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Zimbabwe Forges Ahead With 5 Nation Tour Despite Mounting Pressure at Home

There’s a time for everything and this appears to be the worst time for a deal-making tour across five nations led by President Emmerson Mnangagwe whose country Zimbabwe is roiling with angry citizens furious over a massive 150 percent increase in the price of fuel. The price hike was announced just as President Mnangagwa flew…

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Calls For Recount Reveal Doubts About Congo Polls

Calls for a vote recount, first from defeated opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, are now being heard widely, sparking concerns that outgoing President Joseph Kabila played a behind the scenes role in swinging the election for Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition leader. Despite video footage of Congolese voters cheering the presumed victor, credible sources say Mr. Tshisekedi…

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The 2019 Edition of the Award-Winning Our Jamaica Annual Destination Guide Released

On the heels of a wildly successful 2018 edition, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and HCP Media are excited to announce the release of the 2019 edition of Our Jamaica magazine. This annual in-room destination guide earned five major awards for its most recent issue from the Florida Magazine Association, McClatchy, Graphic Design…

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Retired From Politics, Jacob Zuma Reveals Plans For New Career 

After a brief spin as President of South Africa, the multi-talented Jacob Zuma is plunging into a new and exciting career path – he’ll be a recording artist of liberation songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. A full-length album will be recorded in April during the Articulate Africa project, a program of national and international literary…

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3,500 Lose Jobs As New Currency Shortage Hits Zimbabwe

Over 3,500 youth officers have been laid off as part of the nation’s shortage of currency amid efforts to streamline the wage bill. It was explained that the layoffs would save the country a substantial amount while the nation’s economy is limping. Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe said the layoffs were in line with…

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African Leaders Confront A ‘Blue Wave’ Demanding Change

When Democrats captured one House seat after another in the midterm elections, observers brushed it off as a “blue trickle.” Later they had to admit: it was a giant blue wave. Africans are also yearning for change and their frustration is erupting across the continent with a new crop of activists challenging the old order.…

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The Wakanda One Village Project: African Union Ambassador Promotes Diaspora Homecomings

This is the first installment of a news series and the global initiative of NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. to expand the international reach and impact of the Black Press of America. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent As she entered her office in Northwest Washington, D.C., African Union (AU)…

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Press Freedoms Return To Gambia Under New Government

Following the end of the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, journalists in The Gambia are beginning to enjoy press freedoms for the first time in 22 years. During the two decades of ex-President Jammeh’s rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government has pledged to respect the media. Outdated sedition laws…

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No Winner Seen in ‘Messy’ Elections for New Congo President

Observers of the contested elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported so many irregularities that a winner may not be produced in the coming days when the counting of votes is complete. Millions of votes were counted on Monday amid alleged errors in the voter roll, technical problems and delayed or missing polling…

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Flags Fly For An Ex-President Of Nigeria ‘Too Nice’ For The Job

Former President Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, a devout Muslim, a former school teacher, son of a farmer, trader and herder, is being remembered as a nice man, a gentle man but not a particularly strong man. Nice, gentle and amiable – good qualities – but just short of what the opposition desired for the leader of Africa’s…

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A Call to Conscience

By Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund January 15th would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. How should we honor him today? Earlier this month Dr. King’s personal attorney and friend Clarence Jones convened an intergenerational, interracial, interfaith group for the launch of the Gandhi King Institute for…

Little-Known Facts about MLK

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia As the nation commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday, some may find interesting tidbits of little-known or talked about facts and details of the slain civil rights champion. When he was born on Jan. 15, 1929, King’s name at birth was actually was Michael. His father,…

Don’t Let Predatory Tax Loans Take Your Refunds

By Charlene Crowell For many consumers, the New Year brings an annual effort to file taxes early enough to help pay off big bills, replace major appliances or tuck away a few bucks for the proverbial ‘rainy day’.  With a continuing federal shutdown, this year there are also an estimated 800,000 federal workers who have not…

Shame and Shade in Birmingham: In Praise of Angela Davis

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – If anyone deserves a civil rights award, Angela Davis certainly does. The activist and scholar has been on the front lines of the civil rights movement all of her life. She has been especially active in prison reform matters, but she has also been involved in other civil and human…

Overcoming Tragedy and Celebrating Life Again

By Peire Wilson, LaGuardia Community College Of the more than 330,000 U.S. students studying abroad, only 6.1 percent are African American and 10.1 percent are Latino. This is one in a series of articles by students of color who are breaking down barriers by studying abroad thanks to the Frederick Douglass Global Fellows program, which awards 10…

Economics, Not Electoral Politics, is the Key to Success

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – At the risk of being accused of repeating myself, I will say once again that black people who live in the continent of North America (aka USA) continue to recognize the importance of maximizing their economic potential. In 2018, as in the previous 100 or so years, we as…

On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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Whippings: “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s no surprise that the year started off with a bang; 2018 ended with a bang. I have been trying to make sense out of all the nonsense—three and four shootings a day, not to mention the mistaken identity auto shooting where a seven-year-old was killed in Houston. Old schoolers think millennials spare the rod…

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Local Republicans Should Step Boldly Into The Future

By Barney Blakeney This thing about racial intolerance long has been out of hand, but it’s become scary! As a Black man in America I learned a long time ago that this country is run by racists. It was founded by racists, developed by racists and is perpetuated by racists. I’m sorry, but there just…

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Looking Ahead While Never Forgetting

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sometimes, I ask myself, as I’m now asking you, “Does Black America, as a collective grouping, ever really expect to be free of all the negative things that hold them back in their quests for freedom, justice and equality?” No matter what day or year that it is, as I grow older,…

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Folks, Y’all Better Get A Grip!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Happy New Year!! While some folks were preparing for Watch Night, others were gearing up for parties or both. I am wondering just how happy 2019 will be with so many problems plaguing the Black community and this country. We ended 2018 with a partial government shutdown. President Trump is so child-like. If…

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Maybe I’ll Get a Life In The New Year

By Barney Blakeney Sometimes I tell myself, “Self, get a life!” As a reporter I cover so much stuff that brings me down, I have to remind myself there’s an awful lot of great stuff going’s on (as the late great comedian Bernie Mac might say). I don’t do a lot of fluff stuff. My…

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Caucasians can learn from reading Black newspapers

  By Melissa Martin, Ph.D In the United States today, many cities print newspapers in diverse languages for other racial and ethnic groups. Reading news stories written by journalists, reporters, and columnists from your own background gives opportunity to view events through your own cultural lens. National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) is a trade association…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Gun Reform Rally at State House

Lowcountry Students for Political Action have announced a demonstration in support of Senate Bill 154 at the South Carolina State House on January 31 st at 11AM. Students and activists from across the state will gather in Columbia to demand that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move bill 154 to the Senate floor.…

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SC State Rep. JA Moore’s Legislative Agenda for 2019

By South Carolina State Representative JA Moore, District 15 Less than a year ago, I was a restaurant general manager who decided to take the leap of faith and focus full-time as owner and chef of my catering company. That within itself was an arduous undertaking.  Fast-forward a few weeks later after some soul-searching. I realized…

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Let’s recognize those who give of themselves to make a difference

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller Given how bad news tends to dominate headlines – and how misdeeds are far more likely to find their way onto the nightly news than acts of kindness – it’s easy to lose sight of the basic goodness and generosity of people. Yet all around us people are making a…

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