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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The late South African Leader Nelson Mandela famously noted that sport has the power to change the world, inspire, and unite in a way that little else does. “It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair,”…

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ANC Sees Victory In May 8 Polls While Acknowledging Mistakes

Three political parties are pulling out all the stops to win the last undecided voters going to the polls on May 8 to elect the nation’s leaders. The three are running in a field of 48. The long-ruling ANC (since 1994) is expected to vanquish the competition despite having let down much of the electorate…

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Oil Barons Bid Billions For Mozambican Oil While Storm Fatalities Spike

The back-to-back cyclones that have ravaged Mozambique are unprecedented in recorded history, the UN said Friday. As more villages are wiped away, a multi-billion dollar bidding war is heating up in foreign board rooms among multinationals eager to extract Mozambican oil. Top bid so far by Occidental Petroleum Corp has reached $57 billion. The fantastic…

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After Risking Life, Liberian Activist Scoops ‘Green Nobel Prize’

Multinational corporations who seek weak democracies, high rates of poverty, and untapped resources, seem to make a beeline for Liberia which has struggled to overcome two wars and the devastating pandemic of ebola. As a result, “Liberia has been taken over by multinational corporations exploiting its resources at the expense of Liberians, especially the country’s…

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Woni Spotts, The First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country and Continent in the World

Woni Spotts reached the goal of visiting every country and continent in the world. Woni’s travels began as a child when she accompanied her parents on tours. Later, Woni hosted a travel documentary with the goal of visiting every country. During the mid-2000s, Woni toured Monaco, France, and Southern Europe. Between 2014 and 2018, Woni visited Germany, Netherlands,…

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Former Pres. Nkrumah Recalled On Day Of His Passing

The anniversary of the passing of Ghana’s first Prime Minister and President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, prompted reflections by Ghanaians on social media of his legacy and contributions. Dr. Nkrumah’s daughter Samia, in an open letter, wrote: “Kwame Nkrumah may not be with us physically but he lives in our hearts and minds as the fire…

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Kenya Launches Early Bid For Prized Seat On The U.N.’s Security Council

With a seat on the powerful Security Council at the United Nations, Kenya could help bring focus to climate change, sustainable development and the region’s security. “This government has been trying to do things that are exemplary to the world. Taking this leadership in the world is a very rare thing in the developing world,”…

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African Queen to Address PAFEN in South Carolina

Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II (Queen of the Palace of Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna II Guely and Supreme Spiritual Chief of Vodun Hwendo) of Benin, West Africa will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Meeting of the Pan African Family Empowerment and Land Preservation Network (PAFEN) on Saturday, May…

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Zambian Villagers Win Landmark Ruling in Water Poisoning Case

Zambian villagers whose livelihoods were turned upside down by a toxic spill from a copper mine will finally have their day in court. The villagers succeeded against the odds in a case pitting their claims against a worldwide mining company which denied responsibility for the spill caused by a local Zambian company it controlled. It…

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On Earth Day, Africa Braces For Severe Drought 

Water has no enemy. That’s the theme of a popular song by famed Nigerian singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti who reminds us just how vital water is. If you’re going to wash, he sings, it’s water you’re going to use. If you want to cook soup, cool off in hot weather, give to your…

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Calls for Justice for a Black Immigrant

By Dr. E. Faye Williams In an article, titled “A Clarion Call for Racial Justice Reaches the Highest Level,” Rev. Jesse Jackson brought to light “the story of an immigrant, an internationally praised economist, and a whistleblower that exposed a $16 billion fraud against American taxpayers all wrapped in one person.” The immigrant is Dr. Yonas…

Five Years After Michael Brown’s Death: Despite Visible Progress, Racial Disparities Persist in Ferguson

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The city’s personal-responsibility refrain … reflects many of the same racial stereotypes found in the emails between police and court supervisors. This evidence of bias and stereotyping, together with evidence that Ferguson has long recognized but failed to correct the consistent racial disparities caused by its police and court practices,…

