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On The Run Rwanda Genocide Suspect Nabbed In French Hideout

Twenty-six years after financing the Rwandan genocide, wealthy businessman and most wanted fugitive, Felicien Kabuga, was nabbed in an upscale French hideout. It was a relief for prosecutors of the Rwandan Genocide tribunal who feared the 84 year old Kabuga could die a free man. He stands accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans,…

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Music Lovers Mourn Passing Of Famed Griot Singer, Songwriter From Guinea – Mory Kanté

Mory Kanté, called the “electric griot” for his fusion of contemporary styles with traditional West African influences, passed away this month at the age of 70 of untreated health problems. Mr. Kante’s manager, Juan Yriat, said he died in his sleep after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day. “He suffered from chronic illnesses and…

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U.N. Leader Calls For Global Ceasefire On Africa Day

Africa Day will go virtual this year with a star-studded benefit concert hosted by English actor Idris Alba, an online how-to video for jollof rice, and a U.N. call for a global ceasefire issued by the Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. African countries have “demonstrated commendable leadership” battling the COVID-19 pandemic, he said in a Monday…

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Massive Die-Off of Fish on Nigerian Coastline Linked to Toxic Discharge

An immense blanket of dead fish stretching across three states has sparked anger and frustration among communities along the Atlantic Ocean coastline in Nigeria. The area is known for oil spills that have polluted the waters and left fish and other wildlife inedible. The massive die-off was first reported in February when community people in…

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Traditional Elections Will Test Africa’s Resistance To The Virus

Africa’s infection rates are still relatively low to the wonderment of some in the western world who predicted infection rates in the billions. In fact, African governments in many cases took preventative steps – from closing borders, social distancing, shutting educational institutions and banning mass gatherings. By April 19, the Africa CDC reported that 34…

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Desecration of Priceless Forests in Sierra Leone Halted by Coronavirus

The crashing economies in Asia have been a blessing – if temporary – to the endangered forests of Sierra Leone – particularly the tall stands of redwood trees, prized for their beauty, their rich mahogany color and their high quality for furniture. The illegal trade in the wood is one of the world’s most lucrative…

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Ghana Issues Warning Of Rising Virus Cases After ‘Superspreader’ Event

Speaking at a Sunday night national address, President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that a single worker at a fish factory here has infected 533 co-workers, bringing the total number of infections to 4,700 – the highest number in West Africa. A superspreader event is a large COVID-19 infection cluster. The latest infection is part of a…

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Thousands Share Fake Facebook Post Of Corona Vaccine Killing Children

Depending on the source, “fake news” can be a smear on reputable news outlets just trying to do their job. But in other hands, it can be a source of misleading rumors read by thousands that do damage and are hard to correct. Such was the story titled “Scandal in Senegal” that circled West Africa…

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2020 Howard Grad Earns Ph.D. at Age 73

On April 26, 2020, Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu, 73, defended her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies. Her dissertation and future book titled, “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens,” is a reflection of the Igbo women…

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First Kenyan PhD Marine Scientist Passes

Kenya’s first PhD marine scientist, Prof Mohamed Hyder, died at his home in Kizingo, Mombasa, after a long illness. The 88-year-old leaves behind a wife and three children. After completing his undergraduate work at Makerere University, Professor Hyder moved to Scotland where he took up biology, which was his passion. While teaching at Makerere, he…

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Obama’s Popularity Continues to Rise Amid Trump’s Rhetoric

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia With unrestrained vitriol and the stunning lack of leadership emanating from the White House on an almost daily basis, the ever-rising popularity of former President Barack Obama is unmistakable. The media and most of the American public hang on every word and watch every move Obama…

Andrea Harris and the Fight for Minority Business

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Andrea Harris was not well-known, but she should have been. She was the co-founder of the North Carolina Institute of  Minority Business Development, an advocate for social and economic justice, a champion for historically Black colleges and universities, and a Bennett Belle (Class of 1970) who passionately loved her college.…

