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Film review: The Last Tree

“She’s not coming to take you away.” It’s a hollow promise. An 11-year-old black boy is snatched away from his white foster mom. The life he knew ripped out from under him. It causes a bitterness that lasts well into his teenage years in this thoughtfully and emotionally charged coming-of-age drama.  Writer/director Shola Amoo’s semi-autobiographical portrait recaptures…

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Kenyans Demand Justice After Police Killing Of Young Teen

In a recent march against police violence, some 200 demonstrators filled the streets, carrying signs reading “Life is Priceless”, “Save our Future” and “Never Again.” But the protest was not in Minnesota or Oklahoma. It was in Kenya, where police have been filmed beating people at markets or as they return home from work. The…

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Struggle Seen in Belgium Over Racist Historical Statues

Some of the largest anti-racism protests in Europe have taken place in Belgium, the birthplace of King Léopold II, whose brutal rule of Congo from 1885 to 1908 caused an estimated 10 million Congolese deaths through murder, starvation and disease. This past week, close to 12,000 people gathered in central Brussels. They were targeting the…

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South African Leader Condemns Latest Surge Of Violence Against Women

Calling it a “dark and shameful week,” South African president Cyril Ramaphosa denounced the latest surge in violence against women, including the murder of a woman eight months pregnant. “Gender-based violence thrives in a climate of silence,” he said. “By looking the other way because we believe it is a personal or family matter, we…

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Trump Team Attempts To Block World Court From Investigating Possible U.S. War Crimes

A world court designed to investigate allegations of human rights violations has found itself in the crosshairs of the President of the United States. A new Trump executive order threatening the court’s operations has been condemned by prominent global institutions and individuals as it appears to give cover to human rights abuses committed in the…

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Ethiopian Gold Mine Leaves Deadly Toxic Waste Trail In Prime Minister’s Home Town

A gold mine in Ethiopia’s Oromia state has been anything but a blessing. Residents claim that contamination from the mine, owned by an Ethiopia-born Saudi tycoon, has led to disastrous health problems. Locals say chemicals use to process gold at the open pit mine near Shakiso, 222 miles south of the capital, Addis Ababa, have…

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President Of Burundi, Veteran Of Ethnic Violence, Passes At 55  

The outgoing president of Burundi was felled by a sudden illness, officially described in a government release as cardiac arrest. The 55-year-old was due to step down in August at the end of his third term which he won amidst unrest and violence, particularly blamed on the authorities and the Imbonerakure — the youth wing…

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Capping Week Of Protests, Slave Trader Statue Toppled By UK Activists

Years of inaction over the fate of an 18 foot statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century slave trader with the Royal African Company (RAC) was decided this week with the toppling of Colston’s bronze statue in Bristol, England. The statue was pulled down by protestors at a demonstration in solidarity with Black Lives Matter…

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On The Run Rwanda Genocide Suspect Nabbed In French Hideout

Twenty-six years after financing the Rwandan genocide, wealthy businessman and most wanted fugitive, Felicien Kabuga, was nabbed in an upscale French hideout. It was a relief for prosecutors of the Rwandan Genocide tribunal who feared the 84 year old Kabuga could die a free man. He stands accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans,…

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Music Lovers Mourn Passing Of Famed Griot Singer, Songwriter From Guinea – Mory Kanté

Mory Kanté, called the “electric griot” for his fusion of contemporary styles with traditional West African influences, passed away this month at the age of 70 of untreated health problems. Mr. Kante’s manager, Juan Yriat, said he died in his sleep after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day. “He suffered from chronic illnesses and…

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The Measure of a President

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As a student of philosophical principles, I am aware of the school of thought that does not believe in the existence of “NORMAL” as a universal state of being. A testament to that idea is the fact that each of us has a unique set of experiences…

Symbols, Statues, and Substance

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Socially isolated and alone in my home, I lifted my fist into the air when I learned that the Mississippi legislature voted to remove the Confederate stars and bars from their flag. As NACCP President Derrick Jackson said, “it’s been a long time coming.” A long time since the songstress…

