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Music Lovers Mourn Passing Of Famed Griot Singer, Songwriter From Guinea – Mory Kanté

Mory Kanté, called the “electric griot” for his fusion of contemporary styles with traditional West African influences, passed away this month at the age of 70 of untreated health problems. Mr. Kante’s manager, Juan Yriat, said he died in his sleep after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day. “He suffered from chronic illnesses and…

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U.N. Leader Calls For Global Ceasefire On Africa Day

Africa Day will go virtual this year with a star-studded benefit concert hosted by English actor Idris Alba, an online how-to video for jollof rice, and a U.N. call for a global ceasefire issued by the Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. African countries have “demonstrated commendable leadership” battling the COVID-19 pandemic, he said in a Monday…

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Massive Die-Off of Fish on Nigerian Coastline Linked to Toxic Discharge

An immense blanket of dead fish stretching across three states has sparked anger and frustration among communities along the Atlantic Ocean coastline in Nigeria. The area is known for oil spills that have polluted the waters and left fish and other wildlife inedible. The massive die-off was first reported in February when community people in…

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Traditional Elections Will Test Africa’s Resistance To The Virus

Africa’s infection rates are still relatively low to the wonderment of some in the western world who predicted infection rates in the billions. In fact, African governments in many cases took preventative steps – from closing borders, social distancing, shutting educational institutions and banning mass gatherings. By April 19, the Africa CDC reported that 34…

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Desecration of Priceless Forests in Sierra Leone Halted by Coronavirus

The crashing economies in Asia have been a blessing – if temporary – to the endangered forests of Sierra Leone – particularly the tall stands of redwood trees, prized for their beauty, their rich mahogany color and their high quality for furniture. The illegal trade in the wood is one of the world’s most lucrative…

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Ghana Issues Warning Of Rising Virus Cases After ‘Superspreader’ Event

Speaking at a Sunday night national address, President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that a single worker at a fish factory here has infected 533 co-workers, bringing the total number of infections to 4,700 – the highest number in West Africa. A superspreader event is a large COVID-19 infection cluster. The latest infection is part of a…

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Thousands Share Fake Facebook Post Of Corona Vaccine Killing Children

Depending on the source, “fake news” can be a smear on reputable news outlets just trying to do their job. But in other hands, it can be a source of misleading rumors read by thousands that do damage and are hard to correct. Such was the story titled “Scandal in Senegal” that circled West Africa…

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2020 Howard Grad Earns Ph.D. at Age 73

On April 26, 2020, Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu, 73, defended her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Media Studies. Her dissertation and future book titled, “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens,” is a reflection of the Igbo women…

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First Kenyan PhD Marine Scientist Passes

Kenya’s first PhD marine scientist, Prof Mohamed Hyder, died at his home in Kizingo, Mombasa, after a long illness. The 88-year-old leaves behind a wife and three children. After completing his undergraduate work at Makerere University, Professor Hyder moved to Scotland where he took up biology, which was his passion. While teaching at Makerere, he…

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ANC Military Leader Who Shared Prison Time With Madiba Passes

One time ANC military Denis Goldberg was one of Nelson Mandela’s two co-defendants from the 1963-64 Rivonia trial at which 10 men were on trial for their lives for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid regime by force. Goldberg was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Mandela for the crime of sabotage, serving 22 years at Pretoria…

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Americans Have United Before to Defeat an External Enemy and We Can Again

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We live in a time of bitter divisions. Today, even the wearing of masks has become a partisan question. Yet, as this Memorial Day weekend reminds us, this country has united before to meet external threats. The calamity that has been wrought by the coronavirus is the result of an…

Even While Physically Distant, 2020 Grads Find Ways to Celebrate and Inspire

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it’s easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times;…

$3 Trillion HEROES Act promises more COVID-19 relief for consumers and businesses: Will the U.S. Senate act swiftly on the new legislative plan

