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Liberians Rejoice Over A Promised Path To U.S. Citizenship

As the Trump administration turns down an ever-growing number of applications for asylum, it surprised many that some 5,000 Liberians in the United States have been granted a path to citizenship. In fact, it was the product of decades of effort by the Liberian community and its allies. “This has been a 20-plus-year fight where…

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Feast on Toronto’s Multicultural Cuisine

By Dwight Brown Discover a vibrant international food scene in a city that’s home to 230 different nationalities. There are countless reasons to visit the very multicultural city of Toronto, the largest city in Canada. Movie lovers flock to the Toronto International Film Festival. Sightseers explore CN Tower. Tourists pedal around town on Toronto Bicycle Tours. Romantics head to Niagara Falls. And, history…

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Queen Quet Takes Part in United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid

Global leaders have gathered in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) to take the next crucial steps in the climate change process. The conference took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of COP25 said,…

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‘It’s Time For Africa To Do Things For Itself’ Proclaims Kenyan Peace Prize Winner

Over the last 100 years, Africa has been the eternal donor to the West but has been represented as always reliant on aid from the Western community. “We must find a way of reversing this by becoming makers of our own raw materials,” asserts Kenyan author and academic Ngugi wa Thiong’o who picked up a…

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Art World’s ‘Season Africa 2020’ Recalls Much Loved Nigerian Curator 

One of the more ambitious exhibits of African art to showcase French-speaking, English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking Africa, including North Africa, is scheduled to open June 2020 and run for 6 months. The occasion will also mark the passing this year of Bisi Silva, an adventurous curator who, with her own money, founded a nonprofit art gallery…

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‘More Than A Few Reasons To Be Happy’ – An African Writer Looks Ahead To 2020

While its soundtrack may have been grim and pessimistic, Africa has more than a few reasons to be happy, asserts prominent author, journalist and former editor of The East African, Charles Onyango-Obbo of Uganda. “There are many good stories in East Africa,” he begins. “East African citizens continue to travel in record numbers in the…

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West Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Is Dead! Long Live ‘The Eco’

A decades-old reminder of the years of colonial French rule finally ended this month with the renaming of the colonial era currency – the CFA franc – to a name of independence – the Eco. The announcement was made in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. It was seen as an effort…

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African Leaders Face Upsurge Of Citizens Demanding Term Limits  

African leaders are facing an upsurge of citizen opposed to questionable re-election schemes, including tampering with the constitution, that leave countries in the hands of one or two families for decades. The latest upsurge is in Guinea where the political opposition has accused the president, Alpha Conde, of staging a “constitutional coup” by attempting to…

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African Fashion Star Announces Her Same-Sex Marriage On Social Media

South Sudanese model Aweng Mayel Chuol and fiancée Alexus defied the Africa’s tradition-bound views on LGBTQ lifestyles to announce their marriage glowingly on social media. Chuol, a striking beauty in high-end fashion magazines, posted pictures of the wedded couple on Instagram. “Married my best friend today. I am GEEKED,” she wrote on Twitter. “You mean…

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Anti-Corruption Commission Files Multiple Charges Against Ex-Wife Of Zimbabwe Veep

Marry Mubaiwa, estranged wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice President, faces a battery of charges – from fraud, money laundering to attempted murder- in a case that has startled even the most battle-hardened citizens. Ms. Mubaiwa, 38, is accused of unlawfully transferring $919,000 to South Africa under the guise of importing goods, according to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption…

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Is Dr. King’s Dream Being Denied or Deferred? Disparities in Housing Perpetuate Racial Wealth Gap

By Charlene Crowell  Once again, the only federal holiday honoring a person of color will be celebrated across the nation. The 38-year span of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life continues to be remembered and revered. Since his tragic death, time has shown he was also prophetic.   “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle,” said…

War with Iran is ill-advised and thoughtless

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – When the United States uses military force, the American people and members of the United States Armed Forces deserve a credible explanation regarding such use of military force. The War Powers Resolution requires the President to consult with Congress ‘‘in every possible instance’’ before introducing United States Armed Forces into…

Becoming A Better Leader In 2020

Six New Year’s Resolution Tips by Joseph Ellick When a new year comes, people around the world look forward to putting things in place and setting new goals to improve personally or professionally. The biggest challenge at times is knowing what it’s going to take to make that desire a reality to apply to your…

Our Children Are Leading Us. Hallelujah!

