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Voters Turned Back As Nigeria Cancels National Polls

Late breaking news. Voting for the nation’s next president has been called off for today. Thanks for coming. Stay tuned for further announcements. Not the kind of message one would expect from the superpower of Africa. But indeed, five hours before polls were set to open on Saturday, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that unspecified “challenges”…

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Gruesome Torture Of African Villagers For ‘Blood Rubies’ Worn By Stars

A British mining company will pay over $7 million to settle allegations of torture and murder at ruby mines in the northeast of Mozambique. The red stones, worth millions, have been worn by international actresses Mila Kunis, Bel Powley, and Sophie Cookson, among others. The settlement covers the murder of at least 18 people allegedly…

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State Department Raises Travel Warning Over Haiti Unrest

Demonstrators are filling the streets of downtown Port au Prince in Haiti as anger and frustration over government mismanagement, corruption and grinding poverty boils over. Protestors are now demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise over the disappearance of nearly $2 billion for a program earmarked for the poor. The Venezuelan PetroCaribe Discount Oil…

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Baptist Hill Teams Up with Constituent Board Member to Support Children in Liberia

Open lines of communication between a Constituent Board member and a school principal led to hundreds of flip-flops being delivered to children in Liberia. Earlier this winter, Dr. Helen Frazier, who serves on the Constituent District 23 Board of Trustees, spoke with Baptist Hill Middle High School’s principal, Vanessa Brown, about an upcoming trip to…

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Egypt President El-Sisi Takes Up African Union Chairmanship

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has turned over the leadership of the 55-member African Union to Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, President of Egypt, at its 32nd ordinary session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During his tenure, el-Sissi is expected to concentrate on security and financial reform, but with no great plans to strengthen the AU’s multilateral powers. Instead, the…

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There’s an uprising going on in the Sudan!

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Over the last fifteen years, what we have mainly heard about the Sudan—what had been the largest nation-state in Africa—revolved around the secessionist movement in what is now known as the South Sudan, and the genocide being carried out by the Sudanese government against the people of the…

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African Free Trade Agreement Nears Completion

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Four hundred years after the first Africans were kidnapped and brought to the United States and 135 years after the infamous Berlin Conference divided Africa into 55 separate countries, heads of state from the continent are on the verge of a historic free trade agreement. The African…

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African Leaders Put Rich Nations On Notice That Days Of Cheap Resources Are Ending

African leaders had a new message for foreign companies seeking the diamonds, gold, rubies and emeralds so plentiful in desperate dirt-poor countries and so pricey when polished and sold in New York, Paris and Switzerland. We’re no longer a cheap date. That message – in so many words – was heard again and again at…

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2019 NBA All-Star Fifth Annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have announced the top 63 boys and girls from 31 countries and regions who will travel to Charlotte for the fifth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Queens University of…

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Key Figure in Divestment Campaign That Halted U.S. Investments in South Africa Passes

In an interview for the book “No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists Over a Half Century”, Dumisani Kumalo recalled the struggle to cut off the U.S. funds that were sustaining the apartheid government of South Africa. “I spoke to more than 1,000 campuses all over the country in all 50 states,” Mr. Kumalo…

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‘Equal Pay, Equal Pay, Equal Pay’

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As the exhausted and thrilled U.S. women’s soccer team celebrated its victory in the finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the cheers of the crowd in the Stade of Lyon soon turned into a chant: “Equal Pay, Equal Pay, Equal Pay.” Even as they fought their way to the…

Karen Carter Richards, Newly Elected Chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Shares Her Vision for the “Original Black Press” of America

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor “You down with O.B.P.? Yeah, you know me!” That was the chant being sang by many people, as they attended the recent Annual Meeting of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), in support of the newly-elected chair of the NNPA, Ms. Karen Carter Richards, publisher of the Houston…

Regulatory rollback on student loans takes away borrower protections

  By Charlene Crowell Every Fourth of July celebrates this nation’s founding. But this year, only a few days before the annual freedom celebration, an ill-advised governmental action will financially doom rather than free millions of student loan borrowers – as of July 1. Moreover, this action arrives as the cost of higher education continues to…

Tubman on the Twenty

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) — When President Barack Obama left the White House, he left a very positive image of what a President should be like. He set a high standard for his staff, with no swamp creatures running around his Administration and no scandals emerged in the eight years he was in office.…

Census Citizenship Question Appears Blocked, for Now

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Altogether, the evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation the Secretary gave for his decision. We cannot ignore the disconnect between the decision made and the explanation given. Our review is deferential, but we are ‘not required to exhibit a naiveté from which ordinary citizens are…

New Levels of Shame

By Marian Wright Edelman It is inconceivable that the latest headlines come from a civilized nation. “Detained Migrant Children Denied Adequate Food, Water & Sanitation in Texas.” “There Is a Stench: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children.” “‘The Taliban gave me toothpaste’: Former captives contrast U.S. treatment of child migrants.” Last…

Forever Seeking Peaceful Flavorings

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Peace be unto you in name of God Alone. I sincerely offer that most austere greeting to you in the Creator Alone’s cause because it’s where my mind is now, and my present trend of thinking is one where it also tells me that I should extend to you and others, who…

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Discussion About Reparations

By Barney Blakeney I’ve got a lot of respect for Fred Lincoln, president of the Wando-Huger Community Development Corporation. The retired Mount Pleasant fireman was one of the main guys who pulled the troops together to fight the SPA Wando port expansion back in the ‘90s. Since that encounter I’ve learned a little about the…

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NAN: Do You Hear Me Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A whole lot of discussion is swirling around town and on Facebook following National Action Network’s (NAN) civil disobedience protest at last Monday school board meeting. Parents, community leaders, clergies and other stakeholders have been appearing before the board for years addressing inequities in education. And, for years, their concerns have ignored. In…

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The New Zealand 50 and the Current Worlds of Denials

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Death awaits us all and no one knows how or when he or she will leave this present phase of existence. That’s a definite certainty about the living experience for all “hue-mans,” and there’s no denying that process. The very specter of death brings me to my topic for this week, and…

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Actively Working For The Future

By Barney Blakeney Set a goal, keep your eyes on the prize and work toward it. That’s what you have to do. I was sittin’ here trying to figure out what the heck I’m gon write about this week. I had an idea in mind, but things didn’t go my way – one thing didn’t…

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Protesters Upset Charleston County School Board Meeting

By Beverly Gadson-Birch National Action Network, Prestige Preparatory Academy students and parents, and other community stakeholders brought the March 18 Charleston County School Board meeting to a halt. For years, the Board has ignored the wishes of the Black community and denigrated them while creating magnets and mostly white charter schools to circumvent true integration. The…

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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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Complacency

If tomorrow comes and all of the fake news is true, what will we the people do? If our allies become our adversaries, if we have fighting in our streets, like in Afghanistan, never knowing if our city /municipality is next. If our election process is so disrupted, that we are no longer a democracy/republic.…

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