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor I cannot overstate my tremendous admiration for Rev. William Barber. Our connection goes back to North Carolina when I was the President of Bennett College, and he led the state NAACP. His daughter, Sharrelle, graduated from Bennett in the spring before I assumed the Presidency and as student body president,…

The Significance of the 1619 Project

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On Sunday, the New York Times unveiled “The 1619 Project,” a journalistic series in the Sunday magazine that seeks to tell the “unvarnished truth” about slavery and its impact on America’s history. In 1619, just 12 years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, the…

The Paradox of Love: Trump’s United States of Hate

By Dr. Keith Magee America is experiencing the most perilous of times in recent history as the result of its president, Donald Trump. Even though Monday morning he stepped forward to speak against the weekend’s hate crimes, it lacks residence because of the hate that has been reverberating since his stance against the Central Park…

America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion

By Charlene Crowell America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. Authored by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), The economic impact of closing…

Back to Common Zen Sense

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Wisdom is something that many folk in “hue-manity” speak of in sacred, hollow, lost or forgotten realms of appreciation. I try not to play with this prized realty because I sincerely believe that to be wise is something we mustn’t to be at leisure with in acquiring same. I’ve been an eternal…

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Dark Money Elections Detected

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s election year and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. The problem is everyone jumping on board is not singing the same tune. In order to make melodious music, everyone must be in harmony. Two very important local races to watch are the mayor of Charleston and North Charleston. I know y’all…

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Two Tales Of Summer

By Barney Blakeney Being a newspaper reporter in your home town comes with some really nice perks. And being a reporter for the community’s only Black newspaper offers even more perks! Knowing the community and the people who live here has advantages that make the job indescribably enjoyable and rewarding. A trip to the grocery…

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What is the Quandary Called Jazz?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Music is a part of the everyday makeup and mindsets of many diverse cultures of the world. It’s been that way, seemingly forever, for as long as most inquisitive intellectuals can remember. And still, many interestingly different formats of this phenomena exists throughout the motley panoramas of “hue-man” cultural expressions. Some may…

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Raising Kids and the 2020 Presidential Elections

By Barney Blakeney I watched Whoopi Goldberg on the morning talk show ‘The View’ the other day which featured Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. My mornings used to be Tom Joyner’s radio program from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. featuring news commentator Shaun King, local sister Tessa Spencer Adams on WCIV from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., The View…

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Awesome Magnanimity and Complex Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m in one of those writing moods where I’m completely feeling aware and thoughtful with what I’m about to tell you. First, my feeling aware mindset tells me to inform you about one heck of philanthropic kindness from a truly giving soul who helped others and made their lives a lot less…

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Let’s recognize those who give of themselves to make a difference

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller Given how bad news tends to dominate headlines – and how misdeeds are far more likely to find their way onto the nightly news than acts of kindness – it’s easy to lose sight of the basic goodness and generosity of people. Yet all around us people are making a…

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Will men in America speak out against domestic violence?

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D To prevent and stop violence against women, men in all 50 states of the USA need to stand up and speak out. Mothers, sisters, and daughters are victims of domestic violence. Wives, live-in partners, and girlfriends are victims of domestic violence. Relatives are victims of domestic violence. Neighbors are victims of domestic…

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Beef With Bobby Seale Over Pork

By D.R.E James  Emcee and fellow 910 native J. Cole had a song on his 2014 album Born Sinner called “Let Nas Down,” lamenting about how he felt the pressures of his label for a radio single and deviated from his conscious, Ginsu-sharp, mile-deep brand of hip hop that purists like myself championed him for. This…

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Transit Enabled Community That Works For North Charleston

A rising cost of housing which outstrips local wages and the declining quantity and quality of public transit has created a crisis for people living and working in the Charleston area. Hard working people whose skills are essential to our economy now live lives shredded by distance and long, slow commutes. Their capacity to contribute…

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