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Violence Against Women – Never Acceptable, Never Ending

“I love you, that’s why I beat you.” So ends a poem by the Ghanaian writer Mariska Araba Taylor-Darko about a violent spouse and an abused woman who lays the blame of the daily beating on herself. The poem, “A Beating for Love,” takes special significance this week as many around the world mark the…

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From Refugee Camp to Medical School via Cape Town, London, and Paris

By Samixchha Raut, Rochester Institute of Technology Eight years ago, I lived in Goldhap, a refugee camp in Nepal, where more than 7,000 people reside in just over 1200 households, without running water or electricity. Today, I’m 22, a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Biomedical Science and on a path to achieve…

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Huge Heist By Ghanaian Bank Officers Worse Than Feared

Depositors may want to steer clear of banking in Ghana while over a dozen bank officers and shareholders face claims they lent themselves millions of dollars but failed to repay. Business Ghana, a local news outlet, reported that 13 shareholders and directors of the defunct Capital Bank Ghana Limited and UT Bank engaged in acts…

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Female Entrepreneur Breaks Cultural Barriers in Jamaica

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent Changing the way people view the country of Jamaica and its rich culture, one dancehall queen is breaking cultural barriers with her organization’s first ever international Wan Move Diaspora Experience (WMDE) Conference and festival. When Moiika Stanley, founder of the Compton, California-based entertainment law firm, “Wan Move,” decided to…

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Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Incendiary Classic ‘It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music’ Reissued On Vinyl Via Motown/UMe

Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Pan-African manifesto It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music, out of print since 1972, is available once again via Motown/UMe. The spoken-word jazz album, originally released on Motown Records’ Black Forum subsidiary, has been repressed on 150g black vinyl with tip-on jacket in a faithful reproduction of the original packaging. A poet,…

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Opposition Plan to Pick a Single Candidate to Defeat Kabila Implodes

As election day nears in the troubled Democratic Republic of the Congo, the seven leaders of the opposition seemed settled on one person to challenge the handpicked candidate of President Joseph Kabila – but differences unexpectedly arose. The agreement to back Congolese lawmaker Martin Fayulu Madidi, facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation after three days…

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At World War I Ceremony, The Songbird of Togo Reappears

At a gathering of world leaders in the French capital of Paris, singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo reprised an hypnotic work of ethereal beauty by a youthful West African singer. With a repertoire of just 17 songs, the diva, Bella Bellow, had won the hearts of presidents, accomplished artists and worldwide fans. Kidjo’s choice of Blewu (“Patience”)…

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Mauritania Ordered to End Forced Labor or Lose Trade Benefits

Forced labor tolerated by the Mauritanian government was called a decisive factor in the U.S. decision this week to end favored nation trade status for the country as of January 1. “Forced or compulsory labor practices like hereditary slavery have no place in the 21st century,” said Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney. “This action…

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Memories of Jonestown Massacre Leave Haunting Memories, but Important Lessons During 40th Anniversary

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The church building at 1859 Geary Street in San Francisco was in its earlier days festive, vibrant and joyous. Like a cultural hub, there was often plenty of dancing, entertainment; even skits, plays; lots of food and toys for the children. But, this Sunday morning was different. “There was an eerie type of…

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Rights Group Condemn Rise Of Gov’t-Sponsored Homophobia in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam’s governor Paul Makonda has begun urging citizens to report homosexuals for round-ups, sending hundreds of LGBT activists into hiding to avoid arrest. “If you know any gays … report them to me,” Makonda told reporters, according to CNN. In an interview posted on YouTube, Makonda said he had already received more than…

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Continued Cruel Threats to Hungry Families and Children

By Marian Wright Edelman Once again children and families are under attack. After failing in past efforts to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), the Trump administration is taking a new approach to crippling the program millions of families in the United States depend on to survive and…

African American Heart Health Is Vital

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, NNPA Newswire Contributor Last month, February 2019, was not only Black History Month, it was also Heart Health Awareness Month per the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black…

Blacks on White Privilege

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – For many years many Black people have been denied opportunities for no reason other than the color of their skin. I’ve been guilty like many others who said, “It must be nice to have white privilege!” Now, I’m not so sure. I’d rather not have anybody knocking on…

The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that ABC News said has prompted repercussions from Hollywood to the boardrooms of major corporations. A…

Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run for president in 2016. With racial tensions,…

Millennials must answer ‘How will you lead?’

By John Semien, Special from the New Tri-State Defender “Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We are in…

Folks, Y’all Better Get A Grip!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Happy New Year!! While some folks were preparing for Watch Night, others were gearing up for parties or both. I am wondering just how happy 2019 will be with so many problems plaguing the Black community and this country. We ended 2018 with a partial government shutdown. President Trump is so child-like. If…

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Maybe I’ll Get a Life In The New Year

By Barney Blakeney Sometimes I tell myself, “Self, get a life!” As a reporter I cover so much stuff that brings me down, I have to remind myself there’s an awful lot of great stuff going’s on (as the late great comedian Bernie Mac might say). I don’t do a lot of fluff stuff. My…

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Understanding When Things Go South

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m writing today about a conversation I had with a white American reader of mine I ran into recently. I hadn’t seen this her in a while, but whenever we met she was always in a good spirits and seemingly not having a care in the world. On this occasion though, she…

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Reflections: “Sometimes You Have To Throw A Brick”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Every now and then, someone will inbox me something that is nonsense or makes a lot of sense. So, follow a condensed version of a recent e-mail I received regarding a little boy that needed help. I am sure some of you have received the same e-mail. Here goes! A little boy was standing beside…

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Making Now A Brighter Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Womanhood is an amazing creation of the Creator Alone. If you have an ounce of insight, intelligence, admiration and respect within you, you’ll most certainly agree that women are uniquely created, and that’s why they are the mothers of “hue-manity.” I was thinking about that pristine reality recently while listening to someone…

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‘Tis The Season For Giving

By Barney Blakeney With all the stuff there is to do, I sometimes feel there ain’t enough hours in the day. Some of the stuff is things I do to earn a living. The other stuff is things I do because they need to be done – volunteer stuff. And I do a lot of…

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Complacency

If tomorrow comes and all of the fake news is true, what will we the people do? If our allies become our adversaries, if we have fighting in our streets, like in Afghanistan, never knowing if our city /municipality is next. If our election process is so disrupted, that we are no longer a democracy/republic.…

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Wake Up, America!

No more Papa John’s Pizza for me. Too busy fighting racism, classism and sexism. Too busy declaring and decreeing to the Trump administration don’t deport DACA and TPS immigrants in America. Too busy fighting the murders of young Black men shot in the back by corrupt cops. As for me and my house we will…

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America Could Be Great, Or Not

Kindness and empathy are thought of as abstract things (that one can’t see) and act as a person’s own reflection of the choices free will mandates. However, kindness and empathy, I argue, are concrete things that one can see, or not. One may choose to see the humanity in an NFL player who protests the…

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What Black America Cannot Fail to Forget

By Dr. William Small, Jr. There is no question mark at the conclusion of the title to this essay. Although the title will hopefully raise a question, it is instead intended to remind Black people in America and throughout the Diaspora of the importance of a statement that I often heard recited while growing up:…

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