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African Leaders Confront A ‘Blue Wave’ Demanding Change

When Democrats captured one House seat after another in the midterm elections, observers brushed it off as a “blue trickle.” Later they had to admit: it was a giant blue wave. Africans are also yearning for change and their frustration is erupting across the continent with a new crop of activists challenging the old order.…

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The Wakanda One Village Project: African Union Ambassador Promotes Diaspora Homecomings

This is the first installment of a news series and the global initiative of NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. to expand the international reach and impact of the Black Press of America. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent As she entered her office in Northwest Washington, D.C., African Union (AU)…

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Press Freedoms Return To Gambia Under New Government

Following the end of the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, journalists in The Gambia are beginning to enjoy press freedoms for the first time in 22 years. During the two decades of ex-President Jammeh’s rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government has pledged to respect the media. Outdated sedition laws…

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No Winner Seen in ‘Messy’ Elections for New Congo President

Observers of the contested elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported so many irregularities that a winner may not be produced in the coming days when the counting of votes is complete. Millions of votes were counted on Monday amid alleged errors in the voter roll, technical problems and delayed or missing polling…

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Flags Fly For An Ex-President Of Nigeria ‘Too Nice’ For The Job

Former President Alhaji Shehu Usman Shagari, a devout Muslim, a former school teacher, son of a farmer, trader and herder, is being remembered as a nice man, a gentle man but not a particularly strong man. Nice, gentle and amiable – good qualities – but just short of what the opposition desired for the leader of Africa’s…

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Swahili Speakers Stunned As Disney Claims Trademark For ‘Hakuna Matata’

The once common phrase “Hakuna Matata” (No Problem!) is now off limits for African speakers of Swahili. Any commercial use of the two word expression is reserved for its new owner – the American company that produced The Lion King. That’s right – Walt Disney! The California-based company is preparing to release its remake of…

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Emeralds, Rubies Score Big Profits For Foreign Firms As African Countries Go Broke

Foreign mining companies extract more than a quarter of the world’s production of rare emeralds in Zambia yet declare losses to make themselves tax exempt. So far, charges of tax evasion filed against Kagem mine, a subsidiary of the London-listed gemstone miner Gemfields, have been unsuccessful – dismissed by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Gemfields owns…

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Sudan Leader Faces Calls For His Removal As Price Of Bread, Fuel Skyrocket

In the face of a growing movement of Sudanese opposition, protesting rising costs of bread and other essentials, security forces of the government of President Omar al-Bashir moved forcefully to end the demonstrations using tear gas, night sticks and live ammunition, according to witnesses. States of emergency and curfews have been declared in several of…

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Africa’s Blue Economy – The New Frontier?

Six counties in Kenya’s coastal region have been tagged for technical training in the blue economy – what some have called “the new frontier of the African Renaissance.” The goal is to enable young people to find jobs in the maritime industry. Kevit Desai, a Kenyan vocational training principal, says institutions of higher learning must…

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Somalia – A Military Intervention With No Purpose

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen – Enough already! Unfortunately, not yet. Former Lieutenant Daniel L. Davis put it bluntly: “The purpose of the U.S. military has now become, unequivocally, to engage in permanent combat operations in dozens of countries around the world—none of which enhance America’s national security.” And yet here we are in…

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Right-wing Disrupters

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Recently, I saw two separate stories about right-wing disrupters. In one case, a well-known bookstore in the Washington, DC area, “Politics & Prose,” was visited by right-wing disrupters during a book event focused on “whiteness.” In another case, a discussion of race and politics in the Dominican Republic…

Judge Damon Keith: The Nation Mourns a Peerless Champion of Justice

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “By denying the most vulnerable the right to vote, the Majority shuts minorities out of our political process. Rather than honor the men and women whose murdered lives opened the doors of our democracy and secured our right to vote, the Majority has abandoned this court’s standard of review…

