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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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U.N. Leader Calls For Global Ceasefire On Africa Day

Africa Day will go virtual this year with a star-studded benefit concert hosted by English actor Idris Alba, an online how-to video for jollof rice, and a U.N. call for a global ceasefire issued by the Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. African countries have “demonstrated commendable leadership” battling the COVID-19 pandemic, he said in a Monday…

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Massive Die-Off of Fish on Nigerian Coastline Linked to Toxic Discharge

An immense blanket of dead fish stretching across three states has sparked anger and frustration among communities along the Atlantic Ocean coastline in Nigeria. The area is known for oil spills that have polluted the waters and left fish and other wildlife inedible. The massive die-off was first reported in February when community people in…

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Traditional Elections Will Test Africa’s Resistance To The Virus

Africa’s infection rates are still relatively low to the wonderment of some in the western world who predicted infection rates in the billions. In fact, African governments in many cases took preventative steps – from closing borders, social distancing, shutting educational institutions and banning mass gatherings. By April 19, the Africa CDC reported that 34…

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Desecration of Priceless Forests in Sierra Leone Halted by Coronavirus

The crashing economies in Asia have been a blessing – if temporary – to the endangered forests of Sierra Leone – particularly the tall stands of redwood trees, prized for their beauty, their rich mahogany color and their high quality for furniture. The illegal trade in the wood is one of the world’s most lucrative…

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Ghana Issues Warning Of Rising Virus Cases After ‘Superspreader’ Event

Speaking at a Sunday night national address, President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that a single worker at a fish factory here has infected 533 co-workers, bringing the total number of infections to 4,700 – the highest number in West Africa. A superspreader event is a large COVID-19 infection cluster. The latest infection is part of a…

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America Should Embrace Prison Returnees to Our Communities

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President and CEO National Newspaper Publishers Association I am pleased to work and live in our nation’s capital. Washington, DC is a city on the move progressively even amidst the continued existence of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is one emerging issue in the District of Columbia that in…

Black People Suffer Disproportionately from Dementia Crisis

By Dr. Lucille Ridgill Alzheimer’s disease (the most common type of dementia) is the 6th leading cause of death among White people, but the 4th leading cause of death for Black people like me. The Black population age 65+ is projected to more than double in size in the next 10 years, which means dementia diagnoses in…

8 minutes and 46 seconds

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Over the past weeks across the nation, united demonstrations have made the message clear: People have had enough of the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, of the battle against systemic injustice, and the fear of being a person of color in America. The catalyst for the latest demonstrations was…

Looters, Lowlifes, and Liars

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – According to the Washington Post, the 45th President told 19,126 lies between his inauguration in 2017 and June 1, 2020. By now, the number has likely edged toward 20,000, as his Tulsa “rally” yielded dozens more. This President has no allegiance to the truth, but that’s no surprise. Leading up…

Too Many African-American Children are Born in Shackles

By Jesse Jackson “I can’t breathe,” pled George Floyd in Minneapolis and Erik Garner in New York City and Javier Ambler in Austin, Texas, before police killed them. Amid the protests against brutality, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, whom police found asleep in his car, was shot twice in the back and killed. In Austin, Justin…

The Sword of The Black Press

By the Florida Courier Staff Never heard of Lucius Gantt? Here’s a sample of why he’s been considered one of America’s most provocative Black journalists for more than 40 years: From “Jogging While Black” – I think closet Klansmen that are living by their guns today can easily die by a gunshot tomorrow, especially if they…

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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Spinning Constructive Disruption

By Barney Blakeney Things really are spinning – not out of control, but almost to the point of confusion. I’ve been busy the past few weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this past week the police murder of George Floyd intensified all that. In the old days I’d flip on the automatic pilot switch…

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COVID-19: A Message For Black Churches

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As the state reopens for Memorial Day weekend, violence is back on the rise. Gang wars have erupted on Myrtle Beach popular Ocean Boulevard. At least three gang wars have taken place within eight days. The mayor is looking into banning cars on the Boulevard to give officers more visual and access to…

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Listen Up Politicians. “It’s a New Day.”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali America is now engaging itself for its reentry into the new phase of the reopening of its nationwide businesses, parks, etc., in the aftermath of the devastating COVID-19, or coronavirus pandemic crisis and the lingering psychological aftereffects of this disease upon the nation and the rest of the world. Many folk here…

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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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VOTE411 – Voters Guide

As the June 9 S.C. primary and June 23 runoff approach, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to the election process. The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area offers voters the nonpartisan election resource VOTE411.org to help inform voters about those changes.  The “one-stop-shop” for election information provides simple, easy tools to help S.C. voters navigate the…

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Rep. Moore: “We Are In The Valley”

By SC House District 15 Rep. JA Moore The recent murders of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmad Aubrey in Georgia, and George Floyd in Minneapolis bring back the trauma of Walter Scott being murdered right here in North Charleston. Unequivocally, these events have shaken our community to its core. I still carry the pain of…

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As COVID-19 continues to spread amid a growing number of fatalities, Dr. James Hildreth said it’s critical that everyone follows stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines, and anything else that could help keep Americans safe during the pandemic

Origin of Porgy & Bess

 

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