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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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Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent Accumulating talent while breaking culture barriers, the first ever Culturefest reached back to its roots to premiere one of the largest Black Diaspora festivals of its kind on the East Coast,  incorporating Black powerhouse artists from all over the world. Scheduled to launch June 8 at the National Harbor, from…

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Ex-President Of Sudan Charged With Complicity In Protestor Deaths

From the presidency to prisoner behind bars, former President Omar al-Bashir now faces formal charges of murder in the latest development to spring from a massive turnout of Sudanese people demanding civilian rule. “Omar al-Bashir and others have been charged for inciting and participating in the killing of demonstrators,” the office of Sudan’s acting prosecutor…

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In A Squeaker, African National Congress Wins 57.5 Percent Of Vote

Frustrated with the failures of the ruling African National Congress, South Africans gave the ANC its lowest turnout since 2004 when it took a record 69% of the vote. The ANC won a sixth straight term but with the worst ever electoral showing for the iconic party. Voter turnout was low. Thousands of youth did…

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Plea Deal for Navy Seal Linked to Strangulation Death of U. S. Army Soldier in Mali

A generous plea deal has been offered to the first of two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders charged in the strangulation death of a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier based in Bamako, Mali. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar was found dead on June 4, 2017 in housing he shared with other special operations forces…

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World Bank Ups Its Aid Package For Countries Hit By Record-Strength Cyclones

The new head of the World Bank has approved emergency support for the three African countries slammed by record-strength cyclones in what has been called the worst weather catastrophe in decades. Tropical Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique with 110 mph winds and a storm surge topping 20 feet before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.…

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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…

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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Where ‘Da Heck Are Black Leaders?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Illegal guns and drugs are permeating black communities and destroying black men in unparalleled numbers since slavery. Is it happenstance or by design? What has led up to these murders is nothing short of orchestrated genocide. It began with a two-tier educational system and drug dealers dumping loads of guns and drugs…

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The Strength of My Folk

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Being a columnist, a self-aware “our-storian” and a cultural critic of the Afrikan-American culture always makes me feel humble because of my sincere appreciation for all of the past and current accomplishments of all folk of the Afrikan Diaspora have made to civilization en masse. Because of these illustrious beings, I’ve come…

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Action Versus Talk

By Barney Blakeney With the fourth observance of the 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME Church still fresh in my mind I recently saw equal justice advocate Bryan Stevenson on one of the network morning news programs. Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, a clinical professor at New York University School of Law and founder and…

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When “His-story” Is Not “Our Story?”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m a brother of color, plain and simple, and that’s the way it is no matter how you, or others, view me. To be described as otherwise is not knowing that Afrikan descendant folk here in America have their very own unique stories to tell. Because of that reality, I’ve always called…

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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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Shop Local This Season

By Rhea Landholm, Center for Rural Affairs This holiday season, will you be among 83 percent of consumers who plan to do some portion of their holiday shopping at a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant? These types of businesses are what keep our small communities thriving. Up and down rural main streets, shopkeepers are…

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Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse: The Silent Epidemic

By Linda Lucas, Charleston youth and education advocate Physical abuse and domestic violence have become all too common or “normalized” in today’s society. According to national statistics, every minute, twenty people become the victims of intimate partner violence or domestic violence. A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States. We have moved…

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