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South African Anti-Apartheid Veteran Tapped For Top Poetry Prize

A grand old man of liberation poetry, Mongane Wally Serote, the poet of the revolution and one of the foremost South African poets to emerge during the Black renaissance of the late 1960s and early 1970, is this year’s National Poet Laureate of South Africa. Writing in the African tradition of izibongo, or praise poetry,…

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Global Citizen Fest Honors Mandela Legacy Amidst Huge Crowd Of Beyoncé Fans

A massive turnout of die-hard fans of superstars Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z filled every available square inch of the Johannesburg FNB stadium for the closing night of the Global Citizen Festival organized to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and raise $1 billion to address poverty, food security, global health…

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Africa Seeks Commitments To Fight Climate Threat At World Climate Confab

Seyni Nafo, spokesman of the African delegation at the World Climate Conference taking place this week in Poland, is not one to mince words about the serious climate threat now facing the African continent. “We are the most vulnerable, we are the least responsible but we will suffer the most,” the Malian-born Nafo summed up…

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Oil Trial Forces New Security of Nigerian Billions Swiped in Massive Fraud

It’s been called one of the biggest corruption cases in corporate history which has escaped the attention of much of the media and few have even heard about it. In the drama, playing out in an Italian court, two middlemen have been convicted for their role in the scheme involving one of Africa’s most promising…

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‘Right Livelihood’ Awards To Visionary Global Citizens Announced

The laureates of the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, will receive their prizes at this week’s award presentation in Stockholm, Sweden. Regrettably, three Saudi laureates were prevented from attending due to lengthy prison sentences for their work promoting justice and equality. The awards recognize the outstanding contributions of global…

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FILM REVIEW: British Director Anyiam-Osigwe Strikes a Nerve with No Shade

By Barrington M. Salmon, NNPA NewswireContributing Writer Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, a first-time director, is enjoying the type of success usually reserved for veteran filmmakers. Her film debut, ‘No Shade’ is a witty, wry romantic story that shines a bright light on the troubling issue of colorism. Anyiam-Osigwe, a Nigerian-British entrepreneur and an emerging talent in the…

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East Africans Score Victory For Minneapolis’ Amazon Workers

Somali women packers for the giant Amazon distribution center in Minneapolis are fired up and refusing to speed up the production line, becoming the first known group to defy Amazon management and bring them to the bargaining table. “Nobody would assume a Muslim worker with limited language skills in the middle of Minnesota could be…

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Kenyan Grassroots Activist Tapped For Major Humanitarian Prize

Kennedy Odede started SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) as a teenager in 2004 with 20 cents and a soccer ball. Growing up in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, he experienced extreme poverty, violence, lack of opportunity, and deep gender inequality. Odede also dreamed of transforming urban slums, from the inside out. SHOFCO,…

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SC State to celebrate history professor’s book: “Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal”

On Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., SC State will host a celebration of history professor Dr. Dior Konaté’s new book, “Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal.” The celebration will include a panel discussion, book signing, reception and remarks by Dr. Learie Luke, acting provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. The event will…

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Teammates of U.S. Green Beret Face Murder Prosecution

More than a year has passed since the death of U.S. Green Beret Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali. Investigators now believe they have men of interest – two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders. The four face charges that include felony murder in the strangulation death of Staff Sgt. Melgar. A preliminary hearing on the…

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A New Plan to Make Wall Street Pay for Creating the Foreclosure Crisis

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Last week, as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., convened a House Financial Services Committee hearing, featuring the CEOs of Wall Street’s biggest banks, the financial watchdog group Better Markets released a stunning report on the banks’ criminal records: Wall Street’s Six Biggest Bailed-Out Banks: Their RAP Sheets and Their Ongoing Crime…

Dr. King’s Assassination

By Pastor Matthew V. Johnson Sr., PhD, Mount Moriah Baptist Church Pratt City, Birmingham, Alabama Vice Chair Social Justice Commission, Progressive National Baptist Convention Fifty-one years ago, a gunshot in Memphis Tennessee put out one of the brightest lights of the anti/post-colonial era. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fell victim to the violence against which…

We Must Not Be Afraid!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq (TriceEdneyWire.com) – My good friend, Dick Gregory, often talked about the power of the Black woman. In a joking manner, but a serious meaning, he said, “A Black woman is the only woman in the world who can cut a man’s tires to the rim with a butter knife!” He…

CFPB Denies Duty to Enforce Military Lending Act Despite Support from Department of Defense and Congress

By Charlene Crowell America’s 1.29 million member-strong, all-volunteer military includes men and women from all 50 states, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Regardless of race or ethnicity, each made a choice and swore an oath to protect our nation. Together, they wear our nation’s uniforms and carry our flag on assignments and deployments…

The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

By Barrington M. Salmon, Contributing Writer, Black Press USA Despite the United States touting itself as the bastion of freedom and equality, women in this country – despite comprising 50.8 percent of the population – have always found themselves in the position of having to fight for salary and wages comparable to men. A range…

Remembering Dr. King and Adam Clayton Powell

By Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint (www.sdvoice.info) On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 4, 1972. the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York, died of cancer in a Miami, Florida hospital. His death came four years,…

Divisions Within the Masses

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was talking the other day with a conflicted ebony person of color who vehemently said that he was not an Afrikan-American because, in his opinion, the Afrikans are classless (sic), and he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) remotely relate to relate to that ethnic identity. It surprised me at first, but I calmly…

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Get in the Fight!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This week as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades and grandiose speeches, what will we do when it’s all over? When the spotlight no longer shines upon you, what will you do to advance the “Dream”? Will you retreat to the comfort of your home in the…

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Victims Of Our Own Creation

By Barney Blakeney I had to ask myself, “What have we done?” after receiving the police report about the 26-year-old man accused of shooting two people two years ago at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Fun Center and Arcade and the January 3 shooting of another man in North Charleston. A few days…

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On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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Whippings: “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s no surprise that the year started off with a bang; 2018 ended with a bang. I have been trying to make sense out of all the nonsense—three and four shootings a day, not to mention the mistaken identity auto shooting where a seven-year-old was killed in Houston. Old schoolers think millennials spare the rod…

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Local Republicans Should Step Boldly Into The Future

By Barney Blakeney This thing about racial intolerance long has been out of hand, but it’s become scary! As a Black man in America I learned a long time ago that this country is run by racists. It was founded by racists, developed by racists and is perpetuated by racists. I’m sorry, but there just…

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Wake Up, America!

No more Papa John’s Pizza for me. Too busy fighting racism, classism and sexism. Too busy declaring and decreeing to the Trump administration don’t deport DACA and TPS immigrants in America. Too busy fighting the murders of young Black men shot in the back by corrupt cops. As for me and my house we will…

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America Could Be Great, Or Not

Kindness and empathy are thought of as abstract things (that one can’t see) and act as a person’s own reflection of the choices free will mandates. However, kindness and empathy, I argue, are concrete things that one can see, or not. One may choose to see the humanity in an NFL player who protests the…

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What Black America Cannot Fail to Forget

By Dr. William Small, Jr. There is no question mark at the conclusion of the title to this essay. Although the title will hopefully raise a question, it is instead intended to remind Black people in America and throughout the Diaspora of the importance of a statement that I often heard recited while growing up:…

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Fear and Loathing in the Lowcountry!

Bridge failures. Building collapses. Traffic congestion. Fire and brimstone boiling up from the very ground homes are built upon.Hurricane season thrust upon us again for another year with one of the earliest tropical depressions in recent memory. Global warming. Housing cost rising beyond affordability. All newsworthy. All of a major concern. Lots of challenges, but what of the solutions? Last night at…

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