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Royal Canadian Mint dedicates its first Black History Month coin to Viola Desmond

In celebration of Black History Month, the Royal Canadian Mint have announced that its very first Black History Month coin pays tribute to Canadian civil rights pioneer, Viola Desmond. In 1946, Ms. Desmond was arrested and later tried after refusing to sit in a segregated area of a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia movie theatre. It…

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A Music Legend Passes in Zimbabwe and a Country Mourns

After 67 albums and a score of awards and honorary degrees, Zimbabwe’s musical legend Oliver Mtudkudzi lost his long battle with diabetes at the Avenues Clinic in Harare. He was 66. He was buried Jan. 27, with music, singing and dancing by thousands of his adoring fans. On the Afropop music website, guitarist Banning Eyre…

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NNPA Mid-Winter Training Conference Highlights Global Expansion of the Black Press

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) wrapped its Mid-Winter Training Conference on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Orlando, Florida, where publishers, corporate partners and sponsors gathered to help move the publishing industry forward with increased sustainability for the Black Press of America. Included among NNPA partners and sponsors…

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Congo’s Constitutional Court Upholds Election Win For Opposition Leader

The Democratic Republic of Congo finally has a president. Opposition figure Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner of the presidential race by the DR Congo’s top court on Jan. 20. The Constitutional Court said Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from the current president, Joseph Kabila. The…

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Nigerian Lawyers Back Chief Justice With ‘Suspicious’ Millions In Unexplained Funds

Efforts to clean up government – difficult in the best of times – were hamstrung by none other than Nigeria’s top judge accused of failing to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars that ‘suspiciously’ appear in his accounts but were never declared as required by law. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has often accused the judiciary…

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Income Inequality Fueling Backlash And Elites Are Worried

The rich are getting richer, businesses are thriving, but it’s hard not to notice that discontent is growing among the expanding poor and middle class and could soon pose a threat to the well-to-do. At the exclusive World Economic Forum, an annual event held in Davos, Switzerland, income inequality was the talk among many corporate…

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Africa’s ‘Golden Globes’ To Screen 20 New Films Vying For Coveted Film Prize

Twenty feature-length feature films by African filmmakers will compete for the ‘Yennanga’ Gold Standard prize at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival held every other year in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This will be the 50th anniversary of the renowned festival known as “FESPACO” – an event along the lines of the “Golden Globes” that draws film…

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South Africa Denied Emergency Loan To Zimbabwe At Height Of Crisis

As the economy in Zimbabwe headed into freefall in December, an 11th hour request from Harare for a rescue loan was refused by its longtime ally, South Africa. South Africa said it declined the request for $1.2 billion because the country is also in a difficult financial position. “South Africa doesn’t have that kind of…

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The Association of Black Cardiologists and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean Conclude Successful First Annual Joint “Masters of Cardiology” Conference

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Inc., an inclusive organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in cardiovascular diseases, and the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), the premier center of excellence for cardiovascular care in the English-speaking Caribbean, concluded its first joint conference with more than 150 registered attendees on January 18 – 20, 2019. Various…

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Zimbabwe Forges Ahead With 5 Nation Tour Despite Mounting Pressure at Home

There’s a time for everything and this appears to be the worst time for a deal-making tour across five nations led by President Emmerson Mnangagwe whose country Zimbabwe is roiling with angry citizens furious over a massive 150 percent increase in the price of fuel. The price hike was announced just as President Mnangagwa flew…

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Embracing My Imperfections Studying Abroad in London

By Chinwendu L. Maduegbunam, Fayetteville State University Growing up in North Carolina, I was shy and my need to be perfect in everything I did made it difficult to connect with others. I always thought I had to be perfect: playing basketball, earning high grades, being the perfect daughter, etc. I feared how others would judge…

Moments and Migrations

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) choses a theme for Black History Month. This year they have chosen, Black Migrations emphasizing “the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.” Their theme is important, especially…

For Black Children, Attending School Is an Act of Racial Justice

By Kayla Patrick, The Education Trust As a seemingly twisted way to ring in 2019, the Trump administration has sent a loud and clear message that it’s okay for educators and school leaders to keep Black children out of school buildings and exclude them from opportunities to learn. It may sound extreme, but that’s exactly what…

Trump Cranks Up the Miseries of the People of Venezuela

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – President Trump apparently has decided that intervention in Venezuela’s agonies can help repair animage scarred by the government shutdown debacle. In recent days, he recognized an obscure, right-wing opposition leader when he declared himself acting president. Trump has blustered that “I am not going torule out a military option.” Mike…

Losing Your Driver’s License to Debt: 43 States Allow Suspensions Due to Unpaid Court Debt

By Charlene Crowell Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or…

Spike Lee’s Best Director Nomination is Long Overdue

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “People of color have a constant frustration of not being represented, or being misrepresented, and these images go around the world … I do not think there is going to be any substantial movement until people of color get into those gatekeeper positions of people who have a green-light…

It’s Not About Color; It’s About Survival

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Burrr! It’s cold outside. The Weather Channel issued a plant and pet warning with temperatures in the low teens. I decided I had too much invested in my porch plants to let the cold destroy them. I threw on a coat and grabbed a couple of covers to keep them warm. I…

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It’s Still A Dream

By Barney Blakeney It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and I’m just getting around to writing something about the celebration of that great man’s life and work. I’m not much for celebrating holidays anyway, but King’s day usually is a work day for me. I think he actually asked that people remember him not…

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Divisions Within the Masses

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was talking the other day with a conflicted ebony person of color who vehemently said that he was not an Afrikan-American because, in his opinion, the Afrikans are classless (sic), and he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) remotely relate to relate to that ethnic identity. It surprised me at first, but I calmly…

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Get in the Fight!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This week as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades and grandiose speeches, what will we do when it’s all over? When the spotlight no longer shines upon you, what will you do to advance the “Dream”? Will you retreat to the comfort of your home in the…

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Victims Of Our Own Creation

By Barney Blakeney I had to ask myself, “What have we done?” after receiving the police report about the 26-year-old man accused of shooting two people two years ago at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Fun Center and Arcade and the January 3 shooting of another man in North Charleston. A few days…

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On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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Caucasians can learn from reading Black newspapers

  By Melissa Martin, Ph.D In the United States today, many cities print newspapers in diverse languages for other racial and ethnic groups. Reading news stories written by journalists, reporters, and columnists from your own background gives opportunity to view events through your own cultural lens. National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) is a trade association…

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Lowcountry Students for Political Action to Hold Gun Reform Rally at State House

Lowcountry Students for Political Action have announced a demonstration in support of Senate Bill 154 at the South Carolina State House January 31 at 11AM. Students and activists from across the state will gather in Columbia to demand that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move bill 154 to the Senate floor. Bill 154,…

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SC State Rep. JA Moore’s Legislative Agenda for 2019

By South Carolina State Representative JA Moore, District 15 Less than a year ago, I was a restaurant general manager who decided to take the leap of faith and focus full-time as owner and chef of my catering company. That within itself was an arduous undertaking.  Fast-forward a few weeks later after some soul-searching. I realized…

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Let’s recognize those who give of themselves to make a difference

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller Given how bad news tends to dominate headlines – and how misdeeds are far more likely to find their way onto the nightly news than acts of kindness – it’s easy to lose sight of the basic goodness and generosity of people. Yet all around us people are making a…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Hiram Revels, the first Black Senator

Origin of Porgy & Bess

 

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