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Unrest Deepens Across East Africa and Africa’s ‘Horn’

Instability is growing in the East African nations of Sudan and South Sudan while the U.S. pursues a military solution to a decades-long civil war in Somalia. Recent U.S. bombing raids are claiming 35 al-Shabab victims in the Hiraan region of central Somalia, the U.S. military’s Africa Command reports. Such airstrikes in Somalia are typically…

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Nigerian Nun Shames Catholic Church for Silence on Sex Abuse

A Nigerian nun faced a Vatican summit on sexual abuse in the Church and delivered a stinging indictment to stone-faced church leaders who failed to take action against abusers. It was the third day of the Vatican summit. Sister Veronica Openibo did not mince words. A member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus,…

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Eulogies Flow For A Golden Voice That Challenged Apartheid

A baobab tree has fallen with the passing of a one-of-a-kind musician. Those were the words spoken of the legendary Mama Dorothy Masuka by South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa. She was hailed alongside her friend, the late veteran star Miriam Makeba, for using music to highlight the plight of South Africans during…

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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…

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Voters Turned Back As Nigeria Cancels National Polls

Late breaking news. Voting for the nation’s next president has been called off for today. Thanks for coming. Stay tuned for further announcements. Not the kind of message one would expect from the superpower of Africa. But indeed, five hours before polls were set to open on Saturday, Nigeria’s electoral commission announced that unspecified “challenges”…

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Gruesome Torture Of African Villagers For ‘Blood Rubies’ Worn By Stars

A British mining company will pay over $7 million to settle allegations of torture and murder at ruby mines in the northeast of Mozambique. The red stones, worth millions, have been worn by international actresses Mila Kunis, Bel Powley, and Sophie Cookson, among others. The settlement covers the murder of at least 18 people allegedly…

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State Department Raises Travel Warning Over Haiti Unrest

Demonstrators are filling the streets of downtown Port au Prince in Haiti as anger and frustration over government mismanagement, corruption and grinding poverty boils over. Protestors are now demanding the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise over the disappearance of nearly $2 billion for a program earmarked for the poor. The Venezuelan PetroCaribe Discount Oil…

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Baptist Hill Teams Up with Constituent Board Member to Support Children in Liberia

Open lines of communication between a Constituent Board member and a school principal led to hundreds of flip-flops being delivered to children in Liberia. Earlier this winter, Dr. Helen Frazier, who serves on the Constituent District 23 Board of Trustees, spoke with Baptist Hill Middle High School’s principal, Vanessa Brown, about an upcoming trip to…

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Egypt President El-Sisi Takes Up African Union Chairmanship

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has turned over the leadership of the 55-member African Union to Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, President of Egypt, at its 32nd ordinary session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During his tenure, el-Sissi is expected to concentrate on security and financial reform, but with no great plans to strengthen the AU’s multilateral powers. Instead, the…

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There’s an uprising going on in the Sudan!

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Over the last fifteen years, what we have mainly heard about the Sudan—what had been the largest nation-state in Africa—revolved around the secessionist movement in what is now known as the South Sudan, and the genocide being carried out by the Sudanese government against the people of the…

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No End to Corruption

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com)  – Each day I get up I’m thinking things with our government can’t get any worse.  Despite my hope for a better day, things do get worse.  All too often another Trump official seems to be coming under fire for some bad act such as allegations of peddling influence,…

High Student Debt Threatens Our Nation’s Future

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The student debt crisis in our country is worsening. If nothing is done, its size threatens our nation’s future. Young people saddled with student debt often postpone adult decisions, like purchasing homes or getting married, hoping to start “real life” with a clean slate. When these folks delay buying homes,…

Republican Senate Stands in the Way of Moving America Forward

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Americans are disgusted that Washington has become dysfunctional, even as Americans struggle with ever greater challenges — from stagnant wages and growing inequality to catastrophic climate change to soaring health-care costs to a decrepit and dangerously aged infrastructure. President Donald Trump blames House Democrats, saying they are “getting nothing done…

