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Nobel Prize for Healing Rape Survivors in Midst of War

“For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women’s bodies and I cannot remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other.” Those were the words of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician working in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Now, Dr.…

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Son of Ex-Angolan President Charged in $500 Million Swindle

One reason why African presidents may cling to power, even re-writing the constitution to grant them extra terms, may be the case of Angola. Newly elected President João Lourenço is sending shivers across the continent as he relentlessly attempts to recoup billions of dollars subverted from the national treasury, including by members of the previous…

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Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

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Rwanda Outlaws Political Cartoons and an Opposition Leader Goes Free

The Rwandese government of Paul Kagame has outlawed the drawing of cartoons that portray politicians/leaders in an unflattering manner. Anyone who draws such a cartoon risks imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to Rwf1 million ($1,145). If the cartoon targets a session of parliament or a “top ranking official”, the…

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Building Bridges from Africa to America: NNPA Makes Historic Inaugural Trip to Ile-Ife, Nigeria

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA International Correspondent For the first time in the history of its existence, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., has made its way to Ile-Ife in Nigeria for a culturally impactful inaugural trade mission. The NNPA, under the leadership of its president…

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Lost and Feared Stolen: $104 Million in Fresh Currency Bound for Liberia

The alleged theft of shipping containers loaded with new Liberian currency would be comical if it were a movie but is heartbreaking to Liberian citizens struggling to get by in a poor country. It was also a reminder that the promises of new president George Weah to stamp out corruption are far from being fulfilled.…

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Who’s To Blame in Latest Ferry Disaster?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli took action this week against a ferry captain and all of the crew as the number of bodies pulled from Lake Victoria in the latest maritime disaster topped 200. In an address last Friday, Magufuli told the nation that the captain left the ferry’s steering in the hands of a person…

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World Leaders Flock to U.N. ‘Peace Summit’ – A Rebuke of ‘America First’?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t be prouder as he unveiled a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela on the eve of the U.N. General  Assembly and the opening of a day-long ‘peace summit’ with nearly 160 scheduled speakers . The statue is a gift to the United Nations from South Africa. “The people of our…

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Toronto: Eating, Drinking and Having Fun During 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

By, Dwight Brown,  NNPA Newswire Contributor For 43 years the Toronto International Film Festival has been the epicenter of the film industry. This year at TIFF, 500,000 filmgoers previewed the highest quality films in the world before they are shown at their local theaters. Many movie lovers come to Toronto, home to 2.5 million people from 200 distinct…

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President’s Son Nabbed With $12 Million in Jeweled Watches

What does a suitcase full of million dollar watches look like? Well, it’s blinding for one and it caught the eye of police at the Sao Paulo Viracopos airport in Brazil who confiscated the gem-encrusted time pieces found in the luggage of the son of the long-time ruler of Equatorial Guinea. In a second bag…

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“Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo”

By Marian Wright Edelman “If the justice system does not change incarceration will continue to be as arbitrary as a game of eeny, meeny, miny, mo, with black kids and black men hoping to avoid being ‘IT.’” Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo is the title of this series of paintings by Nashville native Omari Booker, a visual…

Black Women in America and Cervical Cancer Prevention

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and Health Columnist for the NNPA Many people may believe that cervical cancer is a problem of the past. Prior to the 1940s, it was a major cause of death of women of childbearing age. According to the…

Discovering the Excellence Within: Realizing My Greatness in South Africa

By Jorian Reeves, Xavier University, Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy I had my first taste of global cultural learning in 2015 when I traveled to Qatar at the age of 14 for a week-long Arabic debate competition. Two years earlier, in seventh grade, I had started taking Arabic classes at Lindbolm Math and Science Academy, a…

Standing on the Right Side of History: Blackballed NFL QB Colin Kaepernick Settles Major Grievance Claim against NFL

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor One of the best skits that ever appeared on comedian Dave Chappelle’s hit television show, the Chappelle Show, was one called “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong.” Each skit would highlight the outcome of what would happen to individuals who made the choice to ‘keep it real.’ In every skit, it…

White Privilege and Black Power: Ilhan Omar Checks Elliott Abrams

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a member of Congress. Let me repeat that. Ms. Omar is a member of Congress. So how dare Elliot Abrams, 45’s nominee as Venezuelan envoy presume to interrupt the Congresswoman as she made a statement and interrogated him? He was relatively docile when white people questioned…

Education Department helps loan servicers instead of borrowers

By Charlene Crowell In an increasingly competitive global economy, highly skilled workers have a sharp advantage in securing and keeping employment. And as technological advances result in life-long learning in many occupations, many worker-students turn to federal student aid, the largest source of funding for higher education, to expand and/or hone their value in the…

Sorry, But No Cigar

By Barney Blakeney Well, it’s all over but the shouting. Voters went to the polls November 6 in unprecedented numbers, especially for a midterm election. That’s a good thing. But sorry, no cigar. I hate being the guy who always sees the glass as half empty. But the reality of the optimism that the glass…

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So Many Reasons to Give Thanks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s that annual time of the year in the United States of America when majorities of various ethnic families gather together for the Thanksgiving Day celebration. This day of peaceful appreciation and thankful remembrance is usually held on the fourth Thursday of every November. The participating families which gather as a unit are probably…

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Uncle Tom: My People Who Are Called By My Name

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all but I am happy elections are over, at least in South Carolina they are. Payouts and gift cards for supporting candidates, who seldom deliver on their promises, days are over. Sellouts in black communities will be called out. You do a disservice to your people, people who…

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We Should Listen to the Ancestors

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Listening is difficult, but doing it intently and patiently distinguishes a leader from a follower. Today, I’m sharing quotes from past black leaders on some relevant issues that I’ve learned about by listening to those who came before me concerning the African American experience and the American cultural environment, in general. Their…

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Reflections About An Uncertain Future

By Barney Blakeney By the time this is published the 2018 general elections will be over so I won’t go into any of the ‘we should-a, we could-a, if we would-a.’ By the time you read this it will be ‘we hafta’ deal with it. I voted early as usual. I work Tuesdays so I…

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“Come Clean” Charleston County School Board

By Beverly Gadson-Birch By the time you read this article, it will be all over but the shouting. It’s been a tough stretch to the finish line and I am sure everyone is ready to exhale. Hopefully, persons elected will be the face of a new Democracy—one that tells the truth, respects women, builds relationships…

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The Fine Line

  By D.R.E. James I imagine my demeanor to be something like Drake’s on the cover of his magnum opus Take Care. Head down, by his lonesome in the corner of Joso’s dining room. Except at Henrietta’s, I’m not in Toronto. I’m on the wickered, Parisian-feeling patio of Henrietta’s. My waiter greets me; his hair…

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Fairness

Right and wrong are words that are not applicable to today’s society. We live from day to day in complete denial about what these words really mean. Today as I sat in church I was given a new word: Fair. I came home and referred to Webster for the clear definition of fair:  free from…

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

By John Singletary   Yes – Yes – Yes, I know it may sound like a broken record. But this article you must read again and let talk to you.  This is an oldie but goodie: UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY. We, the citizens of North Charleston, are facing a pivotal crossroad in the future and preservation…

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That Side of Paradise

By D.R.E. James Charleston, crumbling eloquently under the weight of hurricanes, humidity and history, possessed those subtle aesthetic nuances I’m infatuated with–exposed brick, fading hand painted signage and the chipped edge of a claw foot tub. The summer I moved there the city had just completed a dynastic reign as the number one city in…

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