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On Earth Day, Africa Braces For Severe Drought 

Water has no enemy. That’s the theme of a popular song by famed Nigerian singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti who reminds us just how vital water is. If you’re going to wash, he sings, it’s water you’re going to use. If you want to cook soup, cool off in hot weather, give to your…

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Libya Faces New Round Of Fighting With Foreign Backers 

“Why is Libya so lawless”? That was the question on the lips of some of the reporters covering the dangerous new level of confrontation facing Libyans by internal and external forces including foreign countries in Europe and the Middle East. The capital, Tripoli, is now the scene of serious fighting between rival forces as negotiations…

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Ebola Outbreak Not A Global Emergency, Says World Health Group

The World Health Organization has declined to declare the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency because the disease is currently limited to two provinces, reports Science. On the same day, WHO reported the efficacy of an Ebola vaccine that is going through a preliminary trial to be 97.5 percent at…

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Sudanese Demands For A Civilian Government Remain Firm

Protests that began over the skyrocketing price of bread and shortages of food and fuel have accomplished what few people believed was possible in a country ruled by a leader with an iron fist.  A Sudanese people’s movement was born on the streets of Khartoum. Hundreds of thousands of women and men hunkered down and…

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African Leaders Build Weapons Stockpiles Aided By Russian Dealers

There’s a new “rumble in the jungle” in the words of Muhammad Ali but George Foreman isn’t a part of it. What’s changing on the African landscape is the configuration of allies and business partners. Russia, most notably, is making a comeback in weapons sales to Africa, topping western and Chinese arms sellers by a…

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African Philanthropist Corrects Misleading Migration Reports

Africans migrating from the continent make up a much smaller share of the global migrant population than is commonly reported and should be viewed as a positive phenomenon, not a threat. Those were the opening remarks of Sudanese philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, speaking at a weekend conference hosted by Ibrahim’s foundation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Citing…

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Over 100 Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria Reach Five Years In Captivity

The 112 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria and still being held by Boko Haram will have spent five years in captivity if they are not released by next Sunday. That was the sad message released by members of the Bring Back Our Girls movement who have been urging more action by the…

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African Culture Comes Alive in ‘The Burial of Kojo’ by Blitz the Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia “The Burial of Kojo” — among the offerings from Ava DuVernay’s Array Now Film Distribution Company and currently airing on Netflix, has been called quite the marvel that flexes visual storytelling muscles that you didn’t know existed. Critics have also lauded the new flick for taking “unexpected risks with…

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Ex-President’s Theft From Gambia Tops $300 Million

Experts who follow the money are still scratching their heads as to how a quarter of a billion dollars vanished from the national coffers along with former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh at roughly the same time. Before his flight into exile in 2017, Jammeh ruled the small palm-fringed country in West Africa with an iron…

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Ghana’s Crown Jewel Of Biodiversity Threatened By Bauxite Mining

Environmental groups in Ghana are waging an eleventh hour battle to stop the government of Ghana from opening the Atewa Forest Reserve – a crown jewel of biodiversity and a source of three rivers – to commercial large-scale bauxite mining. “We don’t want it,” said Chief Nana Larbikrum, 79, from a tiny settlement on the…

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The Mueller Report and the Question of US foreign policy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor If there had been any question about Russian interference in the 2016 election, that is now a settled matter in light of the Mueller Report. Whether that interference had a demonstrable impact on the election results will be debated for years to come, but Robert Mueller’s committee established,…

Time to wake America up from its student debt nightmare

By Charlene Crowell Higher education has always offered opportunities to learn and earn a better quality of life. But in the 21st Century, higher education has also become synonymous with ever deepening debt. More than 44 million consumers of varying ages and occupations struggle with $1.5 trillion in student debt. The nation’s nagging racial wealth…

Nipsey’s life: A hussle that motivates, resonates around the globe

By Bryan 18X Crawford, Contributing Writer, The Final Call @MrCraw4D The life, death and legacy of Nipsey Hussle not only deeply touched those who live in his Crenshaw community and the Greater Los Angeles area, but people across the country and around the world were mourning the 33-year-old man whose work in the streets and…

