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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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Son of Ex-Angolan President Charged in $500 Million Swindle

One reason why African presidents may cling to power, even re-writing the constitution to grant them extra terms, may be the case of Angola. Newly elected President João Lourenço is sending shivers across the continent as he relentlessly attempts to recoup billions of dollars subverted from the national treasury, including by members of the previous…

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Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

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Rwanda Outlaws Political Cartoons and an Opposition Leader Goes Free

The Rwandese government of Paul Kagame has outlawed the drawing of cartoons that portray politicians/leaders in an unflattering manner. Anyone who draws such a cartoon risks imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to Rwf1 million ($1,145). If the cartoon targets a session of parliament or a “top ranking official”, the…

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Building Bridges from Africa to America: NNPA Makes Historic Inaugural Trip to Ile-Ife, Nigeria

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA International Correspondent For the first time in the history of its existence, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., has made its way to Ile-Ife in Nigeria for a culturally impactful inaugural trade mission. The NNPA, under the leadership of its president…

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Lost and Feared Stolen: $104 Million in Fresh Currency Bound for Liberia

The alleged theft of shipping containers loaded with new Liberian currency would be comical if it were a movie but is heartbreaking to Liberian citizens struggling to get by in a poor country. It was also a reminder that the promises of new president George Weah to stamp out corruption are far from being fulfilled.…

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Who’s To Blame in Latest Ferry Disaster?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli took action this week against a ferry captain and all of the crew as the number of bodies pulled from Lake Victoria in the latest maritime disaster topped 200. In an address last Friday, Magufuli told the nation that the captain left the ferry’s steering in the hands of a person…

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World Leaders Flock to U.N. ‘Peace Summit’ – A Rebuke of ‘America First’?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t be prouder as he unveiled a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela on the eve of the U.N. General  Assembly and the opening of a day-long ‘peace summit’ with nearly 160 scheduled speakers . The statue is a gift to the United Nations from South Africa. “The people of our…

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Toronto: Eating, Drinking and Having Fun During 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

By, Dwight Brown,  NNPA Newswire Contributor For 43 years the Toronto International Film Festival has been the epicenter of the film industry. This year at TIFF, 500,000 filmgoers previewed the highest quality films in the world before they are shown at their local theaters. Many movie lovers come to Toronto, home to 2.5 million people from 200 distinct…

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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…

“Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo”

By Marian Wright Edelman “If the justice system does not change incarceration will continue to be as arbitrary as a game of eeny, meeny, miny, mo, with black kids and black men hoping to avoid being ‘IT.’” Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo is the title of this series of paintings by Nashville native Omari Booker, a visual…

Black Women in America and Cervical Cancer Prevention

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and Health Columnist for the NNPA Many people may believe that cervical cancer is a problem of the past. Prior to the 1940s, it was a major cause of death of women of childbearing age. According to the…

Discovering the Excellence Within: Realizing My Greatness in South Africa

By Jorian Reeves, Xavier University, Louisiana’s College of Pharmacy I had my first taste of global cultural learning in 2015 when I traveled to Qatar at the age of 14 for a week-long Arabic debate competition. Two years earlier, in seventh grade, I had started taking Arabic classes at Lindbolm Math and Science Academy, a…

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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Reflections About An Uncertain Future

By Barney Blakeney By the time this is published the 2018 general elections will be over so I won’t go into any of the ‘we should-a, we could-a, if we would-a.’ By the time you read this it will be ‘we hafta’ deal with it. I voted early as usual. I work Tuesdays so I…

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“Come Clean” Charleston County School Board

By Beverly Gadson-Birch By the time you read this article, it will be all over but the shouting. It’s been a tough stretch to the finish line and I am sure everyone is ready to exhale. Hopefully, persons elected will be the face of a new Democracy—one that tells the truth, respects women, builds relationships…

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America’s Ever-Lasting Problems

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Many troubled nations of the world are being torn apart by internal and external hatreds to the extreme, and our potentially great nation is no different. Sadly, and most recently, from the tragic assassinations of eleven Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to, well, you name the next town, city, county or state,…

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Living In A Fantasy

By Barney Blakeney I grew up in the 1960s reading comic books. My younger brother and I bought hundreds of them using the nickels and dimes we earned doing household chores. My lil brother became quite the collector. I was drawn to the fantasy of superheroes. Despite that, all the superheroes I read about were…

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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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Education starts with parents but has to include schools to be successful

By Cheryl Cromwell Civil rights trailblazer and educator, Septima P. Clark, said, “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth,” I share in this belief and the truth, presented in the new data released by Charleston RISE, is that 80 percent of Charleston’s African American third graders who were…

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A Change is Gonna Come – Must Come!!!!!

By John Singletary, Candidate for Mayor of North Charleston Congratulations to Reggie Burgess and his recent promotion to Chief of Police for The City of North Charleston.  It is especially worth noting that Chief Burgess is the first African American Police Chief in the history of The City of North Charleston, since the city’s incorporation…

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Charleston’s Landscape of Memory: The Gentrification of History

By Robert R. Macdonald The Charleston History Commission’s effort to formulate wording for a plaque intended to place the monument to John C. Calhoun on Marion Square in historical context is comparable to placing a band-aid on a cancerous lesion. The wound here is the landscape of memory presenting a mythical Charleston past almost totally…

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