Memo to Candidates: We Need a Plan for the Affordable Housing Crisis

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The lack of affordable housing is perhaps the greatest challenge to successfully ending homelessness and lifting millions of people out of poverty … This administration’s callous attempts to rollback funding for affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs has left more than half a million people without shelter on any…

Debt collectors target consumers of color, people making less than $50K

By Charlene Crowell A new survey asked likely voters across the country what they thought of a proposed debt collection rule. The response was strong and broad opposition.   Proposed earlier this year by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger, the rule would authorize debt collectors to expand how often consumers could be contacted as well as…

Ask the Question: When Are We Going to End Child Poverty in America?

By Marian Wright Edelman “No child living in America today should have to worry about whether they’ll have a place to sleep at night or enough food to eat. But these are daily realities for the 1 in 6 poor children in this country. Children like me.” These are the words of 18-year-old Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota…

Black Folks Need Effective Strategies

By Barney Blakeney I figured this week I’d write about the need for organized strategies in the continuing struggle for Black folks’ equality in our community. I know a lot of stuff happens behind the scenes that most, myself included, are not aware of. But it seems abundantly clear there’s not a whole lot of…

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Money Talks: Corruption In High Places

By Beverly Gadson-Birch How many of you have heard the saying, “money talks”? Y’all old schoolers can put your hands down. Now, how many of y’all old schoolers remember “Operation Lost Trust”?  Operation Lost Trust happened nearly twenty years ago involving South Carolina Legislators and resulted in specific limits being placed on campaign contributions in local…

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Ramadan Kareem

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In the Islamic world, the most anticipated time of the year is the arrival of the luminous month of Ramadan. It’s a sacred month where its thirty day month fasting period requirement is a premium virtuous endeavor for all of its sincere and dutiful observants. Ramadan is actually the ninth month of…

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Ride The Shared Future Wave

By Barney Blakeney From Day 1 I knew the shared Future Project would be an issue. I’ve done some time serving on boards of directors. They’re double-edged swords – they offer excellent and meaningful opportunities to give back, but they’re time-consuming and often require some financial investment as well. Ultimately I think they’re well worth…

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NAN Press Conference – No Longer Business As Usual

By Beverly Gadson-Birch We will not rest as long as there is unrest in our communities and disparities in our schools. We have had four senseless killings of young African American males within the past two weeks. That’s four deaths too many. While we can’t place the recent rash of murders by young African American males solely…

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The Voices of the Motherland Speaks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Afrika is the mother of all “hue-manity” because it’s the birthplace of all “hue-man” creation. As such, I’ve come to recognize that much wisdom must be hidden within the very soul of this magnificent continent’s noble people. Over the past five decades, I’ve studied many proverbial offerings from this vast, ancient seat…

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How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture

By D.R.E. James Cimarrones or maroons who escaped plantations and hid out from their Spanish and English captors in the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s lush Blue Mountains mingled with the indigenous Taino people. Cultural exchanges between the two people ensued. The maroons adopted the Taino’s culinary wisdom like smoking wild hogs flavored with scotch…

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Let’s Make IAAM A Legitimate Museum

The fundraising success of the International African American Museum does not necessarily assure its ultimate triumph as an uplifting educational and cultural institution.    As preeminent historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson eloquently stated in his classic work The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933), “the mere imparting of information is not education.”; as we easily note…

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Poor People For Justice Get Shut Out

I previously said that the mayoral administration, who at that time was led by Joseph P. Riley, did not work for the poor people of Charleston. I stated that they worked for the rich, and in saying that, I got into disfavor with the city. Well 12 years later, the City Council and our new…

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Complacency

If tomorrow comes and all of the fake news is true, what will we the people do? If our allies become our adversaries, if we have fighting in our streets, like in Afghanistan, never knowing if our city /municipality is next. If our election process is so disrupted, that we are no longer a democracy/republic.…

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