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Barbados to Welcome the Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will journey to the island of Barbados with co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™, Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).  They have put out a global call for others of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora and those that support the continuation of the rich cultural African heritage of…

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Algerian President Bows To Thousands Demanding His Resignation

Weeks of mass protests across Algeria ended in victory for thousands of demonstrators who had been urging the gravely ill President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. This week, President Bouteflika appeared to give in to their demands. He canceled the April 18 presidential elections and said he will not seek another term in office. “There…

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Thousands Gather In Nairobi To Clean Up The Earth

Heads of state, government ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and grassroots activists are gathering in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly – the world’s top body on the environment. This year’s theme is “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production.” The assembly is expected to draw the largest…

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Breakdancing May Break into the Summer Olympic Games

Special from NorthStarNewsToday.com (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Breakdancing, an art form started by African-American teenagers that has spread all over the world, may break into the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris as a new sport. The list of additional sports for inclusion will be revealed this week by the local organizing committee. Breakdancing is an acrobatic…

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FACE Africa Hosts 10th Annual WASH Gala

On Saturday March 23, FACE Africa will host its 10th Annual WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala at Guastavino’s New York. This landmark 10th anniversary event will be held to commemorate World Water Day, (March 22nd) with the goal of bringing awareness to the growing clean water epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and raising funds for…

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Fifty Years On, It’s Still A Man’s World At Africa’s ‘Oscars’

Africa’s major film event – on the scale of the Oscars – celebrated its 50th year this month with more films, more visitors and a disappointing showing of women selected to compete for any major prize. And women are not having it. “Can it be that in 50 years, there hasn’t been a single woman…

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Insufficient Training for Pilots Suspected in Deadly Ethiopian Crash

Fifty three minutes. That was the length of time approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) for pilot training on the upgraded Boeing 737 Max 8 jet that crashed Sunday in Ethiopia killing all aboard, according to a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association. Nor was the 53 minutes for face to face training.…

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African WWII Vets Seek Formal Apology and Compensation from UK

The UK government is coming under pressure to compensate and apologize to the last surviving African veterans who fought alongside white British soldiers in the second World War. More than half a million black African soldiers who fought in the British army were paid up to three times less than their white counterparts, a newly…

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My Trip to Ghana: a Valuable Learning and Spiritual Experience

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – About three years ago when Joomay Odongo Faye first introduced me to a new Pan African organization of which he was a co-founder, I had no idea that the introduction would lead to my going on an airplane for the first time in 33 years. I was already a…

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Ethiopia To Receive Repatriated Strands Of Hair Belonging To Former Emperor

Items stolen from Ethiopia by British troops over the years are being repatriated after renewed pressure from Addis Ababa. Most recently, locks of hair belonging to the widely revered Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros are slated for repatriation from the National Army Museum which claims the hair was donated by relatives of an artist who painted the…

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The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that ABC News said has prompted repercussions from Hollywood to the boardrooms of major corporations. A…

Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run for president in 2016. With racial tensions,…

Millennials must answer ‘How will you lead?’

By John Semien, Special from the New Tri-State Defender “Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We are in…

We Are Still Turning Our Backs on Puerto Rico’s Hungry Children

By Marian Wright Edelman In 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation across Puerto Rico, leaving children especially vulnerable—but the sad reality is Puerto Rican children were some of the most at risk in America long before the storm. Nearly 6 in 10 children in Puerto Rico live in poverty, a rate almost twice…

Senate Must Pass Background Check Bill, Passed by House, Supported by 92 percent of Voters

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Defenders of the status quo – advocates of the gun industry & the politicians paid to defend it – will tell you that events like these are virtual acts of nature, products of mental illness or bad parenting, beyond our ability to control. This couldn’t be further from the…

House Chair Waters leads charge to return consumer protection to CFPB: Payday loan regulation supported by lawmakers and more than 50 advocates

  By Charlene Crowell On March 7, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters marked the first time that the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared for a hearing in this capacity. Entitled, Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” the session is the first…

Charleston County School Board: “Do The Right Thing!!”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Like spiders, Charleston County School Board has woven a web making it almost impossible for low performing students to escape. And, it’s not just minority students but white students as well. The Board has used their majority 5-4 vote to create a dual system of education to trick minority parents. The problem…

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The Tests of Life

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today my message is one where I was inspired to write this because a dear friend of mine is presently going through a very traumatic time in his life. He shared some of his very personal concerns with me about what was affecting his health, which had been troubling him inwardly for…

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Get Up and Walk, Black Man!

By Barney Blakeney I’m constantly reminded I don’t know everything. It’s something I learned a long time ago and a lesson that sunk in, but it often is reiterated because a lot of stuff goes on I know nothing about. It happened again February 2 when I attended a men’s program at Old Bethel United…

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Are We Still Interlopers in This Country?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali By the time that you’ll read this, the yearly February Black History Month’s annual observances will be coming to its conclusion in the United States of America. To many aware folk of color that’s an inconsiderate slight because, to them, the universal recognition and study of all Afrikan folk’s cultural struggles and…

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Time To Re-Write Black History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As Black History Month comes to an end, let’s not forget to continue teaching, learning and sharing information on Black achievements. It is going to take more than one month to undo the distorted history and/or misinformation filtered down through generations. Students who are now adults are passing the same distorted history down to…

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There Are No Stupid Questions

By Barney Blakeney Last week I got a list of 21 questions a group advocating for more input into the development of the International African American Museum feels should be asked of those putting the thing together. They’re some heavy questions – complicated and multi-layered – but they’re questions I think should be answered. For…

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A Legacy of Irrelevance

By Ade Ofunniyin, PhD Last week at College of Charleston ended with a noonday student walkout and protest. Hundreds walked out of class on Friday to protest a video showing white students from the school joking about slavery. The walkout, protest and forthright apology from administration, all follow a pattern that has been normalized at…

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An Eclipse of SC’s Sunshine Laws

By Richard Whiting Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light. Another eclipse seems to be taking place in the Palmetto State.…

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An Important Panel on Flooding in Charleston

Groundswell! is pleased to sponsor a panel of professionals who are bringing expertise and energy to the flooding crisis facing the Charleston community. This free event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. The presenters will be: Mark Wilbert, Charleston City’s chief resilience…

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Black to the Future

By Ade Ofunniyin Are we truly returning “black” to the future? Who will direct this sojourn? What is the truth about this undertaking? While Disney and AMC Theatre’s motives may appear to be altruistic, I posit that they are capitalistic and misguided. The film Black Panther and its Afrofuturist imaginings demonstrate clearly the central role…

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