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Asylum-Seeking Mother and Daughter Reunited After Immigration Nightmare

After an episode described as both cruel and horrific, an asylum-seeking mother and her daughter were reunited this month in Chicago. The daughter, who just turned 7, had been held thousands of miles apart from her mother since November. According to an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing the family, the mother and child fell…

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No Voting Rights For The Diaspora, Zimbabwe Court Rules

Zimbabweans in the diaspora with money to invest are holding on to their wallets. An invitation to rebuild the country rings hollow without the right to vote, they say. This week, the Constitutional Court reviewed the case of three Zimbabweans living abroad and seeking voting rights. The court declined to rule on the case. “The…

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Applications for Beverly J. Gilliam Scholarship for Foreign Study Open

The Beverly J. Gilliam Scholarship for Foreign Study offers financial assistance—up to $6,500—to students who already are accepted into recognized summer study abroad programs. The scholarship’s goals are to help students obtain international experiences that will allow them to become better world citizens and successfully compete in the global job market. Eligibility Criteria To qualify,…

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White Australians Debate Fast-Track Visas For Afrikaners Fleeing Land Reform

Australia’s national security minister has proposed fast-tracking immigrant visas for white South Africans facing “horrific circumstances” under the newly-elected head of the African National Congress. Minister Peter Sutton said Australia should speed up the visas for white farmers who, he claimed, are being “persecuted” since South African President Cyril Ramaphosa endorsed transferring land ownership from…

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Ghana Coal Miners Threaten National Walkout Over Profit-Driven Mining Layoffs

A South African mining company with a long-term contract to extract Ghana’s precious gold reserves is facing nationwide strikes after it announced plans to outsource some 2,000 jobs from their operations in Ghana. Gold Fields Ghana, which holds leases for 51,500 acres, produces about 550,000 ounces of gold per year at its Tarkwa mine and…

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U.S. State Secretary Fired, Cutting Short Long-Awaited Africa Visit

An extended visit to Africa this month by the U.S. Secretary of State to mend fences after the President’s crude description of African and Caribbean countries was cut short this week by the dismissal of the embattled Secretary Rex Tillerson. It was the first tour of the continent by the now ex-Secretary who was the…

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French Counterterror Scheme Draws Fire in Burkina Faso

The so-called French pillar of counterterrorism in West Africa drew fire this week from Islamic extremists who struck the French Embassy in Burkina Faso and that country’s army headquarters. Seven soldiers were reported killed, as were eight attackers. Over 80 persons were injured. The incident took place in Burkina’s famed capital city of Ouagadougou just…

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New ANC President Endorses Transfer of Lands from Whites to Blacks

Barely a month into his presidency, Cyril Ramaphosa has taken sides on a hot button issue whose resolution had eluded previous leaders. He vowed to speed up the seizure of land from white owners and turn the properties over to blacks. “This original sin that was committed when our country was colonized must be resolved…

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Mugabe Lets Loose in Fury at Former Allies Who Ousted Him

After weeks of silence, former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe came out of his shell and delivered a furious tirade against his one-time party allies who engineered his ouster last November in an action they called “Operation Restore Legacy.” In a rare display of resentment and bitterness Mugabe called his removal by military members of his…

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Congo Sends Asylum Seekers Back To United States

Six Congolese nationals and two Zambian citizens were sent back to the U.S. after Congolese officials called their deportations “inhumane.” The six arrived last week aboard an American aircraft at Ndjili Airport, “handcuffed, chained to the ankles and hips as slaves” according to Congolese Human Rights Minister Marie Ange Mushobekwa. Further, the expelled persons were…

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Ask Dr. Kevin – Stigma In Sickle Cell Disease: How It Affects ED Care

By Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease Unit The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. The opioid crisis in the United States is at an all-time high, impacting thousands of…

What a Difference a Director Makes at CFPB: Trump Appointee Makes Changes to Help Companies, Not Consumers

By Charlene Crowell In 1959, the late Dinah Washington (1924-1963) won a Grammy Award for her R&B hit song, “What a Difference a Day Makes”. The song tells the story of how a blossoming romance dramatically changed life – for the better. Its last lyrics, conclude that “the difference is you”. When I consider the…

Let’s Move Forward Together

By Marian Wright Edelman In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta’s City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the chance…