By Marian Wright Edelman In December Time magazine named then-16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg their 2019 Person of the Year—the youngest person ever honored. Time noted that this brave, determined teenager represents a new wave of young people who refuse to accept the world adults have created for them: “Her global climate strike is the largest and most…

Imagine a World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – We have an impeached president in our country because he has done so much destruction to our country. He has even destroyed who others believe we are! Many Americans have lost faith in who we once thought we were. I’ve heard Americans talk about being embarrassed to…

Will the Assassination of Iran’s Gen. Soleimani Be Trump’s 1914 Moment?

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Last night, at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed a number one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qassem Soleimani…We took action last night to stop a war…We did not take action to start a war.” – President Donald Trump…

Feeling Awesome

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I just thought about something and that’s it’s okay to feel mellow in the present moment. Some folk in “hue-manity” may not comprehend that reality, but it’s healthy to be existing in a sound mental frame of mind while living in an equally positive living space. That may not always be the…

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Finding Stuff To Write About For The Last Time In 2019

By Barney Blakeney This likely will be the last column I write in 2019 and I haven’t got the slightest idea what to write about. I try to write columns that offer information, not just my opinion. What’s that they say about opinions – like buttholes, everybody’s got one. I try never to forget I’m…

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Moving Ahead in the New Year

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings and Happy New Year to one and all and, of course, that includes you, the reader. It’s a another select moment in time and space for all of us in “hue-manity” to be so very thankful for just being alive in the here and now. You don’t have to be cordial…

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The Significance of the Emancipation Proclamation Festivities

By Beverly Gadson-Birch What we don’t know could hurt us! I have no idea who coined the phrase, but it is so relevant to the annual Emancipation Proclamation parade and church services held each year on January 1 to commemorate the freeing of slaves. The celebration is a longstanding tradition. The true origin and purpose…

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Christmas Lights And Everything! Uh, Nah!

By Barney Blakeney I thought I was the only one until my brother from another mother, Shoot Me, called a few minutes ago to share two concerns. First he said while driving down King Street on the peninsula this weekend he noticed the street seemed “glum” because of the lack of Christmas lighting and decorations.…

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Books and Acquiring Knowledge

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Gaining knowledge is a very time consuming activity, but it yields immense personal and spiritual rewards for those who are dedicated to this preoccupation. Well, today I’m going to talk a little bit about acquiring knowledge via book collecting and what it may mean for the independent, serious student seeker of knowledge.…

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Letter to the Editor: Bring D.C. to North Charleston

My name is Trojan Bell and I am writing this letter again in hopes that some outside influence from Washington, D.C. can look into the practices of the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD). In 2005 Sheriff Al Cannon asked for the NCPD to be investigated. The investigation by SLED turned out to be an assassination…

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Letter to the Editor: Santee Cooper

Rural households across our nation spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills. It’s a huge problem in the South, especially in low-income homes. It is not right that people face decisions of should they buy a prescription, food or pay their utility bill. Since 2012, Santee Cooper, the state-owned and largest utility,…

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Get Social: A Call to Lowcountry Small Businesses

Social media plays an important role in today’s digital world. We use these channels to stay connected to friends and family and build communities. One of the biggest benefactors of social media, however, has been America’s small businesses – small businesses like ours, Charleston Gourmet Burger Company. As a husband and wife team that is…

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The People Must Demand Change at Santee Cooper For Their Own Good

As a person who has dedicated myself to working in communities that are often overlooked or underrepresented, I truly understand the importance of community involvement in political and social issues. Simply, I know that people must take it upon themselves to pay attention to the issues that are currently present and make it their mission…

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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”