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South African Anti-Apartheid Veteran Tapped For Top Poetry Prize

A grand old man of liberation poetry, Mongane Wally Serote, the poet of the revolution and one of the foremost South African poets to emerge during the Black renaissance of the late 1960s and early 1970, is this year’s National Poet Laureate of South Africa. Writing in the African tradition of izibongo, or praise poetry,…

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Global Citizen Fest Honors Mandela Legacy Amidst Huge Crowd Of Beyoncé Fans

A massive turnout of die-hard fans of superstars Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z filled every available square inch of the Johannesburg FNB stadium for the closing night of the Global Citizen Festival organized to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and raise $1 billion to address poverty, food security, global health…

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Africa Seeks Commitments To Fight Climate Threat At World Climate Confab

Seyni Nafo, spokesman of the African delegation at the World Climate Conference taking place this week in Poland, is not one to mince words about the serious climate threat now facing the African continent. “We are the most vulnerable, we are the least responsible but we will suffer the most,” the Malian-born Nafo summed up…

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Oil Trial Forces New Security of Nigerian Billions Swiped in Massive Fraud

It’s been called one of the biggest corruption cases in corporate history which has escaped the attention of much of the media and few have even heard about it. In the drama, playing out in an Italian court, two middlemen have been convicted for their role in the scheme involving one of Africa’s most promising…

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‘Right Livelihood’ Awards To Visionary Global Citizens Announced

The laureates of the 2018 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, will receive their prizes at this week’s award presentation in Stockholm, Sweden. Regrettably, three Saudi laureates were prevented from attending due to lengthy prison sentences for their work promoting justice and equality. The awards recognize the outstanding contributions of global…

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FILM REVIEW: British Director Anyiam-Osigwe Strikes a Nerve with No Shade

By Barrington M. Salmon, NNPA NewswireContributing Writer Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, a first-time director, is enjoying the type of success usually reserved for veteran filmmakers. Her film debut, ‘No Shade’ is a witty, wry romantic story that shines a bright light on the troubling issue of colorism. Anyiam-Osigwe, a Nigerian-British entrepreneur and an emerging talent in the…

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East Africans Score Victory For Minneapolis’ Amazon Workers

Somali women packers for the giant Amazon distribution center in Minneapolis are fired up and refusing to speed up the production line, becoming the first known group to defy Amazon management and bring them to the bargaining table. “Nobody would assume a Muslim worker with limited language skills in the middle of Minnesota could be…

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Kenyan Grassroots Activist Tapped For Major Humanitarian Prize

Kennedy Odede started SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities) as a teenager in 2004 with 20 cents and a soccer ball. Growing up in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, he experienced extreme poverty, violence, lack of opportunity, and deep gender inequality. Odede also dreamed of transforming urban slums, from the inside out. SHOFCO,…

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SC State to celebrate history professor’s book: “Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal”

On Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m., SC State will host a celebration of history professor Dr. Dior Konaté’s new book, “Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal.” The celebration will include a panel discussion, book signing, reception and remarks by Dr. Learie Luke, acting provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. The event will…

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Teammates of U.S. Green Beret Face Murder Prosecution

More than a year has passed since the death of U.S. Green Beret Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali. Investigators now believe they have men of interest – two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders. The four face charges that include felony murder in the strangulation death of Staff Sgt. Melgar. A preliminary hearing on the…

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Nation’s racial divide worsens with federal tax cuts: Black families have a dime for every dollar held by Whites

By Charlene Crowell If you’re like me, every time you hear a news reporter or anchor talk about how great the nation’s economy is, you wonder what world they are living in. Certainly these journalists are not referring to the ongoing struggle to make ends meet that so much of Black America faces. For every daily…

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new “adversity score” to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an “adversity score” is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test,…

Graduation Season: Celebrating Accomplishments, Committing to Equality

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, ‘There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.’” — James Weldon Johnson Each year I have the privilege to speak at commencement ceremonies at colleges and universities large and small, across…

Extremist Laws Will Make it Harder for Poor Women to End Pregnancies

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Alabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on. Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges…

Staying Vigilant on Brown

By Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’ wildest dreams were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got…

A Farewell to Earl Grant, A Pan-African Warrior

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Earl Grant, 89, a courageous and committed Pan-African warrior, died of what his doctors labeled heart failure on April 7, 2019 in Los Angeles. Those of us who knew Earl know that his heart didn’t fail; it just closed down after enabling him, for many years, to make a…

It’s Not About Color; It’s About Survival

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Burrr! It’s cold outside. The Weather Channel issued a plant and pet warning with temperatures in the low teens. I decided I had too much invested in my porch plants to let the cold destroy them. I threw on a coat and grabbed a couple of covers to keep them warm. I…

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It’s Still A Dream

By Barney Blakeney It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and I’m just getting around to writing something about the celebration of that great man’s life and work. I’m not much for celebrating holidays anyway, but King’s day usually is a work day for me. I think he actually asked that people remember him not…

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Divisions Within the Masses

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I was talking the other day with a conflicted ebony person of color who vehemently said that he was not an Afrikan-American because, in his opinion, the Afrikans are classless (sic), and he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) remotely relate to relate to that ethnic identity. It surprised me at first, but I calmly…

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Get in the Fight!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This week as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with parades and grandiose speeches, what will we do when it’s all over? When the spotlight no longer shines upon you, what will you do to advance the “Dream”? Will you retreat to the comfort of your home in the…

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Victims Of Our Own Creation

By Barney Blakeney I had to ask myself, “What have we done?” after receiving the police report about the 26-year-old man accused of shooting two people two years ago at a West Ashley Chuck E. Cheese’s Family Fun Center and Arcade and the January 3 shooting of another man in North Charleston. A few days…

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On the Way to a Pensive Thought

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Life is an introspective journey in more ways than one. I’ve come to that realization while going through many of the most difficult and exhilarating periods of my own life. I believe that if you’re completely honest with yourself, you’d probably say the same thing. Oftentimes, life makes us think about what…

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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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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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