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African-American Tourism Conference, $2.4 Billion Dollars, and You

By Kwadjo Campbell, CEO, JC & Associates (jc-associates.com) The $2.4 Billion dollar spent by African-American visitors is waiting for you to come up with the entertainment, retail, restaurant, or accommodation idea needed to attract it. How can you be a part of this booming sector? Join us this year at the African-American Tourism Conference on…

How Racism Impacts People, Families and Communities of Color

By Rosa Riley (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy, of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice…

Equifax data breach leaves at least 143 million consumers credit at risk

By Charlene Crowell, communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending Record-breaking back-to-back hurricanes in Houston and Florida brought unprecedented winds and rains affecting millions of Americans. Yet another storm just as brutal but financial in nature is also raging and affects at least 143 million Americans, as well as consumers in Canada and…

Black Ink: The Impact of Storytelling

By Chase Quinn I remember venturing out last fall shortly after moving to Charleston from New York City to attend Black Ink, Charleston’s First African American Book Festival. I’d seen the event advertised in the local paper and was both surprised to learn it was the first one of its kind and committed to getting…

Rebuilding the Gulf Coast, Preparing for the Next Hurricane

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Candice S. Cason, NNPA Newswire Columnists It has been nothing short of horrifying to watch the pictures of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and Louisiana. We can only imagine what it has been like for those, who have been the direct victims of this storm. There is much that can…

Kaepernick’s Protest is Part of a Patriotic Tradition

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed — itself a revealing phrase — from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-white owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech by taking…

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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Winter’s Songfest

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s now December, and it’s becoming like the dawning of a new “Winter’s Songfest” to me. I’m a nature lover at heart, so I trust that you’ll flow with me in this week’s article because it’s about being at peace as nature planned it. Yes, it’s the scenic time of the…

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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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Slager’s Debt To Society – Paid In Full, Or Pay It Forward

By Barney Blakeney   Michael Slager is back again. Slager is the former North Charleston police officer videotaped in 2015 shooting an unarmed Walter Scott in the back five times as Scott ran away. Slager this week is being sentenced in federal court for violating Scott’s civil rights. The incident occurred more than two years…

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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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Students Are The Losers In Adults’ Political Games

By Barney Blakeney  Over the past week, a couple of things have gone down that illustrates how the political agenda of adults continues to stifle our children and their futures. I got the call as I left Wesley UMC Sunday where young Rev. Sh’Kur Francis had given a dynamic message telling our young people to…

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So Can You: “Keys To Successful Living After Prison”

By James Johnson  I recently found myself engaged in a conversation with a young man who was just released from prison. He said to me “James, you just don’t get it. It’s hard out here. Nobody wants to hire a convicted felon, much less a Black man that’s a convicted felon. I gotta do what…

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Black Politics and the Declining Influence of Black Leaders

By Dr. William Small     The passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is regarded by many as the “high water mark” in the struggle for African American political empowerment in America. Until the adoption of this legislation, in spite of the global pronouncements about the value and importance of “Democracy”, it must…

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The Quest for 21st Century Black Empowerment: Breakdown the Silos

By Dr. William Small, Jr.      The current Presidential election process is as interesting as it is as important to the determination of Black political interests in America as any that I have experienced. This is not because the times are more challenging, but it is because the “Black Community” is probably more confused,…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 3: Ban The Box

“With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 1: Addressing The Epidemic Of Mass Incarceration In America” can be read in the May 18, 2016 edition of The Chronicle and online at http://goo.gl/BfnzXi “With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 2: Addressing The Roots Of Recidivism can be read in the June 22, 2016 edition of The Chronicle…

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