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African Leaders and Russians Sign Nuclear Deals In A ‘Winning Week’ For Putin

Taking advantage of the Russia-Africa summit and the presence of dozens of African leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin advanced his goal of expanding Moscow’s geopolitical clout. At the two-day summit in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Russian president resurrected old bonds forged by the Soviet Union with the result that arms shipments…

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Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Did African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao lose her job because of her outspokenness about France’s continued profiting off of her beloved Africa? Or, is Her Excellency being shown the door because certain powers are exasperated that she’s exposed another “scramble for Africa?”…

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Liberia to Raise Up the Country’s Poorest with $100 in Cash

Thousands of Liberia’s poorest citizens will be getting an early Christmas gift of $100 this year as part of a five year project which the government hopes will shrink chronic poverty and eliminate hunger. Authorities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection say they have started to disburse “social cash” to the extremely…

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African Geography Still A Work In Progress

Remember Bujumbura? Once upon a time it was the political capital of Burundi. But no more! The Burundian government has just adopted a historic bill in which Gitega on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, becomes the political capital and Bujumbura the economic capital. The decision has yet to be approved by Parliament, which is largely…

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Global Peace Prize Awarded To Africa’s Youngest Leader

“Love is greater than modern weapons like tanks and missiles… Love can win hearts, and we have seen a great deal of it today here in Asmara.” Not many political leaders would admit to a vision of love over war and that may be why Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was the clear favorite…

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Uganda Outlaws Opposition Leader’s Trademark – The Red Beret

The Uganda government is taking action against the popular red beret, calling it official military clothing that could earn the wearer imprisonment for life. According to the new rule, the sale or wearing of any attire which resembles the army uniform is also banned. Prohibited items include side caps, bush hats, ceremonial forage caps and…

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Obscure Political Outsider Heads For The Presidency In Surprise Tunisian Upset

Exit polls are pointing to landslide win for a conservative law professor in an upset for the political establishment and the elites. Mr. Kais Saied, 61, an unlikely leader for the nation’s restless youth, promised to hand more power to young people and local governments. An expert in constitutional law, he taught in the Tunis…

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Unrest at the African Union Follows the Firing of Popular Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia A speech denouncing France’s colonization of Africa and her continued efforts to unite Africa and the African Diaspora has cost H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the African Union’s Ambassador to the United States, her job. The African Union has given her until November 1 to clean out her…

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African Languages Among The Top Ten Spoken In U.S. Homes

If you think you’re hearing more Swahili, Yoruba, Amharic or Twi coming from your neighbor’s home, you’re right! Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds African languages are among the top ten fastest growing languages spoken at home in the U.S. The Census list features three groups of African languages: Swahili and other…

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Ethiopian ‘Thanksgiving’ Returns As A Joyous Affair

For the first time in 150 years, Ethiopia’s Oromo people celebrated “Thanksgiving” in “Finfinee” – also known as Addis Ababa. The country’s largest ethnic group turned up in the hundreds of thousands to mark “Ireecha” – a public outdoors event. People gathered around water bodies, holding tufts of grass to thank Waqqaa (God) and ask…

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How to build an emergency fund

The Federal Reserve Board reported recently that 40% of people in the U.S. said they would have trouble covering a $400 emergency. Now think back to the last time you had an emergency or unexpected expense. Maybe it was a car repair or medical bill or even paying all your bills until you found a…

Acting to End Child Poverty

By Marian Wright Edelman “We’ve had 20 years of presidential debates, and we have never talked about the violence in America of child poverty. We have got to begin to talk more eloquently and persuasively and urgently about doing the things not just to make sure fair taxes are paid by people on the top,…

Dean of the House

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It’s often true that the good die young, but last Sunday, one of our most distinguished elder statesmen, Congressman John Conyers, died at 90 years of age in his beloved Detroit. Many of the stories that came from major press and media weren’t always kind to him,…

