Opinions & Editorials

When “His-story” Is Not “Our Story?”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m a brother of color, plain and simple, and that’s the way it is no matter how you, or others, view me. To be described as otherwise is not knowing that Afrikan descendant folk here in America have their very own unique stories to tell. Because of that reality, I’ve always called…

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Who Knows What’s Happening to Black Girls?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is so much going on in the world, this writer is taking a break today from “Dark money and how it impacts elections and communities” while further research is being conducted on those involved. There is more to come. However, another pressing matter that has captured my attention is missing and exploited…

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Four Years After Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney This week the Charleston community observed the fourth anniversary of the June 17 massacre at Emanuel AME Church in which nine people were slaughtered. I find it hard to write about the Emanuel slaughter – it’s a sensitive issue that evokes a lot of different emotions and people most often think with their…

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Back to Common Zen Sense

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Wisdom is something that many folk in “hue-manity” speak of in sacred, hollow, lost or forgotten realms of appreciation. I try not to play with this prized realty because I sincerely believe that to be wise is something we mustn’t to be at leisure with in acquiring same. I’ve been an eternal…

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Dark Money Elections Detected

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s election year and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. The problem is everyone jumping on board is not singing the same tune. In order to make melodious music, everyone must be in harmony. Two very important local races to watch are the mayor of Charleston and North Charleston. I know y’all…

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Two Tales Of Summer

By Barney Blakeney Being a newspaper reporter in your home town comes with some really nice perks. And being a reporter for the community’s only Black newspaper offers even more perks! Knowing the community and the people who live here has advantages that make the job indescribably enjoyable and rewarding. A trip to the grocery…

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What is the Quandary Called Jazz?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Music is a part of the everyday makeup and mindsets of many diverse cultures of the world. It’s been that way, seemingly forever, for as long as most inquisitive intellectuals can remember. And still, many interestingly different formats of this phenomena exists throughout the motley panoramas of “hue-man” cultural expressions. Some may…

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Raising Kids and the 2020 Presidential Elections

By Barney Blakeney I watched Whoopi Goldberg on the morning talk show ‘The View’ the other day which featured Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. My mornings used to be Tom Joyner’s radio program from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. featuring news commentator Shaun King, local sister Tessa Spencer Adams on WCIV from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., The View…

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Awesome Magnanimity and Complex Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m in one of those writing moods where I’m completely feeling aware and thoughtful with what I’m about to tell you. First, my feeling aware mindset tells me to inform you about one heck of philanthropic kindness from a truly giving soul who helped others and made their lives a lot less…

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