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Unexpected Rift Exposed Over Africa Seat In U.N. Security Council

The Africa seat at the United Nations Security Council was the subject of a heated duel between two African countries who lobbied fiercely for the powerful prize. On a second round of balloting, the seat went to Kenya which garnered 129 votes against 62 votes for Djibouti. In the first round of voting on Wednesday,…

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Ugandans Launch Drive To ‘Decolonize’ Local Area Streets

A petition to rename roads honoring British colonial figures has gathered thousands of names. The move comes as similar actions against dubious historical figures are taking place in the U.S. and South Africa. Speke Road, for example, is named after the British explorer John Hanning Speke, the first European to reach Nyanza, one of the…

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Film review: The Last Tree

“She’s not coming to take you away.” It’s a hollow promise. An 11-year-old black boy is snatched away from his white foster mom. The life he knew ripped out from under him. It causes a bitterness that lasts well into his teenage years in this thoughtfully and emotionally charged coming-of-age drama.  Writer/director Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical portrait recaptures…

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Kenyans Demand Justice After Police Killing Of Young Teen

In a recent march against police violence, some 200 demonstrators filled the streets, carrying signs reading “Life is Priceless”, “Save our Future” and “Never Again.” But the protest was not in Minnesota or Oklahoma. It was in Kenya, where police have been filmed beating people at markets or as they return home from work. The…

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Struggle Seen in Belgium Over Racist Historical Statues

Some of the largest anti-racism protests in Europe have taken place in Belgium, the birthplace of King Léopold II, whose brutal rule of Congo from 1885 to 1908 caused an estimated 10 million Congolese deaths through murder, starvation and disease. This past week, close to 12,000 people gathered in central Brussels. They were targeting the…

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South African Leader Condemns Latest Surge Of Violence Against Women

Calling it a “dark and shameful week,” South African president Cyril Ramaphosa denounced the latest surge in violence against women, including the murder of a woman eight months pregnant. “Gender-based violence thrives in a climate of silence,” he said. “By looking the other way because we believe it is a personal or family matter, we…

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Trump Team Attempts To Block World Court From Investigating Possible U.S. War Crimes

A world court designed to investigate allegations of human rights violations has found itself in the crosshairs of the President of the United States. A new Trump executive order threatening the court’s operations has been condemned by prominent global institutions and individuals as it appears to give cover to human rights abuses committed in the…

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Ethiopian Gold Mine Leaves Deadly Toxic Waste Trail In Prime Minister’s Home Town

A gold mine in Ethiopia’s Oromia state has been anything but a blessing. Residents claim that contamination from the mine, owned by an Ethiopia-born Saudi tycoon, has led to disastrous health problems. Locals say chemicals use to process gold at the open pit mine near Shakiso, 222 miles south of the capital, Addis Ababa, have…

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President Of Burundi, Veteran Of Ethnic Violence, Passes At 55  

The outgoing president of Burundi was felled by a sudden illness, officially described in a government release as cardiac arrest. The 55-year-old was due to step down in August at the end of his third term which he won amidst unrest and violence, particularly blamed on the authorities and the Imbonerakure — the youth wing…

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Capping Week Of Protests, Slave Trader Statue Toppled By UK Activists

Years of inaction over the fate of an 18 foot statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century slave trader with the Royal African Company (RAC) was decided this week with the toppling of Colston’s bronze statue in Bristol, England. The statue was pulled down by protestors at a demonstration in solidarity with Black Lives Matter…

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The American Economic System Works Just Fine—for White People

By Jeffrey L. Boney, Associate Editor, Houston Forward Times For the past four hundred years, and most recently after the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and other Black citizens by police forces in America, Black people and progressive Whites in America have protested that “the system” is racist, broken, and needs…

The annexation of Palestinian territory is illegal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Let’s be clear and not try to fool one another. There is no basis in international law for the planned Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory. None. In some respects, this column could end right here. There is no further explanation necessary. Both the Israelis and the US political…

