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Passing of Celebrated Author Revives Debate Over Postcolonial Views

“Naipaul’s legacy is complex – but his writing must be celebrated,” writes essayist Amit Chaudhuri. “His comments about Islam, women and Africa were often unjustified, unpleasant and untrue – but that can be acknowledged alongside his gifts.” Novelist Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, known as V.S. Naipaul, passed this month at age 85. Born in Chaguanas, Trinidad,…

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Lord’s Resistance Army Still Kidnapping and Killing, Activists Say

The cult underground “Lord’s Resistance Army” led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda is still kidnapping civilians, say leaders of local charities working in the region. A spokesman for the nonprofit “Invisible Children” warns that the group remains a threat. Last year, Washington closed down its seven-year effort to track down Kony, ending an initiative…

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The United Nations Mourns Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old. Mr. Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the global organization and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the…

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‘Skulduggery’ Foils Zimbabwe Inauguration of Former Mugabe Ally

The hastily organized inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of Zimbabwe has hit a brick wall. Invites to the heads of diplomatic mission, international organizations and consulates were pulled back after challenges to last month’s general election put a question mark around the slim victory of Mr. Mnangagwe over his rival Nelson Chamisa. Mr. Mnangagwa…

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Conservative Nominee Tapped for Post in Kenya Gets Grilling from Dems

Democrats are challenging President Trump’s nominee from the Midwestern state of Illinois for the post of U.S. ambassador to Kenya. State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s conservative views run the gamut from opposition to gay rights, restrictions on immigration and locking up former Senator Hillary Clinton. A White House release said McCarter would be “Ambassador Extraordinary and…

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South African Women March Against Gender-Based Violence

Thousands of women and gender activists joined together on the first day of Women’s Month to protest the rising incidence of gender-based violence across the country. The movement’s Brenda Madumise said the marchers, under the banner #TheTotalShutdown, were taking control of their destiny. “We are saying that we had enough,” said Patience Mpani from the…

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Two Parties Declare Victory in Zimbabwe’s Presidential Polls

“Let us look forward with hope and love. Let bygones be bygones… Let us turn over a new leaf and renew ourselves.” Those were the hopeful words of Emmerson Mnangagwa as he settled into the chair of former president Robert Mugabe last December. Mr. Mugabe was not present, having been removed in a “soft coup”…

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Atrocity Video of Execution By Soldiers Alarms U.N. Rights Chief

International experts have confirmed that a widely seen video of Cameroonian soldiers executing two women and two young children is credible and not “fake news.” Evidence of the execution was gathered by Amnesty International in an investigation. Analysis of the weapons, dialogue and uniforms, paired with digital verification techniques and testimonies taken from the ground,…

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Ethiopian Leader Sparks Euphoria Among Diaspora in a 6 Day U.S. Trip

It’s been called “Abiy-mania” – an impulse to reach out and hug the young new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, who called an end to his country’s bitter war with Eritrea among other sweeping changes in the Horn of Africa. Last month, the 41 year old Ethiopian leader landed in the United States where…

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Liberian Lawyer Seeks Repatriation for Consul General and Diplomat Dr. Malachi Z. York from US Prison

The director for litigation (court matters) at Garlawulo and Associates Law Firm, Cllr. Wellington G. Bedell said Dr. Malachi Z. York should be released and repatriated based on the fact of his status as a Naturalized citizen, Consul General and Diplomatic Agent for the Republic of Liberia, and the fact that his health is swiftly…

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Remembering Dr. King and “The Other America”

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Once again on the third Monday in January, much of the nation will mark the anniversary of the death of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countless programs and events will no doubt recall several of his famous speeches from the 1963 March on Washington’s “I Have…

Trump Administration is Intent on Weakening Civil Rights Enforcement

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – When new U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked on “60 Minutes” whether she thinks President Donald Trump is a racist, she responded with the candor that makes her a compelling force in Washington: “Yeah, yeah, no question.” This, of course, lit up the social media, with Trump supporters denouncing Ocasio-Cortez…

