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Mandela’s Widow, Graca Machel: “Child Hunger Must Be Priority in Africa”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Economic growth in Africa has been impressive, but a sad reality remains: However prosperous, the results have had little impact on child nutrition. Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President and Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela, said hunger is the “most acute problem facing Africa’s children.”…

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“The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders” to Headline 2019 Charleston Carifest  

Renowned author and journalist Peter Bailey will screen “The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders,” the second film from his highly anticipated Paradise Discovered series at this year’s Charleston Carifest as part of a nationwide screening tour Bailey has embarked on. In this gripping documentary, Bailey reflects on surviving both hurricanes Irma and Maria on his native St. Thomas alongside…

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U.N. Creates New ‘Ebola Chief’ Position As Fears Of Cross Border Transmission Grow

“We have no time to lose.” That’s the new mantra at the United Nations as the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo now appears almost unstoppable. In an effort to bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months,…

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Africans v. African Americans Subject of Film Festival

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Historical and recent migrations have resulted in the merging of cultures and shared experiences. With its Migration Stories Film Series, the African Diaspora International Film Festival presents a rich palette of migration stories from around the world. From Barbadians finding their roots in Panama to Cubans finding their…

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Judge Orders Kenyan Former President to Pay $10 Million for Stolen Widow’s Land

A Kenyan High Court has ordered former President Daniel arap Moi to compensate a widow whose land was illegally seized 36 years ago. According to the court, the ex-president falsely claimed ownership of 64 acres of land which actually belonged to Susan Cheburet Chelugi, the widow of a local chief. Because arap Moi was unable…

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A Pioneering Voice in African Literature Dies After Short Illness

Binyavanga Wainaina, one of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activist, has died in Nairobi after a short illness. He was 48. Wainaina won the 2002 Caine prize for African writing. Credited with founding the literary magazine and collective Kwani? and advancing the fight for LGBTQ rights in Africa, he made headlines around the world…

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Women Play Key Role in Ensuring African Democracy

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia LILONGWE MALAWI, AFRICA – Throughout this southeastern African nation of nearly 20 million residents, the strength and resiliency of women is on display 24 hours each day. The sustainability of democracy in any nation can be evaluated by the inclusive leadership roles performed by women in its…

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Germany Agrees to Return Ancient Stone Cross Taken from Namibia

The German Historical Museum in Berlin has announced the return to Namibia of a 15th century artifact known as the Stone Cross of Cape Cross. Namibia has demanded the object’s return since June 2017. Germany’s State Secretary for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, admitted that dealing with the country’s colonial legacy in Namibia had been…

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Did Medical Community Recently Miss Signs of Massive Ebola Outbreak in Congo?

Just over a month ago, experts at the World Health Organization looked at the growing spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and declined to call it a “global health emergency” because only two provinces were afflicted with the killer disease at that time. Despite over 1,200 deaths to the hemorrhagic disease, “(it)…

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Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent Accumulating talent while breaking culture barriers, the first ever Culturefest reached back to its roots to premiere one of the largest Black Diaspora festivals of its kind on the East Coast,  incorporating Black powerhouse artists from all over the world. Scheduled to launch June 8 at the National Harbor, from…

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Injustice Revealed and Dramatized

  By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and…

Number 45, AKA Donald Trump, is Not an Aberration

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) -The American news media is deceiving the world when it consistently describes Number 45 as an aberration in the history of the United States presidency. Equally deceiving is its describing and romanticizing the American voting public as some kind of godly people who are devoted to liberty and justice for all…

America’s Natural Gas and Oil Industry is Hiring, Building Diversity

By Mike Sommers, President and CEO American Petroleum Institute The economy is booming, but that doesn’t mean it’s all Easy Street for American families. Costs for household essentials continue to rise– with expenses for healthcare up 73% over 10 years, education costs increasing 58% and food bills rising 26%. There’s one important exception: energy costs. Household…

Watching a father & son

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor You must have seen this video. A father speaking with his pre-verbal son about the season finale of Empire. The video went viral at warp speed and DJ Pryor—the father—was overwhelmed by the outpouring of emotion that the interaction with his son evoked. I have watched the video several times and…

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

By A. Scott Bolden, NNPA Newswire Contributor With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency. The $20 currently features a former president, Andrew Jackson,…

From County Jail to Critical Condition

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor Can you imagine the heartache and disbelief the family of 30-year-old Chester “C.J.” Jackson has been experiencing after not knowing any details about what happened to their loved one after learning that his initial arrest on April 19th in one county ended up leading to his finding him in…

What is the Quandary Called Jazz?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Music is a part of the everyday makeup and mindsets of many diverse cultures of the world. It’s been that way, seemingly forever, for as long as most inquisitive intellectuals can remember. And still, many interestingly different formats of this phenomena exists throughout the motley panoramas of “hue-man” cultural expressions. Some may…

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Raising Kids and the 2020 Presidential Elections

By Barney Blakeney I watched Whoopi Goldberg on the morning talk show ‘The View’ the other day which featured Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. My mornings used to be Tom Joyner’s radio program from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. featuring news commentator Shaun King, local sister Tessa Spencer Adams on WCIV from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., The View…

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Awesome Magnanimity and Complex Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m in one of those writing moods where I’m completely feeling aware and thoughtful with what I’m about to tell you. First, my feeling aware mindset tells me to inform you about one heck of philanthropic kindness from a truly giving soul who helped others and made their lives a lot less…

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So What About Charleston/North Charleston Municipal Elections?

By Barney Blakeney A friend recently asked what I think about the upcoming Charleston municipal elections. I don’t think about it much! Man, Charleston’s municipal elections ain’t until November 5. I don’t think that far ahead. That’s the first thought that comes to my mind, but it’s not true. The real deal is I constantly…

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Beware of Dark Money & Dark Deals

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Memorial Day is a federal holiday set aside to pay homage to the country’s fallen soldiers. The day is also a day to kick back on beaches and enjoy family cookouts. There is more cooking going on in high places than ribs on backyard grills. For years, I have wrestled with why…

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Navigating Thru Life With A “TTSP” Mindset

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is a predictable, unpredictable educator, especially, if you look at things in a very reflective way knowing that “life is what it is.” I’m always learning from the lessons of living another day with a positive outlook, and I’m so very thankful to the Most High Alone for that. Behind every…

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“Thank You”: Chardale Murray Reacts To Hollywood Town Council Election Results

This has truly been an honor to run for Hollywood Town Council. First, I would like to Thank God. I would like to thank the entire community who participated during this historic election. I would also like to thank all of my family, friends, my campaign team, the lovely ladies of Gamma XI Omega Chapter…

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The Most Dangerous Countries For Women

“We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender,”…

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Charleston Moves Announces Sober Streets Gathering

  https://www.facebook.com/events/1041824562680965/ We lost two more community members this month. One of those citizens, while legally riding his bike north on King Street, was hit by a driver under the influence, and eight days later, succumbed to his injuries. As we continue to work with municipalities and the state on safe and connected street design…

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Echo from the Past

“Dear old school, we hate to leave you, but the time is drawing near. We will always think of Knightville and the ones we love so dear. Parent, teacher friend and loved ones parting time is almost here. We will always think of Knightville and the ones we love so dear.” That was the graduation…

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June is Black Music Month: Benny Starr & FOUR20s - "Resurrection" NPR Tiny Desk Submission 2019

Origin of Porgy & Bess

 

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