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Senior Malian Officers Removed From Posts After Massacre of Fulani Herdsmen

Jihadist groups dislodged from Middle East battlegrounds are reportedly regrouping in West Africa, exploiting longstanding grievances between the Dogon farmers and the Puelh-Fulani nomadic herdsmen of Mali over access to limited supplies of land and water. This week, a militia in Dogon attire entered Ogossagou, a Fulani village and suspected jihadi hideout at about 4…

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Aid Slow To Come To The Rescue Of Mozambicans Adrift Since Idai

Since Cyclone Idai roared into the Mozambican port city of Beira on March 14, devastating losses are mounting exponentially yet international aid has been slow to reach all survivors. Severe flooding produced by Idai’s strong winds and heavy rains caused the rivers Pungwe and Buzi to break their banks. In the district of Buzi, thousands…

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Kenyan Science Teacher Scoops Million Dollar Education Prize

Wearing the plain, floor-length brown robe of a Franciscan brother, Kenyan science teacher Peter Mokaya Tabichi could barely contain his joy upon being named winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize of one million dollars for his work in a rural school with disadvantaged children. He received the award at a lavish ceremony in Dubai,…

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France and U.S. Striking Different Notes In Africa 

There were smiles all around in Kenya as French President Emmanuel Macron and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta shook hands over a series of infrastructure deals worth $3.3 billion. It was the third stop on the French president’s East African charm offensive – and the first-ever visit to Kenya by a French head of state. France…

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Newly-Elected Leader Of Congo Resists Latest Power Grab By Ex-President

Joseph Kabila, ex-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, may have gone once too often to the cookie jar, taking back one by one all of the powers and rights earned by his successor from a recent election, Felix Tshisekedi. President Tshisekedi may have have had enough. After a disputed vote that gave the former…

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Massive Cyclone Batters Zimbabwe And Mozambique, Hundreds Feared Dead

A powerful cyclone moving at over 100 miles per hour unleashed deadly floods in southern Africa over the weekend, leaving a moonscape of mud where the bustling port city of Beira in Mozambique had been. “The scale of devastation (in Beira) is enormous,” said Jamie LeSueur, leader of the International Federation of Red Cross and…

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Barbados to Welcome the Queen of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will journey to the island of Barbados with co-founder of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™, Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™).  They have put out a global call for others of the Gullah/Geechee Diaspora and those that support the continuation of the rich cultural African heritage of…

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Algerian President Bows To Thousands Demanding His Resignation

Weeks of mass protests across Algeria ended in victory for thousands of demonstrators who had been urging the gravely ill President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. This week, President Bouteflika appeared to give in to their demands. He canceled the April 18 presidential elections and said he will not seek another term in office. “There…

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Thousands Gather In Nairobi To Clean Up The Earth

Heads of state, government ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and grassroots activists are gathering in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly – the world’s top body on the environment. This year’s theme is “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production.” The assembly is expected to draw the largest…

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Breakdancing May Break into the Summer Olympic Games

Special from NorthStarNewsToday.com (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Breakdancing, an art form started by African-American teenagers that has spread all over the world, may break into the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris as a new sport. The list of additional sports for inclusion will be revealed this week by the local organizing committee. Breakdancing is an acrobatic…

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CFPB Denies Duty to Enforce Military Lending Act Despite Support from Department of Defense and Congress

By Charlene Crowell America’s 1.29 million member-strong, all-volunteer military includes men and women from all 50 states, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Regardless of race or ethnicity, each made a choice and swore an oath to protect our nation. Together, they wear our nation’s uniforms and carry our flag on assignments and deployments…

The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

By Barrington M. Salmon, Contributing Writer, Black Press USA Despite the United States touting itself as the bastion of freedom and equality, women in this country – despite comprising 50.8 percent of the population – have always found themselves in the position of having to fight for salary and wages comparable to men. A range…

Remembering Dr. King and Adam Clayton Powell

By Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint (www.sdvoice.info) On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 4, 1972. the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York, died of cancer in a Miami, Florida hospital. His death came four years,…

Black Studies becomes major factor in social advancement

By Merdies Hayes, Editor, Our Weekly News The Black Power movement of the late 1960s helped to redefine African American identity and establish a new racial consciousness. As influential as this period was in the study and enhancement of the African Diaspora, this movement spawned the academic discipline known as Black Studies on our college…

One Year Out, Efforts to Sabotage 2020 Census Must Be Defeated

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The same folks who don’t want people of color to vote don’t want us to be counted. The Census is about three things: money, power and information. And unless we rise up to save Census 2020, this rigged, intentional undercount will cost us political power at all levels; billions…

Student Loan Debt is a Crisis!

By Harry L. Williams, Thurgood Marshall College Fund There has been a lot of talk about whether or not there is a crisis on the border. I will leave that debate to the politicians. However, there is no debate about whether or not America has a crisis hitting all 50 states and over 40 million…

In Memory of RaNiya: Tidbits for Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch In light of the untimely death of RaNiya Wright, a 5th grader at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, SC, it is time legislators implement stiffer penalties for bullying. Across the nation, children are fearful of going to school. They go to bed thinking how to avoid the bully the next day at school. Children…

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Forever Seeking Peaceful Flavorings

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Peace be unto you in name of God Alone. I sincerely offer that most austere greeting to you in the Creator Alone’s cause because it’s where my mind is now, and my present trend of thinking is one where it also tells me that I should extend to you and others, who…

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Discussion About Reparations

By Barney Blakeney I’ve got a lot of respect for Fred Lincoln, president of the Wando-Huger Community Development Corporation. The retired Mount Pleasant fireman was one of the main guys who pulled the troops together to fight the SPA Wando port expansion back in the ‘90s. Since that encounter I’ve learned a little about the…

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NAN: Do You Hear Me Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch A whole lot of discussion is swirling around town and on Facebook following National Action Network’s (NAN) civil disobedience protest at last Monday school board meeting. Parents, community leaders, clergies and other stakeholders have been appearing before the board for years addressing inequities in education. And, for years, their concerns have ignored. In…

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The New Zealand 50 and the Current Worlds of Denials

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Death awaits us all and no one knows how or when he or she will leave this present phase of existence. That’s a definite certainty about the living experience for all “hue-mans,” and there’s no denying that process. The very specter of death brings me to my topic for this week, and…

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Actively Working For The Future

By Barney Blakeney Set a goal, keep your eyes on the prize and work toward it. That’s what you have to do. I was sittin’ here trying to figure out what the heck I’m gon write about this week. I had an idea in mind, but things didn’t go my way – one thing didn’t…

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Reading is a Human Right

People in all countries around the globe deserve the right to learn to read. Literacy for All The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) estimates that 175 million young people lack basic literacy skills. To address the issues, UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa (ROSA) is supporting programs and activities to develop quality…

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Deliberate Indifference: How The SCDOC Neglects and Mistreats Mental Health Inmates

By Muhammad Al-Mujahidin The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) has to be one of, if not the most, inept, incompetent and poorly managed agencies in the state government (as will be made abundantly clear in the proceeding statement). I am an inmate within the SCDC who is currently housed at the Broad River Correctional…

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A Legacy of Irrelevance

By Ade Ofunniyin, PhD Last week at College of Charleston ended with a noonday student walkout and protest. Hundreds walked out of class on Friday to protest a video showing white students from the school joking about slavery. The walkout, protest and forthright apology from administration, all follow a pattern that has been normalized at…

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An Eclipse of SC’s Sunshine Laws

By Richard Whiting Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light. Another eclipse seems to be taking place in the Palmetto State.…

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