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Obama to Deliver 16th Mandela Lecture in South Africa

Former president Barack Obama will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at a 4,000-capacity arena in Johannesburg in July. Obama met with Mandela in 2005 and eulogized him at his death five years ago, saying “(Mandela) makes me want to be a better man.” The lecture marks 100 years since the birth of the…

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With Winnie Gone, ANC Loses Its Grip

As Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was lovingly laid to rest with full state honors, her beloved country was being buffeted by published reports of a massive diversion of monies from the most vulnerable people, to whom she dedicated her life, to the wealthy. Among the victims of the apparent looting of government funds are black farmers in…

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Their Nightmare Ended, Freedom for the Nigerian ‘Chibok Girls’ Remains Out of Reach

Nearly four years after militants attacked a rural school and kidnapped over 200 girls in a well-planned raid, the nightmare has ended for about 100 Nigerian girls. Young women now, they study at a private school and grapple with life as a former “Chibok girl.” “I’m back, as they say,” Hauwa Ntakai told a newspaper…

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Israeli Opposition Dooms African Refugees Seeking Asylum

Thousands of African asylum seekers who reached Israel after dangerous voyages may have lost their last best hope to be released and sent to western countries or resettled in Israel after members of the Israeli coalition government trashed a negotiated asylum plan. A landmark agreement negotiated with the United Nations Commission on Refugees had been…

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Presidential Race Takes An Unexpected Twist In Nigeria

Next year’s race for the presidency in Nigeria just got a lot more interesting as a crusading journalist – an upstart known for exposing the millions and billions stolen by a national “loot-ocracy” – announced his candidacy for the nation’s top job. As news spread that the journalist, Omoyele Sowore, was testing the waters for…

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LGBT Activists Plan First-ever Pride March in Swaziland

LGBT activists in Swaziland are taking hopeful steps towards official recognition in the conservative nation of Swaziland, where male homosexuality is outlawed and members of the government have denounced it as “satanic.” The activists hope to win over some hearts and minds by holding a Pride march and festival in June. If the application by…

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Opposition Warns of ‘Fire and Fury’ to Halt U.S. Military Expansion in Ghana

Ghanaians are hopping mad over plans to expand the U.S. military presence in the country, spending millions on training and equipment in a move which could draw terrorists to the peaceful country. At a recent rally for “Ghana First”, opposition groups organized by the Ghana First Patriotic Front marched in the streets of the capital,…

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In South Africa, Pain and Shock at Passing of Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook – from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You…

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Liberians in the U.S. Facing Mass Deportation

Liberians living in America since a devastating civil war that took 250,000 lives are now in the crosshairs of the current Trump administration, which is threatening to lift their protected status and deport them. Some five thousand people nationally are protected from deportation under the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program which has been in…

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African Free Trade – A New Dawn for Africa?

In what was described as a “new dawn for Africa,” leaders from 44 of the 55 countries of the continent ceremoniously signed a trade pact creating a huge single market from Cape Town to Cairo. The national leaders agreed to eliminate cross-border tariffs and make border posts more efficient. Twenty seven countries signed an additional…

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Fair Housing Act: A Milestone on the Journey to Equality

By Jeffrey W. Hicks A half-century ago, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, creed and national origin. The law also supported the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ (NAREB) efforts to increase black homeownership, which we believe serves to increase wealth and other economic outcomes for…

Will the Lame Duck Quack?

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The rats are leaping off the sinking ship! Paul Ryan says he wants to spend more time with his teenagers, but he likely also doesn’t want to be part of the losses Republicans are likely to experience in November (unless the Dems mess up, which is not impossible). By April 13, there were…

Thousands of Students Go Hungry Every Day

By Dr. Michael Baston (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A 22-year old mother of two young children decides to go to class rather than pick up an extra shift at the doctor’s office where she works. The decision, while beneficial to her education, means she won’t have enough money to feed herself and her children sufficiently that month.…

The Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives

By Glenn Ellis (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Students from across the country walked out of class on March 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence and demand new legislation. The students left classes for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 lives lost in the Parkland school shooting. Some even left for 18 minutes to acknowledge…