Don’t Mess With Max: Mnuchin Madness

By Julianne Malveaux Who does Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin think he is? Simmering in his putrid privilege, he seemed to think that he was in charge of the House Financial Services Committee. He was rude and rogue when he snapped back at Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the committee chair, because she checked him on his nonsense.…

Find Out How Your State Was Graded on the NUL Report Cards for Education Equity Plans

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “This bill upholds the core value that animated the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson — the value that says education, the key to economic opportunity, is a civil right. With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamental American ideal that every child, regardless of…

A New Plan to Make Wall Street Pay for Creating the Foreclosure Crisis

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Last week, as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., convened a House Financial Services Committee hearing, featuring the CEOs of Wall Street’s biggest banks, the financial watchdog group Better Markets released a stunning report on the banks’ criminal records: Wall Street’s Six Biggest Bailed-Out Banks: Their RAP Sheets and Their Ongoing Crime…

Secrets of Being Inwardly Content

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sometimes, as I look around me, I see and come in contact with many different ethnic “hue-man” beings, some who are and appear to be very unhappy. For whatever reasons, these dispirited souls, at times, being uptight with themselves and others, has made me want to offer a few rather candid thoughts…

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Now Is A Good Time For Effective Black Leadership

By Barney Blakeney SOS. Okay, I’ve got a bad case of SOS – stuck on stupid. Everywhere I turn there’s something to remind me that our community needs quality leadership. I’ve been stuck on that for a while now. A couple of weeks ago my friend former Charleston County School District media specialist Jason Sakron…

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“Big Dogs Don’t Take No Stuff”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The first dog I bought my son was a Doberman. He grew into a beautiful red dog with red eyes. He had a big appetite and didn’t take “no stuff” from outsiders. Y’all, keep on reading and follow my drift! At its meeting last week, Charleston County School Board voted on a…

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Understanding “Reality” and a Few Vibes about Nipsey Hussle

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was stopped recently on a local city street by a loyal reader of this newspaper who said she recognized me as one of its longtime writers. This lady wondered if she could ask me a question that’s been on her mind for quite a while, and that was why do I…

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Groovin’ With The Swings

By Barney Blakeney Last week the sisters of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc. celebrated their 50th anniversary. Two of my sisters are Swings – Donna Singleton Pinder and Deborah McPherson Crawford. They bleed black and white. My fling with the Swings goes back to my time as a freshman at Barber-Scotia College in Concord,…

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Never Forget This

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My rap today is based upon a need to address an issue that afflicts a lot of “hue-mans,” including Afrikan-Americans, in particular, and many other disillusioned folk of color. That issue, simply stated, is one of lacking self-acceptance and self-respect. I’m on that topic because I came in contact with a person…

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Environmental Racism – A Quiet Killer in Black Communities

By Antoine M. Thompson  While we often hear and read about police brutality, housing and employment discrimination, there is simply inadequate media coverage of an equally destructive form of racism….environmental racism. The pollution of air, land and water are all environmental injustices that often shorten the life expectancy of Black people. This lack of attention…

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Enough Is Enough, Again

After reading writer after writer calling on our school board to “fix” our failing schools, I cried, I have seen this play before, always directed by white, educational protagonists. Consultants who have never addressed this problem in real life, are hired from our universities to show that something is being done. This effort, too, like others, will…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Charleston and North Charleston’s Approach to Policing Reform

By Shaundra Scott and Estherjoy Mungai Four years ago, on the fourth day of the fourth month of the year, Walter Scott was killed by North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager. The entire nation turned to North Charleston as footage of the horrific shooting forced us, once again, to confront the painful relationship between people…

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Project Street Outreach Honors Sergeant First Class Sam “Duke” Caulder

Imagine a decorated war hero who answered that answered the nation’s call by serving four tours in Vietnam, sacrificing their freedom for 23 years. This is the story of Sergeant First Class Sam “Duke” Caulder. At the age of 18, Duke enlisted in the Army in 1953, being stationed in many countries that included Korea and…

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