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Making the Case for More Men of Color in Early Education

By Royston Maxwell Lyttle As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive once they leave our classrooms. Over my more than 15 years in education, I have learned that to…

NFL Must “Provide a Better Platform” on Racism and Criminal Justice Reform

By Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League “We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about, and that is complex.” – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year began kneeling during the National Anthem at the start of games, he…

What is a Black Identity Extremist?

By Julianne Malveaux While White men are beating Black men on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, while a lone White wolf is shooting people from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, while the word “terrorist” is hardly used to describe these men, the FBI, under the leadership of the racist Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions, is thinking…

America Being Forced to Face Conflict Between its Founding Principles and its Racist Reality

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Time catches up with kingdoms and crushes them, gets its teeth into doctrines and rends them; time reveals the foundations on which any kingdom rests, and eats at those foundations, and it destroys doctrines by proving them to be untrue.” – James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time…

We Americans Must Face Our Addiction to Guns

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place Sunday in Las Vegas, as a lone gunman firing from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel savaged a crowd gathered to watch a country music show.…

Racist Extremism Remains a Crisis in the United States

By Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League Now, therefore, be it resolved that Congress rejects White nationalism, White supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States urges the President and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse…

I Hope Avery’s Race Study Triggers Some Change

By Barney Blakeney    Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing about the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture’s report on racial disparities in Charleston County. Its commissioner and author said the report is important because it documents what most of us already know – that racial disparities in our community…

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Beginning Today With Afro Reflections

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   Each day that I’m blessed to be present in this phase of living in the here and now is a spiritual delight in more ways than I can count or relate to you. This experience is a stimulating virtuous atmosphere for me, especially when I think of being a Black man…

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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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If There’s Economic Hell Below, We’re All Gonna Go!

By Barney Blakeney    I cut hooky from church again last Sunday trying to fight off a cold. Seems a bug’s going around. It gave me a chance to catch some of the Sunday morning ETV shows I usually miss. One was Carolina Business Review. I can’t remember the host’s name, Chris William I think,…

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Suggestions to a Troubled Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I was motivated to write this article based upon an experience I had with a brother of color who was simply lost in his own irritating moment(s) of despair. I guess we’re all like that  from time-to-time, so this story must told. Well, you see, this brother, and I use that…

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Some Folks Still Want To Shoot The Messenger

By Barney Blakeney   There is none so blind as he who will not see. After 40 years in this business I’ve learned to accept criticism. Much of my work is critical. If you can dish it out, you must be able to take it. But that’s not a common trait. A lot of people…

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