Here’s One Way We Could Keep More Black Male Educators in the Classroom

By Francis Pina Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher. If we got 100 teachers in a room, statistically I would be one of just…

March For Our Lives Follows a Venerable American Tradition of Student Social Activism

By Marc H. Morial “By our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an…

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color – That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

By Nate Bowling I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black. My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same,…

To Seek Love is for All to Feel

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Today’s article is for grown up folk, so don’t get it mixed up with reckless naïveté or unscripted absurdities. No, this is an attempt in understanding a few of the prudent traumas and emotional changes occurring in some of our daily lives at this very moment. I had a provocative experience…

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Joan Mack and Tessa Spencer Adams – Two Busy Bees

By Barney Blakeney  I’ve been trying to write this story for the past couple of years – something that tells the inspiring tale of two very energetic women who have had profound impacts in our community – a story about media journalists Joan Mack and Tessa Spencer Adams. Joan is Tessa’s aunt. I’ve always been…

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Martin Luther King, Jr: “You May Slay The Dreamer, But The Dream Lives On”

By Beverky Gadson-Birch   It was April 4, 1968, fifty years ago, when Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee where he went in support of the striking sanitation workers. If you are old enough to remember the King’s assassination, you should also remember where you were when…

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Another Moment in Time

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     Greetings to you on this special day. It’s truly a marvelous occasion to relate to one and all that during this magnificent occasion in the here and now, it is a sublime juncture to celebrate “Another Moment in Time” by uttering that “All praises are due to God Alone.” I’m…

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The Big Picture Of North Charleston Shouldn’t Be Painted With Emotions

By Barney Blakeney It’s a subject I’ve tried to avoid – the 2019 North Charleston mayoral election. Right now we know at least three people will compete for the seat – incumbent Mayor Keith Summey, community activist Pastor Thomas Dixon and businessman John Singletary. Dixon and Singletary are African Americans in the city where almost…

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Bits & Pieces 2018

By Beverly Gadson-Birch HOLY CITY OR CITY WITH HOLES?  And, I ain’t talking about potholes. This week the world celebrates Holy Week and Charleston has long been called the “Holy City”. Sometimes, I wonder just how “holy” Charleston really is. When I was much younger, as my dad drove through the downtown, I would count the number of…

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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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Education starts with parents but has to include schools to be successful

By Cheryl Cromwell Civil rights trailblazer and educator, Septima P. Clark, said, “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth,” I share in this belief and the truth, presented in the new data released by Charleston RISE, is that 80 percent of Charleston’s African American third graders who were…

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A Change is Gonna Come – Must Come!!!!!

By John Singletary, Candidate for Mayor of North Charleston Congratulations to Reggie Burgess and his recent promotion to Chief of Police for The City of North Charleston.  It is especially worth noting that Chief Burgess is the first African American Police Chief in the history of The City of North Charleston, since the city’s incorporation…

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Charleston’s Landscape of Memory: The Gentrification of History

By Robert R. Macdonald The Charleston History Commission’s effort to formulate wording for a plaque intended to place the monument to John C. Calhoun on Marion Square in historical context is comparable to placing a band-aid on a cancerous lesion. The wound here is the landscape of memory presenting a mythical Charleston past almost totally…

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League of Women Voters and the 2018 CCSD School Board Elections

By Melinda Hamilton, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area President Consider a revolution. It’s time. Start by thinking of 113,000 children, the area’s economy and one of the toughest public service jobs around. What’s the connection? The 113,000 children are students in public schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Sooner or later…

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Justice is Not Just a Strong Sentence, but Also Reform

By Marquis Jenkins I wasn’t prepared to hear the news that Michael Slager, the police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, would have to spend 20 years in prison for depriving him of his civil rights. His sentencing in federal court last month was unusual at best. As we’ve seen time and again, even…

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Beautiful Boss Women in White 2018

What’s better than a group of Boss Women connecting with one another? A group of Boss Women connecting with one another AND looking phenomenal dressed in all white! Join us for the 3rd Annual All-White Women’s Empowerment Network Dinner — Beautiful Boss Women in White on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 — presented by the Boss…

25th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

25th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach provides educational, wellness and outreach programs that break the cycle of poverty on James, Johns, and Wadmalaw Islands and Downtown Charleston.

