation Lost Trust”?  Operation Lost Trust happened nearly twenty years ago involving South Carolina Legislators and resulted in specific limits being placed on campaign contributions in local…

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Ramadan Kareem

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In the Islamic world, the most anticipated time of the year is the arrival of the luminous month of Ramadan. It’s a sacred month where its thirty day month fasting period requirement is a premium virtuous endeavor for all of its sincere and dutiful observants. Ramadan is actually the ninth month of…

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Echo from the Past

“Dear old school, we hate to leave you, but the time is drawing near. We will always think of Knightville and the ones we love so dear. Parent, teacher friend and loved ones parting time is almost here. We will always think of Knightville and the ones we love so dear.” That was the graduation…

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Meth PSA and Letter to Editor

As most already know, the opiate epidemic has been worsening, each year claiming more lives than the last. What is less known by the general public is the problem with Methamphetamines has been growing over the last several years as well. In the most recent data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,…

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Second Mission Critical – North Charleston meeting planned for May 14

To Members of the North Charleston Community: As most of you are aware, the Garrett Academy closure announcement had made it necessary to “pause” the Mission Critical work in North Charleston while we sought clarification of the announcement from the superintendent and school board members. There is agreement on all sides that the district could have…

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The Danger of Forgetting History

By Robert R. Macdonald The Make It Right campaign to remove the John C. Calhoun monument from Marion Square devalues the importance of studying and understanding the past. Forgetting moments from our personal lives and our shared national history is natural. Who wants to be reminded of the times we as individuals and as a nation failed…

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