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Mall for Africa Sells U.S. Cars to Customers in Nigeria

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Mall for Africa, an award-winning patented e-commerce platform, announced that it will add cars from the United States the long list of items that it sells. The company said it will sell American made cars to its customers in Nigeria, effective immediately, with plans to expand to 16…

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Ghana Proclaims Year of Return to African Descendants

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent Paying homage to the past and a hope to a brighter future, 2019 will officially mark the 400-year anniversary since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619. In remembrance of the dark history and the celebration of the Black American’s triumph in the…

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Young Medical Worker Executed By Boko Haram Caliphate

“We urge you: spare and release these women,” begged Patricia Danzi, director of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Africa. .. “Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight.” “They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother — women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and…

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College of Charleston Film Series Explores Links Between Gullah Communities, Sierra Leone

By Amanda Kerr The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston will host a three-film series exploring the cultural connections between South Carolina’s Gullah communities and Sierra Leone. All screenings will take place in Maybank Hall, Room 100, on the College of Charleston campus. The screenings are free and open to the public.…

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U.S. Gets Green Light to Boot Thousands of African Refugees

A simmering dispute between the U.S. and Ghana appears to be resolved. Some 7,000 Ghanaians can now be deported from the U.S. and a key demand – that their Ghanaian citizenship be proven before deportation – has been dropped. The dispute was settled at the United Nations General Assembly meeting last month. Speaking with the…

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Uproar Over Expulsion of Famed Anti-Colonialist Professor

China’s influence in Africa has some leaders trying hard to please their new, rich and seemingly generous foreign partners. This week, Zambian authorities roiled the nation’s waters by deporting an influential pan-Africanist professor before he could disembark at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and before he could address a class of graduating university seniors on the…

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Nobel Prize for Healing Rape Survivors in Midst of War

“For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women’s bodies and I cannot remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other.” Those were the words of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician working in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Now, Dr.…

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Son of Ex-Angolan President Charged in $500 Million Swindle

One reason why African presidents may cling to power, even re-writing the constitution to grant them extra terms, may be the case of Angola. Newly elected President João Lourenço is sending shivers across the continent as he relentlessly attempts to recoup billions of dollars subverted from the national treasury, including by members of the previous…

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Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

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Rwanda Outlaws Political Cartoons and an Opposition Leader Goes Free

The Rwandese government of Paul Kagame has outlawed the drawing of cartoons that portray politicians/leaders in an unflattering manner. Anyone who draws such a cartoon risks imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to Rwf1 million ($1,145). If the cartoon targets a session of parliament or a “top ranking official”, the…

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Setting the Example in This Moment

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund As parents and grandparents once again struggle to determine how to explain to their children current headlines of moral indecency at the highest levels, adults everywhere are reminded that we must all continue to strive to be the examples we want our children to emulate.…

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fails to Forgive

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome debts threaten the future of America’s middle class. Two…

Constitutional Right to Counsel is Meaningless Under Dismal Current Public Defender System

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person hauled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth … From the very…

Don’t Believe the Hype – Vote, Our Lives Depend on It

By Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we were wrong. Political forecasters, pollsters, elected officials, and even media told us that the 45th President of our nation would be a woman named Hillary Clinton, but they were wrong. In many cases, the margin between who became president and…

Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

Know Your Worth, Right Now

By Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor Three words that we often should follow, but don’t. I didn’t know my worth or even know I was worthy for many years. How many of us feel or have felt that way? We settle for the status quo, we keep our head down to not ruffle feathers.…

The Wonder of It All

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In many of my articles that I’ve written recently I tend to reflect upon life in all of its many wondrous panoramas. I feel extremely blessed to be able to say that with a total and an unbiased spiritual sense of awareness, especially in light of the way many folk in today’s…

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Community in Uproar Over Sexual Abuse Case at Dunston Elementary School & Disparities in the Treatment of Black and Hispanic Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch On Tuesday, October 16, a group led by Elder James Johnson, State Director, SC National Action Network; Pastor Thomas Dixon, The Coalition; Myrtice Brown, Interdenomination Ministers Alliance, Community Activists and Concerned Citizens held a Press Conference in front of the School District Office at 75 Calhoun Street. The group addressed serious educational…

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It Ain’t Over, It Ain’t Over!

By Barney Blakeney I’ve been reluctant to weigh in on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for Supreme Court Justice. As my former editor might remark, what more can be said. In reality, now that Kavanaugh’s appointment has been confirmed, there’s probably a whole lot more to be said. As Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing played out, like most…

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What Exactly Are We Doing?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    I honestly believe that there’s too much hatred existing between the world’s “hue-manly” created souls for one reason or the other. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, and it really irritates me because life and existing in peaceful coexistences as we know it in this phase of existence…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s “Circus” Nomination

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As a youngster I can remember listening to older folk’s euphemisms as they chatted in the next room. Y’all old schoolers know that you could not sit in on grown folk’s conversations, but we often eavesdropped through those old cardboard walls. Euphemisms are no more than a “substitute” or “expression substituted for…

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Is Being a Friend an Illusional Reality?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s a wonderful feeling to witness any “hue-man” being fulfilling his or her goals and enjoying the fruits of his or her labors in acquiring such rewards, especially to do by sharing the same with real, true and dear friends . In my view, I call it living the dream. I salute…

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American Democracy: A View from the Mirror

By Dr. William Small, Jr. In the world of politics, both international and domestic, perhaps there is nothing more important for governments than the maintenance of the ability to self-define. This statement is very much connected to the strategy for constructing public arguments or debating, which says that once the major premise is accepted, the…

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Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out

By Johnathan Hladik, policy director, johnathanh@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care, and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available. More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households…

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CCSD Commits to New Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies

By Bill Briggman, Chief Human Resource Officer, Charleston County School District For years there have been conversations about teacher compensation and questions as to whether the salary structure for teachers is competitive. While these conversations and the debate over the funding of school districts have been taking place, our teacher force has been significantly decreasing.…

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QEP Releases Statement on the Racist Comments of Andrea Pruitt

This past week, Andrea Pruitt, the spouse of Andy Pruitt, the Director of Communications for CCSD, posted racist and racially inappropriate messages on social media, contrasting students at Burke High School who were attending school without air conditioning to “kids in Africa [who] walk across mountain ranges, barefoot in hundred degree heat dodging herds of…

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