Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Two Local Legislators to Call It Quits

By Barney Blakeney Two long serving Charleston County state legislators have announced they will retire upon completion of the current legislative session. Hollywood Rep. Robert Brown and North Charleston Rep. David Mack say they will not seek re-election in November. At the end of the session Brown will have served House Dist. 116 20 years.…

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Washington Sees Election As County Republican Chair An Opportunity To Join Hands

By Barney Blakeney Charleston County Republicans last month conducted a historic election by voting Maurice Washington the county’s first African American chairman since Reconstruction. In an era of extreme political and racial polarization, the election could provide a threshold into a new political awakening. Washington, a Charleston native, has worked both sides of the political…

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Charleston area girls basketball teams celebrate championship seasons

Chronicle staff reports Local girls high school basketball teams North Charleston, Goose Creek, and Military Magnet Academy celebrated highly prosperous 2019-2020 campaigns. Each claimed Lower State regional titles, with North Charleston and Goose Creek going on to win State Championships as well. The three clubs featured S.C. Basketball Association All State players Aniyah Oliver (Goose…

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Budget Surplus Alone Won’t Dispel Disparities In State’s Black Communities

By Barney Blakeney South Carolina state legislators reportedly are sitting on a substantial budget surplus. Given the disparities that exist in the state’s Black communities, I asked some local legislators how that surplus might impact those disadvantaged communities. Here’s what they had to say. Hollywood Rep. Robert Brown said the budgeting process is a complicated…

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Black Vote Valued By All But Black Voters

By Barney Blakeney While media manipulators proclaim South Carolina Sixth District Cong. James E. Clyburn as our state’s Democratic ‘King Maker’, the reality is African American voters in the state are the power behind the Democratic throne. In a recent broadcast morning radio talk show, host Steve Harvey said African Americans should take as seriously…

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Local Group Calls For More Frequency Along CARTA Bus Routes

By Barney Blakeney Last week, the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) along with the ACLU of South Carolina, Citizens Climate Lobby, Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit, Charleston Climate Coalition, and the Center for the Study of Slavery Social Justice Working Group held a press conference at the Cherokee United Methodist Church to show support for increased bus frequency. The average bus…

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B. Smith: The Chronicle Remembers a Legendary Icon

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Famed television host, restaurateur and lifestyle authority B. Smith died Sunday, February 23, 2020, after a long time battle struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This truly talented and skilled businesswoman was seventy-years-old when she passed away at her home in Long Island, New York. Being the cultural critic for this newspaper…

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