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From Africa’s Emerging Markets Come Emerging Designers

Michelle Obama is well known for discovering and supporting up-and-coming designers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural influences and bringing them to prominence. From Taiwanese-Canadian Jason Wu to Finnish Teija Eilola to Nigerian Maki Oh, the former First Lady has placed a number of designers on the world stage and catapulted their careers forward.…

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The Tale of Two Sisters: A Journey to West Africa

By Helen Frazier Less than one month ago, my sister and I traveled to the continent of Africa and visited the nations of Liberia and Ghana. Since this was my first trip visiting the “motherland”, I had no idea that it would take my sister’s knowledge after visiting twice per year for 15 years to…

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Violence Against Women – Never Acceptable, Never Ending

“I love you, that’s why I beat you.” So ends a poem by the Ghanaian writer Mariska Araba Taylor-Darko about a violent spouse and an abused woman who lays the blame of the daily beating on herself. The poem, “A Beating for Love,” takes special significance this week as many around the world mark the…

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From Refugee Camp to Medical School via Cape Town, London, and Paris

By Samixchha Raut, Rochester Institute of Technology Eight years ago, I lived in Goldhap, a refugee camp in Nepal, where more than 7,000 people reside in just over 1200 households, without running water or electricity. Today, I’m 22, a senior at Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Biomedical Science and on a path to achieve…

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Huge Heist By Ghanaian Bank Officers Worse Than Feared

Depositors may want to steer clear of banking in Ghana while over a dozen bank officers and shareholders face claims they lent themselves millions of dollars but failed to repay. Business Ghana, a local news outlet, reported that 13 shareholders and directors of the defunct Capital Bank Ghana Limited and UT Bank engaged in acts…

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Female Entrepreneur Breaks Cultural Barriers in Jamaica

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent Changing the way people view the country of Jamaica and its rich culture, one dancehall queen is breaking cultural barriers with her organization’s first ever international Wan Move Diaspora Experience (WMDE) Conference and festival. When Moiika Stanley, founder of the Compton, California-based entertainment law firm, “Wan Move,” decided to…

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Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Incendiary Classic ‘It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music’ Reissued On Vinyl Via Motown/UMe

Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Pan-African manifesto It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music, out of print since 1972, is available once again via Motown/UMe. The spoken-word jazz album, originally released on Motown Records’ Black Forum subsidiary, has been repressed on 150g black vinyl with tip-on jacket in a faithful reproduction of the original packaging. A poet,…

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Opposition Plan to Pick a Single Candidate to Defeat Kabila Implodes

As election day nears in the troubled Democratic Republic of the Congo, the seven leaders of the opposition seemed settled on one person to challenge the handpicked candidate of President Joseph Kabila – but differences unexpectedly arose. The agreement to back Congolese lawmaker Martin Fayulu Madidi, facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation after three days…

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At World War I Ceremony, The Songbird of Togo Reappears

At a gathering of world leaders in the French capital of Paris, singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo reprised an hypnotic work of ethereal beauty by a youthful West African singer. With a repertoire of just 17 songs, the diva, Bella Bellow, had won the hearts of presidents, accomplished artists and worldwide fans. Kidjo’s choice of Blewu (“Patience”)…

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Mauritania Ordered to End Forced Labor or Lose Trade Benefits

Forced labor tolerated by the Mauritanian government was called a decisive factor in the U.S. decision this week to end favored nation trade status for the country as of January 1. “Forced or compulsory labor practices like hereditary slavery have no place in the 21st century,” said Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney. “This action…

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A New Plan to Make Wall Street Pay for Creating the Foreclosure Crisis

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Last week, as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., convened a House Financial Services Committee hearing, featuring the CEOs of Wall Street’s biggest banks, the financial watchdog group Better Markets released a stunning report on the banks’ criminal records: Wall Street’s Six Biggest Bailed-Out Banks: Their RAP Sheets and Their Ongoing Crime…

Dr. King’s Assassination

By Pastor Matthew V. Johnson Sr., PhD, Mount Moriah Baptist Church Pratt City, Birmingham, Alabama Vice Chair Social Justice Commission, Progressive National Baptist Convention Fifty-one years ago, a gunshot in Memphis Tennessee put out one of the brightest lights of the anti/post-colonial era. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fell victim to the violence against which…

We Must Not Be Afraid!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq (TriceEdneyWire.com) – My good friend, Dick Gregory, often talked about the power of the Black woman. In a joking manner, but a serious meaning, he said, “A Black woman is the only woman in the world who can cut a man’s tires to the rim with a butter knife!” He…

CFPB Denies Duty to Enforce Military Lending Act Despite Support from Department of Defense and Congress

By Charlene Crowell America’s 1.29 million member-strong, all-volunteer military includes men and women from all 50 states, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Regardless of race or ethnicity, each made a choice and swore an oath to protect our nation. Together, they wear our nation’s uniforms and carry our flag on assignments and deployments…

The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

By Barrington M. Salmon, Contributing Writer, Black Press USA Despite the United States touting itself as the bastion of freedom and equality, women in this country – despite comprising 50.8 percent of the population – have always found themselves in the position of having to fight for salary and wages comparable to men. A range…

Remembering Dr. King and Adam Clayton Powell

By Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint (www.sdvoice.info) On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 4, 1972. the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York, died of cancer in a Miami, Florida hospital. His death came four years,…

Maybe I’ll Get a Life In The New Year

By Barney Blakeney Sometimes I tell myself, “Self, get a life!” As a reporter I cover so much stuff that brings me down, I have to remind myself there’s an awful lot of great stuff going’s on (as the late great comedian Bernie Mac might say). I don’t do a lot of fluff stuff. My…

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Understanding When Things Go South

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m writing today about a conversation I had with a white American reader of mine I ran into recently. I hadn’t seen this her in a while, but whenever we met she was always in a good spirits and seemingly not having a care in the world. On this occasion though, she…

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Reflections: “Sometimes You Have To Throw A Brick”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Every now and then, someone will inbox me something that is nonsense or makes a lot of sense. So, follow a condensed version of a recent e-mail I received regarding a little boy that needed help. I am sure some of you have received the same e-mail. Here goes! A little boy was standing beside…

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Making Now A Brighter Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Womanhood is an amazing creation of the Creator Alone. If you have an ounce of insight, intelligence, admiration and respect within you, you’ll most certainly agree that women are uniquely created, and that’s why they are the mothers of “hue-manity.” I was thinking about that pristine reality recently while listening to someone…

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‘Tis The Season For Giving

By Barney Blakeney With all the stuff there is to do, I sometimes feel there ain’t enough hours in the day. Some of the stuff is things I do to earn a living. The other stuff is things I do because they need to be done – volunteer stuff. And I do a lot of…

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Who Took the Merry out of Christmas?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As we approach the holiday season, families are looking forward to the big day—a day of festivities, lots of good foods and nostalgic fireside chats. While Christmas is really about the birthday of Christ, men have thwarted the true meaning and have turned it into an opportunity to line their pockets with…

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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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