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Nonprofits launch Ghanaian experience commemorating 400-year anniversary of enslaved Africans coming to the New World

Project OKURASE, a Charleston nonprofit and Ghanaian-based nongovernmental organization, have curated the “Door of Return,” a 10-day cultural experience in Ghana for individuals and groups who want to connect with Ghanaian heritage and recognize the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the New World. With a direct relationship between Charleston and the village of Okurase…

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New British Leader’s Disturbing Remarks Recalled By African Media

African media greeted the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, by recalling some of particularly cringe-worthy remarks made during his formative years in politics. The new Conservative Party leader has a history of gaffes involving Kenya and Africa, having once attacked Barack Obama saying the “part-Kenyan president” had an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire”…

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NY Times Pummeled Over Job Posting Called Offensive By Africans

The New York Times is still recovering from the verbal bashing it received from Kenyan writers shocked and angered by the paper’s outdated references to Africa in a recent ad for the job of Nairobi Bureau Chief. Has far has Africa come, wondered educator Alice Wairimu Nderitu, since the day when posters portrayed wild animals…

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Jamaica’s Power 106 to broadcast live from the Sixth Annual South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival

Celebrate Jamaica at the Sixth Annual SC Reggae Jerk Festival as you feast on the scrumptious jerk seasoned foods and sway to Reggae music, both originated in Jamaica. This charity event will once again be held at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Sunday August 25, 2019 from noon to 7:00 pm. Guests receive a complimentary…

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Women’s Stories Capture 2019 African Literary Prize

Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “Skinned” that looks deeply at the disparity in the treatment of married and unmarried women. Her short story “topples social hierarchies, challenges traditions and envisions new possibilities for women of the world,” said Kenyan author Peter Kimani,…

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Black & Abroad Recommits to “Go Back to Africa” Campaign in the Midst of Racist Rhetoric in the U.S.

Black & Abroad, a multi-platform travel and lifestyle company dedicated to redefining world experiences for the modern Black traveler, is finding new meaning this week with their latest campaign “Go Back to Africa” (#GoBackToAfrica) in the midst of controversy over hate-fueled political speech in the U.S.  The phrase “Go back to Africa” has a long, complicated history,…

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Kenya On The Hook For Millions In Nation’s Worst Corruption Case 

You’re in for a wild ride when your favorite news show begins like this: “The Dams, the Scums, the Hyenas and the Thieves and that’s just the beginning.” That was the voice of Francis Gachuri, anchor person for a lively news show on Citizen TV in Kenya. The topic was deadly serious – billions of…

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In New Report: Economic Inequality in Africa Called Extreme

“Inequality has reached extreme levels in West Africa, and today the wealthiest one percent of West Africans own more than everyone else in the region combined.” That was the finding in a new report published by Oxfam and Development Finance International. According to the “West Africa Inequality Crisis” report, six of the ten fastest-growing economies…

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Hattiloo Theatre panel explore 400 years of Africans in America

By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, The New Tri-State Defender It was quite an extraordinary encounter: a Christian, a Muslim and a Spiritualist on a panel at the Hattiloo Theatre talking about their belief systems during a discussion framed against a backdrop of 400 years of Africans living in America. One truth outweighed every likely point…

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Burkina Faso Orders Stiff Prison Term For ‘Fake News’

A law adopted on June 21 but still awaiting presidential approval would send writers to jail for up to 10 years’ jail for “demoralizing the defense and security forces of Burkina Faso.” A fine of up to $3,500 would be imposed for publishing what the government called “fake news information compromising security operations, false information…

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Calling Out Racism, White Supremacy and White Nationalism is More Vital Than Ever

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The spectre of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others that wrongly maintain that the American flag and free speech provide them with moral justification and protection for their abhorrent behaviors, has seen too many journalists frame their inadequate coverage under a cloak of “objectivity.” Journalism is…

Who Cares About Fair Elections?