PJ Johnson Insurance LLC (State Farm) Ribbon Cutting

Come out and meet PJ Johnson and her insurance team at their new office off of Dorchester Road! Attend their ribbon cutting ceremony on April 3rd from 12:00-3:00pm and receive free kooziese, chip clips, and more! As a State Farm agency PJ Johnson Insurance LLC offers over 90+ products in insurance and financial products for their South Carolina…

Charleston MS Community Connection

The Charleston MS Community Connection if a group of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society bringing people together who share common life experiences for support, education and mutual aid.

Halsey Talks: The Educational Turn in Art

In 1818, Joseph Jacotot, a French professor, determined to teach his native language at the University of Louvain in the Netherlands. Many of his students spoke only Flemish; Jacotot knew only French. How could he teach these students his native language without being able to speak to them?His solution was to use a text translated…

Film | Jason Moran: Looks of a Lot

Join us for a free film screening and meet the filmmakers! This documentary film follows jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran as he prepared his multimedia project “Looks of a Lot,” which was performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago in May 2014. The film follows the project’s collaboration between Moran and his trio The Bandwagon…

Comfort Suites North Charleston

We are North Charleston’s newest and best Choice Hotel Property. Our design is new and very modern with decor that borrows from a Charleston inspiration. We offer 98 spacious suites, indoor heated salt water pool, extra large state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary high speed wi-fi, and a complimentary full hot breakfast. We are proud to serve…

Charleston Fashion Week Supporting Events at Gwynn’s of Mt Pleasant

Trish McEvoy “Book the Look” Tuesday-Saturday, March 13-17 |10A-6P In celebration of Charleston Fashion Week, Trish McEvoy artists will be providing complimentary makeup applications with purchase, by appointment only. Call 843.849.9667 to book appointments.   Ron White Spring 2018 Trunk Show Thursday, Friday & Saturday March 15, 16 & 17 | 10A-7P Personal Appearance Saturday,…

Creative Writing Workshop, Writing for Change

Award-winning author Miles Tager, author of Grandfather Mountain, A Profile, announces his Creative Writing Workshop, Writing for Change, in Folly Beach, SC at the Folly Beach Library from noon until 4 p.m. on Thurs., March 22.  “All writing affects change, whether personal, professional, spiritual, or practical,” Tager said. His nonfiction book, Grandfather Mountain, A Profile,…

Young Contemporaries 2018

In what has become a venerable tradition at the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents Young Contemporaries 2018. Now in its 33rd year, the exhibition features work by College of Charleston students juried by a nationally prominent juror. The exhibition reflects the strength and diversity of practice in the School of the Arts’…

A Halsey & McCallum Celebration

Join the Halsey Institute Staff and your fellow Halsey Institute Members to honor the contributions and talents of two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award winners, Corrie McCallum (1914-2009) and our namesake, William Halsey (1915-1999). We will introduce a new generation of Charlestonians to this couple’s pioneering spirit through a series of brief presentations illustrating their progressive…

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for “Young Contemporaries” 2018

Join us from 5:00PM to 7:00PM to celebrate the opening of the 2018 Young Contemporaries exhibition! In what has become a venerable tradition at the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute presents Young Contemporaries 2018. Now in its 33rd year, the exhibition features work by C of C students juried by a nationally prominent juror. The exhibition…

A Romney Urban Garden Community Jubilee

Come join us from 4-5 at the New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church for a celebration of music. Then at 5:15, meet us at the Romney Urban Garden for fun games, activities, food and the unveiling of our new bottle tree!

“A Music Bridge” Concert

A collaborative gospel and choral performance by the Ashley Hall Chamber and Red Choirs, as well as Charleston’s Oh Happy Day Singers. All ticket sales from this night of musical unity will benefit the Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation, in honor of the late reverend of Mother Emanuel AME Church. The Ashley Hall Chamber and Red Choirs, directed by Catherine Clarkson,…

Increasing H.O.P.E and BB&T bus event

FREE Step onboard the Bank Bus and take advantage of the financial resources BB&T is bringing to your doorstep. With friendly knowledgeable staff and Internet access, the BB&T Bank Bus offers information and resources covering a variety of areas. Free Income Tax Preparation Call Increasing HOPE at (843) 225-4343 to set up an appointment; MUST…

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