Experts: ‘Jury of your Peers’ Rarely Applies to African Americans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia If accused of a crime, American justice supposedly guarantees the right to a trial in front of a “jury of your peers.” However noble the idea might be in theory, many legal experts acknowledge that, due to systemic racism, having a jury of your peers is often just…

Don’t Skip the Work

By Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor My father always told me I needed to, “pay my dues” in life and I never truly understood what that meant and why I needed to. My life was planned: you go to school, you go to college, you graduate, and you get a good job. I learned…

Guidance From Wise, Courageous Ancestral Warriors

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It was in 1619, 400 years ago, that the first African captives were brought to what is now Virginia, North America. Since that time, many of our courageous ancestral warriors, men and women, have fought against the physical and psychological terrorism inflicted by the proponents of white supremacy/racism. If…

Looking Back While Moving Forward is Way to Commemorate Africa

By Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Commemorations are planned globally and locally to mark the 400th anniversary of the first documented arrival of 20 African slaves in Jamestown, Virginia in August 1619. An estimated ten million Blacks were captured and shipped to the Americas and the Caribbean. They endured two centuries of brutal enslavement in…

More Fact History for Black History Month

By Beverly Gadson-Birch If you read last week’s article, I promised to share more fact history from “The Afro-American in United States History” but I feel an urgency to expound on an recent article by Brian Hicks, Post Courier Columnist, on Sgt. Isaac Woodard—a deceased and decorated Army vet. I had to admit, I had…

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Stomping With The GOP A Rousing Experience

By Barney Blakeney The only way the Charleston County Republican Party Second Annual Black History Banquet could have been any better is if all of Charleston could have been squeezed into The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center on Hagood Avenue in downtown Charleston February 8. That way, our entire community could have witnessed one of the…

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Afrikan “Our-Story” Month’s Missives

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Black History Month is in full swing across the United States of America. It’s a grand time to reflect upon the past and present ebony heroes and sheroes of the world for all that they accomplished and achieved in the throes of injustices and discriminations galore. I’m a humbly proud brother of…

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True Black History Will Set You Free

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Several months ago, during the Governor’s mandatory hurricane evacuation, I flew the coop and landed in Atlanta to hunker down out of harm’s way. I had the rare opportunity of running into one of my long-lost cousins who had relocated to the Atlanta area from Atlantic City, New Jersey. As we sat…

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Black History Is Our Current History

By Barney Blakeney I recently had the distinct honor of participating in a panel discussion on racial disparities in Charleston County as part of a Black History Month program put on by the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission at Friendship AME Church in Mount Pleasant. But the distinction was bittersweet. Being asked to participate…

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Afrikan Black “Our-Story” Facts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings of peace to you on this amazing day, and we know by now that it’s that time of the year again when the annual Black History Month begins in the United States of America. No doubt about it, it’s a continuing celebration of and about Black struggles, triumphs, achievements, endurances and,…

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Re: “How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture”

By Lorna Beck  I am writing in response to D.R.E James’ article titled “How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture”. The article appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of The Charleston Chronicle. In response to Mr. James’ article, I’d like to pose this question: “Can jerk chicken be the instrument that shows the…

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Dominion Energy Supports Diversity and Empowers Communities

By Morenike K. Miles Dominion Energy is a company with a long history of dedication to customer service, diversity, and community involvement. Those are more than just words, but an active commitment to creating genuine opportunity for all people. We believe a diverse workforce is essential in fulfilling our core values of safety, ethics, excellence…

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Serena’s Issue Is Bigger Than Gender

By Dr. William Small, Jr. I must confess that I have great admiration for the Williams family and the contribution that they have made to professional sports and to professional tennis in particular. The family’s odyssey from Compton, California to “center stage” in the world of professional tennis is truly a great American story. The…

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Join the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area on National Voter Registration Day

September 25, 2018, the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a special event at Stratford High School, 951 Crowfield Blvd., Goose Creek. Community leaders will speak about the importance of the vote. Election information will be available, including opportunities for students and staff to register on-site.…

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