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Creation Of New Currency Faces Setback As Six Countries Object

French-speaking countries will have to put the cork back in the champagne bottle after six member countries of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) comprising Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have rejected the adoption of ‘Eco’ as the name of the proposed single currency for West Africa. At a special meeting, five…

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NNPA Urges Better U.S.-Cuba Relations

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. joined experts and academics from the United States and Cuba in Havana to seek strategies, solutions, and projects they hope would help rekindle relations between the countries. “The majority of the people of…

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In Malawi, Police Said To Be Stalling Investigation Into Rapes By Fellow Officers

This month the taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation ignited a wave of social media outrage after a guest analyst on a talk show commented that victims of rape enjoy the abuse. The comment, reported by journalist Idriss Ali Nassah, is symptomatic of the views that blame the victim and allow cases of sexual violence including by…

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College of Charleston Student’s Website Helps Children of Immigrant Parents

By Amy S. Mercer Imagine being a 15-year-old sophomore in high school terrified that your parents will be deported. Imagine being so scared that you don’t leave the house. You stop going to school. You keep silent about your fears because you think you don’t have anyone to talk to. Imagine the challenge of carrying…

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Passing Of Acclaimed Nigerian Novelist Grieved By Community Of Writers

Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, novelist extraordinaire, passed this month into eternity, writes Nigerian author Okey Ndibe. Born April 28, 1931, he had a rich life as an academic, bureaucrat, father to an only son, Osita Ike (who preceded him in death), husband (to Adebimpe Olurinsola Ike, nee Abimbolu, who survives him), and traditional leader of his…

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Ghana’s Year Of Return Brings Call To Broaden Scope

When Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo pronounced 2019 as the Year of Return, his words resounded with warmth and joy to all people of African descent. So began a year-long calendar of events including concerts, art shows, visits to heritage sites, fashion shows, movie premieres and creative economy and trade conferences, organized on the occasion of…

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Militant Youth Pin Hopes On Uganda’s ‘New Nightmare’

He’s elusive. He escapes, he hides. Police keep chasing him like a video game character or a superhero in a movie. But despite their best efforts, authorities have been unable to stop Robert Kyagulanyi – a member of parliament and a popular reggae singer who records under the stage name Bobi Wine. He plans to…

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Corruption Fighter Freezes Bank Accounts Of Angola’s Pampered Rich 

Some called her Princess. Others labeled her the beautiful face of the dictatorship – always beaming from the pages of Fortune, Forbes and other high-finance magazines which flattered her as Africa’s “First Woman Billionaire.” Today, the daughter of Angola’s ex-president is in a messy fight over millions siphoned from state funds, now frozen as part…

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Guilty Of Corruption, Sudan’s Ex-President Is Sent To Reform Center

From a cell inside the court in Khartoum, Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir heard the judgement against him – two years in detention for money laundering and corruption. It was a dramatic fall for the former regional power broker who rose through the ranks from paratroop officer to colonel in the Sudanese Army, from Chairman…

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Liberians Rejoice Over A Promised Path To U.S. Citizenship

As the Trump administration turns down an ever-growing number of applications for asylum, it surprised many that some 5,000 Liberians in the United States have been granted a path to citizenship. In fact, it was the product of decades of effort by the Liberian community and its allies. “This has been a 20-plus-year fight where…

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We Need Political Courage on Homelessness and Recidivism

By Jack Brown (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With the Democratic primary kicking into gear and the general election right around the corner, the stage is set for an impassioned battle of ideas and policy initiatives that could shape our country for the next decade. Fortunately, sitting lawmakers and candidates from both sides of the aisle have shown…

Redefining Suffrage, Unerasing Black Women

By Gwen McKinney Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Ida B. Wells. Shirley Chisholm. Rosa Parks. These household names, spanning a couple of centuries, qualify for the Suffrage Hall of Fame. Almost a buzz word synonymous with the Year of the Woman, in 2020 the centerpiece of suffrage will be marked by the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women’s voting…

Sure Glad to Be Black!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – When you think about the harsh treatment Black people have experienced, and still experience in this country, when you think of 400 years of Black people being enslaved, having gone through Jim Crow, segregation, lynching and every indignity you can think about, don’t you at least say to…

Will a Woman Be President in 2020?

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for the Democratic nomination for President. Apparently, the Editorial Board of the Times disagrees with Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), who allegedly told Warren that a woman could not win the…

We Must Celebrate Dr. King As A Warrior, Not A Dreamer

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – At the risk of being considered repetitious, I am once again asking–not begging–Black folks to cease reducing the great historical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to “I have a Dream.” Anyone who is still doing so, which includes most Black folks in this country, should celebrate his…

Is Dr. King’s Dream Being Denied or Deferred? Disparities in Housing Perpetuate Racial Wealth Gap

By Charlene Crowell  Once again, the only federal holiday honoring a person of color will be celebrated across the nation. The 38-year span of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life continues to be remembered and revered. Since his tragic death, time has shown he was also prophetic.   “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle,” said…

Another Day at the Office

By Hakim Abdul-Ali We all are living in this present moment while existing in the only arena that I know of that’s called life. Some of us cherish this pristine opportunity with spiritual significance, and some others obviously take it for granted that they are blessed to be in the here and now. In my…

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Culture Shock and Change

By Barney Blakeney I recently ran into an old friend, a white guy, who just moved to Charleston’s Eastside. I’ve known the guy for years. We share a lot in common, but grew up in different environments, different parts of the country, different socio-economic backgrounds and different cultures. And now he lives in my old…

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There’s No Need to Complain

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The living experience is full of tests, ordeals, disappointments and unimaginative upheavals for every created “hue-man” soul in the universe, including me and you. There’s no denying that in any shape, manner or form. To further illustrate that point, something occurred on my watch last week where I had to reflect on…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Rosa Parks

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday and reflect on one of the greatest civil rights leaders and orators of our time, I am reminded of Rosa Parks who served as the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement that lasted for a year and resulted in the desegregation of the…

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If You’re Gonna Criticize, Get It Right

By Barney Blakeney A friend recently sent me a link to a story noting that a Charleston Chronicle story led to the hiring of a local Black owned firm to do business with one of the presidential candidate’s campaigns. I’m low tech/no tech so when I pulled up the link I found myself on a…

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Feeling Awesome

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I just thought about something and that’s it’s okay to feel mellow in the present moment. Some folk in “hue-manity” may not comprehend that reality, but it’s healthy to be existing in a sound mental frame of mind while living in an equally positive living space. That may not always be the…

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Citizens Want Excellence at IAAM

In a recent letter to the editor printed in the Post and Courier, Carol Ezell-Gilson asked why a project of the International African American Museum’s magnitude has gone unquestioned. The city is spending millions on a project to illuminate African American history with limited involvement of the African American community itself. The president and Chief…

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Lest We Forget

65 years ago, we were ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education to desegregate our public schools. The term used, that I cannot connect with, was something like, “with all deliberate speed.” The initial response of a segment of the white community was closing the public schools; creating white, private academies; and numerous…

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Final USDA Rule Threatens to Take Food Away from Nearly 700,000 People — Increasing Hunger in South Carolina

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule that will cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for 680,000 people. SNAP helps thousands of South Carolinians put food on the table. While everyone experiencing a rough patch should be able to use SNAP, the program already places strict time limits on…

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My Contaminated 40 Acres Killed My Mule

TO ALL CONCERNED:   People there has been an extremely pressing issue facing us all daily—global warming. Since the first so-called settlers invaded these lands there has been an environmental injustice plagued upon the indigenous people. After slavery the injustice continued until today. Big corporations have ignored the cries of the people to “save our…

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