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Thousands In Congo Trek To Opposition Icon’s Reburial

The father of President Felix Tshisekedi, opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, was laid to rest Saturday in his homeland more than two years after he died during a political stalemate over the country’s long-delayed elections. Thousands took part in the procession which made its way to the outskirts of Kinshasa following several days of tributes to…

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Mandela’s Widow, Graca Machel: “Child Hunger Must Be Priority in Africa”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Economic growth in Africa has been impressive, but a sad reality remains: However prosperous, the results have had little impact on child nutrition. Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President and Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela, said hunger is the “most acute problem facing Africa’s children.”…

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“The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders” to Headline 2019 Charleston Carifest  

Renowned author and journalist Peter Bailey will screen “The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders,” the second film from his highly anticipated Paradise Discovered series at this year’s Charleston Carifest as part of a nationwide screening tour Bailey has embarked on. In this gripping documentary, Bailey reflects on surviving both hurricanes Irma and Maria on his native St. Thomas alongside…

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U.N. Creates New ‘Ebola Chief’ Position As Fears Of Cross Border Transmission Grow

“We have no time to lose.” That’s the new mantra at the United Nations as the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo now appears almost unstoppable. In an effort to bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months,…

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Africans v. African Americans Subject of Film Festival

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Historical and recent migrations have resulted in the merging of cultures and shared experiences. With its Migration Stories Film Series, the African Diaspora International Film Festival presents a rich palette of migration stories from around the world. From Barbadians finding their roots in Panama to Cubans finding their…

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Judge Orders Kenyan Former President to Pay $10 Million for Stolen Widow’s Land

A Kenyan High Court has ordered former President Daniel arap Moi to compensate a widow whose land was illegally seized 36 years ago. According to the court, the ex-president falsely claimed ownership of 64 acres of land which actually belonged to Susan Cheburet Chelugi, the widow of a local chief. Because arap Moi was unable…

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A Pioneering Voice in African Literature Dies After Short Illness

Binyavanga Wainaina, one of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activist, has died in Nairobi after a short illness. He was 48. Wainaina won the 2002 Caine prize for African writing. Credited with founding the literary magazine and collective Kwani? and advancing the fight for LGBTQ rights in Africa, he made headlines around the world…

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Women Play Key Role in Ensuring African Democracy

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia LILONGWE MALAWI, AFRICA – Throughout this southeastern African nation of nearly 20 million residents, the strength and resiliency of women is on display 24 hours each day. The sustainability of democracy in any nation can be evaluated by the inclusive leadership roles performed by women in its…

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Germany Agrees to Return Ancient Stone Cross Taken from Namibia

The German Historical Museum in Berlin has announced the return to Namibia of a 15th century artifact known as the Stone Cross of Cape Cross. Namibia has demanded the object’s return since June 2017. Germany’s State Secretary for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, admitted that dealing with the country’s colonial legacy in Namibia had been…

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Did Medical Community Recently Miss Signs of Massive Ebola Outbreak in Congo?

Just over a month ago, experts at the World Health Organization looked at the growing spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and declined to call it a “global health emergency” because only two provinces were afflicted with the killer disease at that time. Despite over 1,200 deaths to the hemorrhagic disease, “(it)…

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Senate Education Chair blocks bipartisan bill to extend HBCU funding

By Charlene Crowell, Deputy Communications Director for the Center for Responsible Lending Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education. And when these institutions are among the more than 100 Historically…

Time for DC and the Nation to Move and Really Help Returning Citizens

By Barrington M. Salmon (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Hurting clients, a hurting community and hurting taxpayers. Those are the reasons I was moved, a few months ago, to dedicate part of my “Criminal Justice Watch” website to reveal what has come to be known as “Hopeless Village” in the heart of the nation’s capital. It was intended…

No End to Corruption

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com)  – Each day I get up I’m thinking things with our government can’t get any worse.  Despite my hope for a better day, things do get worse.  All too often another Trump official seems to be coming under fire for some bad act such as allegations of peddling influence,…

High Student Debt Threatens Our Nation’s Future

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The student debt crisis in our country is worsening. If nothing is done, its size threatens our nation’s future. Young people saddled with student debt often postpone adult decisions, like purchasing homes or getting married, hoping to start “real life” with a clean slate. When these folks delay buying homes,…

Republican Senate Stands in the Way of Moving America Forward

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Americans are disgusted that Washington has become dysfunctional, even as Americans struggle with ever greater challenges — from stagnant wages and growing inequality to catastrophic climate change to soaring health-care costs to a decrepit and dangerously aged infrastructure. President Donald Trump blames House Democrats, saying they are “getting nothing done…

Memo to Candidates: We Need a Plan for the Affordable Housing Crisis

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The lack of affordable housing is perhaps the greatest challenge to successfully ending homelessness and lifting millions of people out of poverty … This administration’s callous attempts to rollback funding for affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs has left more than half a million people without shelter on any…

I Get Less Hassle Washing Pots!

By Barney Blakeney I was washing a leftover grits pot at my church Sunday morning (we do a monthly community breakfast each second Saturday –all are welcome to Charleston’s best home-cooked breakfast specially prepared by the loving hands of the women and men of Wesley UMC/Charleston) when my church brother walked into the kitchen asking…

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Charleston County School Superintendent & Board: “Clean Up, What You Mess Up and Start Over”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Y’all know how these modern day kids are. They play with at least four or five toys at a time and when they are done, they leave them scattered on the floor. My grandson is among those modern day kids with a modern day mom. Notice, I did not say modern day…

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A Quiet Moment to Myself Encounter

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s living experiences for many uptight folk could loosely and best be very described as frantic, hectic and very engagingly chaotic. To most of those inclusive “hue-mans,” who are probably caught up in this seemingly never ending hustle bustle type of existence, I probably haven’t said anything that is new, shocking or…

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Robo Calls: Robos, Hobos

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Robo callers are about to be hobos if left up to the FCC. It may be impossible to control but at least they are taking steps to bring these calls under control. How many times have you jumped out of the shower thinking it could be your child in distress only to…

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Understanding the Necessity of Having Faith

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Being a true believer in the existence of the Most High Alone sometimes makes me have to momentarily step back and look at life’s happenings that are occurring around me with a trusting spiritual mindset. I know that even though I believe in God Alone as I do there are many other…

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The Politics of Progress

By Barney Blakeney I’m getting calls from a lot of people promoting their presidential candidate. It’s that time again and they all want publicity. Ain’t nobody talking about no money though! Black folks need to understand politics is all about money – who makes it and how. It seems like everybody’s trying to get their…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Gun Reform Rally at State House

Lowcountry Students for Political Action have announced a demonstration in support of Senate Bill 154 at the South Carolina State House January 31 at 11AM. Students and activists from across the state will gather in Columbia to demand that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move bill 154 to the Senate floor. Bill 154,…

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SC State Rep. JA Moore’s Legislative Agenda for 2019

By South Carolina State Representative JA Moore, District 15 Less than a year ago, I was a restaurant general manager who decided to take the leap of faith and focus full-time as owner and chef of my catering company. That within itself was an arduous undertaking.  Fast-forward a few weeks later after some soul-searching. I realized…

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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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