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Black & Abroad Recommits to “Go Back to Africa” Campaign in the Midst of Racist Rhetoric in the U.S.

Black & Abroad, a multi-platform travel and lifestyle company dedicated to redefining world experiences for the modern Black traveler, is finding new meaning this week with their latest campaign “Go Back to Africa” (#GoBackToAfrica) in the midst of controversy over hate-fueled political speech in the U.S.  The phrase “Go back to Africa” has a long, complicated history,…

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Kenya On The Hook For Millions In Nation’s Worst Corruption Case 

You’re in for a wild ride when your favorite news show begins like this: “The Dams, the Scums, the Hyenas and the Thieves and that’s just the beginning.” That was the voice of Francis Gachuri, anchor person for a lively news show on Citizen TV in Kenya. The topic was deadly serious – billions of…

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In New Report: Economic Inequality in Africa Called Extreme

“Inequality has reached extreme levels in West Africa, and today the wealthiest one percent of West Africans own more than everyone else in the region combined.” That was the finding in a new report published by Oxfam and Development Finance International. According to the “West Africa Inequality Crisis” report, six of the ten fastest-growing economies…

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Hattiloo Theatre panel explore 400 years of Africans in America

By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, The New Tri-State Defender It was quite an extraordinary encounter: a Christian, a Muslim and a Spiritualist on a panel at the Hattiloo Theatre talking about their belief systems during a discussion framed against a backdrop of 400 years of Africans living in America. One truth outweighed every likely point…

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Burkina Faso Orders Stiff Prison Term For ‘Fake News’

A law adopted on June 21 but still awaiting presidential approval would send writers to jail for up to 10 years’ jail for “demoralizing the defense and security forces of Burkina Faso.” A fine of up to $3,500 would be imposed for publishing what the government called “fake news information compromising security operations, false information…

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South African Candidate For Space Flight Dies In Motorbike Crash

Family and friends are mourning the untimely death of Mandla Maseko, South Africa’s candidate to be the first Black African in space. Maseko was killed when a car struck his bike in Pretoria over the weekend. He was 30. In 2013, the part-time disc jockey and candidate officer for the South African air force beat…

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Nigeria Restores The Study Of History In Public Schools – Absent For A Decade

The government of Muhammadu Buhari is bringing back the teaching of history in all basic and secondary schools – ending a decade in which departments of history were dismantled or merged into other programs as having little earnings potential for the high school graduate. In a release signed by Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of…

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A Colonial-Era Law That Outlawed Same-Sex Relations Is Defeated

If a democratic society is characterized by “tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness,” three countries in Africa have now reached that pinnacle. This month, Botswana joined Angola and Mozambique in decriminalizing same-sex relations. High Court Justice Michael Lebruru, in his defining decision, added: “human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized.” The ruling decided a case…

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Resistance Explodes In Sudan Amidst Harsh Crackdown By Ruling Generals

Leaders of the Sudanese resistance are calling for a one-day nationwide “civil disobedience” campaign on July 14. The action is expected to push the ruling generals towards a settlement and the creation of a civilian government, which has been the demand from the beginning. The nationwide action will be preceded by mass protests on July…

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Tunisia Adopts Trump Policy, Turing Against Migrants

A shipload of desperate Bangladeshi migrants was told to turn the boat around and go home by Tunisian officials or be deprived of food, water and medicines. The migrants, trapped on a merchant ship off Tunisia for three weeks, were sent back to their home country against their will, according to relatives. The International Organization…

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Acting to End Child Poverty

By Marian Wright Edelman “We’ve had 20 years of presidential debates, and we have never talked about the violence in America of child poverty. We have got to begin to talk more eloquently and persuasively and urgently about doing the things not just to make sure fair taxes are paid by people on the top,…

Dean of the House

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It’s often true that the good die young, but last Sunday, one of our most distinguished elder statesmen, Congressman John Conyers, died at 90 years of age in his beloved Detroit. Many of the stories that came from major press and media weren’t always kind to him,…

