Opinions & Editorials

The American People

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now getting colder in most parts of the United States of America and all around the nation, “The American People” are being divided by more and more ethnic confusions and by additional external distrust in each other. These pervasive, internal factors are as real to some of the bald eagle’s…

Read More

Sustainability Institute: Helping Change Lives

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   The longer I live, the less regrets I have.  It hasn’t always been that way.  It seems like such a long time ago that I was out living for the weekend like others of my generation. My generation is no different than the young people of today who have a very…

Read More

For Charleston Sax Man, George Kenny – The Music’s In His DNA

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve been trying to pull together a story about Charleston musician George Kenny for years. The 84-year-old saxophone player was my high school music teacher and marching band director. Last week some of my old schoolmates from the gone, but not forgotten Charles A. Brown High, put something on Facebook about…

Read More

Charleston County School Board Tossed A Bone To Garrett CAS Supporters

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Garrett Academy of Technology was established after closing out trades at Burke High School and a few other area high schools.  The Board’s decision at the time was to take the trades out of the high schools and place them at Garrett and allow students from each attendance area/county-wide to fill the…

Read More

Things Not to Discuss at the Dinner Table

By Victoria Rae Moore Dear Reader, They say to never discuss money, politics or religion at the dinner table. Well, last weekend I had dinner at a stranger’s house with seven people I’ve never met and we broke all of those rules. The meal was called a Transformation Table and it was inspired (in part)…

Read More

Thinking This Thing Out

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The living arena is something that, if you’re alive while reading this, you should know that it is a constantly challenging phenomenon. To say that in plain English may not be suitable because the undeniable fact that each tender moment in the living process is becoming so very fragile may be…

Read More

Racism 101 – Denying Civil Rights

By Barney Blakeney   This is an issue I really didn’t want to weigh in on –  former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s upcoming speech at The Citadel. I got an email from Charleston Rep. Wendell Gilliard protesting Bannon’s invitation to speak to the Citadel’s Republican Club. I got bad vibes from the get-go. I really…

Read More

Halloween Is Not About Racism

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Halloween is children’s most favorite times next to Christmas.  They get to dress up as their favorite characters and go door to door trick or treating. Like most experiences for children, they start out innocently and oftentimes grow out of control.  I can remember my days trick or treating and it was…

Read More

Alone to My Journalistic Thoughts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I’ve been thinking about what to put out for this week’s column for a few days, and I’m now challenged as usual to get busy and do what I have to do. In many ways, it’s an endless process, one which I’ve been privileged to do for almost thirty years and…

Read More

Nov. 7’s Not A Time To Stay Home

By Barney Blakeney Next week voters will go to the polls to elect candidates to a variety of public offices in many different communities. But in this climate of extreme political consequence, I read something the other day that makes me shudder. My man Hicks, a columnist for the daily paper, wrote about the depressingly…

Read More