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Black Life: Be proud of who you are

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This month as we celebrate Black History, I am still astounded by the many achievements and inventions by Blacks. Black History is my history.  It’s something I celebrate 365 days of the year because I am black 365 days of the year.  I don’t focus on my ethnicity 28 or 29 days…

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New Police Chief in Town

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Congratulations and best wishes to the new Police Chief of North Charleston, Reggie Burgess. Thursday, January 11, 2018 was a monumental day with the swearing in of Assistant Chief Reggie Burgess as the first black Police Chief of North Charleston.  While the timing of the promotion is suspect, the promotion is long…

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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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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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Christmas: A Time of Reflection

By Beverly Gads0n-Birch  “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.”  Everywhere I go, I see Christmas.  This time of year is very nostalgic.  It’s a time of giving and a time of reflection.  It’s a time to think more of others than of self. It’s a very special time of the year.  In the…

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Walter Scott: Bittersweet Victory

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Like most Charlestonians, South Carolinians and the country, I have been following the Walter Scott case closely. What makes the Scott case so different from other cop killings of unarmed black men in America is “justice” was finally served. United States District Judge David Norton, sentenced Michael Slager, former North Charleston Police…

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Two Sets of Rules: Powerful & Powerless

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  Since the beginning of time, people of color inhabited the Earth. Everyone is different! Even identical twins are different.  Think about it! There lies a lot of conflict.  With different personalities and backgrounds, folks are bound to disagree.  However, our differences should not be grounds for cultural or racial disrespect.  Neither should…

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So Much Trouble in the World

By Hakim Abdlu-Ali   The late and truly great reggae superstars Bob Marley and The Wailers once sang and recorded the intuitive song “So Much Trouble in The World” in 1979. Mr. Marley, who died in 1981, and his group from back then couldn’t have left or made a better intro to what’s happening in…

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Thanksgiving: A Happy Time For Some, Not All

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we approach the Thanksgiving holidays, I am reminded of just how blessed I am. While I am counting my blessings, there will be those among us that are not as fortunate.  The poor, homeless and jobless will always be among us.  There will be those who feel like throwing in the…

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