Equity v. Equality: Giving Students the Tools They Need to Succeed

By Naomi Shelton, Director of K-12 Advocacy at UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Equity has been a huge buzzword in the field of education this year. Education advocates and politicians alike have called for an increase in educational equity, but what does the term really mean? Equity is not Equality. Equity creates equality by prioritizing…

A Message to Presidential Candidates: A Winning Strategy Includes a Plan for Black America

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You want our vote, come get our vote.” – Angela Lang, executive director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities The nation recently experienced a midterm election of historic dimensions: more than 47% of eligible voters cast a ballot in November – the highest percentage since 1966.  Black voter participation drove were a…

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters Makes History: First Black, First Woman to Chair House Financial Services Committee

By Charlene Crowell As 2019 begins, there is also a new Congress with leadership in the House of Representatives that makes history for people of color and women alike. Long-time California Representative Nancy Pelosi returns as Speaker of the House – the first time in 50 years that a Member of Congress has achieved this…

No More New Year’s — New You

By Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor Let’s be really honest, how often do we neglect our New Year’s resolutions after January? Many times, we set resolutions but don’t know where to start. We get stuck and revert to old habits that aren’t helping us bloom into the best we can be. Often, we are…

Is Being a Friend an Illusional Reality?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s a wonderful feeling to witness any “hue-man” being fulfilling his or her goals and enjoying the fruits of his or her labors in acquiring such rewards, especially to do by sharing the same with real, true and dear friends . In my view, I call it living the dream. I salute…

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Overlooked, Not Necessarily Left Out

By Barney Blakeney I recently met with Charleston Parks Conservancy Executive Director Harry Lesesne to talk about some exciting new changes coming to several peninsula Charleston recreational centers – Corrine Jones Park (Hester Park), Hampton Park and St. Julian Devine Community Center. All three have undergone upgrades in the past couple of decades, but are…

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Dunston Elementary Sex Abuse Case: Parents, Come Forward!!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board held its regularly scheduled Board meeting September 24. Present were parents and community members demanding answers to how and why a student advocate employee, later promoted to parent advocate with the district, was allowed to remain at the school after child pornography was found on his computer. Former…

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The Winds of Time

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   This is an article that’s written with references to a young inmate I had the fortune of meeting when I used to be a volunteer minister in an upstate New York prison many, many decades ago. Those were some of the most unforgettable and memorable times of my intriguing young life.…

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North Charleston Gentrification – Where Will Black Folks Go?

By Barney Blakeney The subject of affordable housing came up recently when a lady called me about being displaced from a complex intended to provide senior citizen housing. For the past few years, I’ve been focused on affordable housing, so her call hit a nerve. As a senior citizen, I know personally there ain’t no…

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Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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Community Activist Lee H. Moultrie II Weighs In on the Avery Research Center’s Disparities Report

Barney Blakeney made a statement with his subject and article two weeks ago about the College of Charleston – Avery Research Center’s Disparities report about various inequities and/or injustices between the quality of life for individuals within the African American community and various other ethnic groups with special emphasis on the white community. He wrote,…

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The Case Against Steve Bannon

By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA The following is the text of a speech given by Professor Fordham at the rally regarding the appearance of former Trump Administration Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at The Citadel on Thursday, November 9, 2017. It is reprinted here to inform the general public as to what Mr. Bannon represents.…

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Accountability is a Tough Pill for Some to Swallow

By Jon Butzon, Former Director of the Charleston Education Network There it is again, the term “watchdog” applied to the Office of Regulatory Staff.  These are the folks who were supposed to be overseeing construction of the V.C. Sumner nuclear plant, creating some accountability for our money, for our safety, and for the future of…

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Formal response to proposal to erect African American Confederate Monument

The members of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission would like to register our opposition to the ill-informed proposal to erect a monument in honor of South Carolina’s Civil War-era African American Confederate pensioners. First, we all can agree that the idea of a monument to recognize the significant role African Americans played in the Civil War is a worthwhile pursuit. However, a…

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