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor The US House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act in June by a nearly totally partisan vote of 225-184 in late June. Only one Republican voted for legislation that would mandate paper ballots, increase election security, and create safeguards to prevent foreign interference in our…

No Justice for Eric Garner: NYPD Must Terminate Officer Who Used Excessive Force

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com)– “It was Eric and my family five years ago, but it could be you and yours today or tomorrow. They want all of us to believe that we didn’t see what we saw on that video, but our eyes do not deceive us … Eric is no longer able to speak…

Protect Children, Not Guns

By Marian Wright Edelman Will our nation ever decide to prioritize children’s lives over guns? Once again the headlines this week were all too familiar: “‘Nothing short of horrific’: Three killed, including two children, in shooting at California food festival.” “Gilroy joins grim fraternity of communities terrorized by mass shootings.” On Sunday, a dozen people…

Ronald Ray Gun’s Secret Past

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – While Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is struggling with being confronted with his past, let’s not forget that there were politicians with far worse records of racism than Joe. Most of us have been able to witness Joe’s evolution to become a better person. One might say, he learned…

Another 100 million consumers at risk from Capital One Bank data breach: Largest bank breach affects 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 bank accounts By

By Charlene Crowell A second major disclosure of major consumer data breach was announced on July 29 by Capital One Bank. That same day, the FBI arrested a suspect was charged with stealing the personal information on March 22 and 23. The apparent focus of the financial theft was credit card applications filed with the bank…

The Mis-Education Of The Negro

By Barney Blakeney I hear it all the time, but I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the concept – integration has been detrimental to Black folks. Sometimes when I talk to Black folks about education and economics I get that comment. It baffles me. I think integration is a good thing. People should…

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Can It Be A Case Of The Pot Calling The Kettle Black?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board just can’t get their act together. One reason being is the Clemson Study clearly pointed out—in house bickering by board members. The reason for the bickering is some members are holding forums with stakeholders and gathering information to change the direction of education in Charleston County Schools.…

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Frederick Douglass’ Timely Logic

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Living in the USA, if you’re of color, one can’t help but think of and be totally focused on the psychological effects of racial discrimination, legal injustices and economic dissimilarities that exists throughout this potentially great land. You may not want to deal with it, but wherever you live, its steering you…

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PSLEOA Continues Effort To Make A Difference In Law Enforcement

By Barney Blakeney It took me a little while to get to the story about the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association conference held July 8-12 in North Charleston – a lotta stuff’s going on. But I finally got the interview I needed. Retired Charleston Police lieutenant and current Charleston Housing Authority Director of Community…

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Black Folk Dirty Laundry

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I am not one for airing Black folk dirty laundry in public, but sometimes you just got to put it all out there, bloomers and all. My involvement in the black community is by chance not choice. It was the hospital strike in 1969 that deferred my dreams and set me on…

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A Time to Reflect

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Many topics surrounding things that I write about or comment on as a columnist have come about as a result of my coming in contact with a diverse and interesting amalgam of “hue-mans.” All this exposure has made me keen to listening to their highs, qualms, cares, reservations and lows of life.…

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Burke School Improvement Council Oppose Garrett’s Proposals

The officers of the School Improvement Council (SIC) at Burke High School read Barney Blakeney’s recent piece in the Chronicle, “School Board Member Reflects On Burke High Graduation” with great surprise, in particular quotes attributed to School Board Representative Todd Garrett, who calls for shuttering the school and turning it over to a third-party operator.…

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Burke Supporters Respond To Todd Garrett Comments

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Burke High School Foundation, Inc. and the Friends of Burke, this is a response to the recent article in your paper by Barney Blakeney, regarding Todd Garrett’s reflections and recommendations for Burke High School. The article entitled: “School Board Member Reflects on Burke High School Graduation” seems to be…

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Will the real school board member please stand?

Dear Editor: I believe that a school board member should take time to know the legacy of any school, but particularly that of a unique school of immense historical importance to the African-American community. Persons who value and provide investments in heritage, people and pride, make our city worthy of its many accolades. I have…

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Post Independence Day Reflections

By Dr. William Small, Jr. What does one write about on the fourth of July when the script remains the same and only the title changed? I came to the computer to write an essay for this national holiday. I cannot think long about the fourth of July without quickly drifting into a prideful reconnection…

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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”