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Prostate Cancer: This One Is For You, Dad

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The month of March stirs up painful memories for me. Dad passed away from prostate cancer.  Dad and I had a very close relationship. He was not just close to me but to all his children.  It didn’t matter how old we were or what type of activities we were involved in,…

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Family or Domestic Violence: The Monster Within

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   In wake of the recent murders of three generations of the Manigault family, I thought I would focus today on family and domestic violence.  It is unfathomable that such a heinous crime could occur to such a wonderful family and on the doorsteps of an old but highly respected community. The…

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Black Men: “Bad Boys Need Their Fathers”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is no shortage of news.  Stories can be found everywhere!  As a writer I never know what I will write until I sit down to the computer.  There are several gut-wrenching stories in the news this week worthy of exposure; but today, I am led to deal with the rise and…

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Timothy Dashaun Taylor Needs Your Help

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   I think it’s appropriate that I conclude Black History Month with the story of Timothy Dashaun Taylor. When I think about Timothy’s plight, I am reminded of Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son”.  The age-old mom had weathered the storms of segregation, discrimination and hopelessness.  And no matter what life threw…

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Why Black Folk Are Angry

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Why are Black Folk so angry?  Read on …. I was talking to one of my Hilton Head Island friends about the significance of Black History being taught in public schools.  We spoke about how our kinfolk– Africans were brought to America as slaves and the gut wrenching plight of native…

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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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