Counseling Helps in Adapting to a New Norm

By Dr. Stacia’ Alexander, Texas Metro News, iMessenger Media The sudden call to think extremely out of the norm took nearly the entire population of the world out of their comfort zone. Many took the stance of a sincere awareness, but some were so distanced from it that there was little change in pattern. They…

America Should Embrace Prison Returnees to Our Communities

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President and CEO National Newspaper Publishers Association I am pleased to work and live in our nation’s capital. Washington, DC is a city on the move progressively even amidst the continued existence of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is one emerging issue in the District of Columbia that in…

Black People Suffer Disproportionately from Dementia Crisis

By Dr. Lucille Ridgill Alzheimer’s disease (the most common type of dementia) is the 6th leading cause of death among White people, but the 4th leading cause of death for Black people like me. The Black population age 65+ is projected to more than double in size in the next 10 years, which means dementia diagnoses in…

8 minutes and 46 seconds

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Over the past weeks across the nation, united demonstrations have made the message clear: People have had enough of the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, of the battle against systemic injustice, and the fear of being a person of color in America. The catalyst for the latest demonstrations was…

Police Officers: Get Rid Of Rotten Apples

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Enough is Enough! The week that was!  George Floyd was laid to rest last week in Houston. Several days later, Rayshard Brooks, 27-year old husband and father of four, was killed by Atlanta police. According to news reports, police were called to Wendy’s on University Avenue to investigate a man, later identified as Brooks,…

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Thru the Lens of Someone Other than Yourself

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s been a tragic but ever-so-revolting last couple of weeks in the USA in so many unfathomable norms of ordinary understandings. And after the horrific killing of George Floyd on May 25, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the world-at-large has voiced its mighty and resounding distaste about this murder in almost unimaginable expressions of…

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Has Emanuel Murders Brought About Change?

By Barney Blakeney As the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church is observed this month, I’m conflicted about several things. I don’t want to do anything that would dishonor the nine victims of the massacre or their survivors so I’ll just say a lot of healing is needed, starting with the congregation…

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A Change Had To Come

By Beverly Gadson-Birch What a week!! Washington, DC Mayor Bowser authorized Black Lives Matter painted in bold yellow letters taking up two blocks on 16th Street leading directly up to the White House. Street signs were also hung with Black Lives Matter Plaza. Lordy, Trump must have had an acute arrhythmia malfunction. George Floyd’s death set…

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The Truth is No Longer Color Blind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      The truth that racism in America is exposed and is as pronounced as it was in Alan Paton’s 1948 novel, “Cry the Beloved Country,” is nothing new to someone who isn’t color blind about recognizing American racism for what it is and has always been. The dastardly “his-storical” truth is…

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Our Grandbabies Are Doing Our Work

By Barney Blakeney It would be easy to use this space as a platform to rant and rave about protests to police murders in America. But this ain’t a space for my rants. I’ve been given the privilege and honor to use this space to offer information. I’m obligated to use it productively. Not a…

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Are Our Demands For Black Liberation Insufficient? ”99 And ½ Won’t Do”

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The demonstrations for social justice, sparked by the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, has generated a new series of conversations about racial and social justice across America and in many other parts of the world. Having actively supported social justice and Black empowerment causes for over a half a century,…

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What do Derek Chauvin and Amy Cooper have to do with public education? Everything.

Submitted by: Jon Hale, University of South Carolina,  Candace Livingston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Educators in South Carolina have been called to task once again. Recent calls to abolish the police, indict and convict police officers including Derek Chauvin, and to hold Whites like Amy Cooper accountable for falsifying police reports bring back the…

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“We Have Done Nothing” – Rep. JA Moore Reflects on Emanuel AME Shooting, Five Years Later

On June 16, the eve of five year mark of the Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston, Rep. JA Moore, who lost his sister in the attack, believes nothing has fundamentally changed to dismantle systemic racism in the United States since then. “After my sister and eight others were killed, we took down a flag,”…

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DAVID MACK: A lifetime of Selfless Service

By Clay N. Middleton One of the United States Army’s Seven Values is Selfless Service; putting the needs of others before your own. This is truly the essence of being an elected official, but rarely the reality. Some focus on themselves, some give the perception of action, and others put the community first. Learning the…

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