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South African Research For Hiv Drug Goes Back To The Drawing Board

Vaccinations have been halted in a test of a new HIV vaccine after it proved no more effective than a placebo, researchers announced. In the “Uhambo” study – also called HVTN 702 – tested in South Africa – it was determined that 129 people who received the vaccine developed HIV while 123 who were given…

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New Hurdle For Nigerians Seeking U.S. Visas To Settle Here

She’s your pediatrician. He’s your surgeon. She’s a civil engineer. He has a doctorate. She’s an Emmy Award winner. He was a Chicago Bear. They’re Nigerian-Americans who have set down roots in Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Phoenix and Houston – the latter of which has the largest Nigerian population outside Brazil and Africa. They’re the…

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U.S. Launches New Deal For Africa As ‘Growth And Opportunity’ Act Soon To Expire

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (known as “AGOA”) which aimed to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and improve economic relations between the U.S. and the region is out of step with the new trade deals of the Trump administration. In other words, time’s up. A new economic plan is on the drawing board…

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A ‘Green’ Message Shakes Up The Industry At Mining Confab In South Africa

After years of defending dirty extractive industries such as the mining of coal, large mining companies seemed to have switched sides and joined the Greens, or so it seemed at the African Mining Indaba held last week in South Africa. At the Indaba, the continent’s biggest gathering of one of its most vital industries, the companies…

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Authorities In Ivory Coast Launch Demolition Of Shantytowns Housing Thousands

Bulldozers have begun demolishing homes built in the shantytowns of Abidjan, the commercial capital of the Ivory Coast, leaving thousands without shelter as authorities carry out plans to build a buffer zone around an international airport. This comes as large numbers of Ivorians are leaving remote farms and villages for a better life. The demolitions…

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AP News Wire Issues Apology For Cutting The Only Black Activist From A Group Shot

A group shot of young environmental activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, appeared in final form without one of the activists. Vanessa Nakate of Uganda was missing from the photo of Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Loukina Tille and Isabelle Axelsson. All the young women in the photo were white. Nakate confronted AP…

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Women’s Rights Take Center Stage At Emergency World Bank Meeting With Activists

The World Bank’s executive board cancelled expected action on a $500 million loan to Tunisia where teenage girls can be expelled from school because they are pregnant. The Bank had been under pressure from rights activists and held a last-minute emergency meeting this week with Tanzanian and international human rights organizations. The activists demanded that…

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Love Triangle Dooms Prime Minister Of Lesotho’s Government Career

Citizens of Lesotho looking forward to some good news about their country to go viral, are instead watching the tragic story of the prime minister, his first and second wife, unfold. It’s been called an African “Game of Thrones” and has Lesotho’s 80-year-old prime minister, Thomas Thabane, walking the plank since his latest wife became…

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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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Hair Discrimination is Alive and Well

By Julianne Malveaux TriceEdneyWire.com) – Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler, was forced to submit to the humiliating act of having his dreadlocks shorn or have his New Jersey team forfeit their match to the opposing team. A gleeful white woman seemed too pleased to invade the young man’s person, and his team won, but…

National Gun Violence Survivors Week Highlights Those Whose Lives Have Been Changed Forever

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On January 8, 2011, I was performing my favorite duty as a Congresswoman—meeting with my constituents—when it happened. In a matter of seconds, a gunman shot and killed six people, injured 12 others, and shot me in the head outside a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. I keep the memories of…

Black Life Journeys Matter

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association The U.S. Census is now preparing to count all who live in the United States of America. For the more than 50 million Black Americans in the U.S., the 2020 U.S. Census is vital. Our numbers do matter and must be properly…

Plantation Politics in Minority Broadcasting

By Pluria Marshall Jr., President / CEO Marshall Broadcasting Group When I tell you that you can count the number of African American commercial TV station owners in the U.S. on one hand, I mean it literally. There are only five – and I’m one of them. Less than 1% of the nation’s 1,400-plus commercial…

Contempt for Palestinians

By Bill Fletcher Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor I was amazed by the audacity of Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” regarding the Israeli and Palestinians. It was called a “deal,” yet the Palestinians were never involved. It was called a “deal,” yet the Palestinians got nothing that they have demanded. Think about it this way.…

Republicans Have Coronated Trump as King

By Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – So now with the Republican-controlled Senate’s rush to acquit Trump in this rigged impeachment trial, Trump will soon be free to continue using foreign countries or any other illegal acts to ensure his re-election in 2020. What the Republicans have done is to coronate Trump a King who now…

Black Youths: Get a Grip

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s Black History Month! We are losing too many young people to gun violence. So, I am on my soapbox this week trying to reach out to our young people. Last week, sixteen-year-old Jaquarie Perry, a student at Summerville High School and on the track team, was gunned down while on his…

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We Can’t Just Talk About It, We Gotta Be About It

By Barney Blakeney Here we go again. I got a call Sunday morning asking if I’m writing a story about Elliott Summey’s appointment as executive director of Charleston County Airport Authority. The issue actually wasn’t a priority for me. We’ve been here before. Powerbrokers do their do then Black folks get mad and want to…

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Oops! and Other Comments

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Before I  begin my article today, I must correct an error I made last week in my article entitled “The Suddenness of a Sad Tragedy.” In it I erroneously stated that my son was in possession of a 2002 Los Angeles Lakers’ championship jersey with the entire team’s signatures on it.…

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WRONG!! New Aviation Authority CEO, Elliott Summey

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we celebrate Black History this month, generally my focus is on black achievements and the forward path of blacks in America. Blacks spend billions of dollars in America and is underrepresented in every aspect when it comes to building wealth. It would be remiss of me if I did not address…

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It’s The Music In Me

By Barney Blakeney I got flashbacks of some really fond memories recently while watching a segment on the CBS news Magazine “60 Minutes” the other night. For me Sundays are workdays and news programs are resource materials. From the Sunday morning news shows to the late night repeats I’m watching and taking notes. So Reb,…

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The Suddenness of a Sad Tragedy

By Hakim Abdul-Ali By now, you and the rest of the world has heard of the deaths of professional basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, this past Sunday. Like an unexpected bolt of unspeakable informational lightning, this tragically…

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Letter to the editor in response to Chronicle article

I’m writing in response to the Charleston Chronicle’s January 17th article, “Santee Cooper Sale Should Be a 2020 Legislative Priority, Says Gullah Geechee Chamber.” Thank you for covering this issue, which is very important to me. I’m glad that the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution for 100 percent clean energy by 2050.…

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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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