By Charlene Crowell As the nation’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks the spread of COVID-19, by mid-May, at least 1.6 million infections and over 92,000 deaths occurred. This data includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands. At the same time,…

COVID-19 — My Personal Battle from a Positive to a Negative Result

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor “Jeffrey, unfortunately, your test came back positive for the Coronavirus.” Hearing those words from the doctor, March 27th, shook me to the core. Was that a death sentence for me? Was it a coincidence that my mom years earlier had died in the same month of March? Was…

Celebrating Bro. Malcolm X, A Warrior and Master Teacher

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A former United States president has been quoted as saying “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who want to govern themselves must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” No one whom I have ever met more clearly understood the realness of that observation than Brother Malcolm…

Super Special Graduation

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Everybody who has ever graduated from anything knows how special graduation is. If you made it to graduation, not only were you excited about doing something not only you considered important, but the fact that you made it, made a lot of people happy. Friends, relatives– especially…

Criticism and Facebook Posts Don’t Fix Problems

By Barney Blakeney I’m technologically challenged. I don’t do technology very well (mostly by choice).  So I tell folks, if you want me to see something immediately, don’t put it on Facebook, call or email me. Those two technical venues I can handle. So I’m on Facebook the other day when I see a message…

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Thinking About The Present Times

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As you read this, I’d like you to consider the spiritual fact about how bless you and I are to be alive in this phase of existence so far, especially, considering what’s going on. I hope you are not taking that for granted because the living experience thus far is becoming quite…

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Living Through Challenging Times

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I do not know about you, but I need to take a break from the news. As the country opens back up for business, folks are already letting their guard down. They are not wearing masks and practicing social distancing in public places. It is good some restrictions are being lifted, but shoppers…

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Change

By Barney Blakeney As the June 9 Democratic primary elections loom in the shadow of South Carolina’s reopening of businesses amid continuing escalation of the coronavirus pandemic which affects Blacks at disproportionately higher rates than others, the African American community has much to consider. Assertive, foresighted and progressive political leadership among Black elected officials has…

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Silent Reflections on a Spring Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today is one of those days where I’m silently “vibing” on simple realities signifying that I’m seeking peace and greater understanding of what the Most High Alone is presently revealing to me. I’m alone and very isolated while thinking about the quietness of this springtime power moment, and it’s truly an awesome…

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Folks, Why Make Your Head So Hard?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Last week, several groups of protestors converged on Columbia. There were those in support of opening the state back up for business immediately and those in opposition. I know no one asked me, but I support those that oppose re-opening the state prematurely and putting more lives at risk of contracting or dying…

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What About the Parents?

Without a doubt these are trying times. Every day we hear about, talk about and honor first line responders and essential workers. I support this, but I would like to add parents to those we honor as well. In most situations parents don’t have a choice about the role they must perform. For example, imagine…

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Re-opening During a Pandemic takes Strategic Planning for Sustainability

As states reopen their economies during the Coronavirus pandemic, opportunities abound to make African American businesses sustainable. To keep your doors, open right now do not disregard the importance of ensuring customers have a safe, healthy shopping experience. Don’t become a statistic because you failed to take measures to assure your customers you care about…

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Lowcountry Local First Advocates A New Normal For Charleston’s Economic Future

Once the panic subsides, if the panic subsides, we would be mistaken to not pause long enough to think about the future of our city, region, and country with a new lens. Charleston’s real estate boom has been like a Girls Gone Wild video of investors clamoring to own a piece of the Holy City.…

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COVID-19 and Black America: Things A Vaccine Will Not Cure

By Dr. William Small, Jr. Old sayings often get to be old because they are most often true. One such saying that comes immediately to mind, suggests that when America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia. The current Covid-19 crisis illustrates that in spite of all of the political, social and economic progress that…

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As COVID-19 continues to spread amid a growing number of fatalities, Dr. James Hildreth said it’s critical that everyone follows stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines, and anything else that could help keep Americans safe during the pandemic