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2018 Marks the 50th Anniversary of a Momentous Year in Civil Rights

By Marc H. Morial “It is not an overstatement to say that the destiny of the entire human race depends on what is going on in America today. This is a staggering reality to the rest of the world; they must feel like passengers in a supersonic jetliner who are forced to watch helplessly while…

The Infrastructure Hoax

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling.  Nearly ten percent of our bridges are deficient or decrepit, a quarter of our schools are in fair or poor condition. More than half of all schools need major repairs before they can be classified as good, but 31 states spend less on school construction…

Young, Gifted, and Black: What No One Told Me About Being “First” To Go To College

By Brandon Terrell I was reared and schooled in Detroit, where poverty and oppression eloquently danced while violence and crime serenaded the communities. The crime and oppression in my neighborhood drove me to submit a college application that changed my life’s trajectory. I wasn’t going to college to become an adult; I faced mature challenges…

Emancipation Day Was Jan. 1: We Must Never Forget the Sacrifice and the Triumph

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. One hundred forty-five years ago on Jan. 1, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, helping to transform this country from a union of states into a nation, from a country stained by slavery into one moving at great cost closer to “liberty and justice for all.” On Jan. 1, 1863, in…

Two Things That May Not Be So Different

By Barney Blakeney   Work with me, ya’ll. I want to talk about two things – while the “#MeToo!” outcry is resonant, reality demands caution; and people in Charleston sure can’t drive. That also requires a lot of caution. I find it hard to write about the #MeToo phenomenon. Some things really are touchy, and when…

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Same Souls; Nouveau Outlooks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Happy New Year to all of the Charleston Chronicle’s loyal readership fan base and to others in the general and national public spheres. That greeting, of course, includes and is extended to all of the various multitudes of the bald eagle’s ethnically diverse population from Oregon to Georgia and places in…

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Moving Forward in 2018

By Beverly Gadson-Birch HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLESTON!  I haven’t heard too much this year about New Year’s Resolutions.  Oh well, I think that’s a good thing.  I don’t know about you but I rarely keep most of the resolutions I make.  Like, I do the crazy stuff like staying away from sweets.  I don’t know…

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We Need New Leadership

By Barney Blakeney   What’s that poem which starts with some line like ‘death be not proud’? Before the New Year rang in, death had a field day taking out a lot of good folks. Father Ted Lewis, Rollins Edwards, Mrs. Ethel Taylor and Rodney ‘Fats’ Alexander all passed in the last few days! I…

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Accountability is a Tough Pill for Some to Swallow

By Jon Butzon, Former Director of the Charleston Education Network There it is again, the term “watchdog” applied to the Office of Regulatory Staff.  These are the folks who were supposed to be overseeing construction of the V.C. Sumner nuclear plant, creating some accountability for our money, for our safety, and for the future of…

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Formal response to proposal to erect African American Confederate Monument

The members of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission would like to register our opposition to the ill-informed proposal to erect a monument in honor of South Carolina’s Civil War-era African American Confederate pensioners. First, we all can agree that the idea of a monument to recognize the significant role African Americans played in the Civil War is a worthwhile pursuit. However, a…

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Half of What You See

By Joyce Green   As I look out over Charleston, South Carolina I see a magical place girdled by water. I see sunsets in the seductive sky that carry me too deep into thoughts of yesterday. I see tourists roaming around in the bliss of preserved aesthetics, riding horse drawn carriages, listening to stories that…

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Quality Education Project Weighs In On Garrett Academy’s Fate Ahead of CCSD Board Vote

The Quality Education Project (QEP), a community and research-based organization that seeks to implement a quality education for all students within the public school system, submitted the following statement regarding the future of Garrett Academy of Technology: On Monday, the Charleston County School Board will vote to determine the location of the new Center for…

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DHM Vintage to Vogue Fur Sale

Trade in your old fur for hundreds, even thousands, off a new fur! Also, don’t forget to pick up your stored furs.

