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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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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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Beware of Dark Money & Dark Deals

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Memorial Day is a federal holiday set aside to pay homage to the country’s fallen soldiers. The day is also a day to kick back on beaches and enjoy family cookouts. There is more cooking going on in high places than ribs on backyard grills. For years, I have wrestled with why…

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Money, Money, Money: What Is It Good For?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The O’Jays had a very popular song back in 1973 titled “For the Love of Money.” It goes something like this: “Money, money, money, some folks have to have it and some folks really need it; some people do bad things with it; when, you ought to do good things with it.”…

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Money Talks: Corruption In High Places

By Beverly Gadson-Birch How many of you have heard the saying, “money talks”? Y’all old schoolers can put your hands down. Now, how many of y’all old schoolers remember “Operation Lost Trust”?  Operation Lost Trust happened nearly twenty years ago involving South Carolina Legislators and resulted in specific limits being placed on campaign contributions in local…

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NAN Press Conference – No Longer Business As Usual

By Beverly Gadson-Birch We will not rest as long as there is unrest in our communities and disparities in our schools. We have had four senseless killings of young African American males within the past two weeks. That’s four deaths too many. While we can’t place the recent rash of murders by young African American males solely…

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National Action Network: Tearing Down Barriers

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Education is the key to unlock opportunities. If this is true, then the lack of education padlocks opportunities. The lack of education confines those who seek high paying jobs, admission to Ivy League colleges, first class travel, vacations, etc. Success, most often, can be traced to the quality of education received. In…

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“Big Dogs Don’t Take No Stuff”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The first dog I bought my son was a Doberman. He grew into a beautiful red dog with red eyes. He had a big appetite and didn’t take “no stuff” from outsiders. Y’all, keep on reading and follow my drift! At its meeting last week, Charleston County School Board voted on a…

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In Memory of RaNiya: Tidbits for Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch In light of the untimely death of RaNiya Wright, a 5th grader at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, SC, it is time legislators implement stiffer penalties for bullying. Across the nation, children are fearful of going to school. They go to bed thinking how to avoid the bully the next day at school. Children…

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NAN: Do You Hear Me Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A whole lot of discussion is swirling around town and on Facebook following National Action Network’s (NAN) civil disobedience protest at last Monday school board meeting. Parents, community leaders, clergies and other stakeholders have been appearing before the board for years addressing inequities in education. And, for years, their concerns have ignored. In…

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