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Nigerian Lawyers Back Chief Justice With ‘Suspicious’ Millions In Unexplained Funds

Efforts to clean up government – difficult in the best of times – were hamstrung by none other than Nigeria’s top judge accused of failing to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars that ‘suspiciously’ appear in his accounts but were never declared as required by law. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has often accused the judiciary…

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Income Inequality Fueling Backlash And Elites Are Worried

The rich are getting richer, businesses are thriving, but it’s hard not to notice that discontent is growing among the expanding poor and middle class and could soon pose a threat to the well-to-do. At the exclusive World Economic Forum, an annual event held in Davos, Switzerland, income inequality was the talk among many corporate…

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Africa’s ‘Golden Globes’ To Screen 20 New Films Vying For Coveted Film Prize

Twenty feature-length feature films by African filmmakers will compete for the ‘Yennanga’ Gold Standard prize at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival held every other year in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This will be the 50th anniversary of the renowned festival known as “FESPACO” – an event along the lines of the “Golden Globes” that draws film…

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South Africa Denied Emergency Loan To Zimbabwe At Height Of Crisis

As the economy in Zimbabwe headed into freefall in December, an 11th hour request from Harare for a rescue loan was refused by its longtime ally, South Africa. South Africa said it declined the request for $1.2 billion because the country is also in a difficult financial position. “South Africa doesn’t have that kind of…

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The Association of Black Cardiologists and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Conclude Successful First Annual Joint “Masters of Cardiology” Conference

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc., an inclusive organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in cardiovascular diseases, and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), the premier center of excellence for cardiovascular care in the English-speaking Caribbean, concluded its first joint conference with more than 150 registered attendees on January 18 – 20, 2019. Various…

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Zimbabwe Forges Ahead With 5 Nation Tour Despite Mounting Pressure at Home

There’s a time for everything and this appears to be the worst time for a deal-making tour across five nations led by President Emmerson Mnangagwe whose country Zimbabwe is roiling with angry citizens furious over a massive 150 percent increase in the price of fuel. The price hike was announced just as President Mnangagwa flew…

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Calls For Recount Reveal Doubts About Congo Polls

Calls for a vote recount, first from defeated opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, are now being heard widely, sparking concerns that outgoing President Joseph Kabila played a behind the scenes role in swinging the election for Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition leader. Despite video footage of Congolese voters cheering the presumed victor, credible sources say Mr. Tshisekedi…

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The 2019 Edition of the Award-Winning Our Jamaica Annual Destination Guide Released

On the heels of a wildly successful 2018 edition, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and HCP Media are excited to announce the release of the 2019 edition of Our Jamaica magazine. This annual in-room destination guide earned five major awards for its most recent issue from the Florida Magazine Association, McClatchy, Graphic Design…

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Retired From Politics, Jacob Zuma Reveals Plans For New Career 

After a brief spin as President of South Africa, the multi-talented Jacob Zuma is plunging into a new and exciting career path – he’ll be a recording artist of liberation songs from the anti-apartheid struggle. A full-length album will be recorded in April during the Articulate Africa project, a program of national and international literary…

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3,500 Lose Jobs As New Currency Shortage Hits Zimbabwe

Over 3,500 youth officers have been laid off as part of the nation’s shortage of currency amid efforts to streamline the wage bill. It was explained that the layoffs would save the country a substantial amount while the nation’s economy is limping. Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe said the layoffs were in line with…

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The Congressional Black Caucus must oppose HR 246

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Think about it this way. If every tactic that was used by African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and/or in the fight against apartheid South Africa was either criminalized or attacked by the US Congress, how would you respond? HR 246 is a bill before Congress that…

Paying It Forward

By E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Among the worst behavior of the man in the White House that one could ever imagine, there is still so much good in the world. Leading up to another Memorial Day, when we thank military men and women, remember to thank Dr. Robert F. Smith who set an awesome example of…

Nation’s racial divide worsens with federal tax cuts: Black families have a dime for every dollar held by Whites

By Charlene Crowell If you’re like me, every time you hear a news reporter or anchor talk about how great the nation’s economy is, you wonder what world they are living in. Certainly these journalists are not referring to the ongoing struggle to make ends meet that so much of Black America faces. For every daily…

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new “adversity score” to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an “adversity score” is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test,…

Graduation Season: Celebrating Accomplishments, Committing to Equality

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, ‘There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.’” — James Weldon Johnson Each year I have the privilege to speak at commencement ceremonies at colleges and universities large and small, across…

Extremist Laws Will Make it Harder for Poor Women to End Pregnancies

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Alabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on. Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges…

There Are No Stupid Questions

By Barney Blakeney Last week I got a list of 21 questions a group advocating for more input into the development of the International African American Museum feels should be asked of those putting the thing together. They’re some heavy questions – complicated and multi-layered – but they’re questions I think should be answered. For…

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With No Apologies Necessary

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s article, “With No Apologies Necessary,” is one that, hopefully, will make you think about a lot of things if you’re a person of color. It’s about family unity, awareness and some other topical issues, and how they don’t seem to grab as much provocative attention today in this, oftentimes, contradictory and…

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Black History: Little Known Fact History

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we continue to recognize the history of Black achievements, I promised to share more fact history from “The Afro-American in United States History” copyrighted in 1969 and written by Benjamin DaSilva, Milton Finkelstein and Arlene Loshin.  A second edition came out in 1972. Know your rights!! “The United States was set…

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America and Drug Addiction In Our Community

By Barney Blakeney For the past few years I’ve had mixed emotions about the response our society is making in the wake of the opioid epidemic. I’d be less than honest if I said I don’t have some consternation about America’s sense of urgency in responding to the consequences of opioid addiction in recent years…

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An Afrikan Islamic Hero Worth Knowing

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today in the world it’s said that one out of every five “hue-man” beings in the world is a follower of the religion of Islam. These individuals are called Muslims, and the United States of America has a large, ethnically diverse and an ever-expanding population of Muslims everywhere you look. For today,…

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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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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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How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture

By D.R.E. James Cimarrones or maroons who escaped plantations and hid out from their Spanish and English captors in the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s lush Blue Mountains mingled with the indigenous Taino people. Cultural exchanges between the two people ensued. The maroons adopted the Taino’s culinary wisdom like smoking wild hogs flavored with scotch…

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Let’s Make IAAM A Legitimate Museum

The fundraising success of the International African American Museum does not necessarily assure its ultimate triumph as an uplifting educational and cultural institution.    As preeminent historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson eloquently stated in his classic work The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933), “the mere imparting of information is not education.”; as we easily note…

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Poor People For Justice Get Shut Out

I previously said that the mayoral administration, who at that time was led by Joseph P. Riley, did not work for the poor people of Charleston. I stated that they worked for the rich, and in saying that, I got into disfavor with the city. Well 12 years later, the City Council and our new…

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