MLK50: Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kay Coles James, President, The Heritage Foundation Fifty years ago today, America lost one of her greatest leaders, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like so many who were alive on April 4, 1968, I clearly remember the shock I felt when I heard that Dr. King had been assassinated. On that fateful day,…

On 50th Anniversary of King Assassination, We Have Work to Do

By Jesse Jackson The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that is still unfinished. But we cannot ignore the systematic effort…

Mood Vibrations from Within

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The total living experience is a magnificent opportunity to develop and achieve spiritual and psychological advancements for one’s soul. I firmly believe that all one can frankly say about the living experience and its mighty lessons is “it is what it is” and this rings true in more ways than one. It’s…

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Getting Older Is A Blessing, But Can Be Inconvenient

By Barney Blakeney My Aunt Sarah used to say getting old is a blessing, but it’s sometimes inconvenient. For two weeks I had planned the late Friday afternoon meeting with the folks from the Charleston Rhizome Collective. The Charleston Rhizome Collective last year received a grant from ArtPlace America which will be used to provide…

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Ungrateful White America

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Every day in these not so “United States of America” is a struggle for Black folk.  This is worth repeating, I said “everyday” is a struggle for Black folk. Before the sun rises, folks are scheming on what they are going to do and how they are going to keep black folk…

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Delving Deep Into Black Striving

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   In Black America, as it is in the other various other Americas of modernity, there’s a persistent thought always floating around in the individual and collective mental psyches of everyone. And that’s about achieving something notable for self and to provide and take care of one’s family and loved ones. “Delving…

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Being Civil In The Face Of Incivility

By Barney Blakeney Ever had something that just sticks in your craw, a bad vibe that just won’t go away? For the past week I’ve been battling this bad feeling I got after a confrontation that’s left me re-evaluating a lot of stuff which has to do with civility, courtesy and tolerance. Last week I…

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Apathetic: If The Shoe Fits, Wear It!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Why have pastors distanced themselves from the chaos taking place in the black community? Does anyone care about the high crime rate among young black males and the dual educational system operating right under our noses in Charleston County? Where the heck are our leaders?  Why ‘da heck are y’all so silent?…

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Good(will) for the Environment & Community: The Case for Donating Locally

By Robert Smith, Palmetto Goodwill President/CEO Think globally, act locally is a phrase often used to encourage people to take small actions in order to do their part toward combating worldwide issues that seem daunting to take on. Protecting our planet is a perfect example.  One may ask, “What small actions can individuals take that actually…

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Celebration or Ritual?

  By Dr. William Small, Jr. The practice of effectively organizing and celebrating the importance of events is validated by its existence in all cultures. Celebrations on their face speak to values which define and affirm a people. Christmas, Columbus Day, the Fourth of July, for example all say something about the soul and character…

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A Public Call for School Board Members to Dismantle Racial Barriers in Education

The status of public education in Charleston County has been the subject of intense though warranted scrutiny by a high-profile report, “The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015.” Dr. Stacey Patton, a professor of History and Journalism at Morgan State University and acclaimed author, published the report in consultation with the…

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The Fine Line

  By D.R.E. James I imagine my demeanor to be something like Drake’s on the cover of his magnum opus Take Care. Head down, by his lonesome in the corner of Joso’s dining room. Except at Henrietta’s, I’m not in Toronto. I’m on the wickered, patioed Parisian-feeling patio of Henrietta’s. My waiter greets me; his…

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Fairness

Right and wrong are words that are not applicable to today’s society. We live from day to day in complete denial about what these words really mean. Today as I sat in church I was given a new word: Fair. I came home and referred to Webster for the clear definition of fair:  free from…

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

By John Singletary   Yes – Yes – Yes, I know it may sound like a broken record. But this article you must read again and let talk to you.  This is an oldie but goodie: UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY. We, the citizens of North Charleston, are facing a pivotal crossroad in the future and preservation…

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The 2018 Charleston Forum

The Charleston Forum is a community project that strives to provide a dialogue that moves the conversation forward, with no pre-set agenda but with a common purpose. The Charleston Forum began in 2016 as a group of local political, business, educational and religious leaders who wanted to provide an outlet to discuss race across many…

