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Newly-Elected Leader Of Congo Resists Latest Power Grab By Ex-President

Joseph Kabila, ex-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, may have gone once too often to the cookie jar, taking back one by one all of the powers and rights earned by his successor from a recent election, Felix Tshisekedi. President Tshisekedi may have have had enough. After a disputed vote that gave the former…

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Massive Cyclone Batters Zimbabwe And Mozambique, Hundreds Feared Dead

A powerful cyclone moving at over 100 miles per hour unleashed deadly floods in southern Africa over the weekend, leaving a moonscape of mud where the bustling port city of Beira in Mozambique had been. “The scale of devastation (in Beira) is enormous,” said Jamie LeSueur, leader of the International Federation of Red Cross and…

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Barbados to Welcome the Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will journey to the island of Barbados with co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™, Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).  They have put out a global call for others of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora and those that support the continuation of the rich cultural African heritage of…

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Algerian President Bows To Thousands Demanding His Resignation

Weeks of mass protests across Algeria ended in victory for thousands of demonstrators who had been urging the gravely ill President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. This week, President Bouteflika appeared to give in to their demands. He canceled the April 18 presidential elections and said he will not seek another term in office. “There…

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Thousands Gather In Nairobi To Clean Up The Earth

Heads of state, government ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and grassroots activists are gathering in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly – the world’s top body on the environment. This year’s theme is “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production.” The assembly is expected to draw the largest…

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Breakdancing May Break into the Summer Olympic Games

Special from NorthStarNewsToday.com (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Breakdancing, an art form started by African-American teenagers that has spread all over the world, may break into the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris as a new sport. The list of additional sports for inclusion will be revealed this week by the local organizing committee. Breakdancing is an acrobatic…

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FACE Africa Hosts 10th Annual WASH Gala

On Saturday March 23, FACE Africa will host its 10th Annual WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala at Guastavino’s New York. This landmark 10th anniversary event will be held to commemorate World Water Day, (March 22nd) with the goal of bringing awareness to the growing clean water epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and raising funds for…

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Fifty Years On, It’s Still A Man’s World At Africa’s ‘Oscars’

Africa’s major film event – on the scale of the Oscars – celebrated its 50th year this month with more films, more visitors and a disappointing showing of women selected to compete for any major prize. And women are not having it. “Can it be that in 50 years, there hasn’t been a single woman…

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Insufficient Training for Pilots Suspected in Deadly Ethiopian Crash

Fifty three minutes. That was the length of time approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) for pilot training on the upgraded Boeing 737 Max 8 jet that crashed Sunday in Ethiopia killing all aboard, according to a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association. Nor was the 53 minutes for face to face training.…

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African WWII Vets Seek Formal Apology and Compensation from UK

The UK government is coming under pressure to compensate and apologize to the last surviving African veterans who fought alongside white British soldiers in the second World War. More than half a million black African soldiers who fought in the British army were paid up to three times less than their white counterparts, a newly…

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Everyone Must Condemn Trump’s Sly Encouragement of Lawless Violence

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Racism is not natural. Babies — black, brown, white — explore the world and each other with wonder, not hate. Racism has to be taught. It is learned behavior. To assume that a person is inherently superior or inferior to another based upon race is unnatural and ungodly. Racism is…

Continued Cruel Threats to Hungry Families and Children

By Marian Wright Edelman Once again children and families are under attack. After failing in past efforts to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), the Trump administration is taking a new approach to crippling the program millions of families in the United States depend on to survive and…

African American Heart Health Is Vital

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, NNPA Newswire Contributor Last month, February 2019, was not only Black History Month, it was also Heart Health Awareness Month per the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black…

Blacks on White Privilege

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – For many years many Black people have been denied opportunities for no reason other than the color of their skin. I’ve been guilty like many others who said, “It must be nice to have white privilege!” Now, I’m not so sure. I’d rather not have anybody knocking on…

The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that ABC News said has prompted repercussions from Hollywood to the boardrooms of major corporations. A…

Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run for president in 2016. With racial tensions,…

Protesters Upset Charleston County School Board Meeting

By Beverly Gadson-Birch National Action Network, Prestige Preparatory Academy students and parents, and other community stakeholders brought the March 18 Charleston County School Board meeting to a halt. For years, the Board has ignored the wishes of the Black community and denigrated them while creating magnets and mostly white charter schools to circumvent true integration. The…

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How Do We Fix What Ails Black America?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As a proud brother of color, I love my country, but I must admit that I’ve had to come to grips with many of this nation’s forefathers’ actions as they orchestrated for themselves and their descendants an America that’s inherently still a place of biased “hue-manistic” values, divided politics and questionable loyalties.…

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So CofC Students Are Racist… And Wha?

By Barney Blakeney I haven’t seen the recently revealed video of white College of Charleston students engaged in racist behavior that’s created a stir among Black students and given the local media another hot button story. After writing about racism in Charleston the past 40 years, I’m hardly moved. I’ve lived with racism a lot…

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Charleston County School Board: “Do The Right Thing!!”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Like spiders, Charleston County School Board has woven a web making it almost impossible for low performing students to escape. And, it’s not just minority students but white students as well. The Board has used their majority 5-4 vote to create a dual system of education to trick minority parents. The problem…

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The Tests of Life

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today my message is one where I was inspired to write this because a dear friend of mine is presently going through a very traumatic time in his life. He shared some of his very personal concerns with me about what was affecting his health, which had been troubling him inwardly for…

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Get Up and Walk, Black Man!

By Barney Blakeney I’m constantly reminded I don’t know everything. It’s something I learned a long time ago and a lesson that sunk in, but it often is reiterated because a lot of stuff goes on I know nothing about. It happened again February 2 when I attended a men’s program at Old Bethel United…

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A Legacy of Irrelevance

By Ade Ofunniyin, PhD Last week at College of Charleston ended with a noonday student walkout and protest. Hundreds walked out of class on Friday to protest a video showing white students from the school joking about slavery. The walkout, protest and forthright apology from administration, all follow a pattern that has been normalized at…

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An Eclipse of SC’s Sunshine Laws

By Richard Whiting Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light. Another eclipse seems to be taking place in the Palmetto State.…

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An Important Panel on Flooding in Charleston

Groundswell! is pleased to sponsor a panel of professionals who are bringing expertise and energy to the flooding crisis facing the Charleston community. This free event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. The presenters will be: Mark Wilbert, Charleston City’s chief resilience…

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Black to the Future

By Ade Ofunniyin Are we truly returning “black” to the future? Who will direct this sojourn? What is the truth about this undertaking? While Disney and AMC Theatre’s motives may appear to be altruistic, I posit that they are capitalistic and misguided. The film Black Panther and its Afrofuturist imaginings demonstrate clearly the central role…

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