Opinions & Editorials

The January Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  It’s now just past the middle of the first month of the current new year and I’m thinking deeply about many issues that are popping up in my head. Those intimate thoughts are about the awe-inspiring “realities” of just being alive in the living process that are throbbing in my head. To…

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What Now After Tributes To King?

By Barney Blakeney   This week, Charleston and the nation wrapped up celebrations of the Martin L. King Jr. Holiday. What now, that the celebrations and programs are over? In Charleston, the Greater YWCA of Charleston marked its 46th annual tribute to King with 10 days of observances. The YWCA’s tribute has grown since it…

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“Me Too”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It was interesting to watch the Golden Globe awards and women in solidarity calling “time out” against men who used their positions of power to sexually harass, molest or engage in unsolicited sexual acts against women and children. However, not enough attention was focused on the same harassment, molestation and atrocities committed…

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A Snowy Wonder

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    The seasons of the year are simply spectacular to experience and behold and I’m a self-committed lover of them all. They are wondrous signs of the Creator Alone’s majestic powers. No matter the season or type of weather, I’ve become a humble, appreciative admirer of Mother Nature. That’s the only way,…

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Two Things That May Not Be So Different

By Barney Blakeney   Work with me, ya’ll. I want to talk about two things – while the “#MeToo!” outcry is resonant, reality demands caution; and people in Charleston sure can’t drive. That also requires a lot of caution. I find it hard to write about the #MeToo phenomenon. Some things really are touchy, and when…

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Same Souls; Nouveau Outlooks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Happy New Year to all of the Charleston Chronicle’s loyal readership fan base and to others in the general and national public spheres. That greeting, of course, includes and is extended to all of the various multitudes of the bald eagle’s ethnically diverse population from Oregon to Georgia and places in…

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Moving Forward in 2018

By Beverly Gadson-Birch HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLESTON!  I haven’t heard too much this year about New Year’s Resolutions.  Oh well, I think that’s a good thing.  I don’t know about you but I rarely keep most of the resolutions I make.  Like, I do the crazy stuff like staying away from sweets.  I don’t know…

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We Need New Leadership

By Barney Blakeney   What’s that poem which starts with some line like ‘death be not proud’? Before the New Year rang in, death had a field day taking out a lot of good folks. Father Ted Lewis, Rollins Edwards, Mrs. Ethel Taylor and Rodney ‘Fats’ Alexander all passed in the last few days! I…

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Everyone’s “Hue-man”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It would be rather cliché for me to say that racial antagonism is very much alive and serving out a rekindled life sentence in the hearts, minds and souls of more than a few callous folk in America, even though everyone knows it’s still silently extant. As you read on, I trust…

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I Hope Avery’s Race Study Triggers Some Change

By Barney Blakeney    Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing about the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture’s report on racial disparities in Charleston County. Its commissioner and author said the report is important because it documents what most of us already know – that racial disparities in our community…

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