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Royal Canadian Mint dedicates its first Black History Month coin to Viola Desmond

In celebration of Black History Month, the Royal Canadian Mint have announced that its very first Black History Month coin pays tribute to Canadian civil rights pioneer, Viola Desmond. In 1946, Ms. Desmond was arrested and later tried after refusing to sit in a segregated area of a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia movie theatre. It…

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A Music Legend Passes in Zimbabwe and a Country Mourns

After 67 albums and a score of awards and honorary degrees, Zimbabwe’s musical legend Oliver Mtudkudzi lost his long battle with diabetes at the Avenues Clinic in Harare. He was 66. He was buried Jan. 27, with music, singing and dancing by thousands of his adoring fans. On the Afropop music website, guitarist Banning Eyre…

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NNPA Mid-Winter Training Conference Highlights Global Expansion of the Black Press

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) wrapped its Mid-Winter Training Conference on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Orlando, Florida, where publishers, corporate partners and sponsors gathered to help move the publishing industry forward with increased sustainability for the Black Press of America. Included among NNPA partners and sponsors…

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Congo’s Constitutional Court Upholds Election Win For Opposition Leader

The Democratic Republic of Congo finally has a president. Opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner of the presidential race by the DR Congo’s top court on Jan. 20. The Constitutional Court said Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from the current president, Joseph Kabila. The…

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Nigerian Lawyers Back Chief Justice With ‘Suspicious’ Millions In Unexplained Funds

Efforts to clean up government – difficult in the best of times – were hamstrung by none other than Nigeria’s top judge accused of failing to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars that ‘suspiciously’ appear in his accounts but were never declared as required by law. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has often accused the judiciary…

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Income Inequality Fueling Backlash And Elites Are Worried

The rich are getting richer, businesses are thriving, but it’s hard not to notice that discontent is growing among the expanding poor and middle class and could soon pose a threat to the well-to-do. At the exclusive World Economic Forum, an annual event held in Davos, Switzerland, income inequality was the talk among many corporate…

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Africa’s ‘Golden Globes’ To Screen 20 New Films Vying For Coveted Film Prize

Twenty feature-length feature films by African filmmakers will compete for the ‘Yennanga’ Gold Standard prize at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival held every other year in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This will be the 50th anniversary of the renowned festival known as “FESPACO” – an event along the lines of the “Golden Globes” that draws film…

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South Africa Denied Emergency Loan To Zimbabwe At Height Of Crisis

As the economy in Zimbabwe headed into freefall in December, an 11th hour request from Harare for a rescue loan was refused by its longtime ally, South Africa. South Africa said it declined the request for $1.2 billion because the country is also in a difficult financial position. “South Africa doesn’t have that kind of…

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The Association of Black Cardiologists and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Conclude Successful First Annual Joint “Masters of Cardiology” Conference

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc., an inclusive organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in cardiovascular diseases, and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), the premier center of excellence for cardiovascular care in the English-speaking Caribbean, concluded its first joint conference with more than 150 registered attendees on January 18 – 20, 2019. Various…

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Zimbabwe Forges Ahead With 5 Nation Tour Despite Mounting Pressure at Home

There’s a time for everything and this appears to be the worst time for a deal-making tour across five nations led by President Emmerson Mnangagwe whose country Zimbabwe is roiling with angry citizens furious over a massive 150 percent increase in the price of fuel. The price hike was announced just as President Mnangagwa flew…

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Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new “adversity score” to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an “adversity score” is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test,…

Graduation Season: Celebrating Accomplishments, Committing to Equality

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, ‘There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.’” — James Weldon Johnson Each year I have the privilege to speak at commencement ceremonies at colleges and universities large and small, across…

Extremist Laws Will Make it Harder for Poor Women to End Pregnancies

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Alabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on. Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges…

Staying Vigilant on Brown

By Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’ wildest dreams were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got…

A Farewell to Earl Grant, A Pan-African Warrior

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Earl Grant, 89, a courageous and committed Pan-African warrior, died of what his doctors labeled heart failure on April 7, 2019 in Los Angeles. Those of us who knew Earl know that his heart didn’t fail; it just closed down after enabling him, for many years, to make a…

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience

By Vanessa Mbonu, NAACP Digital Director NAACP — History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The United States of America. Fast forward to…

Get Up and Walk, Black Man!

By Barney Blakeney I’m constantly reminded I don’t know everything. It’s something I learned a long time ago and a lesson that sunk in, but it often is reiterated because a lot of stuff goes on I know nothing about. It happened again February 2 when I attended a men’s program at Old Bethel United…

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Are We Still Interlopers in This Country?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali By the time that you’ll read this, the yearly February Black History Month’s annual observances will be coming to its conclusion in the United States of America. To many aware folk of color that’s an inconsiderate slight because, to them, the universal recognition and study of all Afrikan folk’s cultural struggles and…

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Time To Re-Write Black History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As Black History Month comes to an end, let’s not forget to continue teaching, learning and sharing information on Black achievements. It is going to take more than one month to undo the distorted history and/or misinformation filtered down through generations. Students who are now adults are passing the same distorted history down to…

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There Are No Stupid Questions

By Barney Blakeney Last week I got a list of 21 questions a group advocating for more input into the development of the International African American Museum feels should be asked of those putting the thing together. They’re some heavy questions – complicated and multi-layered – but they’re questions I think should be answered. For…

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With No Apologies Necessary

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s article, “With No Apologies Necessary,” is one that, hopefully, will make you think about a lot of things if you’re a person of color. It’s about family unity, awareness and some other topical issues, and how they don’t seem to grab as much provocative attention today in this, oftentimes, contradictory and…

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Black History: Little Known Fact History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we continue to recognize the history of Black achievements, I promised to share more fact history from “The Afro-American in United States History” copyrighted in 1969 and written by Benjamin DaSilva, Milton Finkelstein and Arlene Loshin.  A second edition came out in 1972. Know your rights!! “The United States was set…

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American Democracy: A View from the Mirror

By Dr. William Small, Jr. In the world of politics, both international and domestic, perhaps there is nothing more important for governments than the maintenance of the ability to self-define. This statement is very much connected to the strategy for constructing public arguments or debating, which says that once the major premise is accepted, the…

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Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out

By Johnathan Hladik, policy director, johnathanh@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care, and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available. More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households…

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CCSD Commits to New Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies

By Bill Briggman, Chief Human Resource Officer, Charleston County School District For years there have been conversations about teacher compensation and questions as to whether the salary structure for teachers is competitive. While these conversations and the debate over the funding of school districts have been taking place, our teacher force has been significantly decreasing.…

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QEP Releases Statement on the Racist Comments of Andrea Pruitt

This past week, Andrea Pruitt, the spouse of Andy Pruitt, the Director of Communications for CCSD, posted racist and racially inappropriate messages on social media, contrasting students at Burke High School who were attending school without air conditioning to “kids in Africa [who] walk across mountain ranges, barefoot in hundred degree heat dodging herds of…

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