Americans Have United Before to Defeat an External Enemy and We Can Again

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We live in a time of bitter divisions. Today, even the wearing of masks has become a partisan question. Yet, as this Memorial Day weekend reminds us, this country has united before to meet external threats. The calamity that has been wrought by the coronavirus is the result of an…

Even While Physically Distant, 2020 Grads Find Ways to Celebrate and Inspire

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it’s easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times;…

$3 Trillion HEROES Act promises more COVID-19 relief for consumers and businesses: Will the U.S. Senate act swiftly on the new legislative plan

By Charlene Crowell As the nation’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks the spread of COVID-19, by mid-May, at least 1.6 million infections and over 92,000 deaths occurred. This data includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands. At the same time,…

COVID-19 — My Personal Battle from a Positive to a Negative Result

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor “Jeffrey, unfortunately, your test came back positive for the Coronavirus.” Hearing those words from the doctor, March 27th, shook me to the core. Was that a death sentence for me? Was it a coincidence that my mom years earlier had died in the same month of March? Was…

Crack The Door: Reopen The State

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest holidays of the year, Governor McMaster is cracking open the state’s doors for business, purportedly on a much smaller scale.  After two months of lockdown, folks are eager to get their boats out on the water, chill out on beaches and fire up the grill.…

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Criticism and Facebook Posts Don’t Fix Problems

By Barney Blakeney I’m technologically challenged. I don’t do technology very well (mostly by choice).  So I tell folks, if you want me to see something immediately, don’t put it on Facebook, call or email me. Those two technical venues I can handle. So I’m on Facebook the other day when I see a message…

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Thinking About The Present Times

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As you read this, I’d like you to consider the spiritual fact about how bless you and I are to be alive in this phase of existence so far, especially, considering what’s going on. I hope you are not taking that for granted because the living experience thus far is becoming quite…

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Living Through Challenging Times

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I do not know about you, but I need to take a break from the news. As the country opens back up for business, folks are already letting their guard down. They are not wearing masks and practicing social distancing in public places. It is good some restrictions are being lifted, but shoppers…

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Change

By Barney Blakeney As the June 9 Democratic primary elections loom in the shadow of South Carolina’s reopening of businesses amid continuing escalation of the coronavirus pandemic which affects Blacks at disproportionately higher rates than others, the African American community has much to consider. Assertive, foresighted and progressive political leadership among Black elected officials has…

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Silent Reflections on a Spring Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today is one of those days where I’m silently “vibing” on simple realities signifying that I’m seeking peace and greater understanding of what the Most High Alone is presently revealing to me. I’m alone and very isolated while thinking about the quietness of this springtime power moment, and it’s truly an awesome…

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VOTE411 – Voters Guide

As the June 9 S.C. primary and June 23 runoff approach, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to the election process. The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area offers voters the nonpartisan election resource VOTE411.org to help inform voters about those changes.  The “one-stop-shop” for election information provides simple, easy tools to help S.C. voters navigate the…

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Rep. Moore: “We Are In The Valley”

By SC House District 15 Rep. JA Moore The recent murders of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmad Aubrey in Georgia, and George Floyd in Minneapolis bring back the trauma of Walter Scott being murdered right here in North Charleston. Unequivocally, these events have shaken our community to its core. I still carry the pain of…

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What About the Parents?

Without a doubt these are trying times. Every day we hear about, talk about and honor first line responders and essential workers. I support this, but I would like to add parents to those we honor as well. In most situations parents don’t have a choice about the role they must perform. For example, imagine…

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Re-opening During a Pandemic takes Strategic Planning for Sustainability

As states reopen their economies during the Coronavirus pandemic, opportunities abound to make African American businesses sustainable. To keep your doors, open right now do not disregard the importance of ensuring customers have a safe, healthy shopping experience. Don’t become a statistic because you failed to take measures to assure your customers you care about…

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As COVID-19 continues to spread amid a growing number of fatalities, Dr. James Hildreth said it’s critical that everyone follows stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines, and anything else that could help keep Americans safe during the pandemic