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There Are No Bad Days

By Barney Blakeney It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Good thing I’ve decided not to have any more bad days – some may be better than others, but I don’t have bad days anymore. Still, the past couple of weeks have challenged that outlook. I was just coming down with some kind of ‘bug’…

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The Illusion of Delusion

By Barney Blakeney Often I’ll read stuff I already know which distresses me nonetheless. That happened last week while reading a report on a study written by NNPA reporter Stacy Brown. The study was about the economic and financial progress made by African Americans over the past five years. You hear it said some Black people…

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“Be Prepared”

By Barney Blakeney I recently was thinking of something a friend says to me about being prepared – poor planning produces poor performance. The thought initially came to me regarding the recent three-day Southeastern Wildlife Exposition that came to town last month. Begun in 1983, each year some 40,000 visitors converge in Charleston for the…

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The Liberating Words Of A Conservative Republican

By Barney Blakeney They say that the third time is a charm. The Third Annual Charleston County Republican Party’s Black History Banquet proved there’s validity in the saying. I’ve attended all three of the party’s Black History Month Banquets. Each time I’ve been more amazed than before. That Charleston County Republicans put on a Black…

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It All Depends On Who’s Got The Juice

By Barney Blakeney The South Carolina Department of Transportation vows it will be more considerate of the impact highway construction has on the minority communities it impacts. In the past highway construction usually went right through minority – Black – communities. Mrs. Lucas, my old sociology professor at Knoxville College said there was a reason…

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We Can’t Just Talk About It, We Gotta Be About It

By Barney Blakeney Here we go again. I got a call Sunday morning asking if I’m writing a story about Elliott Summey’s appointment as executive director of Charleston County Airport Authority. The issue actually wasn’t a priority for me. We’ve been here before. Powerbrokers do their do then Black folks get mad and want to…

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It’s The Music In Me

By Barney Blakeney I got flashbacks of some really fond memories recently while watching a segment on the CBS news Magazine “60 Minutes” the other night. For me Sundays are workdays and news programs are resource materials. From the Sunday morning news shows to the late night repeats I’m watching and taking notes. So Reb,…

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Ain’t Nobody Gon’ Save Us, But Us!

By Barney Blakeney I had been thinking of writing about education for some time. I had a rare Facebook discourse recently in which I said quality education might positively impact crime in Black communities. One guy responded that what happens in our schools won’t change the dynamics that plague Black communities. I agree. But education…

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Culture Shock and Change

By Barney Blakeney I recently ran into an old friend, a white guy, who just moved to Charleston’s Eastside. I’ve known the guy for years. We share a lot in common, but grew up in different environments, different parts of the country, different socio-economic backgrounds and different cultures. And now he lives in my old…

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