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U.S. Gets Green Light to Boot Thousands of African Refugees

A simmering dispute between the U.S. and Ghana appears to be resolved. Some 7,000 Ghanaians can now be deported from the U.S. and a key demand – that their Ghanaian citizenship be proven before deportation – has been dropped. The dispute was settled at the United Nations General Assembly meeting last month. Speaking with the…

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Uproar Over Expulsion of Famed Anti-Colonialist Professor

China’s influence in Africa has some leaders trying hard to please their new, rich and seemingly generous foreign partners. This week, Zambian authorities roiled the nation’s waters by deporting an influential pan-Africanist professor before he could disembark at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and before he could address a class of graduating university seniors on the…

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Nobel Prize for Healing Rape Survivors in Midst of War

“For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women’s bodies and I cannot remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other.” Those were the words of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician working in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Now, Dr.…

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Son of Ex-Angolan President Charged in $500 Million Swindle

One reason why African presidents may cling to power, even re-writing the constitution to grant them extra terms, may be the case of Angola. Newly elected President João Lourenço is sending shivers across the continent as he relentlessly attempts to recoup billions of dollars subverted from the national treasury, including by members of the previous…

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Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

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Rwanda Outlaws Political Cartoons and an Opposition Leader Goes Free

The Rwandese government of Paul Kagame has outlawed the drawing of cartoons that portray politicians/leaders in an unflattering manner. Anyone who draws such a cartoon risks imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to Rwf1 million ($1,145). If the cartoon targets a session of parliament or a “top ranking official”, the…

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Building Bridges from Africa to America: NNPA Makes Historic Inaugural Trip to Ile-Ife, Nigeria

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA International Correspondent For the first time in the history of its existence, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., has made its way to Ile-Ife in Nigeria for a culturally impactful inaugural trade mission. The NNPA, under the leadership of its president…

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Lost and Feared Stolen: $104 Million in Fresh Currency Bound for Liberia

The alleged theft of shipping containers loaded with new Liberian currency would be comical if it were a movie but is heartbreaking to Liberian citizens struggling to get by in a poor country. It was also a reminder that the promises of new president George Weah to stamp out corruption are far from being fulfilled.…

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Who’s To Blame in Latest Ferry Disaster?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli took action this week against a ferry captain and all of the crew as the number of bodies pulled from Lake Victoria in the latest maritime disaster topped 200. In an address last Friday, Magufuli told the nation that the captain left the ferry’s steering in the hands of a person…

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World Leaders Flock to U.N. ‘Peace Summit’ – A Rebuke of ‘America First’?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t be prouder as he unveiled a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela on the eve of the U.N. General  Assembly and the opening of a day-long ‘peace summit’ with nearly 160 scheduled speakers . The statue is a gift to the United Nations from South Africa. “The people of our…

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fails to Forgive

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome debts threaten the future of America’s middle class. Two…

Constitutional Right to Counsel is Meaningless Under Dismal Current Public Defender System

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person hauled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth … From the very…

Don’t Believe the Hype – Vote, Our Lives Depend on It

By Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we were wrong. Political forecasters, pollsters, elected officials, and even media told us that the 45th President of our nation would be a woman named Hillary Clinton, but they were wrong. In many cases, the margin between who became president and…

Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

Know Your Worth, Right Now

By Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor Three words that we often should follow, but don’t. I didn’t know my worth or even know I was worthy for many years. How many of us feel or have felt that way? We settle for the status quo, we keep our head down to not ruffle feathers.…

President Laughingstock

By Julianne Malveaux Our 45th President rushed back from his United Nations meeting in New York to watch the hearing of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Reportedly, he was impressed by Dr. Ford, but excited by Kavanaugh’s belligerently offensive session with the senators. From my perspective, Kavanaugh…

It Ain’t Over, It Ain’t Over!

By Barney Blakeney I’ve been reluctant to weigh in on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for Supreme Court Justice. As my former editor might remark, what more can be said. In reality, now that Kavanaugh’s appointment has been confirmed, there’s probably a whole lot more to be said. As Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing played out, like most…

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What Exactly Are We Doing?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    I honestly believe that there’s too much hatred existing between the world’s “hue-manly” created souls for one reason or the other. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, and it really irritates me because life and existing in peaceful coexistences as we know it in this phase of existence…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s “Circus” Nomination

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As a youngster I can remember listening to older folk’s euphemisms as they chatted in the next room. Y’all old schoolers know that you could not sit in on grown folk’s conversations, but we often eavesdropped through those old cardboard walls. Euphemisms are no more than a “substitute” or “expression substituted for…

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Is Being a Friend an Illusional Reality?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s a wonderful feeling to witness any “hue-man” being fulfilling his or her goals and enjoying the fruits of his or her labors in acquiring such rewards, especially to do by sharing the same with real, true and dear friends . In my view, I call it living the dream. I salute…

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Overlooked, Not Necessarily Left Out

By Barney Blakeney I recently met with Charleston Parks Conservancy Executive Director Harry Lesesne to talk about some exciting new changes coming to several peninsula Charleston recreational centers – Corrine Jones Park (Hester Park), Hampton Park and St. Julian Devine Community Center. All three have undergone upgrades in the past couple of decades, but are…

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Dunston Elementary Sex Abuse Case: Parents, Come Forward!!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board held its regularly scheduled Board meeting September 24. Present were parents and community members demanding answers to how and why a student advocate employee, later promoted to parent advocate with the district, was allowed to remain at the school after child pornography was found on his computer. Former…

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Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out

By Johnathan Hladik, policy director, johnathanh@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care, and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available. More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households…

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CCSD Commits to New Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies

By Bill Briggman, Chief Human Resource Officer, Charleston County School District For years there have been conversations about teacher compensation and questions as to whether the salary structure for teachers is competitive. While these conversations and the debate over the funding of school districts have been taking place, our teacher force has been significantly decreasing.…

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QEP Releases Statement on the Racist Comments of Andrea Pruitt

This past week, Andrea Pruitt, the spouse of Andy Pruitt, the Director of Communications for CCSD, posted racist and racially inappropriate messages on social media, contrasting students at Burke High School who were attending school without air conditioning to “kids in Africa [who] walk across mountain ranges, barefoot in hundred degree heat dodging herds of…

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Re: “How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture”

By Lorna Beck  I am writing in response to D.R.E James’ article titled “How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture”. The article appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of The Charleston Chronicle. In response to Mr. James’ article, I’d like to pose this question: “Can jerk chicken be the instrument that shows the…

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In this episode of “Meet The Black Press,” NNPA Podcast Host Akil Wilson talks to James Washington, the publisher of The Dallas Weekly, about the business of running a Black newspaper and the future of the Black Press