Opinions & Editorials

Backlash From George Floyd Murder: Are You Listening Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Let’s begin with the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and…

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America’s Cataclysmic Racial Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali “I can’t breathe” are now iconic words that forever will stick in the minds and hearts of the ever-watchful world. Those infamous words came from an Afro-American named George Floyd, 46, a man who was killed in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, while in police custody. One…

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Spinning Constructive Disruption

By Barney Blakeney Things really are spinning – not out of control, but almost to the point of confusion. I’ve been busy the past few weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this past week the police murder of George Floyd intensified all that. In the old days I’d flip on the automatic pilot switch…

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COVID-19: A Message For Black Churches

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As the state reopens for Memorial Day weekend, violence is back on the rise. Gang wars have erupted on Myrtle Beach popular Ocean Boulevard. At least three gang wars have taken place within eight days. The mayor is looking into banning cars on the Boulevard to give officers more visual and access to…

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Listen Up Politicians. “It’s a New Day.”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali America is now engaging itself for its reentry into the new phase of the reopening of its nationwide businesses, parks, etc., in the aftermath of the devastating COVID-19, or coronavirus pandemic crisis and the lingering psychological aftereffects of this disease upon the nation and the rest of the world. Many folk here…

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A New World Order Taking Place

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was recently listening in a gas station to two very pessimistic men talking about what’s presently going on in the world-at-large. As I stood behind them in line at the cashier’s counter, and in hearing more of their informal and unpretentious bantering, I felt ironically that they seemed to be completely…

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Crack The Door: Reopen The State

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest holidays of the year, Governor McMaster is cracking open the state’s doors for business, purportedly on a much smaller scale.  After two months of lockdown, folks are eager to get their boats out on the water, chill out on beaches and fire up the grill.…

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Criticism and Facebook Posts Don’t Fix Problems

By Barney Blakeney I’m technologically challenged. I don’t do technology very well (mostly by choice).  So I tell folks, if you want me to see something immediately, don’t put it on Facebook, call or email me. Those two technical venues I can handle. So I’m on Facebook the other day when I see a message…

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Thinking About The Present Times

By Hakim Abdul-Ali As you read this, I’d like you to consider the spiritual fact about how bless you and I are to be alive in this phase of existence so far, especially, considering what’s going on. I hope you are not taking that for granted because the living experience thus far is becoming quite…

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