Free Moving Quote

Whether your move takes you just around the corner or anywhere around the Charleston area, Liberty Moves can help with it! Liberty Moves is a full-service moving company serving Charleston and the surrounding areas. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection and offer a variety of services including local and long distance…

G-Net Annual Retreat Caribbean Cruise

Join us for our 4th annual Networking Retreat with G-Net Events. We are proud to also welcome the North Charleston Chamber of Commerce as a Co-Sponsor. With over 100 people joining us over the last 3 years we are going to have a blast with 50+ professionals again this year. Create great relationships with amazing…

When I First Remember

When I First RememberWho: Lady in White ProductionsNorth Charleston Cultural Arts Affairpresents When I First RememberWhat: Family-friendly night of entertainmentTakes the audience on a journey with African slaves on their way to the Low Country Highlights how they survived, persevered and adapted in a foreign land, giving rise to a unique culture and identity, Gullah-Geechee, that is…

Mr. Rocky Music at North Charleston Arts Fest Expo

Rock out with Mr. Rocky Music at the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest Expo!Fun interactive music for the whole family! MrRockyMusic.info

South Carolina Connections Academy Free Family Information Session

South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school, will host a free information session for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education.  South Carolina Connections Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).     The information session will provide families with…

Tap Takeover @ Millers All Day

Join us to celebrate the brand new Millers All Day at 120 King St Downtown for a Revelry Happy Hour Takeover Wednesday April 18th from 4-7pm You can expect Gullah Cream and Never Sunny NE IPA on tap as well as a few canned beers from yours truly!

The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy

Germany-based artist duo Böhler & Orendt will create an immersive installation in the galleries of the Halsey Institute. Naming it a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” the installation will consist of several tents through which viewers can walk. Each tent will feature an apparition of an extinct animal, such as a Steller’s Sea Cow, the Carolina…

Artists Talks for The Carrion Cheer

Join us at 2:00PM to hear from Germany-based artist duo, Böhler & Orendt, who will create an immersive installation in the galleries of the Halsey Institute. Naming it a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” the installation will consist of several tents through which viewers can walk. Each tent will feature an apparition of an extinct animal, such…

Opening Reception for The Carrion Cheer

Join us at 6:30PM to celebrate the opening of The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy! Germany-based artist duo Böhler & Orendt will create an immersive installation in the galleries of the Halsey Institute. Naming it a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” the installation will consist of several tents through which viewers can walk. Each tent will…

Miscellany Launch Party

Miscellany, the College of Charleston’s literary magazine, seeks to showcase and celebrate the many and talented student artists and writers at the university. Each piece of work is reviewed and selected by the editor and the wonderful Miscellany student staff. Columbia’s Scholastic Press Competition has recognized Miscellany as one of the top college literary magazines in the country. The annual book…

Money Fair ’18

Money Fair `18 held on April 21, 2018, is an educational fair dedicated to helping Charleston residents learn to invest in themselves and their financial futures. In this half-day community fair, we will offer classes, vendors, and products, all centered on creating financial freedom!

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Educating America Tour Comes to Charleston

  The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)’s national Educating America National Tour, featuring AFA’s free Concepts in Care educational conference, free memory screenings, and much more, comes to Charleston on Monday, April 23rd. The free program is open to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease.  …

Gwynn’s Summer Camp for Furs

Mark your calendars for Gwynn’s Summer Camp For Furs happening in-store Thursday and Friday, April 5th & 6th from 10A-6P, and Saturday, April 7th from 10A-5P! Store your fabulous furs for only $59. While they’re away, schedule your repairs, restyling and more. Furriers on site for all your fur needs. All furs welcome regardless of…

Barbering for Cosmetologist Workshop

When it comes to improving your barbering skills and taking your career to the next level, in-person barber training with Patrick Hill “Groomsmith Extraordinaire” can help you bridge the gap between cosmetology and barbering. During our 2-day Barbering for Cosmetologist Workshop, you will learn clipper techniques for cutting different types of hair, how-to adjust for different…

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