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Memories of Jonestown Massacre Leave Haunting Memories, but Important Lessons During 40th Anniversary

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The church building at 1859 Geary Street in San Francisco was in its earlier days festive, vibrant and joyous. Like a cultural hub, there was often plenty of dancing, entertainment; even skits, plays; lots of food and toys for the children. But, this Sunday morning was different. “There was an eerie type of…

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Rights Group Condemn Rise Of Gov’t-Sponsored Homophobia in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam’s governor Paul Makonda has begun urging citizens to report homosexuals for round-ups, sending hundreds of LGBT activists into hiding to avoid arrest. “If you know any gays … report them to me,” Makonda told reporters, according to CNN. In an interview posted on YouTube, Makonda said he had already received more than…

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African Diaspora Film Festival Takes on “Who is Black in America?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The 26th annual installment of the African Diaspora International Film Festival promises to tackle the topic: “Who is Black in America?” The popular festival, which showcases black filmmakers, actors, directors and producers all over the world, runs from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at venues…

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Trump’s Campaign Strategist Hired For Nigerian Presidential Race

Cash money makes things happen. That’s an expression taken from the Urban Dictionary but it may also be the hope of Atiku Abubakar, candidate for President of Nigeria with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party which just hired Donald Trump’s lobbying firm at an astronomical price. The Florida-based firm is led by Brian Ballard of Ballard…

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South Africa Must Address Air Pollution Hot Spots – Now!

The world’s largest air pollution hotspot is not where you might think. No, it’s not in New Jersey. But if you said South Africa you’d be right, according to a newly-released study by the environmental group Greenpeace. With coal and transport as the two principle sources of air pollution, Eastern Mpumalanga province in South Africa…

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Ethiopian Woman Breaks Glass Ceiling to Become Nation’s New Head of State

“Congratulations Madam President! Women do make a difference. We are proud of you!” That was the excited message from María Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the United Nations General Assembly, to a U.N. colleague selected to be the first woman president in Ethiopia. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers this week approved Sahle-Work Zewde for…

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Gabon Warned Against ‘Fake News’ While President Is Hospitalized For Exhaustion

Balloons and fireworks will have to wait as the longtime President of Gabon has been hospitalized at the King Faisal hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, suffering from severe fatigue. The party of President Ali Bongo had just “coasted to victory” in a second round of legislative elections this month when the President fell ill. A…

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Namibia Agrees to ‘Land Deal’ with Russian Billionaire

The Namibian government has leased four farms for 99 years to a company owned by a Russian billionaire. The farms, valued at $3 million and measuring a total 42,000 acres, were registered as state property by the land reform ministry. Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma appears to be having second thoughts about being linked to…

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Journalists Trek to Haiti for Cultural Tour

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A group of African-American multi-media journalists and other professionals are on a cultural tour in Haiti this week. The nine-member group arrived in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, Oct. 28. The tour will include Port-au-Prince, which was hit with the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 100,000 in January 2010 and Gonaives which…

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Aging Autocrat Whips Opposition and Claims Victory in a Disputed Poll

Leaders of the opposition were roundly defeated in this month’s national elections that gave the six term incumbent President Paul Biya a new seven year term. The 85 year old chief of state was returned to power amidst a deepening split along linguistic lines, a quarter of a million of Cameroonians living in exile, and…

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African American Heart Health Is Vital

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, NNPA Newswire Contributor Last month, February 2019, was not only Black History Month, it was also Heart Health Awareness Month per the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black…

Blacks on White Privilege

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – For many years many Black people have been denied opportunities for no reason other than the color of their skin. I’ve been guilty like many others who said, “It must be nice to have white privilege!” Now, I’m not so sure. I’d rather not have anybody knocking on…

The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that ABC News said has prompted repercussions from Hollywood to the boardrooms of major corporations. A…

Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run for president in 2016. With racial tensions,…

Millennials must answer ‘How will you lead?’

By John Semien, Special from the New Tri-State Defender “Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We are in…

We Are Still Turning Our Backs on Puerto Rico’s Hungry Children

By Marian Wright Edelman In 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation across Puerto Rico, leaving children especially vulnerable—but the sad reality is Puerto Rican children were some of the most at risk in America long before the storm. Nearly 6 in 10 children in Puerto Rico live in poverty, a rate almost twice…

Stepping Into Contentment

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Living in today’s turbulent and chaotic times is a very laborious experience and that’s putting it mildly. I offer that point with full understanding that many ethnic “hue-mans” go through life’s daily struggles with different disordered lenses of comprehension. Today’s article is addressed to a very special young soul, who is no…

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Education: You Can’t Catch A Car With A Bike

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to the State Department of Education Comprehensive Support and Improvement’s (CSI) recently released report, Charleston County School District has nine schools on the list: Greg Mathis Charter High, Morningside Middle, North Charleston Elementary, Chicora Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Burns Elementary, R.B. Stall High School, North Charleston High and St. John’s High…

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Preparing For The Gray Tsunami

By Barney Blakeney It was good getting the call from Mrs. Delaris Risher, former C.A. Brown High teacher and widow of the late Burke High and Charleston Rec. Dept. icon, Modie Risher. A fascinating and dedicated woman, Mrs. Risher is one of those women when in her presence, no matter how wild and crazy a…

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Success is an Opportunity Worth Exploring

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I come in contact with many diverse sectors of the so-called American People everyday and, as such, I’m always amazed at how many of them look at their respective lives. Recently, I had the good fortune to experience that firsthand and upfront. On this past Sunday, I was confronted by a young…

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Domestic Violence – A Serious Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I wrote an article several years ago that caught an inmate’s attention while serving time in prison for spousal abuse and rape. His name was David and had served time in the military. He thanked me for doing the article and in his own words said, “You taught me what I was…

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Fearful Birthday To Me

By Barney Blakeney I just celebrated another birthday – turned 66 November 24. Never in any stretch of my imagination did I ever conceive of being 66. What’s it they say – youth is wasted on the young? I don’t know how true that may be, but as a young man I never thought of…

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Ready, Get Set, Vote

Voters in our communities will soon be casting votes in the South Carolina Primary Election. Eligible citizens have until May 13 to register so they can vote in the June 12th Primaries and June 26th Primary Runoffs (runoff if needed). Now is also the time to familiarize ourselves with the candidates on the ballot and…

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Real support for moms this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day we celebrate moms who are working to be the best moms they can be. Here in Charleston, many moms may be in need of some extra support, especially those women who are expecting their first baby. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had so many questions about what to…

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Good(will) for the Environment & Community: The Case for Donating Locally

By Robert Smith, Palmetto Goodwill President/CEO Think globally, act locally is a phrase often used to encourage people to take small actions in order to do their part toward combating worldwide issues that seem daunting to take on. Protecting our planet is a perfect example.  One may ask, “What small actions can individuals take that actually…

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Celebration or Ritual?

  By Dr. William Small, Jr. The practice of effectively organizing and celebrating the importance of events is validated by its existence in all cultures. Celebrations on their face speak to values which define and affirm a people. Christmas, Columbus Day, the Fourth of July, for example all say something about the soul and character…

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