Nooses, Lynching, and Racial Intimidation

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Are the use of nooses as symbols of intimidation rising in the workplace? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data says that reports of racism and discrimination are on the rise. Their data does not speak to nooses, particularly. Still, it is disturbing to peruse newspaper reports to learn that at…

Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans in Failing to Understand What a Real Lynching Is

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Donald Trump’s use of the term “lynching” to describe the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House naturally sparked bipartisan outrage. The president and his shameless apologist, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, defended the use of the word, with Graham calling the investigation a “lynching in every sense.” Surely Graham, who…

Bicameral lawmakers: Strengthen, not weaken, CRA

By Charlene Crowell For more than 40 years, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has served as a mechanism for the federal government to hold banks and other depository institutions accountable for meeting the credit needs of low and moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods. Enacted in 1977, the CRA has the power to influence applications for bank mergers, charters, acquisitions,…

Deadly and dangerous — Healthcare in America

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Laughter is the Best Medicine, says the Reader’s Digest version of America. But, not when it’s the only medicine, responds the America that far too many have known and continue to know. Not when the United States alone is one of the world’s top 33 most developed countries that does not have…

What’s (Really) Going On?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s almost the end of the summer season and the world is going through all kinds of perturbing chaotic and anarchist directions. And in the good old USA, from the monotonous and truly tedious “poly-tricks” of boring candidates running for elective offices to openly racist cries of bigoted nationalism gone amuck, we witness…

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Don’t Be Fooled By Green Grass – There Still Is A Need For Rural Missions

By Barney Blakeney I learned some time ago Rural Missions, Inc. on Johns Island was closing. Last week I learned it closed May 31. A lot of people likely don’t understand the role Rural Missions, Inc. played in our community. Unfortunately, too many people don’t even know it existed! That’s a sad commentary. I learned…

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Something That’s Worth More Than Money

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I had the opportunity to talk to a young Euro-American soul the other day. It was an absolute delight to listen to and to have spoken with him because he was fresh out of prison. This young man, all of twenty-three-years of age, humbled me because I saw that he had possessed…

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Biking In Charleston Is Deadly, Riders Can Use Some Help

By Barney Blakeney The police reports of traffic fatalities involving bicyclists have been alarming. Local police public information officers send the reports regularly, but it took awhile for me to recognize a trend. I guess that’s why it’s so important for reporters to be as objective as humanly possible. As a regular peninsula driver, cyclers…

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Talk to the Hand, Mr. President

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I have been telling y’all all along that we have a serious problem with racism in America and it accelerated once #45, President Trump, took office. President Trump ran on “Make America Great Again.” If you didn’t catch the meaning of Trump’s slogan, in the beginning, and you are still in “la, la” land,…

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Life’s Realities, Certainties and Destinies

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s been said throughout the ages that time waits for no one which is an absolute, indisputable reality. And as sure as the sun does shine and night falls, we all will be tested in the living experience with one thing or the other. These are the definitive destinies of the twin…

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An Important Panel on Flooding in Charleston

Groundswell! is pleased to sponsor a panel of professionals who are bringing expertise and energy to the flooding crisis facing the Charleston community. This free event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. The presenters will be: Mark Wilbert, Charleston City’s chief resilience…

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Black to the Future

By Ade Ofunniyin Are we truly returning “black” to the future? Who will direct this sojourn? What is the truth about this undertaking? While Disney and AMC Theatre’s motives may appear to be altruistic, I posit that they are capitalistic and misguided. The film Black Panther and its Afrofuturist imaginings demonstrate clearly the central role…

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Rural communities in the face of climate change

By Katie Rock, Center for Rural Affairs Climate change can be difficult to fully wrap your mind around. My fear is that more people will engage only after facing a crisis themselves—losing a home due to flooding, markets upended by multi-year droughts, or water shortages. We know warming trends can accelerate or decelerate quickly depending…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Second Annual March For Our Lives in Charleston

The student activist group that formed after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018 to organize the Charleston March For Our Lives will be holding their second annual march on Sunday, March 24th from 3:30 to 6:30 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Lowcountry Students for Political Action is holding this demonstration…

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