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Saving Hearts and Lives in the African-American Community

By Patricia Maryland, Dr.PH (NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist) Our heart is the engine that keeps our body running. That’s why problems with the heart—such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or heart failure—can significantly impact a person’s well-being, and, at worst, be life-threatening. During February, American Heart Month, we were able to shine a…

Nation’s largest student loan servicer charged borrowers too much, says CFPB

By Charlene Crowell The financial futures of more than 12 million federal and private student loan borrowers who collectively owe approximately $300 billion is at the crux of a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). CFPB is suing Navient Corporation and two of its subsidiaries for using shortcuts and deception to illegally cheat…

Trump’s tough talk won’t fix Chicago

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Donald Trump is fixated on what he describes as the “carnage” going on in Chicago, suggesting that if Chicago’s horrendous homicide rate doesn’t come down, he’ll “send in the feds.” At his recent press conference, he announced plans to create “a task for reducing violent crime in America, including…

Building The Movement To Fight Extremism

By Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II (President, North Carolina NAACP) On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in…

The Value of White Privilege and the American Dream

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) As 2017’s Black History observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers at Demos and the Institute for Assets & Social Policy at Brandeis University,…

It’s Time For The Democratic Party To Wake Up

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Everyone appears to have figured out that a dangerous, stupid fascist with no knowledge of how the federal government works is now the President of the United States. Everyone, that is, except members of the Democratic Party, now serving in the 115th Congress. You have to wonder how…

Victoria’s Column: Marriage, Dating and Self-Love

Dear reader, Relationships are hard. They require mutual care and attention, selflessness and the ability to sacrifice. The past 18 months have been some of the hardest I’ve ever experienced. I gained a husband and lost someone else. I found God and, through that, am finding myself. I decided to start a column because at…

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Character Never Goes Out Of Style

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Within the past couple of months, two women were associated with men who had recently been charged with a crime.  Ladies, we need to talk! Is it worth going to jail for Mr. Cool, pants sagging, drug pushing, still living with momma pimp? Think about it! Relationships aren’t made in heaven, marriages are. …

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Building An Economic Infrastructure

By Barney Blakeney For the past little while I’ve been thinking about how getting stuff done takes time and effort. What’s the saying, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’? So as I thought about the $17 million that blanketed Charleston along with the August 21 solar eclipse, I better understood why Black owned businesses saw…

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“KEBUKA!,” An Unforgettable Memory

By Hakim Abdul-Ali There are times in my life when I have to step back and seriously reflect about many isolated, disturbing and poignant issues that affect me as a thinking “hue- man” being of color. “Life’s occurrences are symbolic metaphors in so many instances” is something that I always have to remind myself of.…

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Arduous Voyages

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s rap is rather simple in literary delivery, but it’s powerful in meaning. It’s about handling some of the distressing twists and traumatic turns in our lives. We all go through some “Arduous Voyages” in life as my mother used to call the difficult times in life that many “hue-mans” in her…

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What a Difference A Day Makes

By Beverly Gadsom-Birch   Good Morning Charleston! What a difference a day makes.  I believe it was Dinah Washington who sang that song back in the day. The storm passed over, hallelujah!! I decided to lighten up a little bit today with a little bit of humor because Irma really put me through the stress…

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