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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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Feast on Toronto’s Multicultural Cuisine

By Dwight Brown Discover a vibrant international food scene in a city that’s home to 230 different nationalities. There are countless reasons to visit the very multicultural city of Toronto, the largest city in Canada. Movie lovers flock to the Toronto International Film Festival. Sightseers explore CN Tower. Tourists pedal around town on Toronto Bicycle Tours. Romantics head to Niagara Falls. And, history…

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Queen Quet Takes Part in United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid

Global leaders have gathered in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) to take the next crucial steps in the climate change process. The conference took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of COP25 said,…

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‘It’s Time For Africa To Do Things For Itself’ Proclaims Kenyan Peace Prize Winner

Over the last 100 years, Africa has been the eternal donor to the West but has been represented as always reliant on aid from the Western community. “We must find a way of reversing this by becoming makers of our own raw materials,” asserts Kenyan author and academic Ngugi wa Thiong’o who picked up a…

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Art World’s ‘Season Africa 2020’ Recalls Much Loved Nigerian Curator 

One of the more ambitious exhibits of African art to showcase French-speaking, English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Africa, including North Africa, is scheduled to open June 2020 and run for 6 months. The occasion will also mark the passing this year of Bisi Silva, an adventurous curator who, with her own money, founded a nonprofit art gallery…

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‘More Than A Few Reasons To Be Happy’ – An African Writer Looks Ahead To 2020

While its soundtrack may have been grim and pessimistic, Africa has more than a few reasons to be happy, asserts prominent author, journalist and former editor of The East African, Charles Onyango-Obbo of Uganda. “There are many good stories in East Africa,” he begins. “East African citizens continue to travel in record numbers in the…

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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…

War with Iran is ill-advised and thoughtless

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – When the United States uses military force, the American people and members of the United States Armed Forces deserve a credible explanation regarding such use of military force. The War Powers Resolution requires the President to consult with Congress ‘‘in every possible instance’’ before introducing United States Armed Forces into…

Becoming A Better Leader In 2020

Six New Year’s Resolution Tips by Joseph Ellick When a new year comes, people around the world look forward to putting things in place and setting new goals to improve personally or professionally. The biggest challenge at times is knowing what it’s going to take to make that desire a reality to apply to your…

Our Children Are Leading Us. Hallelujah!

By Marian Wright Edelman In December Time magazine named then-16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg their 2019 Person of the Year—the youngest person ever honored. Time noted that this brave, determined teenager represents a new wave of young people who refuse to accept the world adults have created for them: “Her global climate strike is the largest and most…

Imagine a World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We have an impeached president in our country because he has done so much destruction to our country. He has even destroyed who others believe we are! Many Americans have lost faith in who we once thought we were. I’ve heard Americans talk about being embarrassed to…

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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Finding Stuff To Write About For The Last Time In 2019

By Barney Blakeney This likely will be the last column I write in 2019 and I haven’t got the slightest idea what to write about. I try to write columns that offer information, not just my opinion. What’s that they say about opinions – like buttholes, everybody’s got one. I try never to forget I’m…

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Moving Ahead in the New Year

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings and Happy New Year to one and all and, of course, that includes you, the reader. It’s a another select moment in time and space for all of us in “hue-manity” to be so very thankful for just being alive in the here and now. You don’t have to be cordial…

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The Significance of the Emancipation Proclamation Festivities

By Beverly Gadson-Birch What we don’t know could hurt us! I have no idea who coined the phrase, but it is so relevant to the annual Emancipation Proclamation parade and church services held each year on January 1 to commemorate the freeing of slaves. The celebration is a longstanding tradition. The true origin and purpose…

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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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