Real Table Talk

By Chaplain Debbie Walker, BSN, RN, OCN, Texas Metro News Contributor Take a seat, take a breath, and let me walk you through a straightforward and truthful perspective on this new entity that is the topic of our conversations nowadays, Coronavirus, or COVID-19 which is now a part of everyday conversation. For the next few…

“We Struggle Together, We Thrive Together”

By Marian Wright Edelman In the midst of this moment of national trauma I wanted to share a story of hope. When Jacquelyn Kendricks, program director at Roberts Family Development Center, heard her daughter say she had confronted a bully at school, Jacquelyn went into “natural mom mode.” “Listen, Taylor, that’s not your business,” Kendricks…

The American Economic System Works Just Fine—for White People

By Jeffrey L. Boney, Associate Editor, Houston Forward Times For the past four hundred years, and most recently after the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and other Black citizens by police forces in America, Black people and progressive Whites in America have protested that “the system” is racist, broken, and needs…

The annexation of Palestinian territory is illegal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Let’s be clear and not try to fool one another. There is no basis in international law for the planned Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory. None. In some respects, this column could end right here. There is no further explanation necessary. Both the Israelis and the US political…

Has Emanuel Murders Brought About Change?

By Barney Blakeney As the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church is observed this month, I’m conflicted about several things. I don’t want to do anything that would dishonor the nine victims of the massacre or their survivors so I’ll just say a lot of healing is needed, starting with the congregation…

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A Change Had To Come

By Beverly Gadson-Birch What a week!! Washington, DC Mayor Bowser authorized Black Lives Matter painted in bold yellow letters taking up two blocks on 16th Street leading directly up to the White House. Street signs were also hung with Black Lives Matter Plaza. Lordy, Trump must have had an acute arrhythmia malfunction. George Floyd’s death set…

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The Truth is No Longer Color Blind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      The truth that racism in America is exposed and is as pronounced as it was in Alan Paton’s 1948 novel, “Cry the Beloved Country,” is nothing new to someone who isn’t color blind about recognizing American racism for what it is and has always been. The dastardly “his-storical” truth is…

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Our Grandbabies Are Doing Our Work

By Barney Blakeney It would be easy to use this space as a platform to rant and rave about protests to police murders in America. But this ain’t a space for my rants. I’ve been given the privilege and honor to use this space to offer information. I’m obligated to use it productively. Not a…

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Backlash From George Floyd Murder: Are You Listening Now?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Let’s begin with the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and…

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America’s Cataclysmic Racial Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali “I can’t breathe” are now iconic words that forever will stick in the minds and hearts of the ever-watchful world. Those infamous words came from an Afro-American named George Floyd, 46, a man who was killed in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, while in police custody. One…

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What do Derek Chauvin and Amy Cooper have to do with public education? Everything.

Submitted by: Jon Hale, University of South Carolina,  Candace Livingston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Educators in South Carolina have been called to task once again. Recent calls to abolish the police, indict and convict police officers including Derek Chauvin, and to hold Whites like Amy Cooper accountable for falsifying police reports bring back the…

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“We Have Done Nothing” – Rep. JA Moore Reflects on Emanuel AME Shooting, Five Years Later

On June 16, the eve of five year mark of the Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston, Rep. JA Moore, who lost his sister in the attack, believes nothing has fundamentally changed to dismantle systemic racism in the United States since then. “After my sister and eight others were killed, we took down a flag,”…

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DAVID MACK: A lifetime of Selfless Service

By Clay N. Middleton One of the United States Army’s Seven Values is Selfless Service; putting the needs of others before your own. This is truly the essence of being an elected official, but rarely the reality. Some focus on themselves, some give the perception of action, and others put the community first. Learning the…

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A COVID-19 PSA

By Marcia A. Iszard, DNAP, CRNA As an African American nurse anesthetist, I feel uniquely qualified to deliver an important—perhaps even life-saving—message to South Carolina’s African American community about COVID-19. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s) provide anesthesia for a living, allowing patients to undergo essential healthcare procedures such as surgery, trauma care, and labor and…

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Origin of Porgy & Bess

 

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