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Australian Researchers Say Botswana is Ancestral Home of Modern Humans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, according to a new study by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African origin, Southern Africa is home to contemporary populations that represent the…

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A Market Grows In Africa For Weaponized Spyware Aimed At Activists

If you’re worried about robocalls offering a dubious sale of bitcoins, a new technology aimed at political dissidents will chill you to the bone. Pegasus, an all-seeing spyware, worms its way into phones and starts transmitting the owner’s location, encrypted chats, travel plans – and even the voices of people you meet – to servers…

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Raves For Anglo-Nigerian Writer Awarded Major Literary Prize

England’s most prestigious literary prize has been awarded to Bernadine Evaristo, an Anglo-Nigerian writer, for her eighth work of fiction, to be shared with Margaret Atwood , author of “The Testaments” in a surprise double award approved by the judging panel. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the…

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Zealous Military Attacks Striking Students at Famed Ugandan University

As shocking images were viewed around the world of Ugandan police and soldiers beating and gassing students at the renowned Makerere University, President Yoweri Museveni was forced to acknowledge that his security forces were out of control. “The military is not trained to quell demonstrations,” he began. “They are trained to kill. Those students are…

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Old Enemies Tear Up Peace Pact After Elections ‘Tarnished By Fraud’

Hopes for a lasting peace between longtime rivals Frelimo and Renamo are fading fast as a recent vote for president of the southern nation of Mozambique has been muddied by claims of fraud, unjustified use of state resources, as well as sporadic violence including the murder of an election observer. “An unlevel playing field was…

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Black Press Joins Congressional Black Caucus in Denouncing New Cuba Travel Ban

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to limit further the ability of American citizens to travel to Cuba. CBC leaders said Trump’s actions would negatively affect the U.S. economy. They also called the decision another personal attack by the president…

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African Leaders and Russians Sign Nuclear Deals In A ‘Winning Week’ For Putin

Taking advantage of the Russia-Africa summit and the presence of dozens of African leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin advanced his goal of expanding Moscow’s geopolitical clout. At the two-day summit in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Russian president resurrected old bonds forged by the Soviet Union with the result that arms shipments…

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Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Did African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao lose her job because of her outspokenness about France’s continued profiting off of her beloved Africa? Or, is Her Excellency being shown the door because certain powers are exasperated that she’s exposed another “scramble for Africa?”…

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Liberia to Raise Up the Country’s Poorest with $100 in Cash

Thousands of Liberia’s poorest citizens will be getting an early Christmas gift of $100 this year as part of a five year project which the government hopes will shrink chronic poverty and eliminate hunger. Authorities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection say they have started to disburse “social cash” to the extremely…

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African Geography Still A Work In Progress

Remember Bujumbura? Once upon a time it was the political capital of Burundi. But no more! The Burundian government has just adopted a historic bill in which Gitega on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, becomes the political capital and Bujumbura the economic capital. The decision has yet to be approved by Parliament, which is largely…

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America’s Veterans Deserve Better From For-Profit Colleges

By Charlene Crowell Every year, the 11th day of the 11th month is observed as Veterans Day. It’s a time to honor the 18.2 million men and women still living who served in at least one war. Though observances vary across the nation, each celebrates the American ideal of service to country. It’s also a time to remember that…

How to build an emergency fund

The Federal Reserve Board reported recently that 40% of people in the U.S. said they would have trouble covering a $400 emergency. Now think back to the last time you had an emergency or unexpected expense. Maybe it was a car repair or medical bill or even paying all your bills until you found a…

Acting to End Child Poverty

By Marian Wright Edelman “We’ve had 20 years of presidential debates, and we have never talked about the violence in America of child poverty. We have got to begin to talk more eloquently and persuasively and urgently about doing the things not just to make sure fair taxes are paid by people on the top,…

Dean of the House

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It’s often true that the good die young, but last Sunday, one of our most distinguished elder statesmen, Congressman John Conyers, died at 90 years of age in his beloved Detroit. Many of the stories that came from major press and media weren’t always kind to him,…

Nooses, Lynching, and Racial Intimidation

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Are the use of nooses as symbols of intimidation rising in the workplace? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data says that reports of racism and discrimination are on the rise. Their data does not speak to nooses, particularly. Still, it is disturbing to peruse newspaper reports to learn that at…

Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans in Failing to Understand What a Real Lynching Is

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Donald Trump’s use of the term “lynching” to describe the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House naturally sparked bipartisan outrage. The president and his shameless apologist, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, defended the use of the word, with Graham calling the investigation a “lynching in every sense.” Surely Graham, who…

Telling It Is Like It Is

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’ve observed that in the living experience there are situations that arise where and when a lot of ethnic folk get tongue-twisted in trying to explain themselves, or trying to attempt to, in getting their point(s) across to others. Hmm! Does that sound familiar to you? I believe that it should because…

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Who Supports CCSD Supt. Gerrita Postlewait?

By Barney Blakeney I was talking to a friend digging up a story. He asked, whatever I did, don’t mention how much assistance Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait gives to Black folk’s initiatives. He didn’t want to stir up political wrath against her. Like any good reporter, I always try to accommodate my…

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Change Needed For Charleston & North Charleston!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This is not one of those git down, sit down quizzical kind of articles you have grown accustomed to over the years. It’s voting time! You have the opportunity to elect responsible mayoral candidates for Charleston and North Charleston, also councilmembers. Sometimes we just need to talk about issues as they impact…

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Local Government Implosion

By Barney Blakeney The implosion of our national government is difficult to watch because it so much reminds me of what’s happening on the local scene. Ever since I became an adult and started interacting as a reporter in professional circles I’ve heard people refer to our community as “The Great State of Charleston”. Sarcastically…

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The Strength of a Winner

By Hakim Abdul-Al I consider what I do as a columnist as a special task. It’s one where I attempt to reflect on topical things that are going on around me and the greater world-at-large with spiritual comprehensions and insightful candor. I’d like to think that I’m that kind of journalist because I believe that it’s…

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Elections Offer The Opportunity To Plan A Strategy For Participation

By Barney Blakeney As we close in on another local government election, economic development has been a common thread through all the interviews I’ve had. No matter where you live in the Metropolitan Charleston area, economic growth and development is an ever present, in your face reality. As Stevie Wonder said in his song ‘Livin’…

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The People Must Demand Change at Santee Cooper For Their Own Good

As a person who has dedicated myself to working in communities that are often overlooked or underrepresented, I truly understand the importance of community involvement in political and social issues. Simply, I know that people must take it upon themselves to pay attention to the issues that are currently present and make it their mission…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

In 2019, Ebony Clare was shot and killed in South Carolina. Her husband, Romaine Clare was arrested. www.abcnews4.com. Brandon Clark, 21, allegedly killed 17-year-old Bianca Devins, then posted photos of her body on the gaming site Discord, according to a 2019 article in USA Today. A man who had a history of domestic violence with his…

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Volunteer/Mentor

I applied to be a mentor at multiple high schools in Charleston via West Ashley High School’s Raptor Program. I wanted to know if any programs existed specifically designed for troubled students, i.e., those who are repeatedly in Saturday school, detention, facing constant suspensions, or near expulsion. I’m interested in anything dealing with youth rivalries, violence,…

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Rural communities are in the middle of the immigration crisis

By Gladys Godinez, community organizer, Center for Rural Affairs More than 600 people were detained on Aug. 7, 2019, in small rural towns in the state of Mississippi by Homeland Security Investigations (HMI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As was evident last month in Mississippi, resources such as interpreters and immigration attorneys are limited…

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