Charleston Fashion Week

  Shout it on the streets; it’s back! Charleston Fashion Week returns for its 12th year March 13-17, 2018. Get ready for five days full of the most dazzling fashion from the top boutiques, emerging designers and some of the hottest featured designers in the fashion world – plus, see undiscovered models compete in the…

OolaGuys Changing the World with 1 Million Social Media Followers

How Do Relationships Survive in a World Seemingly in Chaos? 1 million OOLA social media followers know the answer!! OolaGuys are Rolling into Charleston Monday, November 6 They will be signing books at Barnes & Noble on Rittenberg Blvd., Monday, November 6, beginning at 7 p.m.     OOLA ROLLING INTO CHARLESTON –  How Do Relationships Survive in…

Charleston Wedding Week

Come say “I do” with us when Charleston Wedding Week, Presented by Diamonds Direct and Henri Daussi, returns for a second year from January 24-27, 2018 at an array of venues in downtown Charleston. Charleston will be teeming with future brides, wedding planners, florists and photographers for a week full of workshops, fashion events, venue…

EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band Chaquis Maliq Live at Marsh Jam

EccentroSoul 1 Woman Band, Chaquis Maliq, as seen on FOX 24 Charleston, Lowcountry Live WCIV, Scene on 7 , Your Carolina, and Bounce Around Charleston will open MarshJAM at TheBEND 6:00PM, Thursday, November 2nd! FREE ADMISSION. For more infomation, visit ChaquisMaliq.com. Chaquis Maliq’s sound is a fusion of alternative blues, folk, and soul, but authentically singing, playing the acoustic guitar, playing the cajon, and utilizing foot…

MethodRide One Year Anniversary

October 20th – 29th, 2017: Discounts and promotions available all week Monday, Oct. 23rd at 5:30pm: Justin Timberlake vs Michael Jackson THEME ride, followed by Happy Hour Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 5:30am: Coffee bar after class Thursday, Oct. 26th at 5:30pm: FREE CLASS Friday, Oct. 27th at 8:30am: Glow Ride and a surprise! Friday, Oct.…

The Charleston Mac Off

No other food combines love, comfort, and Southern roots like mac and cheese, and this year you can enjoy this cheesy event – Saturday, November 4th from 11am – 5pm at The Grove at Patriots Point. This year’s festival will feature 20 mac and cheese restaurants, a free Kids Zone, live music, beer, wine, cocktails and…

Cargo Hold Friends & Family Holiday Pop-up Sale

Back by popular demand! One day only!If you love jewelry, join us for an exclusive shopping experience from The Cargo Hold, Inc., a fine jewelry wholesale and design company best known for the Southern Gates® Collection. We’re opening our vault to the public for deeply discounted jewelry deals. For one day only shop fine sterling…

Le Creuset Factory to Table Sale

Le Creuset, maker of the world’s most trusted and treasured premium cookware, is proud to announce the second ever Factory-to-Table sales event. The event will feature special discounts on a large selection of Le Creuset products from around the world, including colors and shapes rarely seen in the American marketplace. All categories will be represented…

Life Center Cathedral to host domestic violence awareness program

The Life Center Cathedral will present an awareness program on Saturday, October 21, 2017. This outreach event will be used as platform to address domestic violence and the impact of it on children and families. When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 Where: Life Center Cathedral, 7190 Cross County Road, North Charleston, S.C. 29418 For More: Contact…

The Healthy Lifestyle Network Announces Community Health Day Conference and Expo

  The Healthy Lifestyle Network, Inc. is proud to present the 17th Annual Community Health Day Conference & Expo on November 4 from 8:45 AM to 1:15 PM at the ILA Hall. The conference features exhibitors and experts in the fields of health and nutrition, as well as presentations, blood pressure checks, lunch, diabetes screenings,…

1804- The Hidden History of Haiti

One Night Only Documentary Screening  1804: The Hidden History of Haiti is a documentary film by filmmaker Tariq Nasheed. Nasheed is the producer of the #1 selling African history documentary series Hidden Colors. The new film 1804 talks about the untold history of Haiti and the Haitian revolution, which was the most successful slave rebellion…

Autumn on the Ashley attracting handmade crafts

More than 30 artisans will exhibit their handcrafted arts and crafts Oct. 14-15 during the 10th Annual Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Crafts Fair at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Featured items include wood carvings, paintings, textiles, jewelry, driftwood furniture, photography, natural skincare and lawn art. On both days the Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild…

Molina Healthcare of South Carolina Celebrates Baby Safety Month with Free Community Baby Shower

In celebration of Baby Safety Month, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina is partnering with local organizations to host “A Labor of Love Pregnancy Expo” for new and expecting mothers from Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding area. At this free community baby shower, approximately 100 parents and parents-to-be will receive a complimentary Dr. Cleo diaper bag…

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Shoe Drive

All 16 Mattress Firm stores in Charleston are hosting a shoe drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Now through Tuesday, Oct. 31, during normal store hours, Mattress Firm will accept new shoes and monetary contributions to help local foster children walk with confidence. At the end of the nine-week drive, all proceeds will…

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Origin of Porgy & Bess

 

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