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South African Student Makes History by Using Official Language in Thesis

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia When the time arrived for Nompumelelo Kapa to write her doctoral thesis at the University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape, South Africa, she likely responded: Masambe – a word that, when translated in English, means “Let’s Go” in the original South African language of isiXhosa. The married…

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Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Denis Mukwege Inspired by the Women He Treats

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Having treated more than 50,000 rape victims at Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Denis Mukwege is known as “the man who mends women.” “The strength of the women I have been treating for more than two decades is what inspires me,” the newly-minted…

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Zimbabwe Leaders Urge Calm As Economy Veers Toward Collapse

Citing “these difficult times,” Kentucky Fried Chicken has closed its doors, prices are soaring, bread shelves are empty and fear is growing that an economic collapse is bearing down on a fragile population that was so full of hope not long ago. Under cover of night, Zimbabwe streets fill with street vendors, supplying necessities that…

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Mall for Africa Sells U.S. Cars to Customers in Nigeria

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Mall for Africa, an award-winning patented e-commerce platform, announced that it will add cars from the United States the long list of items that it sells. The company said it will sell American made cars to its customers in Nigeria, effective immediately, with plans to expand to 16…

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Ghana Proclaims Year of Return to African Descendants

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent Paying homage to the past and a hope to a brighter future, 2019 will officially mark the 400-year anniversary since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619. In remembrance of the dark history and the celebration of the Black American’s triumph in the…

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Young Medical Worker Executed By Boko Haram Caliphate

“We urge you: spare and release these women,” begged Patricia Danzi, director of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Africa. .. “Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight.” “They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother — women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and…

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College of Charleston Film Series Explores Links Between Gullah Communities, Sierra Leone

By Amanda Kerr The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program at the College of Charleston will host a three-film series exploring the cultural connections between South Carolina’s Gullah communities and Sierra Leone. All screenings will take place in Maybank Hall, Room 100, on the College of Charleston campus. The screenings are free and open to the public.…

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U.S. Gets Green Light to Boot Thousands of African Refugees

A simmering dispute between the U.S. and Ghana appears to be resolved. Some 7,000 Ghanaians can now be deported from the U.S. and a key demand – that their Ghanaian citizenship be proven before deportation – has been dropped. The dispute was settled at the United Nations General Assembly meeting last month. Speaking with the…

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Uproar Over Expulsion of Famed Anti-Colonialist Professor

China’s influence in Africa has some leaders trying hard to please their new, rich and seemingly generous foreign partners. This week, Zambian authorities roiled the nation’s waters by deporting an influential pan-Africanist professor before he could disembark at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and before he could address a class of graduating university seniors on the…

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Nobel Prize for Healing Rape Survivors in Midst of War

“For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women’s bodies and I cannot remain with my arms folded because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other.” Those were the words of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician working in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Now, Dr.…

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My Trip to Ghana: a Valuable Learning and Spiritual Experience

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – About three years ago when Joomay Odongo Faye first introduced me to a new Pan African organization of which he was a co-founder, I had no idea that the introduction would lead to my going on an airplane for the first time in 33 years. I was already a…

The Congressional Black Caucus: Not Always in Headlines, but Never on the Sidelines

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor What does the Congressional Black Caucus do? It takes Majority Whip James Clyburn to make it understandable. “It’s not only what we make happen, but what we stop from happening,” Clyburn told a standing room only crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Black History Month Celebration on February…

Demystifying Student Performance Via Parental Engagement

By Sharonica Nelson, Ed.D. Professor, Professional Education Consultant, Author Once students reach middle school, parents often become less engaged with their child’s academic environment. They don’t walk them in the school’s doors anymore, they don’t communicate as often with teachers, and they are less like to visit the school unless there is a special program…

The Smoking Guns

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) — Michael Cohen gave us the several smoking guns in his testimony this past week before Congress. He came to the hearing confessing his sins, asking for forgiveness and armed with provable facts. Showed a copy of the check that Trump reimbursed him for paying women to keep…

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Pens Open Letter to CFPB Employees

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the dedicated public servants of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Consumer Bureau), to address the challenges they have faced in the last two years and assure them that she will use the full range of the Committee’s oversight authorities…

The Tax Surprise

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor The mainstream news has been covering an interesting story. People who were expecting significant tax refunds are, in very large numbers, either getting a minimal refund, no refund or having to pay the IRS. This, after the man Spike Lee has named “Agent Orange”—Donald Trump—promised a massive tax…

Facebook Pearls Of Wisdom

By Barney Blakeney I started a Facebook account a few years ago thinking I would be another source for information. That’s worked out better sometimes than others. I’ve seen some crazy stuff on Facebook, but also have found some real pearls of wisdom. Recently I saw something about voter suppression on Facebook. The subject’s been…

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It’s Still About Seeking Clarity

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It rained this past Monday in the Lowcountry sector of South Carolina where I live, and, as usual, my mind traveled to different inquisitive areas of reminiscent thoughts reflecting my “our-storical” past. I’m like that as my mood swings as an artist, a poet and a writer took root. As I sat…

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Sorry, But No Cigar

By Barney Blakeney Well, it’s all over but the shouting. Voters went to the polls November 6 in unprecedented numbers, especially for a midterm election. That’s a good thing. But sorry, no cigar. I hate being the guy who always sees the glass as half empty. But the reality of the optimism that the glass…

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So Many Reasons to Give Thanks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s that annual time of the year in the United States of America when majorities of various ethnic families gather together for the Thanksgiving Day celebration. This day of peaceful appreciation and thankful remembrance is usually held on the fourth Thursday of every November. The participating families which gather as a unit are probably…

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Uncle Tom: My People Who Are Called By My Name

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all but I am happy elections are over, at least in South Carolina they are. Payouts and gift cards for supporting candidates, who seldom deliver on their promises, days are over. Sellouts in black communities will be called out. You do a disservice to your people, people who…

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We Should Listen to the Ancestors

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Listening is difficult, but doing it intently and patiently distinguishes a leader from a follower. Today, I’m sharing quotes from past black leaders on some relevant issues that I’ve learned about by listening to those who came before me concerning the African American experience and the American cultural environment, in general. Their…

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The Fine Line

  By D.R.E. James I imagine my demeanor to be something like Drake’s on the cover of his magnum opus Take Care. Head down, by his lonesome in the corner of Joso’s dining room. Except at Henrietta’s, I’m not in Toronto. I’m on the wickered, Parisian-feeling patio of Henrietta’s. My waiter greets me; his hair…

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Fairness

Right and wrong are words that are not applicable to today’s society. We live from day to day in complete denial about what these words really mean. Today as I sat in church I was given a new word: Fair. I came home and referred to Webster for the clear definition of fair:  free from…

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

By John Singletary   Yes – Yes – Yes, I know it may sound like a broken record. But this article you must read again and let talk to you.  This is an oldie but goodie: UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY. We, the citizens of North Charleston, are facing a pivotal crossroad in the future and preservation…

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That Side of Paradise

By D.R.E. James Charleston, crumbling eloquently under the weight of hurricanes, humidity and history, possessed those subtle aesthetic nuances I’m infatuated with–exposed brick, fading hand painted signage and the chipped edge of a claw foot tub. The summer I moved there the city had just completed a dynastic reign as the number one city in…

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