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New Travel Ban Listing Important U.S. Ally Stumps Area Experts

(GIN) African countries working with the US to defeat terrorism are questioning why Chad has been added to the latest group of countries excluded under the US travel ban. The addition of Chad took that country’s government by surprise and bewildered analysts of Central Africa. For years, the United States and its European allies have…

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A Nation Remembers the Steve Biko Legacy

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – South Africans marked the 40th year since the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre. An African nationalist and African socialist, Biko was at the forefront of a grassroots campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. His ideas…

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U.S.-Based Kenyan Scholars Spar Over Election Outcome

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The fierce contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition candidate Raila Odinga since their discarded election in August found echo here in Atlanta between Nairobi’s ambassador to Washington and a prominent U.S.-based legal scholar. “I can categorically say here looking you straight in the eye that the Supreme Court robbed Uhuru Kenyatta of…

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Corruption Returns With a Vengence in Ghana

Waving a gold sword – a symbol of Ghana’s presidency – the new president came out swinging against years of debilitating corruption. “We must restore integrity in public life,” President Nana Akufo-Addo thundered at his swearing in ceremony last January. “State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election, but resources for…

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Black Immigrant Organization Angry about Trump Rescinding DACA

By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) -The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the nation’s largest black-led organization championing racial justice and immigrant rights, blasted the Trump Administration for rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allowed 800,000 immigrant youth to live in the United States without fear of deportation. “BAJI is appalled by Trump’s decision…

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Will Africa’s Richest Man ‘Make America Great Again’?

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the 60-year-old Nigerian cement tycoon, has his eye on new investment prospects and is tempted by U.S. opportunities in renewable energy and petrochemicals. “Let’s say that by 2025, I’m looking at (investing) between $20 billion and $50 billion outside Africa. Mind you, we don’t do small things,” said Dangote, who…

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After 190 Years, the Global Impact of the Black Press Is Still Undeniable

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor For 190 years, the global impact of the Black Press has been irrefutable; from fighting against colonialism to Africa to advocating for Black soldiers fighting in Europe during the world wars and shining a light on Apartheid in South Africa the Black-owned newspapers have always been a voice…

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Missing Burundi Teens Highlight Media Blind Spot towards the Black Community

By Barrington Salmon, NNPA Newswire Contributor The mainstream media response to the disappearance of a group of teenagers from Burundi, who were in Washington, D.C. for a robotics competition, has once again revealed why covering the stories of missing Black people remains so complex. The team was in Washington for the FIRST Global Challenge robotics…

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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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Distraction

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — We’ve just heard #45’s first State of the Union message.  Some had hoped he’d be decent, if not presidential.  Considering White House paranoia over the Russia investigation, for many, his speech has already been pushed into the fog of forgetfulness by news of the public release of classified information from the House of Representatives’…

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led…

Investing in Workforce Generates Healthy Returns

By Odie Donald II In the last month, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the nation’s capitol has lifted the label from the U. S. Department of Labor as a “high-risk” partner in job training and employment programs, and “at-risk” in Unemployment Insurance programs. The District had carried these risk designations since 2012,…

One Year of Trump: What We’ve Lost and What We’ve Learned

By Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) The year leading up to his inauguration in 2017, as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump espoused senseless, baseless and ultimately empty assertions about the state of Black Americans and our communities. “What the hell do you have to lose?” he screamed in front of a predominantly White crowd in…

Blacks and Politics: Either Get Engaged or Get Left Behind

By Jeffrey Boney, NNPA Member/Houston Forward Times Okay, everyone, if you are reading this, welcome to 2018. You made it, and with that being said, I feel that this is the perfect opportunity for us to be honest about an important truth. First of all, as I see it, it is extremely clear to me,…

When Someone Tells You Who They Are, Believe Them!

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday.” -Washington…

Murder In Black Communities Is More Than An Annoyance

By Barney Blakeney    I tell people I don’t bad days anymore. No matter how tough things get, there’s always more for which to be thankful. There’s always some good in the bad and when I compare the good against the bad, I always come out ahead. I was coming out from under a particularly…

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Prostate Cancer: This One Is For You, Dad

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The month of March stirs up painful memories for me. Dad passed away from prostate cancer.  Dad and I had a very close relationship. He was not just close to me but to all his children.  It didn’t matter how old we were or what type of activities we were involved in,…

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A Salute to “The Color of Love”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The entire earth’s a place of perpetual learning for the aware among us, and I most definitely can attest to that. Take last week, for example, when I was in a local area mall that I learned another valuable lesson in the living process. It was quite an experience, filling my mind…

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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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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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Black Politics and the Declining Influence of Black Leaders

By Dr. William Small     The passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is regarded by many as the “high water mark” in the struggle for African American political empowerment in America. Until the adoption of this legislation, in spite of the global pronouncements about the value and importance of “Democracy”, it must…

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