Opinions & Editorials

Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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Faith in the Creator Alone is Important

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s nice when folk of  different ethnicities, religious persuasions and genders, etc. can intelligently discuss controversial topics in an amiable manner, especially where mutual respect is shown with true democratic civility toward one another. Such was a very recent experience for me, and it has helped me harness a greater knowledge…

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Voting Black Ain’t Enough

By Barney Blakeney   We’re about two months from the November 6 general election. It’s time to get serious, folks! Candidates are going into the back stretch heading to the finish line. If you don’t already know them, this is a good time to get to know the candidates. The hard and heavy campaigning is…

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Along Life’s Winding Boulevards

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s thought waves are taking me to an isolated realm that’s simply entitled “Along Life’s Winding Boulevards.” To be exact, for one reason or another, I’ve been putting off writing this theme for about three weeks now. This topic is an intrinsic one for me to vibe on and try to put…

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Black Wealth Gone By 2053

By Barney Blakeney Lately, I’ve been focused on the future. I keep asking myself where our society is headed. I recently participated in a survey where the interviewer me asked what I’d see about our community if I was clairvoyant. That was a tough question. There are so many possibilities. Then I read an op-ed…

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North Charleston Among America’s Top 50 Worst Cities

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to USA Today, North Charleston ranked #41 among the 50 worst cities in the US. That is alarming news to say the least. While alarming, it comes at no surprise to me. Amidst the rapid growth, major housing developments and mega businesses relocating to North Charleston, there is a dark side…

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With The Black Family In Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I take every precious moment in the living experience as a spiritual blessing, and just to be able to see another moment in time and space challenges me consciously to do the very best that I can in the allotted time span that’s granted to me. Life has real spiritual meaning to…

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Nothing Compares To The Murders At Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I was watching an evening news broadcast about the August 24 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Charleston fire station #11 at 1835 Savannah Highway adjacent to the Charleston 9 Memorial Park when I heard something that made me stop in my tracks. A…

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Timothy Taylor: One Step Closer To Freedom

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Thursday, August 16, Timothy Taylor was released once again on bond and on Saturday, the community held a welcome home celebration at Bible Way Baptist Church in West Ashley. Timothy’s supporters were on hand to greet and meet him for the first time. Many had participated in marches and demonstrations at…

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A Message Especially for a Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    My vibes today are taking me to a place where I need to go in addressing a young brother of color’s concern about giving up on life’s possibilities. It’s a point that needs to be emphasized, especially in our current fast paced world of occasional temporary and sometimes hopeless thinkers. I…

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