Nooses, Lynching, and Racial Intimidation

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Are the use of nooses as symbols of intimidation rising in the workplace? Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data says that reports of racism and discrimination are on the rise. Their data does not speak to nooses, particularly. Still, it is disturbing to peruse newspaper reports to learn that at…

Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans in Failing to Understand What a Real Lynching Is

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Donald Trump’s use of the term “lynching” to describe the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House naturally sparked bipartisan outrage. The president and his shameless apologist, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, defended the use of the word, with Graham calling the investigation a “lynching in every sense.” Surely Graham, who…

Bicameral lawmakers: Strengthen, not weaken, CRA

By Charlene Crowell For more than 40 years, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has served as a mechanism for the federal government to hold banks and other depository institutions accountable for meeting the credit needs of low and moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods. Enacted in 1977, the CRA has the power to influence applications for bank mergers, charters, acquisitions,…

Local Government Implosion

By Barney Blakeney The implosion of our national government is difficult to watch because it so much reminds me of what’s happening on the local scene. Ever since I became an adult and started interacting as a reporter in professional circles I’ve heard people refer to our community as “The Great State of Charleston”. Sarcastically…

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The Strength of a Winner

By Hakim Abdul-Al I consider what I do as a columnist as a special task. It’s one where I attempt to reflect on topical things that are going on around me and the greater world-at-large with spiritual comprehensions and insightful candor. I’d like to think that I’m that kind of journalist because I believe that it’s…

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Elections Offer The Opportunity To Plan A Strategy For Participation

By Barney Blakeney As we close in on another local government election, economic development has been a common thread through all the interviews I’ve had. No matter where you live in the Metropolitan Charleston area, economic growth and development is an ever present, in your face reality. As Stevie Wonder said in his song ‘Livin’…

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Responsible Worthiness

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled “Know Thyself and Be Proud,” which appeared in this newspaper. And since its publication, I’ve received a lot of views about what I said in print in that column. If you didn’t read it, I give you a quick uptake on the general…

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Black Boys Need Black Fathers

By Barney Blakeney I often get frustrated about some of the stuff I see among young Black men – not just the crime and violence, but also some of the passive stuff that is required to take boys to men. As a cop reporter I get the incident reports about shootings, confiscation of drugs and…

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WAKE UP, VOTERS!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Wake up, voters! “No more sleeping in bed, we have important elections ahead!” Will these elections improve your living conditions, or will it be more of the same? Only you can answer that question by voting for the best candidate.  As quiet as it is kept, there is a new voting machine. Don’t let…

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What You Need to Know About Interventions

Dealing with loved ones can be difficult sometimes and that only gets harder when they have a problem with drugs and alcohol.  A big part of dealing with a loved one’s addiction is getting them into treatment. But what if they are unwilling to go? Intervention is the next logical step, however what is an intervention and…

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Human Beings of All Races, Colors, Nationalities, Languages, and Faiths Should Lead the Eastside Charleston Community

By Mateusz Wojnarowicz My name is Mateusz Wojnarowicz, I’m 14 years old, and I recently read an article on The Post and Courier newspaper website that said the Eastside Community Development Corporation needs to “recruit whites.” Okay. Can someone explain to me what exactly does “recruit whites” mean? You don’t recruit just blacks or just…

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Let’s Support Our Bulldogs!

We’re asking everyone to show their support for the football team and the Athletic Department this school year (2019-2020). You can show your support to the athletes by donating to the Athletic Department and by coming out to support the athletes at the games. This year all of the home football games will be played…

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New Voting Machines

With less than two month before voting starts in Charleston County, the public has not been informed that new machines will be used. We are happy the new machines will allow voter verification, but such transitions must allow more lead-time for voter training. In 2015 Charleston County Election Commission Reports showed some precincts with 114%…

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Carolina Stories: "Charlie’s Place" tells the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach that was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit in the segregated South

Origin of Porgy & Bess

 

This story is also told in Fordham’s book “True Stories of Black South Carolina”