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When You Educate a Girl, You Educate a Nation

By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) As I write this, I am preparing to travel with my colleagues to Nigeria, where I will have the honor of meeting some of the Chibok girls who were released after two waves of negotiations between Boko Haram and Nigerian government officials. It is my fourth trip to Nigeria…

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Hundreds Feared Dead in Sierra Leone Mudslide Linked to Climate Change

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A fast-moving wall of mud, loosened by heavy overnight rains, has buried over 300 Sierra Leoneans, many of them sleeping children, during a torrential downpour early Monday. The deluge was foreseen by climate change experts. Videos posted by local residents show an angry flood of dark orange mud rushing down a steep street…

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Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society: Daring to lead in a disrupted world

From Black PR Newswire Different and often opposing forces are at play in a disrupted world. Automation technology is putting jobs at risk, yet many companies are developing new ways to put humanity at the center of their organizations. The US Federal Government seems to be moving away from collaboration on climate, yet other leaders…

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Could U.S. Funding Cuts Reverse African Progress on HIV?

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Swaziland – the country with the world’s largest HIV prevalence – is showing signs of getting the epidemic under control, as more people access treatment and become virally suppressed. New infections have fallen by nearly one half (44 percent) since 2011, while 73 percent of all people living with HIV in Swaziland, both…

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July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a South African political activist who spent over 20 years in prison…

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Africa Among Top 10 Fastest-Growing Markets for Air Travel

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Airline industry and ministry officials attending Aviation Festival Africa and Airports Show Africa heard some good news and some not so good news.  First, according to the International Air Traffic Transport Association (IATA), the top 10 fastest growing world markets for air travel over the next 20 years will be in Africa. The…

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Face2face Africa Announces Sponsors of the 6th Annual Pan-African Weekend Fest

Prudential Financial and Toyota USA to Co-Present the Action-packed Event Scheduled for July 13-16 in New York City Prudential Financial Inc. and Toyota USA have signed on as co-presenting sponsors of the 2017 Pan-African Weekend produced by Face2face Africa. Tickets are now available at http://www.panafricanweekend.com. In its 6th annual edition, the Pan-African Weekend is a…

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Young Jamaican Actor Breaks Barriers, Opens Yacht Charter Company – Creates History

  Sta’cii ‘StaySea’ Blake, professional Actor, Media Personality, Jamaican-born-and-raised Co-Founder and CEO of EFFECTUS-Productions LLC (Effectus-Productions.com), a Holding Company for a series of subsidiaries in the Entertainment Business, is pleased to announce her newest Enterprise: Island Chill Yacht Charters  – The Relaxing Excitement of the Islands-On the Chesapeake, located in the Yachting Capital,Annapolis, Maryland (IslandChillYachtCharters.com). The Company rents private luxury…

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Famine in Africa: Will Trump Act?

By Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) As you read this, our world stands at a crossroads. As you read this, 20 million people stand at risk of starvation at the hands of what has the potential to become the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II; famine in South Sudan and impending famine in Northeast Nigeria,…

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Americans and Africans Tackle Critical Challenges Together through Reciprocal Exchange Component of Young African Leaders Initiative

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are pleased to announce their support of more than 50 Reciprocal Exchange projects in 2017 as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. More than 50 Americans will travel to Sub-Saharan Africa this year to collaborate with 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni on projects that…

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Dr. King and the Dignity of Work

By Julianne Malveaux Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t plan to get involved in the Memphis garbage worker’s strike. He hadn’t planned to be there on the fateful day when he was shot on April 4, 1968. But he was pressured to go the first time and found the garbage worker’s strike compelling. He promised…

The Power of the Presidency: Will Ethnic Cleansing Be Next?

By Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The ”sh*thole” debacle: It is one thing to rhetorically hate a race of people but it is quite another to have the power and the resources to destroy them. That is why Trump’s arguing that people from “sh*tholes,” like Haiti and Africa don’t belong here is so disturbing. In a…

2018 Marks the 50th Anniversary of a Momentous Year in Civil Rights

By Marc H. Morial “It is not an overstatement to say that the destiny of the entire human race depends on what is going on in America today. This is a staggering reality to the rest of the world; they must feel like passengers in a supersonic jetliner who are forced to watch helplessly while…

The Infrastructure Hoax

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling.  Nearly ten percent of our bridges are deficient or decrepit, a quarter of our schools are in fair or poor condition. More than half of all schools need major repairs before they can be classified as good, but 31 states spend less on school construction…

Young, Gifted, and Black: What No One Told Me About Being “First” To Go To College

By Brandon Terrell I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in my neighborhood drove me to submit a college application that changed my life’s trajectory. I wasn’t going to college to become an adult; I faced mature challenges…

Emancipation Day Was Jan. 1: We Must Never Forget the Sacrifice and the Triumph

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. One hundred forty-five years ago on Jan. 1, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, helping to transform this country from a union of states into a nation, from a country stained by slavery into one moving at great cost closer to “liberty and justice for all.” On Jan. 1, 1863, in…

Homeless To Hope Concert Was A Party With A Purpose

By Barney Blakeney   I got the chance to attend the March 11 inaugural Homeless to Hope Fund Benefit concert. Didn’t go to church, but went to the concert. And wouldn’t you know it, my preacher saw me there! I got busted, but it was worth it. The concert was off the chain. I don’t…

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Family or Domestic Violence: The Monster Within

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   In wake of the recent murders of three generations of the Manigault family, I thought I would focus today on family and domestic violence.  It is unfathomable that such a heinous crime could occur to such a wonderful family and on the doorsteps of an old but highly respected community. The…

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Springtime is for Lovers

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I was just thinking about the various seasons of the year and how they affect me and others in “hue-manity.” For all the conscious lovers of being in the here and now, and who give complete credit for their existence to the Most High Alone, it’s a wonderful time of the year.…

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We All Have Responsibilities In Gun Control

By Barney Blakeney   The Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has reinvigorated the conversation about gun violence on a national scale. Students are raising their voices in the discussion. Rightfully so, they must live in the aftermath of the violent society we’ve created. Seventeen students and teachers were killed…

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Black Men: “Bad Boys Need Their Fathers”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is no shortage of news.  Stories can be found everywhere!  As a writer I never know what I will write until I sit down to the computer.  There are several gut-wrenching stories in the news this week worthy of exposure; but today, I am led to deal with the rise and…

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Black Folks’ Continual Struggles

By Hakim Abdul-Ali This past Black History Month has been a hectic month for me personally, but I still managed to squeeze in time to read, actually re-read, Vincent Harding’s masterpiece about the Black struggle for freedom in America called, “There Is A River.” Without taking up your time today in discussing the book overall, I’ll…

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Pursuing Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

By Dr. Henry N. Tisdale   Recent national events compel Claflin University to reestablish itself as a leading institution of higher education with regard to promoting excellence in diversity and inclusion. These are two core values on which the University was founded. It’s in the University’s DNA. An excerpt from Claflin’s original charter declares “No…

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God Bless America???

By James Johnson   I seem to remember folks saying “if Donald Trump gets elected I’m moving to Africa” or “if Donald Trump gets elected I’m moving to Canada.” Well get your passports and plane tickets out because the unthinkable has happened. As if you haven’t heard the disturbing news already, Donald Trump has been…

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Gentrification Destroys Charleston Black Heritage, Yet Black Leaders Are Silent

An open letter to the community by Jerome Smalls As a 65-year old African-American, I have been confronting former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley for the last 20 years on his leadership. Unfortunately I was dealing with a man who seemed blind to the racist injustices his policies were causing. Yet he, and so many of…

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So Can You: “Keys To Successful Living After Prison”

By James Johnson  I recently found myself engaged in a conversation with a young man who was just released from prison. He said to me “James, you just don’t get it. It’s hard out here. Nobody wants to hire a convicted felon, much less a Black man that’s a convicted felon. I gotta do what…

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